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Rating: 3/5

Cast : Balakrishna, Lakshmi Rai, Saloni, Jayasudha, Pradeep Rawat, Brahmanandam, Murali Sharma, Kota, Rehaman and others

Directed by : Paruchuri Murali

Produced by : M.L.Kumar Chowdary

Banner : Sri Keerthi Combines

Music : Kalyani Malik

Release Date : 2012-06-01

Nandamuri Balakrishna fans have been treated with Simha two years ago and the actor is due for another success since then. His latest film Adhinayakudu has created enough buzz with few political dialogues and mass masala content. Did Balakrishna get it right this time? Is Adhinayakudu a movie worth the wait?

What is it about?

Political rivals of Seema leader RamaKrishna (Balakrishna) plans to kill him by hiring a professional killer Bobby (Balakrishna). When Bobby realizes that Ramakrishna is his father he starts protecting him. But there is a dark past that separates the father and son. What is that is revealed in the latter part of the story.

Balakrishna gave a marvelous performance in three roles. His body language for all the three characters in very different and that shows the greatness of the actor. However, he should have taken care of the makeup used for middle aged role and the younger one. Balakrishna dances with excellent energy and that is a treat to watch.

Lakshmi Rai plays the role of a glam doll. Pradeep Rawat's villainy is Okay. Kota Srinivasa Rao is good and Murali Sharma is natural. Jayasudha steals the show in sentiment scenes. Brahmanandam's funny alien comedy works in parts. Rest of the cast did their best.

On the Technical Front:

Kalyani Malik's music is passable. Songs in the second half are good. Background score is alright. Cinematography is good. Editing is adequate. Dialogues are written by the director himself and there are ample dialogues to get whistles from the fans.

Paruchuri Murali handled the scenes on middle aged role and old age role with great command. Had he taken good care on the scenes of young Balakrishna, it would have been much better than what it is now.


First half of the film concentrates on entertainment factor. Scenes on Balakrishna and Brahmanandam provide comic relief. Watch out for the introduction scene of Brahmanandam. Lakshmi Rai provides the mass masala factor. However the scenes on her have been dragged a bit too much.

Story gathers pace as the second character of Balakrishna enters the show. He takes the film to the next level and the movie reaches a high at the interval point. Second half is much better with nice family drama and political drama taking the driving seat.

However, inconsistency in screenplay mars the show. There is a good scene and it is followed up with a downer. More or less the graph is same throughout the second half. Nevertheless it will be liked by Balakrishna fans. There is not much in offer for families and female crowds. Masses may like to see Balakrishna in three different avatars.

Verdict:  Adhinayakudu is Balakrishna's show! 

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