Movie : Shirdi Sai
Cast : Nagarjuna,Srikanth,Sri hari,kamlini mukerjee,Sai kumar,Ali
Directed by : K.Raghavendra Rao
Produced by : Maheshwara Reddy
Banner : Sai Krupa Entertainments banner
Music : MM.Keeravani
Release Date : 2012-09-06
Story Line :
Story is about the entire life of Shirdi Sai Baba where it starts off from the year 1854 in a small town named Shirdi where a young boy visit and later as he grows big shows some miracles which earns him followers who meditate along with him under a neem tree. This fact of a young boy attracting audience does not go really well with the local leader Bhatia (Sayaji Shinde) who brews up trouble for this young boy.
As a result this young boy moves away from this place only to come back after some time who is named Sai Baba (Nagarjuna) after some time he also gets a long list of followers (Sarath Babu,Srikanth, Kamalinee). Bhatia this time once again tries to intervene and prove himself superior which only goes against him every time finally there comes a point when Shirdi Sai Baba leaves his body. Entire story of this movie is about his journey from start to end.
It’s not so easy to get into the skin of Sai Baba role and many would make comparisons with the actor Vijay Chander, who lived in Sai Baba and had proved to be a perfectionist. However, Nagarjuna has delivered an excellent performance not loosing his body language. He got into the skin of the character easily and he was at his best during the last 45 minutes. The makeup was apt and it is unimaginable for the audiences to think other than Nag as Baba in the current trend of actors.
Others such as Sarath Babu, Sreehari, Sayaji Shinde, Kaushik, Kamalini Mukherjee, Rohini Hattangadi, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, Ali, Anant etc have done well in their limited roles.
Music by Keeravani is an asset for the film. The songs are all situations based and ‘Okkade Devudu, Saranu Saranu, Nee Padamula’ are shot well while the background score is uplifting and touching. Paruchuri Brothers dialogues are impressive. Cinematography by S. Gopal Reddy is visually rich, Screenplay is effective in the latter half and editing is crisp. Raghavendra direction is good. Production values are rich.
Undoubtedly, Nagarjuna is the strength of Shirdi Sai. Nag’s performance in last 20 minutes is a real asset of the film and Sai devotees will be convinced. No other actors in the current generation could be as convincing as Nagarjuna. Director Raghavendra Rao focused on the life of Sai Baba and his philosophies of ‘Sab Ka Malik Ek,’ serving living beings equally, and the other miracles with his devotees. With his experiences, the director had beautifully shown the spiritual concepts with effective screenplay. However, he could have stayed away from the silly comedy involving Ali, Ananth, et al and could have imbibed few more Baba’s miracles. On the other hand, few logical glitches like portrait of Elizabeth during Sri Hari scenes could have been taken care of. The second half is more engaging the first and the emotional scenes will well-connect with the audiences.
Final Verdict :
Another memorable performance as Sai Baba. Devotional treat not only for Fans. No Comparison Narajuna’s Shirdi Sai stands Its own way .