Shashank, who has earlier directed big hits like Moggina Manasu, Krishnan Love Story and Jarasandha, is now back with his latest directorial venture Bachchan for which he has teamed up with multifaceted Sudeep. The trailer of the film had soared up the viewers' curiosity to sky high and the movie is much more than their expectations. The talented director and actor duo is sure to mesmerise them.
Bachchan is high octane action entertainer with all the commercial elements to impress the mass. Sudeep's performance is the main highlight in the film. Shashank's racy and interesting narration, Harikrishna's music, Shekar Chandru's picturisation, wonderfully choreographed fights, chase and dance sequences, Bullet Prakash's comedy and funny one-liners, beautiful costumes and art direction are its other attractions. Its predictable climax can be called as its one main drawback.
The director has chosen a simple revenge drama, but he has included interesting twists and turns, which make you watch it sitting on the edge of the seat. Shashank has also made brief references to the current political developments, the issue of alleged mining in Bellary and its adverse effects on common man. His characterisation is good in the film. But it should be said here that his climax looks weak when compared to the way he runs the whole show, which gives you an impression of a suspense thriller in parts.
It should also be said here that Shashank seems to have drawn inspiration from Hindi movie Agneepath and he himself has given enough hints for it in the first half. If I am not wrong, the aspects like Sudeep's angry young man image, his comparisons to Amitabh Bachchan and use of the dialogue "Agneepath! Agneepath! Agneepath!" make you think in the end that the director has picked up the storyline from the Hindi version and elaborated it in a different way. But one can not deny the fact that it is much better than Agneepath, which has a predictable story.
Bachchan opens with a racy scene in which the hero is being chased by the police and this sequence sets your mood for a joy ride. Then comes a couple of fights, romantic songs, comedy sequences in the first half, which are quite enjoyable. The second half is the strength of the film. Especially, in the first few minutes, you might feel that you are watching a suspense thriller. This portion has some sentimental scenes to impress the family audience too.
Bharat alias Bachchan is a kind-hearted real estate businessman, who is the MD of the Bharat Property Solutions. He is deeply in love with Anjali (Bhavana), who is doing MS in Bellary and wants to deliver honest service to the needy people. But her wish becomes an obstacle for a mining mafia don. I don't want to reveal what happens next in the film because it should be watched on screen.
Sudeep is the showman in Bachchan and his angry-young-man look might remind you of his acting in Telugu movie Eega. He is sure to rock you in action, chase and dance sequences. His dialogue delivery is also good. There are three heroines - Parul Yadav, Bhavana and Tulip Joshi. Of them, Parul has got more screen presence and all three have delivered good performance.
Bullet Praksh tickles your funny bones with his perfect comedy timing. Sadhu Kokila, who has played a cameo role, also makes you laugh in one scene. Others like Ravi Shankar, Nassar, Ashish Vidyarthi, Jai Jagadish, Ramakrishna, Achut, Sudha Belawadi, Padmaja, Shruti and others have also delivered justifiable performance for their respective roles.
Bachchan has rich production values and Harikrishna's music and background score are the main highlights. All his composition are good to listen. Shekhar's cinematography is a visual treat. There are some punch dialogues and funny onelines, which will amuse you. The costumes, art work and locations are among the biggest strengths of the film.
Overall, Bachchan is good entertainer with all masala elements and it will impress all kind of viewers. It is a good Ugadi treat from Sudeep and Shashank. If you are a fan of this duo, it is a must watch movie.