Selvandhan has released today in many theatres amidst much expectations as Mahesh Babu has a decent fan following in Tamil Nadu. Has the film lived up to its expectations? Find out by reading our movie review.
As the title of the movie suggests, Selvandhan is about a man (Mahesh Babu) born with a silver spoon. He grows up on his own terms and gets what he wants even without breaking a sweat.
When his father, played by Jagapati Babu, asks him to take over his family business he comes up with an entirely different career option which is more of a social service.
Not wanting to be labelled as just another rich guy who enjoys his birthright to the fullest, Mahesh embarks on a whole new journey. Any good deed will have its own opposition and that is the case with Selvandhan as well.
In the process, Mahesh Babu earns himself a lot of enemies. Will he be able to succeed in his mission? Check out Selvandhan on the big screen to know.
It is a Mahesh Babu show all the way and the actor has done complete justice to his role. May be it's the selection of scripts he needs to concentrate more on if he desires to take up more challenging roles.
Shruti Haasan has managed to bag a role of substance and has delivered the goods and yet some refinement is needed when it comes to her acting skills. Supporting actors and actresses have done their part neatly and Jagapati Babu earns himself a special mention for his realistic portrayal of a rich father.
Though the film is highly entertaining with good action sequences and dialogues, it doesn't have enough to keep the audience hooked throughout.
Both first and second half lacks pace and songs by Devi Sri Prasad only acts as a speed breaker. He scores through his background music and makes up for his lacklustre songs.
Real winner in Selvandhan is its cinematographer R. Madhi, for he has used specific colors to match the feel of each and every scene. His angles though are pretty straight forward.
Editor Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao could've used his scissors more efficiently as 2 hours 45 minutes is a touch too long even for a Mahesh Babu starrer.
Apart from its entertaining qualities, what really works in Selvandhan is its interesting script which might put this movie in the winners list.
Check out the slides below for some interesting stills from Selvandhan:
Principal photography began in Pune and then the team moved around Hyderabad to shoot some important sequences. Remaining part of the film was canned in Tamil Nadu and Malaysia.
Shruti Haasan's remuneration for this movie was said to be around ₹12.5 million which is the highest salary in her acting career so far.
It was earlier reported that Mahesh Babu is playing a dual role in the film which was later rubbished by the director Koratala Siva.
Stunts were taken care by famed Kollywood stunt coordinator Anal Arasu. All fight sequences packed a punch indeed.
It was reported that director Koratala Siva was impressed with Jagapati Babu's work in the Telugu movie Legend and hence roped him in Selvandhan.
Types Of Camera
Cinematographer had revealed that two types of camera namely Alexa XT and Red Dragon were used to shoot the movie.
There are six tracks in the album, all composed by Devi Sri Prasad. But what really worked in the favour of the movie was his BGM.
Expect More Of Mahesh Babu
The actor has said that almost all his movies will be dubbed in Tamil going forward. He has also expressed his wish to act in a Tamil-Telugu bilingual.
Satellite rights for the Telugu version of the film has been reportedly bagged by Zee Telugu for an undisclosed price.
Box Office Success?
Early reports from trade analysts has it that the movie is a sure shot hit in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is to be seen if Selvandhan can pull audience into theatres in Tamil Nadu.