Despite these hiccups, Shankarabharanam can be a decent watch for people, who love slapstick comedies. All that that is bad about the film is only its spieled treatment.
On the whole, Shankarabharanam is good only in bits and pieces. A dragged out first half, slow narration and some below par execution of crucial scenes spoil the effect most of the time. Having said that, you can try this film only for its unique story line and Pruthvi’s comedy punches here and there.
At a runtime of 150 minutes, Shankarabharanam feels a tad too long and too tiresome. In the end, the only thing that comes to your mind is the prototype of film gone terribly wrong. It’s yet another instance where the writer and director had a good story to work with, but the film, eventually, loses its original flavour and soul in the course of an attempt to adapt it to local sensibilities. A big thumbs down for the film.
A film that comes with its share of comedy moments, thanks to Prithvi Raj, but what this one lacks is a gripping narrative and effective screenplay.