Post the debacle of Mahesh Babu's Brahmotsavam, we are seeing an unexpected uproar from every corner. Besides the heavy pour of trolls on the actor and the film from the 'anti-fans',Mahesh Babu fans are also frustrated with their idol and are using the social media platforms to reach out to their star.
Here is what an ardent fan wants to convey to Mahesh Babu. In
his own words:
Dear Mahesh Babu,
You're probably the only actor whose movies I would watch
without going through the trailer, cast, reviews and all that jazz.
You stole my heart years ago, and still continue to hold it in
Nobody would believe that you're 40. When you are on-screen,
everyone and everything else is a blur for me.Having said
that, a lot has changed with your films over the years. After
watching your latest release - Brahmotsavam - on the very first
day, there were several things that struck me.
As a fan, I think I speak for many of us when I say that we just
book tickets and rush to watch you on-screen with the implicit
trust that a movie starring you cannot possibly be bad. But that
perspective is now changing.
Brahmotsavam, for instance, had a very weak story line and
failed to hold the audience's attention. It bothers me, because as
a true fan, I feel the potential of a very talented actor like you
is wasted somewhat.
Sure, Brahmotsavam had a huge line up of some very fine actors -
but so much more could have been done with better storytelling and
sharper scenes. Family dramas do work, and this film touches on the
concept of the joint family, moral values and we do appreciate
this. But what next? Are we going to repeatedly depict the emotions
of a family without emphasising a message or even conveying an
This was an issue with your previous film, Seethamma Vakitlo
Seermalle Chettu, as well. In you and Venkatesh, the film had two
brilliant actors. But the story itself was vague, and had so many
missing ingredients. When we heard that the same director, Addala,
had teamed up with you again, there was this expectation that
Brahmotsavam would be better.
If you looked like magic in Seethamma, you looked even better in
Brahmotsavam. But is that enough?
I read somewhere that you like to reinvent yourself with every project - "push myself in terms of performance" was the quote. And we would love to see that happen! But not with too many films like Brahmotsavam.
A few of the scenes in this movie were no doubt, interesting.
The trademark Mahesh Babu style was pleasing, and of course, there
were beautiful locations and well-styled actresses. But at the end
of the day, if a viewer looks back on the film and feels the
package was incomplete, then there is no point.
What was sad was, I bribed my new friends, dragging one of them
to watch their first-ever Mahesh Babu film, and it turned out to be
this one. One of these days, I'll buy DVDs of all your best films
and pass them on to my friends, to make up for
When we think about your best performances, we look to the past,
and not your more recent films. Sure, Srimanthudu had a strong
message, but Dookudu - which released over three years ago - was
clearly your last bonafide blockbuster.
We are at a time when cinema - no matter from which region - is
going through a period of experimentation. And we have actors like
you, who can hit it out of the park with each performance, and with
whom fans from different Indian states can relate.
Be it with story-oriented movies or 'masala' entertainers, the
film industry has to make a trip to the theatres worth our while.
Otherwise, eventually, there may come a time when even diehard fans
like me will think twice about going for a Mahesh Babu movie - and
that shouldn't be happening.