Nandamuri Balakrishna's latest release Akhanda is all over the internet. The film helmed by Boyapati Srinu hit the cinemas on Thursday (December 2). Despite being a non-holiday release, the film opened to a thunderous response at the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana theatres. With its stupendous performance in the Telugu region, the action flick is said to have outperformed Balayya's previous releases.
Akhanda has received favourable reviews with most critics praising the film's concept, storyline and the senior actor's screen presence. The film's climax has garnered a fair deal of attention. Notably, the word of mouth is positive, which might now help the film pull audiences to the theatres, especially during the first weekend. The film is unlikely to face big competition in the Telugu region as the only film releasing in the same week as Akhanda is Satya Dev-Nithya Menen-starrer Skylab. Well, the Balayya starrer has also received a good response from the audiences, and it remains to be seen if it continues its magic for a long period.
The film marks Boyapati Srinu's third outing with Balakrishna. The duo had earlier collaborated for films like Simha (2010) and Legend (2014). With story written by Boyapati, Akhanda has dialogues penned by M Ratnam. Featuring Pragya Jaiswal as the female lead, the entertainer also has Jagapathi Babu, Srikanth, Shamna Kasim (Poorna), Avinash, Subbaraju, P Sai Kumar, Sravan, Prabhakar and Yennengee in important roles.
S Thaman, the music director who is super busy composing songs for biggies like Sarkaru Vaari Paata and Bheemla Nayak, has tuned music for Akhanda as well. The other off-camera members of the film include cinematographer C Ram Prasad and editor Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao.
Planning to watch Akhanda this week? Check out these 10 tweets to know how the film has been performing in theatres!
Decent first half with terrific opening and interval block— . (@NTR_addictt) December 1, 2021
Jai Balayya song and Interval block🔥
Thaman trance loki tiskelthadu 🥵#Akhanda
#Akhanda Final Report— FDFSLiveAus (@FDFSLiveAus) December 2, 2021
Final Report: A GOOD Mass Entertainer 🔥🔥🔥!!!
Balakrishna is unbelievable in the Aghora role and action scenes are mind blowing!
Okay First Half, Very Good second half, Akhanda makes a solid watch!
First half Mainly those fights...— Michael Scofield (@ScofieldReddy) December 2, 2021
Okko fight okko range lo undi
Mining fight , Agora fight lo aitey Balayya shiva Thandavam chesadu #BlockbusterAkhanda#NandamuriBalakrishna #Akhanda#AkhandaRoaringFrom2ndDec #AkhandaOnDec2nd
#Akhanda Decent 1st Half with Goosebumps interval!! 🔥— AkulaKoushikDhfM (@KoushikSuper369) December 2, 2021
Apart from the heroine sequences, everything else is pretty good. The intro and interval are one of the best action blocks in recent times.
Good setup for 2nd half! 👍
1st half done.@MusicThaman anna ni bgm highlight anna🔥🔥#NandamuriBalakrishna ni acting 🐯🐯💥💥.#BoyapatiSreenu mass elevation ki kutha ramp adinchav anna.#Akhanda #BlockbusterAkhanda pic.twitter.com/qUF6iROtuh— Pamidi GOPI N.T.R🤙💛9999 (@gopi_pamidi) December 2, 2021
Next, the 61-year-old actor will be seen in director Gopichand Malineni's film tentatively titled #NBK107. He is also hosting the celebrity talk show Unstoppable with NBK.