Hyderabad: Family entertainer! Aren’t we all familiar with this word? The Telugu film industry has seen plenty of such movies in the past. A family entertainer is supposed to be a film that has something in it for everyone in the family. But then the term ‘family entertainer’ is a misleading word. You delve deeper into the movie and you realise there is not enough of anything for anyone. One family entertainer cannot be any different from another family entertainer since all of them dish out the same elements of action romance, sentiment and comedy. Adding to the never ending list is NTR’s Brindavanam.
Well, the movie is about Krish (NTR) who is the boyfriend of Indu (Samantha). Now Krish is this helpful and friendly guy who helps his friends get married by thrashing all the goons and one who can be trusted to overcome any kind of parental pressure. His girlfriend Indu naturally requests him to help her friend Bhoomi (Kajal) by stopping her marriage to her rogue cousin (Ajay). Krish enters Bhoomi’s family pretending to be her boyfriend with the noble intention of helping her. (Just help, mind you)
But then like a true Telugu hero, Krish impresses Bhoomi’s father (Prakashraj) and her family to such extent that they decide that he is ‘the one’ for their daughter Bhoomi. He also mends the relations between Bhoomi’s father and his step-brother (Sri Hari) and brings them together. Of course, the inevitable also happens. Bhoomi unknowingly (but we all knew) falls in love with Krish and when Indu also steps into the house, the love triangle is well and truly on.
Bhoomi’s cousin keeps making attempts to abduct her till the climax only to be thwarted and thrashed by Krish. No Telugu film these days can be complete without Brahmanandam and Venu Madhav and they along with NTR and Sri Hari provide the comic relief which is perhaps the best part of the movie.
NTR has a different look in the movie and delivers an impressive performance. Samantha is okay as Indu but the role isn’t any way near that of ‘Jesse’ in her debut movie. Kajal is good as the innocent girl ‘Bhoomi’. Prakash Raj and Sri Hari are their usual selves in roles that they have essayed in the past. Music by Thaman is average with the songs ‘Suride Suride’ and ‘Chinado vaipu Pedhado vaipu’ standing out.
Cinematography by Chota K Naidu is impressive.
The audience is left with a sense of déjàvu after watching the movie as there is nothing new and original about the movie. There are parts of the movie, especially the comedy scenes, involving Brahmanandam and NTR which are good. Unfortunately, the Telugu audience seem to have accepted an assortment of a few comedy scenes, some action sequences and a couple of songs to be a good movie.
However the most important aspect that is perhaps sorely missing from the director Vamsi Paidipalli’s ‘Brindavanam’ is an interesting story. We are so used to see the same kind of storyline since the days of NTR’s uncle Balakrishna’s movie ‘Naari Naari Naduma Murari’ in 1990.
It is unfortunate that twenty years later with far better technology and with a versatile set of actors, the plot is still the same.
By Raghu Chaitanya