Bhola Shankar movie review: Chiranjeevi shines in a lackluster remake

Posted By: Shweta Khandal

Posted On: August 11, 2023

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After the big hit of Waltair Veerayya, superstar Chiranjeevi decided to do another movie. This time, he picked a movie called Vedalam, which was made by Ajith.

The new movie is named Bhola Shankar and is directed by Meher Ramesh. Even though it’s a remake, Bhola Shankar’s story is quite similar to Vedalam’s story.

Shankar (Chiranjeevi) and Mahalakshmi (Keerthy Suresh) go to Kolkata so that their child Maha can join a good college.

Shankar gets a job driving a taxi for Vamshi’s (Vennela Kishore) company. Srikar (Sushanth) sees Maha and immediately falls in love with her. He talks to Shankar and asks for permission to marry Maha.

At the same time, there’s a big problem with people being taken and sold illegally in Kolkata. This is being controlled by a man named Alex and his two brothers.

The main police officer in Kolkata (DGP played by Sayaji Shinde) is determined to stop this, but many of the lower-ranked police officers and government workers are scared of Alex’s gang. They don’t want to get involved.

With Shankar’s help, the police catch some of the bad guys and rescue girls who were going to be taken away. One of Alex’s younger brothers finds out about Shankar’s involvement and tries to kill him. But Shankar fights back and defeats the brother and his group.

In another attack, Shankar manages to kill another one of Alex’s brothers. A lawyer named Lasya (Tamannaah Bhatia), who had met Shankar before, sees these fights and talks to Shankar about them.

Shankar tells everyone that Maha is not really his sister and then he explains the whole background. He talks about who he is, why he’s in Kolkata pretending to be Maha’s brother, and how he’s linked to the group that’s trafficking people illegally. The rest of the story revolves around these details.

It seems like Meher Ramesh’s comeback has taken the story and way of telling it back in time. The decision to remake Vedalam is quite confusing and lacks a modern touch.

The romantic songs with Tamannaah, Chiru’s special dance moves, scenes with Rashmi and Sreemukhi, and so on, all feel awkward and uncomfortable, like they don’t fit naturally into the story.

Keerthy Suresh does a good job in a role that isn’t written very well. She doesn’t just fade into the background next to Chiranjeevi but holds her own. Vennela Kishore also does well in his short part.

However, the other actors don’t have much to do except to support Chiranjeevi, who is the main focus and standout presence.

There isn’t really anything noteworthy to discuss about the story or how it’s told. While this movie manages to fulfill the usual expectations of mass entertainment, it doesn’t introduce anything fresh or innovative throughout.

The final thirty minutes or so of the film, including the lead-up to the climax, move swiftly and are acceptable.

The music composed by Mahathi Sagar is satisfying, and the background music is also effective. Dudley’s camera work showcases Chiranjeevi excellently. The action scenes are well-done according to the movie’s style.

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