June 02, 2012 10:23 IST
He takes a sideswipe at Jagan Mohan Reddy for rigging up statues, saying great leaders are found not on roads but in the hearts of the people. "I can't be lured by posts," is the rhetoric in the film's teaser.
And he does just that. Younger son of TDP founder-president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister NTR, Nandamuri Balakrishna plays a mind-bending triple role in Adhinayakudu. A satire on the current political milieu in the state, the film has allusions to the "glorious" regime of NTR.
Ironically, Adhinayakudu is a travesty of a film. For screening politics, it needs political screening itself. It's impossible plotline and subpar narrative make it less political thriller and more screwball comedy.
Ostensibly, it's a revenge drama where son turns on father and later avenger, all played by who-else but Balayya himself.
A popcorn movie with no political heft, Adhinayakudu's campiness makes it a must-watch for Balayya loyalists. His baritone as the elder Rayalseema paterfamilias redeems himself somewhat. But as his son and grandson, Balayya fails to strike the uneasy balance between public service and the debasement of power.
The film is too absurd for anyone to take seriously. The bare-knuckled politics at times knuckling under Laxmi Rai's capers.
It suffers from a total lack of cohesion, even if NBK in rare moments manages to rise above the dross.
Its production values are low. The characters look like nothing more than a sentient rug.
Watch Adhinayakudu only for its loud costumes, pedestrian special effects, unintentional hilarity, rear stall hyperbole, belly buttons - and because you've got nothing else on standby.