What is bad:
The movie is titled “Mahatma” and revolves around the teachings of Gandhi during the second half of the film. Although the movie never gets too preachy about these ideals, there’s nothing new in narrating them like what was seen in “Lage Raho Munnabhai”. Some of the songs in the movie have great lyrics but they weren’t captured well on screen.
Dialogues by Paruchuri brothers are great. A lot of the dialogues in the movie are indirectly aimed at political parties and dynasty politics. Cinematography by Sarath is good in action sequences and he used a lot of brown tint in the film. Music by Vijay Anthony is alright, although the songs are much better to listen to. Production values are alright. Krishnavamsi excels in all the three aspects, story, screenplay and direction which he handles for this film. The story is his commentary on our society today and it’s a deeply personal point of view. Screenplay is very good in first half of the movie. Direction is great right from the beginning (the “fab city” episode). He could have done better in the sequence where the hero is influenced by Gandhi’s principles.
It’s clear that “Mahatma” takes a bold path as the story is revealed. Almost nothing is spared, right from Cinema, media and all the way to caste and politics. It takes lots of guts to narrate such a bold film which criticizes our current political establishment and Krishnavamsi does that in style. It might offend those who sympathize with these establishments, but the film at its heart is highly critical of the system itself. The seriousness of the theme and absence of “lighter” moments leaves you overwhelmed and exhausted in the end. But, no matter what, “Mahatma” is a brave film which will leave you both shaken and stirred. Go watch “Mahatma”, it is the kind of film which has a heavy dose of high voltage drama and a pinch of “Gandhism”.
It’s always so much fun guessing who a character in real life could be, in such political satires. And “Mahatma” is filled with them.