What is bad:
Balakrishna’s movies are famous for their punch dialogues. Mithrudu has none that are good enough to linger on! The second half is very weak and even die-hard Balakrishna films will only term it average. In fact, it looks like a rehashed version of Okka Magaadu. Balakrishna acts well, but his age shows – puffed cheeks and dreary eyes do not render well in a phase where heroes flaunt six-pack abs. Same is the case with Priyamani. She looks awful and could do well with a physical trainer. One wonders if Balakrishna is nearing his sell-by date as a hero. The music in the second half lacks energy and the songs are thrust to fill in movie time. A bad second half will definitely overshadow a good first half and therein lies the fault line of the whole movie. Like all movies that has a “crowded comedy cast”, a lot of them (like Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam) are wasted.
Me Thinks:Watch it for an easy paced first half. You will like Brahmanandam’s and Krishna Bhagwan’s comedy. Balakrishna’s songs too are well shot.
Tailpiece: Even after 2 ½ hours I could not figure out the relevance of the title “Mithrudu.” Except for Priyamani, Balakrishna is either rude, sarcastic or indifferent to everybody else he meets in this movie. What is so friendly about that? Looks like the director knows something we don’t