Review : Bholaa Shankar – Mediocre action drama
Published on Aug 12, 2023 3:04 am IST
Bholaa Shankar Telugu Movie Review

Release Date : August 11, 2023 Rating : 2.5/5

Starring: Chiranjeevi, Tamannaah Bhatia, Keerthy Suresh, Sushanth, Raghu Babu, Murali Sharma, Ravi Shankar, Vennela Kishore, Tulasi, Sree Mukhi, Bithiri Sathi, Satya, Getup Srinu, Rashmi Gautam, Uttej and others

Director: Meher Ramesh

Producers: Ramabrahmam Sunkara, Anil Sunkara, and Ajay Sunkara

Music Directors: Mahati Swara Sagar

Cinematographer: Dudley

Editors: Marthand K Venkatesh

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Following the blockbuster success of Waltair Veerayya, Megastar Chiranjeevi is back with a new movie, Bholaa Shankar. Meher Ramesh wielded the megaphone after a 10-year hiatus, and the movie hit screens globally today. Dive into our review to know how the movie fared.


Shankar (Chiranjeevi), a taxi driver, along with his sister Mahalakshmi (Keerthy Suresh), lands in Kolkata for her education. In the meantime, a mafia gang, led by Alex (Tarun Arora), kidnaps girls in the city. Shankar aids the police in bursting one of their kidnaps, and Alex decides to take revenge on Shankar. What happened next? Did Alex kill Shankar? Who is Shankar? What is his past? The answers will be known by watching the main movie.

Plus Points:

Megastar Chiranjeevi knows his fans’ pulse and always delivers the best to keep them entertained. In this film too, his mass appeal is a feast for fans. Chiranjeevi once again shows the best of himself, and his ease in performing both action and emotional scenes is impressive.

Keerthy Suresh gets a decent role, and her performance is simply impressive. Again, she has a neat space to perform emotionally in this flick.

Tamannaah Bhatia looks gorgeous, and she gives her best even though her screen presence is minimal. Sushanth, Murali Sharma, and the others are just okay in their roles.

The action sequences are well-composed, and the cinematography significantly adds to the show. Dudley showcases his best work, especially during the fight scenes.

Minus Points:

The story takes the first hit. The story is quite routine, and there is no freshness in any scene. Chiranjeevi tries his best to uplift the film with his acting in comedy and action scenes. Unfortunately, there is no high moment in the film.

Meher Ramesh did a below-par job as a director. He failed to make the movie enjoyable by infusing a racy screenplay. Some scenes in both halves could have received a better treatment.

When it is a Chiru movie, one would expect better songs and energetic dance moves. Sadly, the film lacks both, and the score is too bad. Mahati Swara Sagar failed to make an impact.

The film has many characters that don’t help the narrative. Actors like Uttej, Raja Ravindra, Brahmaji, and others could have been given more space to perform.

Tamannaah is just limited to very few scenes, and she doesn’t have any scope to showcase her performance. Comedy scenes are okay, but they need better treatment to appeal to family audiences.

Technical Aspects:

Meher Ramesh wasted an excellent opportunity to make this Vedalam remake into a great movie. He designed Chiru’s character well, but failed to write an engaging screenplay. Had he concentrated more on the narration, the movie’s result would have been different.

Composer Mahati Swara Sagar failed to leave a mark. The editing by Marthand K Venkatesh could have been better. The cinematography by Dudley is neat and enhances the viewing experience. Production values are good.


On the whole, Chiranjeevi’s Bholaa Shankar is a mediocre action drama with decent performances from Chiranjeevi and Keerthy Suresh. Comedy scenes here and there worked well in both halves. Keep your expectations in check while watching this movie, as it features a few unnecessary scenes and a laggy screenplay. Rating: 2.5/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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