Balakrishna Akhanda Review
Release Date : December 02,2021
Rating : 3.25/5
Starring: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Pragya Jaiswal, JagapathiBabu, Srikanth, Avinash, Poorna, Subbaraju
Director: Boyapati Srinu
Producers: Miryala Ravinder Reddy
Music Director: Thaman S
Cinematography : C. Ram Prasad
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao
Nandamuri Balakrishna and director Boyapati Seenu’s much-awaited movie, Akhanda has hit the screens today. Let’s check how is it.
Akhanda opens with the scenes related to a social reformer Murali Krishna (Balakrishna) in Anantapuram district, who marries an IAS officer named Sravaya( Pragya Jaiswal). Eventually, the illegal mining episode of Varadarajulu( Srikanth) will be showcased. When it is questioned by Murali Krishna, Varadarajulu starts an attack on his family and this is the time Akhanda enters the scene as a savior. Who is Akhanda? What is his backstory? Why is he safeguarding Murali Krishna’s family? Forms the crucial crux of the film.
Nandamuri Balakrishna surprises with his energetic screen presence and terrific boby language. While his acting as a village head is okay, Balayya brings brightness to all the key scenes with his amazing screen presence as Akhanda.
Balayya did some risk stunts and his dialogues and performance during the action sequences is a treat to watch for his fans and mass audience.
Heroine Pragya Jaiswal is impressive with her screen presence as an IAS officer and her look in saree attires is cool. Interval bang where Akhanda makes an entry is one of the major highlights for the movie.
Srikanth is decent with his makeover and tried his best to potray the negative role in a convincing way. Other actors such as Jagapathi Babu and Bollywood actor Mehta are okay in their respective roles. Artists who played the supporting roles gave a decent performance.
Though the idea of making a film based on elements such as Nature and God is good, looks like director Boyapati Seenu confused in presenting the entire concept in a proper manner.
Lack of emotional connectivity is a major minus for this actioner and the director would have taken care in writing a gripping screenplay instead of focusing on the Akhanda character.
The chemistry between Balayya and Pragya Jaiswal has not been presented in a proper manner.
Thaman’s music is the backbone of this actioner as his background score elevates the action sequences neatly. While Jai Balayya song is enjoyable, other songs are situation oriented and passable on the screen.
The cinematography by Ram Prasad C is amazing as he presented the entire film with his some grandeur framing through his lens. Editing by Kotagiri Venkateshwara Rao is disappointing as he would have chopped off close to fifteen minutes in both the halves to keep the screen time in limits.
Production values for this high budget entertainer by Dwaraka Creations banner are superb. Makeup and costumes designed technicians should be lauded for their work.
In an overview, Akhanda is a masala entertainer that runs completely on Balayya’s screen presence. While his fantastic screen presence makes the second half proceedings watchable, lack of gripping narration stand tall as a demerit for the movie. But still the film has stuff to satisfy the mass audience and we have to wait and see how will it perform in B and C centers.