Mahesh Babu, Anushka Shetty, Prakash Raj, Sunil, Brahmanandam
Yash Bhatt, Sunil Patel
A. Sreekar Prasad
Peter Heins, Ram Lakshman
Singanamala Ramesh, C. Kalyan
Story, Screenplay, Direction:
Superstar Prince Mahesh Babu's Mahesh Kaleja has arrived with several
anticipations. The last time Mahesh Babu appeared in Telugu movie was
for Athidhi. Hence, Mahesh Kaleja review is the much awaited word and
understandably so. So let's uncover Khaleja movie review.
GK (Prakash Raj) is a business tycoon and plans to establish a plastic
factory in Paali village. He discovers that the land in Paali has
Iridium (worth more than gold) through a researcher. For that, Hence,
GK plans to get his son's marriage with Tanikella Bharani's daughter
Subhashini (Anushka) so that their business can prosper unlawfully. And
GK tries to evacuate the people in Paali (through a superstition) so
that he can acquire Iridium land. Cut across, Seetharama Raju (Mahesh
Babu) is a cab driver. The plot unveils as how this nowhere related
Seetharama Raju saves the lives of the 534 people in Paali
Writer turned Director Trivikram Srinivas is known for his candy floss
and humor quotient, but he unveils a different fairy-tale in the form
of an action entertainer Kaleja. It's Mahesh Babu all the way in
Khaleja, which turns out to be an average film.
Mahesh Babu's characterization is being shown in a completely different
dimension. Trivikram once again comes up with an attractive script that
aptly suits Mahesh Babu. In fact, Mahesh Babu has not done such a
unique character thus far in his career. Mahesh Babu shoulders the
responsibility and carries the feel of his character very well in this
While the conflict point and plot were reasonably strong, the
screenplay and pace in which the story took off was not as expected.
However, since the lead protagonist being Mahesh Babu, the strength in
the conflict point was not badly affected who carried well. Mahesh
Babu's action sequences were well made and he does with Bachchan-like
Having said all these, Mahesh Kaleja is certainly not a film that
should be made with a whopping budget of 40 crores and short in 3
years. Trivikram once again carries the same humor dimensions with
Sunil, Ali and Brahmanandam. However, all the giddiness in the plot
does not dilute the big bang.
Trivikram Srinivas manages to sustain the subtlety element in the first
half, which is exciting and humors (Like he earlier did in Nuvve Nuvve
and Athadu). But the second half could not accommodate the same pace.
There should have edited the second half, which would have increased
the tempo. Amidst huge ticket-stub flinging and loud cheers, Mahesh
Kaleja manages to create a decent persona to watch.
Mahesh Babu is very handsome and elegant. His stylish looks and trendy
costumes once again make him a teen heartthrob. True to his image of
Prince Charming, Mahesh Babu mesmerizes with this on-screen presence.
His action episodes are great and his body language is very energetic.
Anushka, as a demure damsel, is attractive. Her essential impishness
fits the role to the T (tee). However, she needs to improve her
expressions in emotional scenes.
Rao Ramesh does well as a foreteller ' almost the same character like
he did in Magadheera. Shafi also did well as Rao Ramesh's disciple.
Prakash Raj and Thannikela Bharani are adequate.
Yash Bhatt has done a phenomenal job - The camera angles tight close
shots, lighting effects and camera movements. His cinematography is on
top, gritty and classy.
Mani Sharma's music was not great except for two songs - particularly
the Om Namo Siva Rudraya song is absolutely brilliant. But re-recording
in action episodes is good. The action sequences of Peter Heins are
Editor Sreekar Prasad perhaps could have done a better job in the
second half where the actual plot would be unveiled. It's a tough call
nevertheless for him.
All things considered, Mahesh Kaleja turns out to be an average movie.
With gigantic expectations and surge in the fan base, Mahesh Khaleja
comes with huge expectations, but the screenplay and the pace, coupled
with an unnecessary song in the second half makes it a typical movie. But boy, watch out
for Mahesh Babu's characterization.
Edited by premeer4rever - 07 October 2010 at 1:20am