Cast: Srihari, Nagababu, Krishnam Raju, Sajita, Suhani and Others. Action: Ram-Laxman. Art: KV Ramana. Cinematography: A. Vijaykumar. Dialogues: Swamiji-Vijay. Editing: Marthand K. Venkatesh. Music: Sri Sai. Story, Screenplay & Direction: Nageswara Rao KS. Producer:Tadivaka Ramesh Naidu. Banner: Image Films. Release Date: 31st January, 2009.
Srihari makes staccato like statements in English about the nuances and rudiments of boxing while the onlookers are stunned, shocked and their faces appear as if the hero has done something spectacular, out of the blue, i.e., speak a foreign language. He then says speaking English is a fashion which is not a part of our culture. There is Krishnam Raju too who reminds us he was a boxing champion in 1975. If you are wondering Srisailam is a film on sports you are wrong.
It is about a patriot whose love for India runs in his blood, veins and thoughts, even when he is boozing. Infact he can hold a bottle in one hand and a shovel in the other and carve a beautiful map of India on the snow. Nagababu is his best friend who loses his family in the bomb blast at Lumbini Park. He immediately rushes with Srihari and you can't help wonder why mortuaries in our hospitals have dirty walls that look like spittoons.
Nagababu holds a Pakistani terrorist with him and refuses to exchange the Indians who are in captivity. He blows himself up with the terrorist and Srihari vows to fulfill his friend's ambition, to wipe out terrorists from the country who are basically masquerading as citizens. He kills Krishnam Raju's son-in-law who is anti-social element and saves the former from being killed. Krishnam Raju goes a step further in showing that he is a true Indian by getting his daughter married to a Muslim boy and is committed towards making the peace talks a success.
There is a dialogue that a terrorist reels off, "On the first night we tell our wives that we should produce human bombs," putting his focus on being a Jihadi. Another funny situation arises when the terrorist poses a challenge in a boxing ring, when he is about to lose he throws killer powder on his opponent and Srihari inspires him to fight back though he cannot see anything…he says that it will be possible through the signals from his messages to his brain.
Srihari has many a role to play, he is a friend to Venumadhav and Nagababu, a brother to Suhani, and a lover to two ladies. He finds it difficult performing all the dances with his paunch in the cool confines of the mountains. The heroines are painfully repulsive. The climax is the highlight confirming that certain aspects in filmmaking will never change.
Srihari gives a strong fight throughout the film, but towards the end without even raising his finger tells his enemy to kill him and that he is willing to make a supreme sacrifice. Before that he tells all the people who have gathered there to sing a patriotic song while he collapses being overpowered with bullets.
Predictably he rises and bashes up the villains for a whole five minutes that never seem to arrive at a logical end. His film is for those eternal optimists of Telugu cinema who still can see hope at the end of the tunnel.