October 10, 2010 Srinivas
Director Trivikram did his best to make this film (Mahesh Kaleja) to look as exceptional as possible and thrived in his endeavor to a certain extent. Mahesh Babu, in his chocolate looks and latest chic of dialogue delivery did a good job to vibrate the viewers. The effort for uniqueness led to down for the count. The technical aspects of the film such as cinematography, sound, etc. are free of errors. As far as the screenplay is concerned, it was well knitted, yet, with certain hitches. The usual breakers are the music and dance sequences and the devotional song is an exemption. The comedy has its own share nevertheless, in an extra dosage.
The narration hauled more often than not. By and large, Mahesh Kaleja is an entertainer which requires alterations at some particular points. The opening segment of the film wobbles up the viewers for a handful of minutes. The rest all is the unfolding. A taxi driver, though unwilling, ends up in a remote rural community of Rajastan only to be stabbed and manages to get away with death.
The female protagonist, who happens to meet the taxi driver on few occasions at their home city, inadvertently meets him again and travels along with him through out the course. On his journey back home, he finds himself in another parish whose inhabitants await his arrival for their misery to be ended. Back home, he learns that his trip is a part of conspiracy of a rogue industrialist.
Mahesh Babu as the classy taxi driver, with honed up discourse, rendered a fine feat, undeniably. Anushka, as a female lead looked striking and especially is apt with the height of Mahesh Babu. But, she has nothing much to do except to woo the protagonist. Brahmanandam, Ali and Sunil, with their customary humorous means, stimulated the viewers. Prakash Raj, in the role of an ill-famed capitalist, made an impression that he has moved into the skin of the role.
The flawed fractions of the narration are: The antagonist who is capable of killing the high profiled geologist, the dean of a medical college and the defying employees in broad day light, had to conspire to a large extent to kill a taxi driver (just because he is the hero). The botanist (Ali) moves about, with the protagonist as if the former has no other work.
The narration lacked seriousness and the alternatives to the cited flaws could make Mahesh Kaleja a wholesome entertainer. To the degree that the humor is concerned, the directors, rather the writers are in a misconception that only the crude words and phrases generate laughter. The protagonist is made repeatedly to utter the words, 'Nee..', 'Dobbindi' and a lot to mention which are not at all required to create hilarity. The excess violence at the climax is upsetting. The stunts defying laws of gravity are uproarious. Anyways, we enjoy the comic series of Phantom the savior and the stunts of 'Dare Devil' of the western world. So, why couldn't we enjoy with our own heroes?