What Is the Film About? Maharshi is the journey of Rishi (Mahesh Babu) becoming a Maharshi, a god-like figure, for farmers. In short, it is about how an ambitious, success-driven middle-class youth becomes a billionaire CEO of US, only to be reminded of his roots via a forgotten friendship. Who is the friend and how it changes his path is what the movie is all about? How Is Mahesh Babu’s Performance? Superstar Mahesh Babu is seen in three shades in the movie as has been said. They can be differentiated courtesy of the costume and pitch of the voice and amount of English. In short, they are just surficial add-on with no depth. Leaving aside that criticism, Mahesh Babu is in a fine and sincere role as usual. The problem is the sameness across back to back films and the resultant monotony associated with it. As said above, the solution for that turned out to be cosmetic changes which don’t make an impact.
The writing is to be majorly blamed for that, along with the character sketch. There are short punches like “Elli chaduvuko po” when Mahesh Babu meets the character of Kamal Kamaraju for the first time, which work. But at the end of an overall, it looks like a lousy mishmash of lively energetic roles of the star from Businessman and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu. Coming to the usual deal, the intensity is present throughout. There are a few scenes more so towards the end that do stand out within the narrative. But they don’t have a similar ring to them when seen career-wise. They are good, no doubt, but nothing special either.
Considering the promotion as it is Mahesh Babu’s 25th film, something special was expected from the star, and it is with that view the performance is disappointing.
The last two films of MegaStar-Mahesh Babu, Srimathudu and Bharat Ane Nenu, followed a similar template. Both the stories were about a rich guy becoming the champion of the masses. While the recent flick, Maharshi, directed by Vamsi Paidipally, also follows the same trajectory but is a bit different.