It's festival time here in Andhra Pradesh. People are bursting crackers and garlanding huge cut outs of Chiranjeevi. Chiranjeevi is to Andhra what Rajanikanth is to Tamilnadu. One third of the theatres in any town or city of Andhra are screening his latest film 'Shankar Dada Zindabad'. And the moment somebody utters the word 'ticket' in the theatres ticket less people rush to him and mob him with one question, "Do you have one"? Those that are selling tickets in black are making some fast bucks.
'Shankar Dada Zindabad' is all about a transformation: from punches to peace.
Unlike 'Shankar Dada MBBS', where Shankar (Chiranjeevi) the good natured 'anna' wanted to study MBBS here he wants to marry his lady love Jahnavi (Karishma Kotak). Jahnavi is a radio jockey and Shankar dada is besotted by her voice that cheerfully greets the Hyderabadis everyday. For the sake of his love he has to become an expert in Gandhian philosophy.
And there is Gandhi in the movie - Yes, the one who brought freedom to India. Well not him actually, but his inner spirit.
Shankar Dada Zindabad is all about Gandhigiri and not dadagiri. The movie depicts the transformation of Shankar Dada from a criminal to a Gandhian. But in today's world does Gandhian values yield any result? The movie holds the answer.
It's original Hindi version was a massive hit. 'Shankar Dada Zindabad' too is going to become a hit. It caters to all types of people in the society. Rich, poor, educated, uneducated, young, and old: all can enjoy this movie.
Families would want to watch this movie together. But they might have to wince at one item song. Other than that the movie can be seen by the family.
The movie will attract large number of school children who will be encouraged by their teachers to see the movie, the item song notwithstanding. And there are a lot of positive things that can be learnt from the movie.
Direction, acting, and music have been good in Shankar Dada Zindabad. Chiranjeevi, the maestro just enacts the scenes with perfect ease. Srikanth matches him frame to frame. But circuit was far better than Srikanth.
Karishma Kotak impresses. So does the music of Devi Sri Prasad.
'Shankar Dada Zindabad' has everything. There is a mega star and four small stars, a beautiful actress, a strong social message, and some good songs. In the final analysis, Shankar Dada Zindabad is a poor copy of 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'. But for those that haven't seen the original 'Shankar Dada Zindabad' it is solid entertainment.