Bheemasena Nalamaharaja is Amazon Prime’s next direct-to-OTT release from Kannada cinema. The film hit the platform on the 29th of October.
What is the story about?
Bheemasena Nalamaharaja brings us the story of Latthesha, a man who is very passionate about cooking and would like to call himself by the titular name. Latthesha checks into a resort and runs into a girl named Sarah, starting to narrate his life story to her. However, the twisted path that he has come across has more intertwining than what Sarah imagined in the first place.
The film takes about 40 minutes to establish its characters and actually start getting to the point. Those who would like quick progress can think twice before starting to watch this film as the pace is very slow, and one will need a lot of patience before something worthy actually starts happening in the film. The buildup towards the intermission brings a lot of hope as there is a good twist brought to the fore (if you have not seen the trailer). After the halfway mark, the film blows hot and cold by delivering a fairly good flashback portion but a ridiculous twist in the climax which will not go down too well with everybody. There are a lot of rough patches throughout the film, and with its 140 minute runtime taking its time to get things sorted, it could have been a crisper and clearer affair on the whole, for a better end product to arise.
The film allots the majority of the screen time to the lead actor trio Aravinnd Iyer, Aarohi Narayanan and Priyanka Thimmesh, who come up with good performances though they do not punch out of the box. Achyuth Kumar proves why he’s such a veteran over the past few years, delivering another knockout performance. The rest of the cast are fine, but the actor who plays the doctor; should have been replaced with a better performer.
Music & Other Departments
Bheemasena Nalamaharaja has a good set of tunes by Charan Raj, along with some solid visuals especially in the montage sequences. Overall, it is good work put forward by the technical team.
Even though the core story is very similar to many other films, the way in which it is spun around especially in the second half, is laudable.
The film’s slow takeoff and the bummer in the climax.
Did I enjoy it?
Not really. The film was very slow and had only a handful of interesting portions.
Do I recommend it?
The film is far from perfect but could quench your thirst if you are a fan of basic emotional dramas. It would have been way better if lesser things were revealed in the trailer.