Watch 'Mahesh Khaleja' for Mahesh Babu's charisma
Everything looks perfect when Mahesh Babu is around though the script and narration could have been much better. For those who expected another film like 'Okkudu' or 'Athadu', 'Mahesh Khaleja' is certainly a let-down.
The film, however, has its positive points apart from, of course, Mahesh Babu's performance. The cinematography is mind-blowing and the comedy has a classic touch.
Director Trivikram Sreenivas, who has always been a great script and dialogue writer, fails to excel in his core strength this time. What we see on screen is just a couple of hilarious dialogues and some funny situations, but the film lacks the punch seen in Mahesh Babu's previous film 'Athadu', which was also directed by Sreenivas.
In all his hugely successful films like 'Pokiri', 'Athadu' and 'Okkudu', Mahesh always had a few dialogues that had a lot of force and punch. But here Sreenivas has tried to experiment and has given Mahesh too many dialogues and they fail to make an impact.
The first half of the film is dull. It does pick up pace in the second half but the narration is inconsistent and tedious. The climax is little better. The audience may come back feeling that something was surely amiss somewhere.