Mon, 11 Oct 2010 11:39:05 GMT

Watch 'Mahesh Khaleja' for Mahesh Babu's charisma

Mahesh Babu's 'Mahesh Khaleja', which releases after a three-year gap, hasn't really lived up to the huge expectations built around it. But Mahesh Babu has given a splendid performance and his screen presence is terrific.

In the film, Seetha Ramaraju is a jovial cab driver, who unwittingly gets mixed up in a twin murder. He has to go to Rajasthan to claim compensation for his battered vehicle where he faces many surprising incidents.

He also meets Subhashini, whom he had met earlier in Hyderabad. And Raju now feels that Subhashini has brought him ill luck whenever he has met her.

While coming back, he goes to a village which is facing misery and people are awaiting a messiah who can change their life for the better. The villagers believe that Raju is their messiah and treat him so. A confused Raju later finds out that the misery of the villagers is linked to the two murders he witnessed in Hyderabad.

The story that unfolds is how Raju helps the villagers and frees the mining-rich village from being exploited by greedy crooks.

Mahesh carries off his role with elan and looks superb too. Anushka looks pretty but doesn't share a good on-screen chemistry with Mahesh. Prakash Raj seems to be repetitive as a villain. Brahmanandam, Sunil and Ali act well, but they don't have too much of space in the film.

Mani Sharma's music is good and the film is visually slick and stronger. Peter Heynes' fight choreography stands out in the film.

'Mahesh Khaleja' is worth a watch for Mahesh's strong screen presence and charisma. It is otherwise just an above average venture.

Source: IANS

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