Tollywood Superstar Mahesh Babu‘s highly anticipated political thriller, ‘Bharath Ane Nenu’ of 2018 was welcomed in cinema halls (on April 20, 2018) with mass hysteria and celebrations galore. Helmed by Siva Koratala, the film (set in an undivided Andhra Pradesh) explores the rise of a youngster in the political circle and features Mahesh Babu as the chief minister of the state. The film also features Kiara Advani, who is making her Tollywood debut with ‘BAN’, in pivotal role.
When Shekhar Kapoor opined after chairing the National Film Awards jury that there is no such thing as regional cinema any longer, he hadn’t seen the new Mahesh Babu starrer ‘Bharath Ane Nenu’, a wish-fulfilment parable on a new political awakening, which has already earned more than Rs 70 crore over the first weekend. And growing stronger by the idea. The elated director, Koratala Siva, is over the moon.
Siva, whose four Telugu films so far (Mirchi in 2013, Srimanthudu in 2015, Janatha Garage in 2016 and now Bharath Ane Nenu) reveal a very high level of special commitment, told IANS, “We always knew our film will strike a chord among the masses. Indian politics has hit an all-time low in many places. There is widespread disillusionment with the people we elect to represent us in Parliament. Why is there no accountability in governance? This is what bothered me when I got down to writing Bharath Ane Nenu.”
He went on to add, “Promise was the key to the plot in Bharath Ane Nenu. When politicians are elected into public offices, they take an oath to serve the people…we the people for the people by the people… But the promise is soon broken. Why? Here was my protagonist who thinks promises are sacred. This gentleman’s word, whether given in his childhood to his mother or to Mother India in his maturity, is never to be broken. The promise was the key to my film.” ALSO READ: Bharat Ane Nenu Box Office Collection Day 3: Mahesh Babu’s Film Overtakes Pawan Kalyan’s Agnyaathavaasi, Varun Tej’s Fidaa To Become 7th Highest Telugu Grosser In USA
Mahesh Babu was the first and only choice to play the enlightened sophisticated Chief Minister. Siva said, “I wanted an actor who can play a politician who is heard without shouting, whom everybody listens to when he talks although he never raises his voice. Someone who could be assertive without getting unnecessarily aggressive. No one fitted the bill except Mahesh Babu. He is soft-spoken and yet persuasive. He is exactly like the Chief Minister he plays in my film. I can’t imagine making this film without Mahesh Babu as Bharath.”
And now, so powerful is the impact of Mahesh Babu’s politician’s act that director Siva is now seriously toying with the idea of a sequel. “I have never liked or entertained the idea of doing sequels or remakes. There are so many fresh stories to be told. But the story of Chief Minister Bharath is too relevant and too pervasive to be forsaken. The country needs a political change. Bharath represents that change,” he further added.
Immediate plans for Bharat Ane Nenu are somewhat radical. Siva revealed, “Seeing the impact of the film’s political message, we are now planning to dub the film in other Indian languages including Hindi. We should’ve done this from the start. We should’ve known that the craving to see a new political awakening is pan-India. We are taking the film to other parts of India apart from Andhra. We feel the political message of the country is relevant to every Indian.” Watch this space for further updates.
With Inputs From IANS