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Bhola Shankar Review: Chiranjeevi Truly Disappoints With Inept Remake

Deccan Chronicle.| BVS Prakash

Published on: August 11, 2023 | Updated on: August 12, 2023

Megastar Chiranjeevi should stick to originals to retain his image he has built over the years among fans

A scene from a song in Bholaa Shankar featuring Chiranjeevi and Keerthy Suresh

A scene from a song in Bholaa Shankar featuring Chiranjeevi and Keerthy Suresh

Cast: Chiranjeevi, Tamannaah, Keerthy Suresh, Murali Sharma and others

Director: Meher Ramesh

After tasting big success with ‘Waltair Veerayya’, Tollywood megastar Chiranjeevi returns with ‘Bholaa Shankar,’ a remake of the Tamil hit ‘Vedalam’, starring Ajit. However, Chiru leaves his fans and audience in despair with Bholaa Shankar. Barring a few graceful dances and action episodes, Chiranjeevi couldn’t salvage an insipid plot  with dreary narration loaded with senseless comedy. Vennela Kishore’s bland comedy track is nothing but crap.  After playing a Good Samaritan in many movies, Chiru has showcased ‘grey’ shades in this film, but it doesn’t offer any excitement since the role of a hooligan is predictable and outdated.  

Less said the better about Tamannaah’s ill-defined role which is half-baked. Director Meher Ramesh who delivered flops like ‘Shakti’ and ‘Shadow’ is making a comeback with this much-hyped movie. He hasn’t learnt the art of filmmaking yet and still believes that he can pull off a winner with a wafer-thin plot loaded with songs, fights and comedy. He is bound to be disappointed in the days to come.

Chiranjeevi's character in the backdrop of Kolkata, reminds us of his blockbuster ‘Chudalani Undi’. But this outlandish film is no match to it since the former had a strong emotional connection between father and son. If Meher thought, the brother-sister in this film, could help him out, he got it all wrong since this bonding lacks depth or emotional connect.

The film is about the story of Bholaa, who arrives in Kolkata, to get his sister (Keerthy Suresh), enrolled in a college and settles down in a small house. He takes up a job as a taxi driver and finds Susanth following his sister. He gets to know that the boy is in love with her and fixes their engagement. Meanwhile, he stumbles upon gang members involved in kidnapping young girls and sets out to track them down. Will he be able to bust the gang and save girls? Watch the movie in theatres to find out.


Chiranjeevi's signature dance moves and swag in action episodes deserves some appreciation, but his role of hooligan-turned-doting brother isn’t impressive enough to keep the audience hooked. Tamannaah plays a failed lawyer and she is just there to entertain Chiranjeevi whenever possible because their earlier tiffs look forced than realistic. Keerthy Suresh's role provides ample scope for performance and she delivers effortlessly. Vennela Kishore disappoints with his life-less comedy, while Murali Sharma and Tulasi are just ok as parents of Keerthy Suresh.

Music composer Mahati Swara Sagar fails to render any exciting chartbusters, while dialogues of Mamidala Tirupathi are also not up to the mark.

Chiranjeevi should avoid doing remakes and simply choose to do straight Telugu stories like ‘Waltair Veerayya’. With young heroes ruling the roost in TFI, Chiru has to be doubly careful and should focus on quality over quantity, if he has to sustain his image earned with his efforts over the four decades. Unfortunately, his scathing comments against YCP leaders in real-life could enthuse his fans over his dialogues in this movie. 

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