In order to save the country, the soldiers should not only be posted in the borders but also be in the society. This is the basic storyline of Srisailam by Nageswara Rao KS. Unfortunately, the film, which has a huge cast including Krishnamraju and Nagababu in key roles, has failed to leave a lasting impression on the minds of the audiences.
Srisailam (Srihari), a Major in the army posted at Kashmir is a great patriot. He is an orphan and Viswanath (Nagababu) is his only best friend. Unfortunately, Viswanath's wife and son dies in a blast triggered by terrorists. Later, in an operation Viswanath nabs a terrorist, but is forced to release them to save some tourists who have come for Amarnath Yatra. Later Viswanath kills himself along with the all the terrorists with the help of explosives. Srisailam decides to eliminate all the terrorists inside the country.
During the investigation, Srisailam comes to know that the terrorists are not infiltrated into the country, but are groomed in Hyderabad. With the permission of his superior office, Srisailam goes to Hyderabad as a terrorist. He comes across the Pakistani terrorists and learns of their plan to kill Krishnadevaraya (Krishnamraju) the University vice-chancellor of a, who was to spearhead the peace initiative between India and Pakistan. Srisailam gets the operation and as per plan, joins the university's engineering college as bus driver. He wins the appreciation of Krishnadevaraya and agrees to teach boxing to his son Ram (Ram Kiran).
The Ultras plan an attack when Krishnadevaraya was about to meet the Muslim leaders but Srisailam saves him. But Krishnadevaraya suspects him and subjects him to a narco-analysis test and learns the truth. After this, both Krishnadevaraya and Srisailam join hands and they finally eliminate all the terrorists .
PLUS: Srihari is in his usual role and has excelled in action scenes. All the action scenes have been choreographed in a stylish manner. Though Nagababu appears in a few scenes, he has shown exemplary performance and Krishnamraju, who has made a re-entry into films after a long gap appears in an honourable role. But for a couple of action scenes, the film has nothing much to say.
The director, who has brought out many good films in his career, has failed to navigate the film in a proper manner. Especially the movement of the film is quite haphazard. It is absurd that an Army officer takes up investigation, when the police who have to maintain law and order in the state. It is also absurd to say that Muslims always perpetrate anti-social activities. The word 'Jihad' has been glorified in the film and it is not known how and why things take place in various scenes.
The music is horrendous, especially the re-recording is terrible. None of the songs are well synchronized. Moreover, the placement of songs is also very poor. The director has failed to establish the love or relationship between Srihari and Sajitha. The young couple selected for the film is another big draw back. Ram Kiran, neither has a good physique nor glamour, but has been projected as hero, while Suhani was wasted in the heroine's role. Dialogues by Swamiji and Vijay are good in parts. The comedy track with Venumadhav, Chitram Sreenu and Brahmanandam has failed to tickle the funny bone. Onwhole, the director has failed to make use of the services of seasoned artistes.
The audiences who go to the theatre to watch a movie for entertainment are at a loss as they cannot find any kind of entertainment. But for the action scenes, the film had nothing to watch and even they have not been properly placed. It is doubtful how far it can attract the audiences. The theme of the film is elimination of terrorists. But what the hero does to eliminate them has not been properly highlighted. It appears too cinematic how a person who has got several bullet wounds recovers easily and fights terrorists.
Cast: Srihari, Nagababu and Krishnamraju, Sajitha, Yashpal Sharma, Ram Kiran, Suhani, Brahmanandam, Venumadhav, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Chitram Sreenu, Sharif, Potti Rambabu, Siva, Vijay, Akshaya, Sindhu, Rajani, Navya and others
Lyrics: Bhaskarabhatla, Ananth Sriram and Sreenu Paidipalli
Camera: Adusumilli Vijaykumar
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Music: Sri Sai
Producer: Tadivaka Ramesh Naidu
Story, screenplay and direction: KS Nageswara Rao.
Banner: Image Films
Released on: January 31, 2009