Shirdi Sai is a devotional film which depicts the life and times of Shirdi Sai Baba. Sai Baba, played by Nagarjuna ‘appears’ in Shirdi and starts rescuing people from all the bad things happening to them. Right from the beginning to the end, this movie was all about Nagarjuna gleaming in glory. He looked more like a King basking in royalty, than a God-man.
The story is set when the British were ruling India. The movie has no pace, no life and left a dry taste in my mouth. Majority of the film was about how Sai Baba turned non-believers into believers. Everybody, right from the so-called villain Bhatia, played by Sayadi Shinde to the English (who also happened to speak Telugu) bowed down to the might of Sai Baba.
This film is specifically made for devotees and has nothing really special about it. Yes, it is a very close depiction of what Sai Baba’s life was like and the miracles he did for people. But from strictly a movie point of view it was an utter disappointment. The music of the film wasn’t really upto the mark. Most songs were unnecessarily placed. It was almost like this film was a musical. Acting wasn’t really required in this film. Any person without acting skills would have done a good enough job. As for the set designs, it was pitiful. It looked like most of the film was shot on a stage using theater props and sets. Even with the world being so technologically advanced, the visual effects turned out to be a bummer.
A lot of scenes were so unreal that it could make you uncomfortable. For instance, when the evil British turned from non-believers to believers, they could have alerted the Queen and probably given independence to India.
The movie is for people who are fanatics of Sai Baba, and religious people in general. The not-so-religious ones will not be very impressed, nor will they turn believers!
Verdict: Won’t really recommend it unless you believe God shall strike you down with all his wrath if you skip this movie.
Director: K. Raghavendra Rao
Cast & Crew: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Srikanth, Srihari, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Sarath Babu, Sai Kumar, Ali, Bramhanandam
Music: M. M.Keeravani
Length: 2 hrs 25 mins
Writer: Bhaktha Suresh Kumar
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