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Review : Businessman - Rise of the anti-hero

  Release date: 13 January 2012 Rating : 3.5/5
Director : Puri Jagannadh
Producer : Venkat
Music Director : Thaman S
Starring: Mahesh Babu, Kajal,Prakash Raj,Shayaji Shinde,Nazar

“The world is a war zone, and you battle for your life with killer instinct, come what may” says Surya Bhai, the protagonist of Puri Jagannadh’s latest film Businessman. The film stands true to the tenet throughout, and this consistency of thought, mixed with Jagannadh’s marked dialogues should ensure that Businessman will be successful.

What’s it about :

At a time when Mumbai Police declares that they have finished the last of mafia, Surya, a seemingly chocolate boy comes to Mumbai to visit his friend. However, the boy is made of steel, and his vision is to take over Mumbai, either by hook or crook. For this purpose, he employs the almost dead Mumbai mafia, and does a Robinhood for the people who lost their homes to bank rules. It is not long before Surya becomes Surya bhai, and he is able to spread his wings to Delhi, and the police are on a mission to finish him. But Surya cunningly makes the daughter of the commissioner, Chitra (Kajal) fall for him. Soon Surya becomes serious about her, but he is forced to use her as a shield. Obviously, this raises doubts about Surya’s morality. Who is Surya, what is his moral grounds to act the way he does, and how does he justify himself form the rest of the story.

What’s Good: :

The film has two heavyweight performances – one from Mahesh Babu, for whom this role is a cake-walk. Watch out that scene where he delivers a monologue about the election system in India. He seems to enjoy the role to the core and this spreads to the audiences easily. The other performance comes from Puri Jagannadh, not as a performing actor, but as a director who seems to be in control of what he wants to say, and how he says it.

As far as other actors are concerned, Nazar makes his presence felt, while Prakash Raj is his usual self in a rather small role. Kajal Agarwal plays Mahesh’s love interest, and her character has been used nicely, even though it is small terms of the plot. The likes of Sayaji Shinde, Subba Raju, Raza Murad, Dharmavarapu Subrahmaniyam, Brahmaji etc. have smaller roles in which they complement Mahesh’s character.

Shweta Bharadwaj’s item number may not be in the ilk of the item number of Pokiri, but it is entertaining too.

What’s Bad:

In the set up established by the director the rise of the protagonist has been showcased extremely well. However, as the moral foundations of the protagonist are based on his whims and wishes, the scenes towards climax become extremely clichéd! But this little drawback is easily shadowed by the sheer energy and dynamism of Mahesh Babu. And those who are too ‘touchy feely’ about their own morality will have other opinions about the entire story!

Technical Aspects :

The dialogues by Puri Jagannadh aren’t just entertaining, but also showcase his philosophy of life. Few dialogues are so good that one wonders if the screenplay has been woven in such a way that certain dialogues have a specific time and purpose to come out. Add Thaman’s much better background score to all this, with some slick editing and cinematography, Businessman is an intense movie. Editing needs another special mention for the way quite a few montages have been strung together. Songs are there only to provide the requisite entertainment, but they are hardly boring, especially with Mahesh-Kajal chemistry working well.

Verdict :

All in all, Businessman is a movie about the rise of a powerful anti-hero, whose morals and values are only as good as the world that surrounds him. It is definitely more than entertaining.

Esskay Rating : 3.5/5

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