Srikanth Review: Aided By Rajkummar Rao's Skilful Performance, This Is No Ordinary Bollywood Biopic

A nonetheless from Srikanth. (courtesy: YouTube)

Aided by an exquisitely skilful efficiency from Rajkummar Rao – this even if the actor has to push himself to the boundaries to come back throughout as a teen and a twentysomething – Srikanth is not a mean Bollywood biopic. It seldom takes recourse to overt melodrama to showcase the magnitude of the visually impaired protagonist’s achievements.

Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, who has two properly obtained biographical works behind him (the sports activities drama Saand Ki Aankh and the net collection Rip-off 2003), Srikanth narrates the unbelievable true story of industrialist Srikanth Bolla, who made his means out of poverty, went to MIT and returned to India to arrange a company entity that’s like no different.

Srikanth is a basic rags-to-riches saga that’s enriched enormously by the director’s refusal to make use of the usual tropes of the style. Not solely does he preserve the storytelling easy and ship-shape, he additionally ensures that the craft that has gone into the venture – cinematographer Pratham Mehta and editors Debasmita Mitra and Sanjay Sankla do their jobs to perfection – doesn’t overshadow the essence of the narrative.

The congenitally sightless hero fights seemingly insurmountable odds, together with widespread discrimination, dispiriting bullying and a myopic schooling system that has no scope for otherwise abled folks to go in for increased research within the area of science even when they rating the requisite grades.

Barring a considerably shrill opening sequence that over-dramatizes the circumstances and the speedy repercussions of the start of a blind boy in a village in Machilipatnam in then undivided Andhra Pradesh, the screenplay by Jagdeep Siddhu and Sumit Purohit steers properly away from overly maudlin strategies.

Even within the pivotal courtroom scenes during which Srikanth, with trainer Devika (Jy0thika) steadfastly by his facet, has to persuade a choose, a university principal and a skeptical lawyer that he deserves a good shot, the movie devises methods to not undermine its average tonal qualities even because it makes a robust case for people with bodily abnormalities to be given equal alternatives.Admittedly, on just a few events – certainly one of them centres on a harrowing second during which Srikanth’s father digs a pit early within the movie, an act that he repeats a lot later in a very altered context – the movie tends to state the plain while you count on it to depart one thing to the creativeness and the interpretative colleges of the viewers.

Srikanth tells the exceptional story of a younger man endowed with distinctive imaginative and prescient and tenacity however doesn’t draw back from pointing to the fragile junctures in Srikanth Bolla’s life when he comes precariously near letting his self-confidence flip into a level of vanity and success into streaks of insouciance.

These moments of weak spot set off friction with the handful of key folks in his life, together with his girlfriend Swathi (Alaya F), a medical pupil who connects with him on social media earlier than assembly him in individual on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Expertise (MIT), the place Srikanth enrolls as a full scholarship pupil.

Whereas it crafts a fascinating portrait of a person whose single-minded pursuit of his personal targets and a plan to assist different bodily challenged and economically deprived folks discover a agency footing in life, it additionally acknowledges the chinks within the man’s armour that threaten to push his true well-wishers away from him.

Srikanth makes use of the Qayamat Se Qayamat music Papa kehte hai bada naam karega beta hamara aisa kaam karega as a musical chorus however it doesn’t focus a lot on the hero’s father as on a trainer who takes the boy beneath her wings and teaches him the best way to fly within the face of adversity.

If trainer Devika is the anchor who offers Srikanth the liberty to dream, investor and good friend Ravi (Sharad Kelkar) is the person who believes within the protagonist’s aspiration to personal and run a enterprise of his personal.

Srikanth isn’t given to saying sorry, however he does say thanks both in so many phrases. In fact, he delivers a complete soliloquy that acknowledges his supporters and his personal fierce sense of self-worth. The contradictory impulses inside him are completely comprehensible provided that he has by no means had something simple.

An vital passage of the movie revolves across the then President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and his “Lead India” marketing campaign, which evokes Srikanth to redouble his efforts to attain what his coronary heart needs. Nevertheless, an encounter with a self-seeking politician leaves him disillusioned and teaches him a lesson or two concerning the pitfalls of short-cuts.

The power to ‘see’ with out one’s eyes is an important ingredient within the Srikanth story. It’s what units him aside. Predominant sirf sapna hello dekh sakta hoon (I can see solely in my desires) is a line that he delivers greater than as soon as. Dream huge, he retains insisting when Ravi tries to rein him in along with his actuality checks.

However Srikanth can also be a person of motion. He goes from Predominant sab kuch kar sakta hoon (I can do all the pieces) to Predominant kuch bhi kar sakta hoon (I can do something). The previous is an assertion of intent; the latter has the ring of a warning. The character turns into all of the extra relatable due to the inside pulls and pressures that he encounters as he offers with challenges from inside and with out.

Rajkummar Rao performs Srikanth from roughly the age of 14 – that’s how outdated the Bollant Industries founder was when he first met President Abdul Kalam – to about his mid-20s. It clearly is not simple for the actor to cross himself off as a teen, however he delivers a efficiency that’s so convincing and nuanced on all different counts – the bodily impairment, the dialogue supply, the physique language – that one can’t however marvel.

The lead actor has distinctive assist from Jyothika and Sharad Kelkar – each are epitomes of restraint in line with the sustained balanced timbre of the drama.

Srikanth, as uplifting a movie as any, deserves a large viewers. It’s greater than a mere story. It’s a heartwarming celebration of a means of seeing the world in a brand new gentle.


Rajkummar Rao, Jyotika, Alaya F, Sharad Kelkar, Jameel Khan


Tushar Hiranandani


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