Bimbisara Movie Review: Works in Parts
Banner: NTR Arts
Cast: Kalyan Ram, Catherine Tresa, Samyuktha Menon, Warina Hussain, Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji, Srinivasa Reddy and others
Dialogs: Vasudev Muneppagari
Music: Mr. M. Keeravani
PDO: Chota K Naidu
Editor: Tammi Raju
Art: Kiran Kumar Manné
Waterfalls: Venkat and Ram Krishan
Producer: Hari Krishna K
Written and directed by: Vasishta
Release date: August 5, 2022
Films edited on a large scale and loaded with visual effects are loved by audiences these days. Following the trend, Kalyan Ram came up with “Bimbisara” with a similar setup. The movie trailer wowed everyone and made the expectations skyrocket.
Let’s find out if “Bimbisara” lives up to expectations.
Many centuries ago there lived a king named Bimbisara (Kalyan Ram). He is power-hungry and evil. He hides all his wealth (money and jewelry) in a secret room.
He spares no one who speaks or opposes him. He even kills an innocent girl. One day, an artist presents him with a magic mirror that transports him to the future (until 2022).
In the modern era, a doctor is looking for a book stashed in the locked room belonging to Bimbisara. Meanwhile, Bimbisara is saved by a young girl from an accident. The girl looks exactly like the one he killed in his kingdom.
Will this incident turn him into a good man?
Kalyan Ram has a role that makes him show three shades. He plays the role of Bimbisara and his twin brother Deva Datta. As the evil king of the Bimbisara he does justice but he shines better in the modern version. The film revolves entirely around him.
With the exception of the role of Kalyan Ram, all characters are cardboard. Catherine Tresa as Princess Ira is here for a song.
The role of Samyuktha Menon is stupid. The heroine’s roles are forgettable.
Srinivasa Reddy’s comedy is typical. Vivan Bhatena as the villain has no impact.
Lavishly realized and shot, the visual effects are first class. Considered the costliest film of Kalyan Ram’s career, the film boasts a great production design.
The 5th century setting is a good mix of artwork and VFX. The cinematography is rich. Music is a mixed bag. The song “Eeswarude” stands out, while Keeravani’s BGM is effective.
Time travel concept
Ram of Kalyan
Characterization of the villain
Weak second half
Time travel is the concept of “Bimbisara”. We’ve seen a few movies in this genre, but the new director has brought something new to this theme: an evil king is transported to the future to realize how evil he was and what a bad king he was. The idea is exciting.
New director Vashisht doesn’t beat around the bush to get to the point. The evil deeds of King Bimbisara and his story are presented without wasting time. After painting Kalyan Ram negatively, the film introduces the second character – his twin brother, again played by Kalyan Ram.
The first hour is placed entirely in the fifth century and the drama. The time travel angle comes just before the gap and the story shifts to the current era. Unlike the previous films, the past and the present are here parallel.
The hardest job for any director to deal with time travel concepts is with actual footage. We have seen movies where Yama or angels come to earth and are confused about the lifestyle of modern humans and gadgets. Director Vashist briefly follows the same path as those films, but he thankfully keeps it short. Comedy parts involving Vennela Kishore and Chammk Chandra are an example of this.
The problem with “Bimbisara” is that there is no real conflict. The villain character is so weak. There is no emotional connection. Even the son of Bimbisara doing everything to save the child, whom he killed in the past, is clumsy. The resolution (the final part) is the biggest problem in this story.
While Bimbisara is evil, we also get the second character Deva Dutta to balance out the good. So it’s like a regular mass movie, when a hero is playing a bad character, the other character has to be a good guy.
And Samyuktha Menen plays a cop. Do the cops behave like that? New director Vashisht has mastered production design and visuals, but his writing needed sharpening.
Although not so exciting in the second half, “Bimbisara” makes a decent watch for its grander setting and time travel element. And the film is a better made film among recent Kalyan Ram films.
At the end of the line : Mixed bag