September 6th, being a Thursday, appears to be an suitable date for release of the devotional hattrick trump of the Nagarjuna-K Raghavendra Rao duo, Shirdi Sai. The movie is a biopic of the events in the life of Shirdi Saibaba. The music is already out and has been ringing all around despite the queued musical hits like Julayi. Neither the King nor the director KRR are rippling up the media for publicity, as they already have gotten their share of audience prepared to watch the movie. MM Keeravani has got to be applauded for giving yet another album of divine solace.
A credible centurion in the TFI, KRR, after all his sizzler sensations and drama scores, moulded Annamayya into a musical and visual masterpiece, putting his natural talent at behest. Nagarjuna, known for his experimentalism, also got along well and scored a legion of family audience along with a Nandi for Best actor in 1997. The duo struck back in 2006 with Sri Ramadasu which bagged a Nandi again for Nagarjuna.
KRR, a conventional & commerical director, stuck to his optimism in channeling his abilities to still deliver a commercially hit movie . Whereas, his counterparts in the “century” club like Dasari, Kodanda RamiReddy have failed to do so in the recent past. An exception, Kodi Ramakrishna, who hasn’t rendered after ‘Arundhati’, but traced the devotional touch in his films since ‘Ammoru’.
On the contrary, Nagarjuna is going through a rejuvenation to present himself young and energetic as ever, denying to age as a responsible father both on and off screen. He’s turning into an enviable dad of every jealous son. And, this film happens to come in the middle of his glamour centered films ‘Ragada’ and ‘Love Story'(in production, being directed by Dasaradh). This can be called nothing more than a repetition in the combination of a conventional director and unconventional hero on an acceptable experiment.
&However, there have been glitches to KRR in the recent times, both in devotional(Pandurangadu) and drama(Jhummandi Naadam) genres he directed in the recent past. Perhaps, there isn’t much scope for error in a priorly filmed subject on Saibaba. Let us see how well this movie makes out of this season.