India is quite a politically charged country. It has a large number of political parties wooing voters in the name of caste, religion, money or provoking them by bringing up trivial issues. A lot of crimes are politically motivated and several criminals have a bunch of criminal cases lined up against them. A large majority of the people living in the country believes that most politicians are corrupt and no political leader, regardless of his party or ideology, is willing to bring any significant change in the Indian landscape. Though films based on politics or a common man getting into the system to bring about a change have been made before, 'Bharat Ane Nenu' has quite a topical theme and arrives at the right time.
Bharat (Mahesh Babu), who has been living in London since the last several years, is compelled to come back to India when the news of his father's demise reaches him. Bharat's father Raghava Rao (R. Sarathkumar) was the chief minister of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and was a much revered leader. After spending a couple of days in India, Bharat decided to return to London but Varadarajulu, his father's friend and a prominent member of the political party both of them belonged to, urges him to stay back and become the next chief minister. Bharat is surprised to hear this but after some persuasion by Varadarajulu, he decides to take oath as the new chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
'Bharat Ane Nenu' reminds one of a couple of films, like 'Nayak', that have dealt with a similar subject. The film follows a familiar terrain and does not offer much in terms of novelty. But, it has a water-tight screenplay is filled with high-voltage drama, a good dose of romance and well-executed action sequences that makes this film an absolute paisa-vasool affair. Despite a runtime of (almost) three hours, the film does not drag and keeps you thoroughly entertained. There are a few action sequences which, though well-choreographed, are unnecessary long and should have ideally been trimmed for a better impact. The romantic track between Bharat and Vasumathi has been handled very well. It does not act as an aberration; instead it takes the story forward. There is a sequence where villagers come in hordes to protect Bharat from some baddies as they think of him as their hero. The entire things look a little unconvincing as Bharat is in Odisha (an Indian state in the eastern part of the country) and not in his home state at that moment. The climax seems a little abrupt and could have been planned a lot better.
Mahesh Babu is terrific as Bharat. He plays a larger-than-life hero and performs each and every scene with panache. Kiara Advani has very little screen time but she looks gorgeous and acts very well. She has all the trappings of becoming a huge star both in the Hindi and Telugu film industry. As Varadarajulu, Prakash Raj gets to portray a variety of shades and he does so with complete conviction.
'Bharat Ane Nenu' is an out and out commercial entertainer, with an uber charming actor leading the show, which delivers a bang for your bucks.