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Srikanth Movie Review: RajKummar Rao Shines An Inspiring Biopic With Award Worthy Performance

Srikanth Movie Review: RajKummar Rao Shines An Inspiring Biopic With Award Worthy Performance

May 10, 2024

Srikanth, starring Rajkummar Rao, Jyothika, and Alaya F, hits theatres on 10 May. Rajkummar Rao starrer is directed by Saand Ki Aankh & Scam 2003 helmer Tushar Hiranandani.

Srikanth: Plot

The journey of the movie starts on July 13, 1992, when Srikanth (Rajkummar Rao) is born to Damodar Bolla (Srivinas Beesetty) and Venkatamma Bolla (Anusha Nuthula) at Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. While Damodar is overwhelmed like every father after the birth of his son and keeps his name after his favourite cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth, he gets devastated when he comes to know that his son has been born blind. Many neighbours and relatives tell Srikanth parents to kill their blind child and pray to god that next time he should give them a healthy child.

In the next frame, we see Damodar crying inconsolably and trying to kill him but his wife stops and requests him to not do that and says they will have one more child but Srikanth should stay with them.

Well, despite being visually impaired, Srikanth is smart, sharp and has great grasping power. In many instances, you will get bowled over his intelligence. After getting educated in his village, he is sent to Asha School for Blind, Hyderabad, where a teacher named Devika (Jyotika) nurtures him and shapes his future.

After passing the 10th standard, he applies for Science but as per the Indian Education System, visually impaired people cannot opt for science. Srikanth along with his teacher Devika fights with the system and gets admission in his favourite stream and passes with flying colours.

After his education, we see him on his entrepreneurial journey, where he faces initial setbacks and people questioning his talent and also sympathise with him because of his disability. However, these situations never break the spirit of Srikanth as he always ‘I can’t see but I have a clear vision of what I want to become’. In fact, his one inspiring line is the biggest takeaway as he says, ‘I can’t run so I must fight’.

After reaching great heights in business he sees a downfall because of his own decisions and his somehow actions symbolise the universal behaviour of every human being, which includes traits like insecurity, jealousy and arrogance.

Srikanth: Performances

Rajkummar Rao has hit the ball out of the park and delivered an award-winning act. He gets all the nuances perfectly and leaves you in awe with his supreme portrayal. Jyotika is breathtaking as Devika and makes you feel to have a mentor like her in your life. Her portrayal is as important as it was of Aamir Khan in Taare Zameen Par.

Sharad Kelkar once again proved his versatility with his portrayal of Ravi (Srikanth’s business partner) in the movie. His aura and screen presence is simply superb. Alaya F lights up the screen with her breezy portrayal as well.

Srikanth: Analysis

The film does a decent job of highlighting the way society isn’t structured to accommodate people with disabilities. Something as simple as providing textbooks in Braille is presented as a mammoth task. Srikanth, for instance, is a brilliant student but doesn’t get the chance to pick ‘Science’ as a stream. This prompts him and his teacher and guide (played to take on the system. 

At one point, it does feel like the film is teetering into the territory of making something as challenging as challenging the system (I couldn’t resist the repetition) seem…easy. But the film doesn’t do that – it presents Srikanth’s challenges both as a personal struggle and a small victory in a much bigger war. The balance of making Srikanth and his teacher’s fight inspirational while keeping the reality of a fight like that in view is commendable. 

Background score is average and songs feel unnecessary in such film specially none of the song works. Cinematography is decent and writing is commendable. Director Tushar Hiranandani has delivered big time with this biopic.

Srikanth: Verdict

The film occasionally falls into the trap of repeating certain thoughts. For instance, it highlights society’s belief that blind people can only resort to begging or making candles to earn a living. Additionally, the stark contrast between India and the West is evident, with Indian universities rejecting Srikanth despite his academic achievements, while international universities accept him purely on merit.

But still overall, exceptional performances and superb direction ensure an enjoyable and inspiring film.

Srikanth: Rating

Critics rating: 3.5/5

Box office rating: 2/5

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