Adhinayakudu by all means may be Balakrishnas ticket to politics. The film undoubtedly is his way of saying to the world his purpose in politics. This is a modern day political satire minus all the action of a family of leaders across generations whove sworn to work for the upliftment of the society.
Adhinayakudu is a family drama with political connotation interspersed with romance. The story is set in Rayalaseema, a perfect place to unfold action, political vendetta, electrifying dialogues and characters that are eulogized. Apparently, its a revenge story where son takes on father and later turns punisher.
Although the story is political in nature, the characters still manage to connect with audience and create an impact. Balakrishna spends most of his time mimicking and mocking at his political counterparts with whom he may soon clash horns. A film for the heros loyalists, Adhinayakudu at one point becomes a loud presentation of an individual longing for political limelight and some point passion of a true political enthusiast. Its NBK all the way who carries the film on his shoulder while theres not much of a difference the director and other acting cast brought to the table barring Lakshmi Rai. Lakshmi would drape a sari or shed the same and comes rollicking in scenes with NBK to give the audience oodles of moments to reminisce at night.
The performances were just above average. NBK stole the limelight in his role as the father however didnt seem to make much of a difference in the grandfather and son role. Lakshmi was undoubtedly at her best showing everything she could possibly flaunt in front of the camera while Saloni plays a cameo which passes without much attention. Jayasudha and others played their part pretty neatly.
The fans will nevertheless like the film for several reasons including one important being this may very well be NBKs threshold to politics.