There are many things likable about Srimanthudu, starring Mahesh Babu as Harsha and Shruti Haasan as Charuseela. Koratala Siva has a template which was obvious when he made Mirchi. His heroes are uber cool but they also have a good heart. His stories are driven around content and are not empty revenge stories. His heroines have class and personality, not dumb Barbie dolls. All this makes for good viewing. In Srimanthudu, he has attempted to bring out Mahesh's dry humor and style as he goes about working tirelessly for a village he has adopted. In its basic simplicity, it is about being the right child to your father, and taking his dream one step ahead, without really knowing about it.
Harsha goes back to his roots, adopts Devarakota and has to deal with a very villainous Sasi (Sampath Raj) who does a terrific job yet again. He and his brother Venkat Ratnam (Mukesh Rishi) have only one approach - scare the shit of anything that comes their way. But Harsha is sophisticated and yet is capable of bashing them goons at will. He also has a heart of gold. He loves splurging on people, giving away to whoever needs it. The love of his life is similar, requesting her friends to adopt a kid instead of giving birth to two kids.
Srimanthudu is commercial. It has mass songs and some whacky punch dialogues. It has mind-numbing fights. Yet, beyond it all is a good story that aims to advise society about something good without being too preachy. That's the strength of the movie. It preaches through its story, through the acting and characters of people like the one played by Rajendra Prasad as Shruti's father, a man who loves his village and keeps begging people not to leave it, but helpless and meek. It would have been nice if the movie handled the dad-son relationship a little better. There are hardly any dialogues between them, not meaningful conversations anyway. Harsha thinks it fine to adopt a village and consider it his family while distancing his own. That feels a little awkward. So, while Srimanthudu is a good intentioned, well-made movie, it could have done with a little more maturity at certain points. However, in an already longish movie, about the only place the directors could cut down was on the fights. But then, that won't happen in blockbuster commercial movies, will it?