Critics Review


It might not be entertaining all through, but its heart is in the right place.

Maharshi is a simple story weighed down by unnecessary commercial elements. But do go watch this one if you're a Mahesh Babu fan, you will enjoy it, if the claps and screams in the theatre this reviewer went to were anything to go by. Watch it not just for Mahesh Babu and Allari Naresh's performances but also for the story, if you don't mind all the bells and whistles it comes with. It might not be entertaining all through, thanks to the draggy bits, but its heart is in the right place. (more)

Source: Neeshita Nyayapati, Times Of India


Mahesh Babu's conviction holds this partly underwritten film together

At a runtime of close to three hours, Paidipally packs in way too much to justify the journey undertaken by the protagonist. The college segment, in particular, is dragged a tad too much. It is just way too much information about what kind of a guy Rishi is and the lack of emotional high makes it quite bland. Thankfully, the film gets better and better as it progresses. The second half is well-directed, even though the story itself might feel familiar. The best part is that it gives us a lot of solid moments to root for the protagonist and that is what matters in the end.(more)

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Emotionally driven journey

Maharshi is the journey of a man who finds his roots back in his motherland. Who better than Mahesh Babu to portray all this which has been narrated in an emotional manner by Vamsi Paidipally. Top-notch performances, decent humor, relatable social message, and Mahesh's screen presence are main assets. If you ignore the slow pace and slightly predictable second half, this film has in it to work with a major section of the audience and the holiday summer season will help the film in a big way.(more)

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Mahesh Babu gets his own underwhelming Kaththi

Mahesh Babu's Maharshi is not about a business tycoon coming back to his motherland. He has a bigger purpose here. But the film is good only for Mahesh Babu fans. Watch it if you really like the star.(more)

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A predictable star vehicle for Mahesh Babu with a workable emotional core

Maharshi is a problematic film with big ideas but it tugs at heartstrings. Take out the farming sub-plot, Maharshi would've been a tiresome watch in which Rishi just won't shut up with his sermons on success. Mahesh Babu, as a billionaire and a farmer is acceptable, but he somehow struggles to fit into the shoes of a college student. One can�t shake off 3 Idiots hangover in the college portion which barely works except for some scenes between Allari Naresh and Mahesh. Naresh plays Ravi, a hardworking son of a farmer with big dreams. Pooja Hegde has very little to do in a role that has absolutely no purpose.(more)

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Bumpy Journey

"Maharshi" has its moments and is shot in a glossy way, presents some good instants but the journey is riddled with many bumps.(more)

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A promising story is mired in the overdose of starry frills

The story of a man in a privileged position doing his bit at the grassroot level is an oft-repeated one. If a similar idea is to be revisited, it requires more emotional gravitas and less of the starry frills. By the time we see the 'padara padara' song where Rishi's crusade grows from strength to strength, it seems too little and too late.(more)

Source: Sangeetha Devi Dundoo, The Hindu