“Bimbisara” is a Telugu fantasy action film that blends several popular genres into a rich and compelling storyline. It stars Kalyan Ram, Catherine Tresa and Samyuktha Menon in the lead roles. The movie boasts a good script, a solid background score and first-rate visual effects. However, there are a few shortcomings.
The first half of the movie is passable, but the second half is a bit overstuffed with a hefty dose of commercial elements. Overall, the film is a one-time watch.
The cinematography is fine, with some interesting scenes and a great soundtrack. Though some of the songs are passable, the standout song is the ‘Eeswarude’, which features Kalyan Ram.
‘Bimbisara’ has a few surprises. There is a clever time travel element that holds the whole thing together. A young girl also plays a large role.
There is also an intriguing interval. While the film is not perfect, there are a few illogical plot points.
The director’s touch is noticeable in the production design. For example, a magical mirror helps Bimbisara shift back and forth between his past and present.
Other notable characters include the main villain, a renowned doctor and his assistant. Some other actors, like Vennela Kishore and Srinivas Reddy, had good roles. But some characters, like Tanikella Bharani, are wasted.
The film makes the right call in the screenplay department. It is one of the better movies made by Kalyan Ram. He manages to keep the audience invested for 150 minutes. His best performance yet.