Cast: Chiranjeevi, Satyadev, Nayanthara, Salman Khan
Director: Mohan Raja
Produced By: R.B. Choudary, Ram Charan
Release Date: October 5th, 2022
Godfather is a crucial movie for Megastar Chiranjeevi. After the debacle of Acharya, he has pinned a lot of hopes on this political drama. As admitted by Chiranjeevi during promotions, Godfather is a more commercialized version of Mohanlal’s Malayalam Blockbuster ‘Lucifer’. The presence of Salman Khan in an extended cameo and promotions up north are all ways to get back to success path. Can Chiranjeevi get back to winning ways with Godfather? Does the film have enough to pack a solid punch at the box office? Let’s check out
Story: The story starts after the death of sitting CM PKR from the Jana Jagruthi Party. This incident gives rise to wicked political aspirations and criminal activities from some. Amidst those taking advantage of the CM’s death is his own son-in-law Jaidev (Satyadev). This is when a mysterious man Brahma (Chiranjeevi) enters to clean up the mess in the system and within the family. Who is Brahma? What is his relationship with the CM and where was he all these years is what the movie unravels.
Performances: Chiranjeevi has the responsibility of shouldering the entire movie on his shoulders. And he does it well yet again. As claimed by him, he certainly has increased the dose of masala in this version and with fights and extended monologues and warnings, fans will have a good time. However, for the lovers of Lucifer, it might be a tough pill to swallow. Satyadev has got a meaty role is a treat to watch on screen in a role filled with grey shades. His performance is a great asset to the movie and his scenes with Chiranjeevi are some of the highlights in this film. Nayanthara doesn’t have a steady role throughout the movie and appears and disappears at regular intervals. However, for the time she is on screen, her intensity and screen presence make it worthwhile and adds great value to the plot.
Analysis: Godfather is a political drama that is infused with some pacy moments and credits to Mohan Raja for the way he handled Chiranjeevi and his star image. While the big interval bangs, over-the-top fights and special songs have been intentionally pushed away for this remake, the mass audience will not feel their absence due to enough power-packed moments equally spread across the movie. This movie has done away with many characters from Mohanlal’s version but the crux remains the same.
- Chiranjeevi Screen presence and performance
- Excellent Casting
- Good blend of politics and drama
- Salman Khan scenes
Godfather definitely has its moments where Chiranjeevi stands taller than everyone and you realize why he is called the ‘Megastar’. The movie is ably shouldered by him and with good support from Satyadev and Nayanthara, it is certainly an enjoyable film with some flaws. While some changes from the original workout, some should have been left alone and Godfather would have been more engaging.