Bimbisaar Movie Review: This time-travel story is helped by Kalyan Ram’s stellar performance

In the first half hour of ‘Bimbisar’, two elements threatened to remove this reviewer. A famous doctor known for his impeccable credentials, goes from second-rate commercial potboilers to as cool as a typical gangster. He is the main villain of the film and it makes the scene look like a sore throat. If that wasn’t […]
 


In the first half hour of ‘Bimbisar’, two elements threatened to remove this reviewer. A famous doctor known for his impeccable credentials, goes from second-rate commercial potboilers to as cool as a typical gangster. He is the main villain of the film and it makes the scene look like a sore throat. If that wasn’t enough, then a more embarrassing thing came to the fore later. In the ancient-era parts of this time-travel fantasy drama, a seductress pops up to dance like a modern ‘item’ girl for three painful minutes. They clearly learned their familiar dance moves by traveling in a time machine from the 5th century AD to the 21st century.

But then, debutant director Vashisht’s ambitious film is much more than the sum of such flaws. Its story duration is impressive enough to keep us invested, especially in the second half. Some of its plot points are undoubtedly dated, but enough of the fantasy element has been removed that we forget the occasional screenplay mistakes.
Bimbisara (Nandamuri Kalyan Rama) is an iron king who does not know mercy. His expansionism knows no bounds. He faces an ideological challenge from a sect of nonviolent healers whose patriarchs know the greatest medicinal secrets. Bimbisara’s audacity goes out of hand and he has to pay for his sins. In an unexpected turn of events, the self-indulgent king is thrown on the busy streets of Hyderabad and it is the year 2022. Bimbisara has to find out his fate and comes face to face with the famous doctor we talked about in the first para. ,
Vivaan Bhatena’s antagonist role was clearly hidden from the audience as the makers knew that this characterization was run-of-the-mill. The credit for this goes to Kalyan Ram that he single-handedly stirs up the action sequences. When unimaginable stunts fail him, the onus of making the action moments majestic lies on his shoulders.
Kalyan Ram deserves congratulations for not making the ‘Main Supersilius’ mood repetitive. Her impressive performance makes us root for the track of the little girl. Prakash Raj and some other talented actors deserved better scenes, but the emotional part of the scenes works.