Movie: Gauthamiputra Satakarni
Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shriya, Hema Malini, Kabir Bedi and others
Dialogues: Saimadhav Burra
Art: Bhupesh Bhupathi
Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitarama Shastri
Fights: Ram Lakshman
Music: Chirantan Bhatt
Producers: Y Rajiv Reddy, Jagarlamudi Saibabu
Satakarni ruled most parts of India (primarily Deccan region) in the 2nd century. Story begins with Satakarni, the emperor, winning yet another battle and bringing another province under his rule. He aims to bring various states/rajyas under one rule and unite them as one country. Although his wife Vasishta Devi doesn’t like his war-spree, his mother Balasri supports him.
After winning a major battle against western king Nahapana, he prepares to fight against external forces such as Greek King Demetrius. But this fight is not going to be on a small scale. Can Satakarni win this battle?
Nandamuri Balakrishna is popular for playing such historical figures and kings as he is best suited for such characters. In the role of emperor, Balakrishna gives one of the best performances of his career. His command over grandhika Telugu is an asset to the character.
Shriya as his wife has given her best. As a mother of two kids, she hates wars but she has to perform her dharma.
Hemamalini does not have a substantial role but the senior actress is perfect in her role as mother of Satakarni.
Sai Madhav’s dialogues
lacks in story
despite many flaws “Gautamiputra Satakarni” makes a good watch as it is made with rich visuals and the story is about an unsung Telugu emperor.
Bottom-line: can watch for balaya and krish work!