After duds like Shiv Shankar, veteran Telugu actor Mohan Babu finally delivers a good performance in Political Rowdy as a dreaded don who realises the importance of 'divine love' after falling for a college girl (Charmi).
Still, the overdone love track between a middle-aged hero and young girl could scuttle the film's chances. The comedy by Mohan Babu and his gang of thugs definitely hits the funny bone, but the numerous song and dance routines test the audience's nerves.
Mohan Babu introduces another new director, Aadhi, but the greenhorn lacks visual taste and relies more on dialogues to convey his view. Despite being a remake of Tamil hit Adidadi, writers Paruchuri brothers assured another political satire like Assembly Rowdy, but this ends up just as a regular love story, barring a few sermons to self-centred politicians. Barring few political punchlines against corrupt rulers, the famed writer duo hugely disappoints.
Top-rung actress Charmi made a break with her glamorous image with a riveting performance in Anukokunda Oka Roju, but here again resorts to skin-show. With no scope for performance, she either dances or plays pranks with Mohan Babu before things get out of hand. These clichéd glam roles won't sustain her career for long.
Prakash Raj plays Mohan Babu's brother who later reunites with Babu to get him married to his ladylove, but he wastes his immense talent in a ill-defined role. Veteran baddy Kota Srinivasa Rao essays a wicked politician with ease while Raghubabu and Brahmandam share honours for their rib-tickling comedy. Ali, Venu and others form the gang of thugs who help Mohan Babu impress Charmi.
Director Aadhi should have alternated between the protagonist's confrontation with the politicians and his love story, but by relying more on the latter, masses could be in for a disappointment. Also, the background score, with English words, doesn't gel.
Still, the movie is a must for all Mohan Babu fans.