Acclaimed director Krish Jagarlapudi has collaborated with Nandamuri Balakrishna for his new movie Gautamiputra Satakarni to bring the Telugu audience the true life story of Gautamiputra Satakarni, the most noted ruler of Satavahana Dynasty during the times of rule of Kalinga Dynasty.
Also starring Shriya Saran, Hema Malini, Shiva Rajkumar and Kabir Bedi in supporting roles, the film released on January 12, 2017. The movie has been shot beautifully and though the second half drags a bit, the final conclusions of the movie will leave us with a good philosophy. Unlike Kanche, we understand the philosophy here.
The movie opens with Gautamiputra Satakarni preparing for his battle against Kalinga empire and the setup of the film is done brilliantly. The whole philosophy of the movie showing many cultural differences between then and now reflect the depth in the writing of the film. The first of the film explores the violent side of Gautamiputra Satakarni and his relationship with Vashishta Devi(Shriya Saran). The chemistry between both the leads worked out well and Shriya Saran amazes with her matured performance.
Hema Malini as Gautami Balashri, is the one who rises Gautamiputra Satakarni as the violent ruler he is. The relation between Gautami Balashri and Vashishta Devi is what the whole philosophy of the movie is about. A mother who wants him to be a violent ruler and a wife, who needs him to be a patient father to their children. This journey made Gautamiputra Satakarni establish peace in Southern India for ages to come even after his rule.