Mallesham, as we all know, is a biopic of Padma Shri award winner Chintakindi Mallesham, who invented the Asu machine. Priyadarshi, who plays Mallesham, is born in a weaver's family and his family is trying to make ends meet. He has dropped out of school after completing his 7th standard to help his dad.
As he grows up seeing the struggle his mother and other women in his village face with weaving, he wants to help them. They all suffer from shoulder pain and Mallesham is set out on a journey to make the process automatic so that it does not require women and men to do it manually. The rest of the film chronicles his journey on how he invents the Asu machine.
Priyardarshi have been seen only in comedy roles so far. For the first time, he is leading the story from the front and he eases into the role of Mallesham with his expressions.
Ananya, who plays Mallesham's wife, looks the part. She has scope for performance and with her subtle performance, she makes the whole process enjoyable for the audience.
Jhansi, who is seen as Mallesham's mother, has delivered yet another memorable performance. And she is also proving that she is a performer to watch out for.
Director and co-producer Raj Rachakonda should be applauded for his choice of a biopic. And brownie points for him to stay realistic to the story and not mount it as a larger than life film like other biopics.
The story of Mallesham is already inspiring, but Raj's screenplay is so full of simple moments in life that remind us of our ancestors and people who actually struggled for years to weave clothes to make a living.
The romantic track between Priyadarshi and Ananya is so rooted and real. There are no over-exaggerated expressions and they take on life head on and tackle al their problems hand in hand.
Another major advantage of Mallesham is the gentle and soothing background music composed by Mark Robin. He has understood the depth of the story and his background music is perfect in elevating the moods of the film.
Balu's camera work is highly commendable and the entire film uses a sepia tone which makes it look realistic.
There are minute flaws in Mallesham and some portions could have been explained and explored in a better way. The movie could also be packed with more moments that would linger in the minds of the people for a long time to come.
Keeping aside the minute flaws, Mallesham is a must-watch film for its sincerity and rawness. The film will change the landscape of Telugu cinema and many biopics should follow this template to make the characters more human-like instead of making them a flawless person.