The film relies almost entirely on Nandamuri Balakrishna's appeal and he delivers, it's one of his more likable performances in recent times. Jagapathy Babu is good in his negative role. He's brilliant from start to finish. Whether it is his body language, expressions, attitude or dialogue delivery. Even in this limitedly written second character Balakrishna does his best and it is thanks to him that the viewer will remain in their seats to watch the whole film. The incredibly talented actor has done his part with total dedication but this character is barely challenging for him. Sonal Chauhan her role in the first half is a naughty one. She sizzled in her trendy looks. Radhika Apte did well her bit of histrionics. The footage given to her in this film is very small. But she enthralls the viewers with his limited role. Bhramanandam comedy is okay. Hamsa Nandini sizzles in the item number. Cameos by Kalyani, Suhasini Maniratnam, Ahuthi Prasad and Chalapathy Rao are fine in their roles.
Boyapati Srinu's Legend has everything that is trademark of every film he makes a script with mass elements, bloodshed with minor political touch and family issues. The film has a simple plot but suffers due to its pace. Ideally the runtime should have been a good 20 minutes shorter and a few unnecessary scenes were better avoided. Director Boyapati's Legend has been packaged as a commercial mass entertainer, where a person who wanna lead the poor to make people sustain in this corrupt society. Though the narrative style is rather superannuated, the film has its moments.
Direction and screenplay of the film is inconsistent. The actual story of the film starts just before interval. This film is not what we expect from Boyapati Srinu who has given films like Simha, Tulasi & Bhadra. The comedy tracks do not serve the purpose of entertaining the audiences. Dialogues in the film provide some good support this mass film. "Narake kodhi neeku alapu vasthadi emo naku oopu vasthadi", "Nenu okkadiki yeduru vellina vadike risk, vadu naku yeduru vachina vadike risk" are few samples what we get to hear in the film.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is pretty ordinary. The background music and DTS mixing is of average quality. The dialogues (Boyapati Srinivas) suit the mass subject. The cinematography is good. The costumes go well with the characters and Editing of the film could have been crisper. Productions Values of the film are grand.
Plus: Balakrishna, Dialogues, Cinematography, Background Score and Art Work
Minus: Dragged Second half Half, Casual Script, Thin Storyline,
Bottomline: It certainly follows the same old formula, but even then it is a fairly enjoyable ride.