Bheeshma is a 2020 Telugu-language romantic comedy film directed by Venky Kudumula starring Nithiin and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. The film is produced by Suryadevara Nagavamsi under Sithara Entertainments with Mahati Swara Sagar handling music composition. The film was released on 21 February 2020.
Venky Kudumula, who made his directorial debut with a 2018 romantic comedy Chalo, is back again with yet another breezy entertainer, Bheeshma, where he sticks to the basics. The film doesn’t try too hard to impress and the result is a surprisingly fun outing. It’s like playing a low stakes game of blackjack, where the player is smart enough to know when he should quit instead of betting big, hoping to win a jackpot. And when the stakes are so low, everything about the film, whether it’s the conflict or the emotional graph, feels quite simple. Yet, Bheeshma works quite well because of its tone and comedy quotient.
Cast of Bheeshma
- Nithiin as Bheeshma Prasad
- Rashmika Mandanna as Chaitra
- Jisshu Sengupta as Raghavan
- Anant Nag as Bheeshma
- Vennela Kishore as Parimal
- Satya (Cameo Appearance)
- Sampath Raj as ACP Deva
- Ajay as Ajay Varma
- Naresh as Anand Prasad, Bheeshma’s father
- Bramhaji as Jaya Prakash (JP)
- Raghu Babu as Bheeshma’s company employee
- Hebah Patel (extended cameo appearance) as Sarah
- Avantika Mishra(extended cameo appearance)
The film was announced on Nithiin’s birthday by Rashmika Mandanna on social media platforms. The pooja ceremony was held in early June 2019 and started principal photography.
Promotion and release of Bheeshma
The film initially aimed at Christmas 2019, but was released on 21 February 2020. The first look poster was released on Deepavali. The first teaser was released on Trivikram Srinivas’s birthday revealing the release date. The official trailer of the film was released by Haarika & Hassine Creations on 17 February 2020.
Critical Response Bheeshma
The film opened to positive reviews from critics on the first day of its release with praise for its performances, comedy, songs and dance numbers.
Australian Stars rated it 4/5 “A great entertainer, The whole cast was amazing and Venky’s movie is all the way a winner. This is your perfect weekend watch.” Koimoi.com editor Rohit Mohan rated the film 3/5 and stated “Nithiin comeback after one and half years is totally natural and a smash hit. The movie strikes right to the audience and Jishu Sengupta, Rashmika Mandanna did complete justice to their role.” Times of India editor rated 3/5 star and stated “If you loved Chalo, giving Bheeshma a chance is a no-brainer (pun intended). Just don’t go expecting something even remotely sane or novel and you won’t be disappointed.”
Box Office Bheeshma
Overseas it collected over $684,000 on its first weekend.
The story follows the journey of Bheeshma (Nithiin), a singleton, whose repeated attempts to fall in love often end on a bad note. When he eventually falls in love with Chaitra (Rashmika Mandanna), his life takes an unexpected turn when he gets noticed by Bheeshma (Anant Nag), the founder of an organic farming company. The rest of the story is about how the two are related, and how Bheeshma wins Chaitra’s heart.
Bheeshma (Nithiin) is a man more frustrated about his singleton status than he is about clearing his degree backlogs. He is a meme maker who has a panache for sprouting the silliest one-liners at odd moments. When he meets Chaitra (Rashmika Mandanna), it is love at first sight and he tries hard to woo her. Deva (Sampath Raj) is a police officer who seems to hold an old beef with Bheeshma’s father (Naresh). There’s also an old man called Bheeshma (Anant Nag), who’s the founder and CEO of Bheeshma Organics, looking for someone to replace him after his retirement. His biggest foe is the MD of Field Science, Raghavan (Jisshu Sengupta) looking to get farmers to switch back to chemical farming from organic. Then there’s Vennela Kishore, who pops in and out of the movie and lights it up in every frame he’s in. Believe it or not, the film is about this motley of people intersect with each other, thanks to Bheeshma.
There’s a lot going on in the film, even if none of it is particularly novel, and it takes a while to get used to the kind of filmmaking at display here. Most (if not all) the incidents that take place in the film are so unbelievable and far placed from reality, that it takes a while for a viewer to go with the flow and enjoy the ride. What’s more amazing is how Venky ties up all the threads by the end. The first half irks when not all the jokes land. Once you remember this is a Venky Kudumula film and you stop taking everything as seriously as it’s sometimes projected on-screen, you begin to even enjoy the ride in bits and pieces (still does not mean the jokes about weight and color are okay, just no). Instead of being marketed as a rom-com with a theme of organic farming, the film should’ve definitely been sold as what it is – a whole bunch of irrational but sometimes fun (and funny) scenes strung together.
Bheeshma works surprisingly best when Venky sticks to his guns and does what he clearly does best. It lags and even feels boring when the climax doesn’t manage to impress, randomly placed fight scenes to elevate the hero, scenes placed clearly to do the same and songs composed by Mahati Swara Sagar roll around. While Whatley Beauty will definitely illicit whistles, thanks to Jani’s super-energetic choreography which somehow suits the vibe of the film, it’s still ill-placed. Singles Anthem is the only number that somehow works for the film.
Nithiin and Rashmika are a delight to watch on-screen.
If you loved Chalo, giving Bheeshma a chance is a no-brainer (pun intended). Just don’t go expecting something even remotely sane or novel and you won’t be disappointed.