In recent years, actor Meka Srikanth, who is known for his family entertainers, has tried his luck with several action thrillers like Devaraya, Sevakudu, Satruvu and Shadow and tasted back-to-back failures. But he does not seem to be giving it up. He is back with another action entertainer titled Kshatriya, which has hit the screens on January 1. However, he has once again failed to impress the viewers due to its poorly-handled screenplay.
Kshatriya is an action suspense thriller that is all about an NRI girl, who knows key details about her forefathers' treasure. Besides direction, Uday Chandu has also penned story and screenplay for the movie. Though his story is interesting, he has failed to include enough amount of entertainment quotient in it. The narration is bit slow in the first half, but it picks up the speed after the interval bang. Srikanth is an angry young man, who is ready to do anything for money. Dawood (Jaya Prakahs Reddy), who is involved in illegal activities, appoints him to collect important details from London-born Madhu (Kum Kum), who returns to India to stay in her ancestral home. Her evil grandfather (Kota Srinivasa Rao) makes her life hell, but Srikanth saves her from all threats posed by her grandfather. She reveals the story of the key details related to her ancestral treasure.
What happens next will form the crux. As usual, Srikanth has delivered brilliant performance in Kshatriya and he impresses the film goers in action sequences. Actress Kum Kum has also done her best and wins the heart of viewers in sentimental scenes. Others like Rao Ramesh, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Jaya Prakash Reddy and Eerojullo Sai have also done justice to their roles, but the director could have used these comedy actors to add humour to the film. Kshatriya has decent production values and camera work is the main attraction in the technical front. Vishwa's song compositions are big let down, but his background score is big asset of the film and helps the director to elevate several emotional scenes. Other technicians have also done a commendable job. Overall, Uday Chandu has chosen a very good story for Kshatriya, but he has failed to execute it on the screen. If you are a hardcore fan of Srikanth, you can watch the movie.