1 out of 5 (Poor)
'Businessman' is a cheap entertainer that is strictly intended for audience in B and C category. It's time Mahesh shifts away from cliched roles and look at doing few matured roles for a change.
Haricharan Pudipeddi Fri, 13 Jan 2012
Mahesh and Puri return after super successful 'Pokkiri', hoping to recreate the magic. However, much to everybody's surprise they fail miserably and thus make 'Businessman' one of the worst films of the recent past. When I first gazed at the film's title that reads: 'Businessman: Guns Don't Need Agreements', I was seriously hoping to watch a logically entertaining action film. But, unfortunately all that expectation was shattered.
When Commissioner of Mumbai, Ajay Bharadwaj, in a large gathering announces to the media that his men have cleansed the city off all dons and everybody can now live peacefully; Surya arrives in the city with an aim to become the next don. Within a span of two hours he manages to earn more than 50,000 crores and open his offices across hundred of cities in the country. Neither is our hero good nor bad. Nobody knows why he wants to become a don and when his friend confronts him, he replies, 'I've come to Mumbai to make everybody piss out of fear'. In the second half, the audience is introduced to Mahesh's flashback and what follows forms the climax.
The film may be bad but no doubt it will make big bucks in all places, especially in B and C centers, as it has all that one might expect in these centers. 'Businessman' magnifies Mahesh in every possible angle and in this process overshadows the roles of other artistes such as Prakash Raj. Puri, who is most popular for his dialogues, proves to one and all that he doesn't deserve such popularity at all. The dialogues in the film were senseless. In fact there were less of dialogues and more of boring lecturing from the hero who's on the brink of making mafia legal in the country. Funny, isn't it, we believe whatever they show in films these days. We do not want question anybody because we all go and watch films for three reasons: entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.
Mahesh shines as usual. His role as that of ruthless, energetic, confident guy who doesn't give a damn about morals and ethics, is definitely worth mentioning. Also, for the first time everybody got an opportunity to see him in a grey role. Mahesh seems to be becoming better with every passing day. Kajal on the other hand pours glamour and sleaziness in to the film. At some point, she becomes irritating with her never-ending crying attitude.
Puri's direction is completely flawed and aimless. His attempt to make Mahesh steal all attention in the film may have worked but the effort to make the film a wholesome entertainer seems to have failed. Once again the film completely is dependent on its protagonist; nevertheless this time around it has shown us that even experiments fail sooner or later. Songs were a complete waste of time, as they kept popping at the wrong juncture. The absence of some healthy comedy, such as the one in 'Pokkiri', will also be missed by audience. Music by Thaman is above average. However, his background deserves a pat on his shoulder. Editing by Shekhar is not extraordinary but simple.
In one line, 'Businessman' is no comparison to 'Pokkiri' and miles away from 'Dookudu'.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
1 out of 5 (Poor)