Martin Luther King Movie Review

Movie: Martin Luther King 
Censor Certificate: U
Run-time: 2 Hours 26 Minutes
Release Date: 27-10-2023
Cast: Sampoornesh Babu,Naresh, Saranya Pradeep,Venkat Maha
Banner: YNOT Studios, Reliance Entertainment, and Mahayana Motion Pictures.
Music:Smaran Sai
Cinematography:Deepak Yaragera
Editing: Puja Kolluru
Producers:Venkat Maha,Charkravarthy Ramachandra,S.Sashikanth
Director: Puja Kolluru

Sampoornesh Babu is set to captivate audiences with his unique portrayal of Martin Luther King in an upcoming film. Directed by Puja Kolluru, this movie is a remarkable remake of the Tamil blockbuster “Mandela.” It promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience, as we eagerly await to see if Sampoornesh Babu can blend his trademark humorous antics with the inspirational essence of Martin Luther King to keep the viewers thoroughly entertained.


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In the village of Padamarapadu, a cobbler named Smile (Sampoornesh Babu), endures constant insults from the villagers. The community is divided into two factions, the North and South people, who often engage in bitter conflicts due to the political rivalry between Jaggu(Naresh), and Loki(Venkat Maha), both of whom seek to establish their dominance in Padamarapadu.

However, one fateful day, Smile’s life takes a dramatic turn when his name is changed to Martin Luther King. The person responsible for this transformation is Vasantha(Sharanya Pradeep). What are those changes from the rest of the story.


Sampoornesh Babu, who plays the lead role as an innocent cobbler enduring untouchability and insults, truly inhabits the character. His portrayal of a man striving to make the most of his voting rights is both intriguing and well-executed, showcasing his apt expressions, emotions, and body language.

Sharanya Pradeep’s performance as Vasantha, who aids Sampoornesh Babu, is noteworthy. She effectively conveys her anger as his intentions evolve. Sr Naresh and Venkat Maha shine in their roles as typical villagers vying for the position of Panchayat president through any means necessary. Their on-screen competition and chemistry add depth to the narrative.

Screenplay, Direction
Few Predictable Scenes

Pooja Kolluru made her directorial debut with “Martin Luther King,” a remake of the Tamil film “Nelson Mandela.” While adapting it for Telugu audiences, she skillfully retained the core message while making a few necessary adjustments. Her narrative begins convincingly by shedding light on the issues plaguing the village of Padamarapadu before delving into the intricacies of politics and the message it holds for voters.

However, Pooja takes her time in setting the stage, delving into the village’s problems and the rivalry between two groups, which temporarily slows down the film’s pace. Yet, once the central issue comes to the forefront, the film becomes an engaging and smooth experience, culminating in a well-executed climax.

Venkat Maha’s contribution to the screenplay and dialogues is praiseworthy. Despite a slow start, the screenplay gains momentum as the story progresses. The dialogues, though subtle, effectively convey a strong message to the society, particularly the village voters, on why they should not succumb to the hollow promises of politicians. However, at times, logic seems to be missing, leading to some illogical scenes.

Smaran Sai’s situational song and its apt tune aptly highlight Martin Luther King’s character and his transformative journey. His background score effectively immerses viewers in the story, offering a realistic atmosphere. Pooja Kolluri’s dual role as director and editor reflects her skill, as the film is well-paced. The production values are commendable, contributing to the overall quality of the movie.

Rating: 3.5/5
Bottm-line: Common Man’s “King” Size “Heart full” BlockBuster . 


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