Guarding against love or tradition?

Lavishly mounted, sumptuously picturised against picturesque Himalayan backdr­op, Badrinath is hi­gh-octane action woefully dishing out slow torture to the audience.

Of course, Allu Arjun’s slithering MJ style dances and Samurai style theatrics, along with gratuitous gyrations and skin show by Tamannah, sustain the film. However, Badrinath, with its quasi-mythological martial drama, does not hold meat to glue audiences to its dreary tamasha. 

Badri, a disciple of ancient martial arts guru Bheeshma, grows into a strong fighter and is appointed protector of the Badrinath temple. Alaka­nanda, an atheist comes to Badrinath along with her grandfather where Badri learns she is in big trouble due to Sarkar.

Predictably, Alakananda falls in love with Badri. However, Badri has to remain a bachelor if he has to take Bheeshma’s mantle. Caught between his Guru and the girl, Badri finds himself in a spot. How does it pan out forms the rest of the story. Listless script, over the top action, poor entertainment value and shoddy climax all go to make Badrinath a kitsch best left to Allu Arjun’s die-hard fans despite its richly choreographed fight sequences and dances.

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