Rama (Nagarjuna) leaves his house in childhood itself in search of God. Soon he meets a saint Anubhavananda Swamy (Sai Kumar) who assures him that he will definitely see the God one day and also plays with him, so he teaches him to play the dice. Then he advises Rama to meditate to see the God.
After 15 years Lord Venkateswara appears in a form of child and disturbs his meditation, Rama scolds the kid and asks him to go away. After that, he reaches back the hometown and his parents (Tanikella Bharani & Sudha) arrange his marriage with his cousin Bhavani (Pragya Jaiswal).
Before the marriage one night Rama gets a call in the dream from his guru that time has arrived to play with God. So he cancels the marriage reaches his guru and he says that the boy appeared to him is none other than Lord Venkateswara.
He immediately realises his mistake and heads towards Tirumala Hills in search of God. Krishnamma (Anushka Shetty) is another ardent devotee who believes herself as the wife of Lord Venkateswara and dedicated her entire life to his service.
There is a corrupt person (Rao Ramesh) who is representative of Raja Giridhara Raaya (Sampath Raj). He looks after temple and pilgrim town’s maintenance and does a lot of corruption. All these three meet and the remaining is destiny.
Akilandakodi Brahmanda Nayagan upholds the same effect that Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu, the previous devotional movies of Nagarjuna, had had on the audiences. This time he plays Rama, who later becomes Hathiram Baba, in a meticulous manner.
Director K Raghavendra Rao narrates this story by taking cinematic liberties, but without deviating from the main plot. In many scenes, we get goosebumps.
Anushka Shetty is a treat to watch. As a young woman and as an ardent devotee of the Almighty, she has excelled. Gopal Reddy’s cinematography, Kiran Kumar Manne’s art direction and M M Keeravani’s background score and songs are the perfect foil for this devotional.
There seems to be no budget constraints and the film, as the title suggest, is ‘brahmandam’. If the aim is to ensure audience leave the theatre with their palms folded in prayer, the mission has been accomplished successfully.
Om Namo Venkatesaya
Rating: 3.5 out of 5