‘Badrinath’ releases with an ‘A’ certificate

Censor Board has problems with the violence in Allu Arjun’s biggest venture till date

Badrinath, Allu Arjun’s ambitious venture and possibly the most awaited Telugu movie of 2011, hit the screens last Friday with an Adults Only certificate from the Censor Board. Arjun is paired opposite Tamannaah Bhatia, with Prakash Raj, Kelly Dorji and Sayaji Shinde in important roles.

The story is about “an Indian samurai”, who kills and kisses at will. Censor Board reviewers watched the film twice before they agreed to grant an A certificate, as they felt the violence was too graphic and highly unsuitable for minors. Only the weekend will tell whether that will affect the box office collections of what is probably the costliest film ever to be made in Tollywood.

The movie was slated for a June 3 release but was postponed to June 10, in a move many say was prompted by the high-profile release of Salman Khan’s Ready. Badrinath was expected to be the first Tollywood production that would be released simultaneously in all southern languages including Kannada. But Allu Aravind, the film’s producer, has confirmed that only the Telugu and Malayalam versions would be released on June 10.

From what we have seen of the movie till now, Badrinath seems to be Arjun’s attempt to outperform cousin Ram Charan Teja and his historical, Magadheera. And if the initial reviews are any indication, he just might have succeeded in that.