I saw 'Leader' again today. I was moved beyond words - again. It is really an awesome movie. Starring debutante Daggubati Rana, Shekhar Kammula's film is about the son of a deceased Chief Minister who decides to be the next Chief Minister and clean the system.
Arjun (Rana) returns to India on learning of a bomb blast in which his father, the Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh is seriously hurt. The CM, while dying asks his son to become the next CM. On being goaded by his mother to take up the responsibility, clean the system and give the people a ray of hope, Arjun decides to throw his hat into the ring.
How he becomes the CM by playing the politicians' own game and then turns the tables on them eventually managing to flush out Rs. 1 lakh crore from the black money system forms the rest of the story. While one can argue that the story is hardly practical and such individuals rarely succeed, let us remember that this is a film.
Many of the scenes are so overwhelming that they cause goosebumps and you are moved to tears. You desperately want Arjun to succeed in his ernest endeavor to clean the mess that the politics in the state have left governance in.
The music is superb. The performances are excellent - Rana will find it difficult to live up to this film.
If you haven't watched Leader yet, I would highly recommend that you go watch it before it leaves cinemas.