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Times of India
Shivaraj Kumar is back with a long machete again. Belly by 'Mussanje' Mahesh takes the viewers to the city's underbelly where power and money rule the roost. The hero is a rowdy who kills people for supari. However, he eventually shows his emotional side and romances a pretty lass. The movie is a blend of violence, sentiments and romance.
Basavaraj alias Belli from Maduvanahalli village and his four friends rule the rowdy world in Bengaluru. From an intelligent student, he turns into a rowdy. Belli kills an MLA, another rowdy and his brother. His modus operandi is different; he does the act in a mysterious way. How and why he became a criminal is an interesting story. His love interest Sneha (Krithi Kharabanda) is none other than the sister of a police officer, who is after Belli's life.
Belli reminds of many characters played by Shivarajkumar himself, especially in Om and Jogi. Belli's mother (Padma Vasanthi) comes to Bangalore in search of him much like Arundhati Nag in Jogi. The first half is brisk, but the sentimental sequences in the second half are enough to test the patience of viewers. The movie could have been trimmed by at least 20 minutes. An overdose of violence may keep the family audience away.
Shivarajkumar excels in the role of a village boy, rowdy and a romantic hero. Krithi Kharabanda is impressive. Venkatesh Prasad, Prashanth, Vinod Prabhakar and Deepak have done a good job as friends of Shivanna. V Shridhar offers a couple of melodious numbers. KS Chandrashekhar's camera work is good.