Sridevi Soda Center (Telugu)
Sridevi Soda Centre is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language action drama film written by Nagendra Kasi and directed by Karuna Kumar and produced by Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy under the banner of 70mm Entertainments. The film stars Sudheer Babu and Anandhi while Naresh and Satyam Rajesh play supporting roles. The film was released theatrically on 27 August 2021.
"Lightning" Soori Babu, a cable operator hails from lower caste in Guntur who falls in love with "Sodaala" Sridevi for a first sight. But her father, Sanjeev Rao disapproves with her daughter's relationship with lower caste man. How will Soori Babu faces many struggles to unite Sridevi?
Thadhagath Pathi of The Times of India rated the film 3/5 and he termed it "a powerful story with a gut-wrenching ending". Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu in a more mixed review opined that overdoing the mainstream indulgences pulled the film down. "Sridevi Soda Center is the kind of film that happens when art-house and mainstream meet midway but it is not seamless. There are a few memorable moments and hard-hitting segments, but the film doesn’t sweep you off your feet," she added.
A reviewer from Deccan Chronicle rated the film 2+1⁄2 stars of 5 and called it "partly engaging." While appreciating the performances of Babu of Anandhi individually, they wrote that the love and chemistry between them was weak. Bhuvanesh Chandar of Cinema Express criticized the film for its "predictable, hardly engaging screenplay." Chandar was disappointed because the film showed "a lot of promise and scope" that went underutilised.
Mukesh Manjunath of Film Companion wrote, "he film struggles to find the right mix of what should have been a great cocktail of masala, romance, and politics, and leaves a bitter taste.