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<i>Manasu Palike Mouna Raagam</i> - Review

Thursday, November 02, 2006
Sneha excelled in histrionics

The directors and producers always tread a path that was shown by someone without deviation. They are following a formula which was proved successful by someone. That is why they are doing films with faction, action, college/student love backdrops. Trying to do an off-beat subject is really a daring step because they are not sure about the fate of the film. But Dega Deva kumaar Reddy took a bold decision and produced a film with a complete heroine-oriented film, of course with love as its backdrop called Manasu Palike Mauna Raagam. But he did it and proved that one could bring out a very clean and neat film sans romance, glamour and action scenes.

Gowri (Sneha) is an unfortunate girl, who loses her entire family including parents, a sister and a brother in tsunami. Rao (Saratbabu) is a millionaire and his son Vikram (Vikramaditya) stays in London. Rao visits the village to pay tributes to the village goddess as part of their tradition along with his wife Chandana (Chandana), before his daughter Uma's marriage. Learning the plight of Gowri, Rao takes her to their house in city, though she was said to be an unlucky girl. Uma finds her husband Viswa misbehaving with Gowri. But Gowri takes the blame. But Uma's husband tells his in-laws that he really did not mean to misbehave with Gowri but only want to teach a lesson to Uma as she is not behaving with him properly and that too on the advice of a psychiatrist (Ambika). Gowri finds that Uma had an ill feeling towards Viswa. But on the advice of Gowri, both Uma and Viswa meet the psychiatrist again. Their visit makes them live a happy married life. On learning about the rough weather in his sister's life, Vikram comes to India and thank Gowri for solving the problem. The acts of Vikram make Gowri attract towards him and she loses her heart but did not reveal it. Meanwhile, Rao settles Gowri's marriage with someone but Vikram comes to know that the boy is a fraud and stops the marriage. Gowri feels happy at the cancellation of the marriage. One day Vikram goes to Gowri and tries to advance physically. But Gowri explains to him what is true love. Learning how good Gowri is, Chandana unites Gowri with Vikram and the film ends on a happy note.

Debutant director Nagabhushanam brought out a very good film. Especially the choice of Sneha is the major plus point for this film. Almost she could be seen in every frame in the film but for a couple of scenes. Her body language, histrionics, show of expressions were the plus points to this film. Cinematographer Bharani A Dharan did a fantastic job by capturing all the emotions and expressions of the heroine. In fact, he was able to project the ideas of the director exactly on the screen. Music by KM Radhakrishnan is another plus point in the film. Veturi and Vanamali gave melodious lyrics for the tunes. Choreography of songs is also very good. After a long time, one can find a hero and heroine singing duet without touching each other. The selection of wardrobe is excellent as the heroine was shown in traditional half saree and saree all through the film. The producer and director did not even venture to use modern outfits at least in songs. Sneha looked beautiful in traditional outfits. Climax was brought out in an extraordinary manner and the last half an hour of the film is a must watch. The choreography of 'Ningi Nelalaky kaadaa kalyanam...' song in classical dance style amuses the audiences.

The director chose the characters of a watchman and a driver for comedy who curse their mistress in a witty way. It really failed to evoke any laughter much. The comedy track with Suman Shetty was also not etched well. The director ignored to give a good end to another love track of hero's friend, though there is a dialogue by the heroine that his love is not true and justified. But for a couple misses here and there, the minus points are not very glare in the film.

The film cannot be recommended to those who want total entertainment with romantic and action scenes. But if you want to watch a decent love story, this film reminds you the old classic performance of heroines of yesteryears like Savitri, Krishnakumari, Devika and others. One should go to this movie to watch the excellent performance of the heroine, with sheer histrionics and expressions sans glamour and exposure.

Cast: Vikramaditya, Sneha, Saratbabu, Chandana, Ahuti Prasad, LB Sriram, Suman Shetty, Ambika and others.

Cinematography - Bharani K Dharan
Music - KM Radhakrishan
Editing - Sreekara Prasad
Lyrics - Veturi, Vennelakanti
Producer - Dega Deva kumaar Reddy
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Direction - Nagabhushanam.
Banner : Sri Dega Arts
Released on : November 02, 2006.

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