Neelakanta entered the film industry as a producer through Jamadagni. He then tried his hand in direction with a Tamil film Priyanka. However, he shot into fame with his directorial venture Show by bagging national award for best screenplay. His immediate next film Mysamma was also a big hit.
However, he faced two flops through Nandanavanam 120 km and Sadaa Mee Sevalo. Realising the faults he committed in his flops, Neelakanta came out with a romantic, love entertainer called Mr Medhavi. He has moulded the film in a different and interesting way. Especially, with his expertise in scripting the screenplay, he made the present generation to think about the value of human relations through this movie.
Vishwaksen @ Vichu (Raja) is an orphan. Sankaram Master (Tanikella Bharani) brings him up and gives him education till high school studies. While he is in elementary studies, he happens to meet Swetha (Genelia), a girl from London, who visits the village. Vichu and Swetha become good friends. With the death of Sankaram Master, Vichu again turns orphan and struggles a lot to pursue higher studies. With his amazing intelligence, he starts earning money by doing favours to those, who are around him and completes his MBA. However, his memories with Swetha continue to haunt him. Vichu joins Sri Krishna Enterprises, a multi-national firm run by Krishna Kumar (Suman). Swetha returns to India and to Vichu's surprise, she is none other than his boss' daughter. Both of them realise each other and feel very happy. As Swetha plans to start a pharmaceutical company, Vichu manages to become the project manager of the firm. Vichu doesn't want to express his love and wants to use his intelligence to get the words I Love You from Swetha. At this juncture, Swetha tells him that she is in love with Siddharth (Sonu Sood). Siddharth conducts seminars to improve human relations in various firms. Swetha doesn't want to reveal her love to her parents and seeks the help of Vichu. Swetha invites Siddharth to their company to conduct a seminar. While participating in the seminar, Vichu realises the real meaning of life and the value of human relations. He realises his folly. However, in the climax, Swathi realises that Vichu is repenting. She reveals that it is all a drama and she really loves Vichu, but not the one, who is using his intelligence to meet his personal needs but a true and genuine Vichu. The film ends on a happy note with their union.
PLUS: The gripping screenplay, novel type of narration, fantastic movement of the film, expert directorial abilities of Neelakanta are the basic plus points of the movie. Definitely, it is a director's film. Another plus point is the performance of Genelia. She has performed above the expected levels and she appears very cute in many scenes including the songs. It is no exaggeration to say that none others could do justice to the role like Genelia. Another impressive performance is by Sonu Sood. He really has walked away with honours with his simple and superb performance. Raja is okay in his role. Music by Chakri is another asset.
MINUS: There are very few minus points in the movie. The character played by Suman Shetty is useless. He has been kept only for namesake as the hero's buddy. Likewise, some scenes in the combination of Raja and Sonu Sood appear a little artificial. A couple of songs are also at the wrong timing. But all these minus points are overshadowed by Neelakanta's directorial abilities.
REMARKS: Neelakanta, who realised that lack of a punching comedy was the reason behind the failures of two of his films, has spared good time for comedy in the film. Comedy by Dharmavarapu and MS Narayana is adequate and gives quite a good relief to the film. Camera work by Sunil K Reddy and editing by Nagireddy are good. Though the heroine has London origin, the director has not tried to shoot a part of the film in London like all the other directors of the present generation. The entire film has been shot in India and especially in Hyderabad and Vizag and their surrounding areas. Lyrics by Bhuvanachandra and Kandikonda are sweet and music by Chakri added flavour to the lyrics.
Cast: Raja, Genelia, Sonu Sood, Suman, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, MS Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Suman Shetty, Gundu Sudarshan, Duvvasi Mohan, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Hema and others
Credits: Camera – Sunil K Reddy, Editing – Nagireddy, Lyrics – Bhuvanachandra, Kadikonda, Music – Chakri, Art – KV Ramana, Presents – G Madhusudhan Reddy, Producer – Bodduluri Rama Rao, Story, screenplay, dialogues and direction – Neelakanta.
Banner: Lifestyle Art Pictures
Released on : January 26, 2008
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