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Manchivadu – Movie Review

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Mega Super Good Films is known for bringing out wonderful family entertainers. However, these days their judgment in the selection of stories is going wrong. Director P Lakshmi Narayana (Deepti), who made his debut with Andala Ramudu on the same banner and gave a hit, got another opportunity to work with the banner again. This time, he chose a cliched story, which had lots of sentiment and family drama, with love story in its backdrop. However, neither the story nor its narration is impressive and made the audience to curse the director for irritating comedy and mindless twists to the story.

Raja (Taneesh) is the grandson of Dasaratha Ramaiah (Viswanath) and Janaki (Jayanti). He loses his parents in his childhood and is brought up by his grandparents. However, he could not put his mind in studies and fails in Class V. Dasaratha has two other sons and it is a combined family. Dasaratha used to chide Raja for everything. Once Raja"s aunt (Sudha), her husband (Chandramohan) and their daughter Indu (Bhama) come to their village from the US. Raja falls flat after watching Indu. In order to win her heart Raja plays several tricks and make Indu believe that he is a great lover. To impress her, Raja joins in a job with his paternal uncle. Once, he buys a half-saree and presents it to Indu. When Raja presumes that Indu is also interested in him, she reveals that she loved Ramesh (Rajiv), cousin of Raja. At this juncture, Dasaratha, who also presumes that Indu loves Raja and asks her to accept his hand and make him happy. However, Raja, who knows that Indu is in love with Ramesh, takes the blame on him and refuses to marry Indu. What happens next should be seen on-screen.

It is Tanish, who has taken the entire responsiblity to run the film. Though an amateur, he has maintained good comedy timing. However, he should understand that he is not able to play a solo hero in a film to impress the audiences. It is proved that he could do a good job if he shares screen with some other hero. Though, Rajiv has played the second fiddle, his role is very limited and he has less scope to perform. Bhama is good looking and bubbly. She is okay as a heroine but she still needs to learn a lot about her body language. Viswanath has done a routine role and Jayanti is okay as granny. Other artistes have done justice to their roles. Raghubabu, who has a good footage with the hero, has given his best in entertaining the audience.

Behind the camera, all the departments are proved weak. The story penned by Ravishankar is a big cliche. It is a routine family drama with lots of sentimental scenes and family drama. Moreover, the dialogues penned by Gangotri Viswanath lacks punch. Music by Sirpi is another drawback. The cinematography by Venugopalan is mediocre. Editing is also poor and there are many jerks in the movement of the film. Lakshmi Narayana, who had brought out an impressive subject like Andala Ramudu, has failed to repeat the magic.

First half of the film has nothing but so called mass comedy which is loud, while the second half is full of sentiment and the artistes are forced to use glycerin for several scenes. Watch the film at your own risk.

Cast: Tanish, Bhama, Rajiv, K.Vishwanath, Raghubabu, Prasadbabu, Chandramohan, Melkote, Vizag Prasad, Chalapati Rao, Jayanti, Sudha and others
Credits: Story – Ravishankar, Dialogues – Gangotri Viswanath, Cinematography – Venugopalan, Music – Shilpi, Presents – RB Choudary, Producers – NV Prasad and Paras Jain, Screenplay and direction – Lakshminaryana (Deepti)
Banner: Super Good Films
Released on: April 8, 2011

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