Not many Telugu actors have dared to do an experiment with the different shades of characters. But Manoj is one such star, who has done it in his latest movie Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara which also stars Balakrishna.
Story: Gandharva Mahal belongs to the forefathers of Narasimha Rayudu (Balakrishna), who marries his sister to his relative Phanindra Bhupathi (Sonu Sood), who is in love with a prostitute's daughter Amruthavalli (Lakshmi Prasanna). Narasimha gifts his wealth including the Mahal as dowry. But he kills Bhupati when he tries to kill his sister and bring Amruthavalli to the Mahal. He also dies in the fight, but his soul haunts the Mahal to prevent others from occupy it. How a young man (Manoj) dares the soul and wins the hand of Jagadha (Deeksha Seth) the daughter of Rayudu (Prabhu) will form the crux of the film.
Performance: Balakrishna has delivered a great performance as Narasimha Rayudu. It is true that Mohanbabu has missed a chance by not playing the role. Manoj has also delivered wonderful acting. With his six-pack body, he looks fabulous in action and dance sequences. Deeksha Seth does not have enough scope to show her acting skills, but she has used the available screen place properly. She has exposed her glamour a lot in a couple of songs. Lakshmi Prasanna, Bhanuchander, Sonu Sood, Saikumar, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Balayya and others have done complete justice to their respective roles. Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Raghubabu surely tickle the funny bones of audiences.
Technical: The art director has done a wonderful job in creating the Gandharva Mahal set, which is extra-ordinary. Cinematographer B Rajasekhar has maintained a perfect lighting all through the film. The action scenes and the blood drops are perfectly shown on the screen. Suman-Sulaiman's background score is excellent and it elevates many scenes. Lakshmi Bhupati's dialogues are a letdown and there is no punch in them.
The director has done a good script, bu failed to pen a perfect screenplay for it. He could not handle the subject in a proper manner. Before the end of the first half, the subject waters down, but by the interval bang, he takes the reins again. However, in the second half there are many ebbs and tides in the run of the subject.
Remarks: Manoj's character, which has different shades, has to be seen on the screen. Such an experiment is dangerous at times, but Manoj has done it. Watch the film for Manoj, Balakrishna and Lakshmi Prasanna's performances and the twists in the story and the director's narration. Watch the film Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara for these aspects.
Cast: Balakrishna, Manchu Manoj, Deeksha Seth, Lakshmi Prasanna, Bhanuchander, Sonu Sood, Saikumar, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Balayya, Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Raghubabu
Credits: Music - Bobo Sasi, Background score - Suman Sulaiman, Cinematography - B Rajasekhar, Editing - Raja Mohammad, Presents - M Mohanbabu, Producer - Lakshmi Prasanna, Story, screenplay and direction - Sekhar Raja
Banner: Manchu entertainments
Released on: July 27, 2012