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Masala is a romantic comedy entertainer and as its name suggests, the movie has all masala stuffs like comedy, action, romance, sentiment, songs, etc. Venkatesh and Ram's brilliant performances are the main attractions in the film. The engaging screenplay, funny dialogues, trendy music, beautiful picturisation, MS Narayana, Ali and Jayaprakash Reddy's comedy timings and few action and dance sequences are the other highlights of the film.
There is a saying, "People will pay more for lies than for the truth." Masala tries to proves this on screen in an entertaining way. The movie is a remake of Blockbuster Hindi film Bol Bachchan starring Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan in leads. Remaining honest to the original, K Vijaya Bhaskar has made some small changes to maintain the taste of the local audience. But overall, the director has not added anything new in the screenplay.
The first half of Masala is quite entertaining with some back-to-back comedy and action scenes. The narration is quite racy, but it slows down before the interval bang. The second half of the film is also enjoyable. Venky and Jayaprakash's performances in the climax will surely impress the film goers. Continue to read Masala movie review.
Rahman (Ram) is a Muslim guy, who is fighting a legal battle with a Marwadi over his ancestral property. After losing this battle, he relocated to Bheemaraja Puram with his sister Sania (Anjali) in search of work after they lose their house to Marwadis in legal battle. His uncle Narayana (MS Narayana) forces him to tell a lie that he is a Hindu guy named Ram and is finding a job at the residence of the village leader Balaramudu (Venkatesh), who is good at heart, but allergic to liars. How Rehman struggles to cover his lie will form several funny incidents in the movie.
As Balaramudu, Venkatesh is a perfect match for the role of Ajay in the original, and the actor has delivered superb performance. His body language and diction while delivering English dialogues are sure to rock the film goers. The movie Masala has tapped out a different side of Venky, which was never seen before on the screen.
In Masala, Ram has played the dual roles that was played by Abhishek Bachchan in Bol Bachchan. As a gay, he has delivered hilarious performance. He has also shown lot of energy in dance and action sequences. His chemistry with Shahzaan is good and one of the attractions in the film.
Anjali And Shahzaan's Roles
Anjali and Shahzaan Padamsee, who have played Venky and Ram's love interests, respectively, have a very less score for their roles. They have tried their best to impress the viewers in the available screen presence.
Supporting Artistes In Masala
Kovai Sarala's role has two shades - Chintamani and mother. She has done well in both shades. MS Narayana, Ali and Jayaprakash Reddy try their best to tickle the funny bones of viewers in a few sequences. Talented actor Posani has done well, but the director has wasted him. Other artistes have also done justice to their roles.
Thaman's Tunes Are Attractions
Masala has decent production values and S Thaman's music is the main attraction in the technical front. He has composed some good numbers for the movie, but his background score, which is the copy of the original, is a big let down in the film.
Anil Ravipudi dialogues are other highlight in the movie Masala. His funny English oneliners will impress the viewers. For example:
I forgive you.
Don't get emotional. Pest control yourself.
I will bring you all down to earth.
Senseless saar senseless.
Worstful saar worstful.
Cinematography In Masala
The cinematography is good. Especially, a couple of songs have been shot in foreign locales and the cameraman has done a brilliant job in shooting them. His picturisation in comedy, action and chase sequences is also good.
Other Technical Departments
Masala has a couple of action scenes choreographed by Ram Laxman and they are treat for action lovers. Other departments like art direction, editing, costume designing and makeup have also done a commendable job.
Overall, Masala is a decent comedy entertainer, which is a treat for family audience. But if you have watched Bol Bachchan, you can skip Masala as it does not offer anything new.
Masala Production Team
Producer: Suresh Babu, Sravathi Ravi Kishore
Director: Vijaya Bhaskar
Casting: Venkatesh , Ram, Anjali, Shahzaan Padamsee, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Ali, Kovai Sarala, Posani Krishna Murali, MS Narayana and others
Music: SS Thaman
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Run Time: 160 minutes