Meeku Matrame Chepta Review & Rating
Meeku Matrame Chepta Review: Only For The Niche Audience
A story that was intended to be made into a film with Vijay Deverakonda has now launched the director who launched Vijay Deverakonda in the first place. Vijay himself turned a producer and made this film with a debutant. The movie is touted to be trendy and has a new-age vibe. Tharun Bhascker who carved himself a niche as a filmmaker wants to show his mark as an actor persuaded by Vijay Deverakonda.
Rakesh's honeymoon ;-)
The story of the film revolves around a youngster named Rakesh and his adventures and misadventures alongside his buddy played by Abhinav Gomatam who stole the show in Tharun Bhascker’s directorial Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi. The movie starts with the narration of Kamesh. He tells the audience (because the director wrote the screenplay like that) the love story of his friend Rajesh. These two are partners in crime.
Our protagonists work in a media channel as Video Jockeys (VJs). They make viral videos in the line of their duties. One of the directors who work with our friends come up with a cronie idea of making a video with honeymoon as the theme. The background track for the video is the popular song from Srikrishna Pandaveeyam, Mathu Vadalara. Just like director Maruthi used Bhale Bhale Magaadivoy song from Maro Charitra in the Nani starrer, the song is used to emphatic comedy.
As our hero is a self-respecting Telugu hero, he falls for a girl (not exactly the heroine of the film) Steffi (thank god! She’s not Nandini or Mahalakshmi). He convinces that he is a goody-two-shoes and is committed to her. Like our self-respecting Telugu heroine, she wants our hero to be good in every possible way. As they take their (love) relationship to the next level, the video starring Rakesh comes out and becomes viral. All hell breaks loose and how Rajesh comes out of this trickiest situation form the rest of the story.
Note - 1: If you don’t understand why hell breaks loose, you’re not eligible to watch this film.
Note - 2: You’re not a self-respecting youth.
Writing and direction
The entire premise of this film is based on an inconvenient situation which leads to humorous situations. The opening of the film is neat and runs with refreshing comedy. A lot of natural humour is infused into the narration. But as the proceedings get think with suspense element (spoiler - so not revealing), we expect a lot out of the film. The interval point is nearly executed but all hell breaks loose after that point.
The narration goes hey-wire. The screenplay which appeared breezy till that point becomes a bore-fest as the scenes start to get repetitive. How can a youthful film be such a mess of reputation when we’re in a generation where a couple of times anyone says anything, they’re labeled old fashioned and boring faces? This is not imposition sirs. When you’re making a new-age film, why go old-school in narration?
The writing is a mixed bag. The dialogues elicit good laughs and the humour worked out till the interval point. The writing falls flat in the second half. Just when we think the film is finally on to the track, the twist in the climax makes us forget the goodwill on the first half of the film too. It robbed the entire film off its rusty charm.
Performances and characterization
Tharun Bhascker proved himself to be a good actor in his second film already (Meeku MC is his first film but Falaknuma Das released first). He has a lot of ease in acting. The dialogue delivery is neat. But the writing undid some of his best work in the second half. Even the comedy seems forced.
Just like noted strategy writer Robert Greene has written in one of his books
Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work. Or even like our wise elders say, why wear bones on you when you eat meat? Right? Here the efforts of trying to create a new-age film are too obviously visible. The forced comedy fails to entertain after its expiry date.
I mean to say, the point has a great potential for a short film or a one-hour long web series (two half-hour episodes). But the additional 50 minutes of the film is only added to make this a viable project for a theatrical release. Shrewd plan. But failed.
Abhinav is terrific as Kamesh and his dialogue delivery saves the second half to an extent. It is actually who is the real protagonist of the film (or is he an unreliable narrator just making his friend look bad?). Vani Bhojan is okayish in her performance. She has no screen presence pertaining to a lead actress. At least for this film. Anasuya has a crucial role but is wasted. She did well. Pavani Gangireddy is neat in the role of Kameah’s girlfriend. Vijay Deverakonda sparks in the promo song which is attached to the end reel, I mean... final scene).
The crew or the lack thereof
The music of the film by Sivakumar is good in parts. The background score is patchy. Good in some places. Stale in others. It failed to add to the intrigue of the proceedings. The cinematography has nothing to write about. The editing is mediocre in the second half. The production design may appear vibrant and youthful. But tight-fist production values make the film look like a poorly made short film. Meeku Matrame Cheptha is a partially well-written and partially well-acted film. But it’s not at all a well-made film.
You can watch it if you like a comedy which comes up with a relatable to modern times point and a neat first half. Else, Jai Hotstar!
- Refreshing comedy in the first half
- Lessons in how not to stretch a short film into a feature-length film.
- Ah! The second half
- Terrific er... terrible production values
- Poor and impactless characterization
- Repetitive content
Pycker Rating: 2.25 out of 5
Tailpiece: Movie might have been made on a shoestring budget. But ticket prices are not so cheap. No? Nobody paid no?