Entha Manchivaadavuraa Review & Rating
Entha Manchivaadavuraa Review: Great Subject - So So Execution
Satish Vegesna has perfected a formula with Shathamanam Bhavathi. If a film hits the right emotions, lighter in tone, nostalgic from the outset, it sure has chances to become a hit at the box office. It's an alternative formula to the ones which are more popular. But overdoing anything results in failure. Too much of sweet is not appreciated by even the connoisseurs of sweets. Law of diminishing utility.
The Gujarati film, Oxygen, has all the tropes to make a good Satish Vegesna style of film. It has human emotions. A hero with his heart in the right place. And a point that resonates well with people. And it is simple and sweet. But the pitfall with this film is, Gujarati films, in general, are melodramatic. And have lengthy runtimes.
Kalyan Ram is a sort of actor who always tries to explore new themes with his films. But most of his characters have mass moments. This time, he has played a really different role for him. Previously his trial for a makeover of image (a romantic hero) with Naa Nuvve brought him indifferent results. Let's see if this family entertainer genre helps him score a big hit with Entha Manchivaadavuraa review.
Too much of manchithanam
Balu is an orphan (a favourite role among Telugu heroes to get easy sympathy) who lost his parents when he was young. Going hand in hand with the theme of this film, he's kind at heart and gives importance to human relations. After all, who knows about the value of relationships than an orphan? Balu was left out by his relatives. He comes up with an innovative concept of emotions supplier to those in need.
Like, if you have the loss of a brother and is suffering from the loss, you can be supplied with a brother. That brother stays with you till you get over the grief. Sometimes, as if to fulfill his own needs, Balu (one of the favourite names for our Telugu heroes) goes with different names to be an emotional helper. This makes his good friend and a short filmmaker Nandini (if Telugu cinema has made a million films, at least 600k films have heroines who are called Nandini Nandu. Boys, it's time to be creative at least with heroine names) suspicious of his activities and keeps an eye on him.
Once, he goes as a son to a family. While it makes him happy to enjoy his time with his renting parents, he gets into trouble with Gangaraju Gangaraju who leads sand mafia (the timely topic at least). How he solves issues with him, fulfills his job of being the son of the family who hired him and if he gets back to his normal life form the rest of the story.
How it could have been?
Concept wise, Entha Manchivaadavuraa has novelty. And it has a huge scope to discuss timely issues. It is the future which we're going to experience. A similar concept is already running in China and Japan where boyfriends/girlfriends are supplied to people who need them. Sometimes robots are also used. This review writer knows of a new type of technology where a robot called Jibo which fulfills emotional needs apart from doing the smart assistant style of work like displaying weather, and clocking alarms etc.
If the narration has taken that turn instead of the routine - a good hero who helps others gets into trouble with a bad villain (yes the villain characterization is really bad) and the same hero intros etc., Entha Manchivaadavuraa would have ended up as a world-class film. Unfortunately, the template narration and melodrama undid the potential of the subject. We all have heard of the cases like the wife in one corner of the city and husband on the other able to meet only once a week. A Robot like Jibo acting between them as a bridge would have made a funtastic film if the director needs to go family entertainer way.
How it is?
The narration is episodic which also resulted in the actual plot of the film getting delayed till very late in the runtime. With no central conflict and the hero is too good it's bad, the film feels like a drag. But if anyone can sit through till the end, it's not a bad film, to begin with. But the director who is also a writer needs to come out of his Shathamanam Bhavathi euphoria.
Kalyan Ram did his best to suit the role. Certain mass scenes and action part (not in the original) is added to suit his image. Mehreen has a good screen time unlike other heroines in this year's Sankranthi film race. She did okayish. There isn't much glamor show for those who expect it. Tanikella Bharani has a meaty role as the father who hired the services of our hero as a son. He's good in a routine way. Suhasini, Sarath Babu, and others did neatly. They're experienced actors after all.
The music of the film is nothing special. So is the background score. But it's not to say the score is bad. The cinematography is a disappointment. The visuals lacked the punch and most of the film appears as the television films made by ETV Suman. Good. But not film-worthy. The editing is choppy. The production design is so so. Production values are also not good.
Entha Manchivaadavuraa has an innovative concept for a potentially explosive and visionary film. But routine narration and mishandling by the director failed its true potential. But it's partly entertaining and you may give it a try if you can sit through such films. Else skip it and wait for online streaming. Or watch Hollywood film Her.
- Novelty in subject with a great potential
- There are really good moments which are good to watch
- Routine narration
- Narration drags
- The actual conflict element doesn't come until it's very late because of episodic nature
Khelo Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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