CAST: Sudheer Babu, Wamiqa Gabbi
BANNER: 70mm Entertainments
EDITOR: M.R Varma
MUSIC: Sunny M.R.
PRODUCER: Vijay, Shashi
Tagline: Bhale Manchi Attempt!
Avg User Rating- 3.25
Ram (Sudheer Babu) is a car delivery boy who sets out to take revenge on Maya (Dhanya Balakrishna) for dumping him. On the way his car bumps into another car thereby setting free Seetha (Wamiqa Gabbi). Unexpectedly, Sudheer and his friend are kidnapped by Shakti (Sai Kumar) who accepts the deal of kidnapping Seetha for a ransom of Rs 10crores. Shakti agrees to set free Ram and his friend on a condition that Ram brings back Seetha. In pursuit of Seetha, Ram meets petty kidnappers Yousuf (Jabardasth Venu) and Albert and the trio eventually find Seetha and church father Paul (Posani) as bonus. Dropping back father Paul at a church, Ram finds that his girlfriend Maya is marrying Sooraj (Chaitanya Krishna) at the same church. While Ram tries to take his revenge, Seetha grabs the pistol and shoots Sooraj. Why did Seetha shoot Sooraj, how are the subsequent kidnaps linked and how did Ram free his friend forms the rest of the story.
Sudheer Babu: This handsome hunk has been a promising hero offering something different with each film. After a love story like Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini, Sudheer Babu did display some character with his smart underplay in Bhale Manchi Roju. He puts story before heroism and other commercial propositions yet becomes the spine of this suspense thriller.
Wamiqa Gabbi: This newbie is pretty and has got talent that can take her to places in this showbiz world. Long way to go!
Saikumar: You will see this exceptional supporting actor in yet another quirky baddie role, of course part of the drama (kindly don’t expect much from him).
Posani: Church father Paul is absolutely hilarious and you’ll simply love him.
Venu & 'Albert' Sriram: This is a perfect Jodi that indeed becomes a key asset to the film.
30yrs Industry Prithvi: Yes! He is a part of this dark comedy too and is in fact the showstopper and true savior of the film. His act as “Mallepushpam Rama Rao” in the climax is indeed a must watch.
Aishwarya Bhaskaran, Praveen, Paruchuri Gopalakrishna, Vidyullekha Raman, Chaitanya Krishna, Dhanya Balakrishna, Ghosh and others play a key role in this roller coaster ride.
You wouldn’t opt to believe if we say that this film is directed by debutante director Sriram Adithya who hails from a short film backdrop. This young debutant scores a home run with sheer merit in writing and compelling execution. A dark comedy and on top of it an experienced star cast, it is in fact an acid test for any director but Sriram Adithya sets out like Shikar Dhawan right from the beginning.
Interesting characters, amusing performances, engaging screenplay, arresting visuals and entertaining comedy throughout – are you looking for something else in the film? This kidnap drama has enough stuff and masala to keep you glued for a significant while and just when you start taking things for granted, he has smartly launched his trump card ‘Prithvi’ at the right time, thereby concluding things conveniently.
There are no wow factors/episodes in the film but it has got some potential and refreshing narration that can send you out feeling vindicated. With some pacy narration and high on comedy quotient, the second half scores over the first half.
- Story and Screenplay.
- Performances of all the lead cast.
- Comedy of Posani & 30yrs industry Prithvi
- Shamdat’s top-notch Cinematography is the biggest asset.
- Modish Editing.
- Lack of wow factors.
- Songs looked Coerced.
The album by Sunny MR is indeed zesty and versatile suiting the genre but the songs looked coerced. However, the backgroundscore goes in sync with the mood of the film but is less impactful.
The Cameo by Vennela Kishore failed to entertain.
Bhale Manchi Roju is an engaging and entertaining dark comedy and a different offering that is certainly worth your time!
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