Devudu Chesina Manashulu review

Ravi Teja must be in a huge quandary right now. Once acclaimed as a minimum guarantee hero, he is craving for a minimum guarantee movie now. With Mirpakaya it seemed as if he had reached a level of stardom. Pity then, it has been all downhill after the hit of Mirpakaya

The movie in question, Devudu Chesina Manushulu, has nothing to satiate an average viewer. Nothing at all. For a Ravi Teja fan like me, it is a different matter altogether. I can watch the crappiest of films that he has a role in and not complain. So looking for complaints from me on this movie would be futile.

*This is a rant, you can progress to the next Para and wouldn’t have missed anything*

In December 2008, Neninthe released and was blasted back from the screens because it criticised certain sections of media crudely. There wasn’t a single review that had good words for the movie. Today, as I couldn’t see the movie FDFS, I did check in to find a few reviews. I wasn’t surprised by what Deepa Garimella of fullhyd.com wrote, as her writing has certain fluidity about it and she was blatant in thrashing the movie. Yes, I read her reviews, but that doesn’t have a bearing on whether I will watch the movie. I normally check in to read her reviews, only to find if our views match. She is my favourite writer on Telugu films after all. What put me off was a tweet by a reviewer from a site that does live updates for every Telugu and Hindi movie. Sir, your writing is such that you write Telugu in English. That’s the best I can summon up the words for your reviews. So you complaining about clarity of thought etc is not done: at least not as a critic. Well once I came out of the screen, a lot of people’s opinion was what I read on twitter earlier. The worst of all, people who loved Businessman when it released were unequivocal about their hatred for the same movie now

*End of Rant*

Puri Jagannadh, much like his mentor did in Dongala Mutha, made this movie without a basic plot. It entertains to a certain level but doesn’t ask too much of involvement from the audience. You call it negligence or complacence is upto you. A part of me has started expecting a lot less from him after that disaster called Nenu Naa Rakshasi.

Ravi Teja needs a hit, and fast. He is going downhill way too fast. I remember him saying in an interview that he wants the movie to make money. Critical appreciation, to him is secondary. Well with movies like Dongala Mutha, Veera, Nippu, Daruvu failing to make money, he should fall back on movies that will satisfy the actor in him. That 3 minute turn in a negative role as the Home minister is a pointer to the boundless talent that he has. Unfortunately, the line-up of his movies suggest no deviation from the type.

Illeana had the perfect dubbing and it resulted in one of her best performances. Nothing earth shattering, considering she doesn’t have much to show in her repertoire

Prakash Raj, Subba Raju, Brahmanandam, and Ali are all pointers to the talent at hand for Puri and how he went about wasting it. A lot of scenes in the movie are good as stand-alone scenes, but when it comes to blending them in the narrative, it doesn’t quite gel

Pic Courtesy: idlebrain.com

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