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Mr. Medhavi February 21, 2008

Posted by Shujath in Movies, Reviews, Telugu.
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Though not a huge hit, this is definitely the first genuinely good Telugu film of the year. His previous two films weren’t successful but one can say Neelakanta is back in form with this one.

Mr. Medhavi – translated as Mr. Intellectual is about Vishwaksen (Raja) who since childhood believes that people’s emotions/thoughts can be “calculated” and hence easily be manipulated for anything. He is quite successful in life with his formula but trouble starts when he tries the same to manipulate his childhood sweetheart (Genelia) to fall in love with him. His tricks actually backfire and he ends up in the uncomfortable situation of having to act as a matchmaker between her and the guy (Sonu Sood) she confesses being in love with.

Despite the predictability of the twists the movie entertains throughout. A lot of people have complained about the pacing but I found it just right. Ironically, the only issue I actually found with this movie is the overuse of the words Medhavi/Medhassu in every episode. I think the audience who watches such films doesn’t need to be reminded constantly that they are watching a clever film. A little bit of subtlety would still drive the point home more gracefully.

The casting seems to be perfect here. Raja most of the time has to sport a smug look on his face without talking much but carries out his part well. Genelia gets a meaty role and does complete justice to it…she looks gorgeous too. Sonu Sood seems to have made a permanent place and both Hindi and Telugu cinema by playing parts which are too important to be left to lesser actors and not big enough to warrant a star. He has a changed appearance from the last time I saw him and deilvers yet another controlled performance.

The best and the most entertaining part of the movie are the scenes featuring Dharmavarapu Subramanyam and M.S Narayana…..As the bickering managers in the office they generate the maximum laughs both in the first half as well as the nicely crafted “HR seminar” sequence in the second. The good thing about Chakri’s music is that there isn’t much of it to disturb the flow. I liked the background score though. One man show – Neelakanta deilvers a clear winner this time.

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1. Bharadwaj C.V. - August 10, 2008

Very good review… i appreciate the good work..
I too loved this movie – so much so that – i realized that Neelakhanta is the most promising director of Telugu industry in current times..
Its just not bringing in the laughter but it is the way he does it that is amusing ..this would be a movie of genuine comedy (its not just the words but the acting as well as characterization which i should agree is satirical which brings out a pleasant smile in most situation and huge laughter in some) – near perfect screenplay (no unnecessary scenes)- no over emotions.. and the best part is – the concept which is very novel to telugu cinema.. its totally unpretentious ..really sad that this movie goes unnoticed – quite under-rated for someone providing a complete family entertainer ..
I really want you guys to make a mention of SHOW -may be not in this context but just because people have to appreciate the sheer mastery neelakhanta had over capturing peoples emotions, hidden disappoints and complaints towards life.. i can say that is one movie a true telugu audience should be proud of ..


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