Star Cast: Nagarjuna Akkineni,Rakul Preet Singh,Vennela Kishore,Rao Ramesh,Jhansi, Lakshmi Director: Rahul Ravindran Producer: Nagarjuna Akkineni Music Director: Chetan Bharadwaj Cinematographer: M.Sukumar Editor: Chota K.Prasad
Akkineni Nagarjuna has the tag of being one of the most romantic heroes in Telugu cinema. His movie ‘Manmadhudu’ which was released in 2002 is still remembered. The sequel ‘Manmadhudu 2’ has hit the screens today. Director of the movie ‘Chi La Sow’ Rahul Ravindran has directed ‘Manmadhudu 2,’ which stars Rakul Preet Sigh as the heroine opposite ‘King’ Nagarjuna. The movie seems to be an adaptation of the French film ‘I Do’.Nagarjuna plays the role of Sam short form of his original name Sambasiva Rao. Sam is deeply hurt after heartbreak and decides not to marry in his life. Instead, he has numerous one-night stands and affairs.
Sam’s family want him to settle down and pressurize him to get married. To avoid the pressure Sam brings in Avantika (Rakul Preet Singh) and introduces her as his girlfriend. Avantika is supposed to act as his girlfriend and on their wedding day she is supposed to ditch him. However, Sam’s plans go wrong and what consequences he has to face is the rest of the story. Nagarjuna appears perky and is apt as Sam. His glamour is what is being mentioned in particular by viewers. Dialogue delivery is good and is good entertainment.
Rakul Preet Singh’s role is well-established and has been well-executed too. Rakul justifies her role as Avantika who is almost 25 years younger than Sam.Vennela Kishore is the saving factor, with his wit and timely comedy. The most entertaining part of the movie is when Vennela Kishore appears on the screen.
Actors Lakshmi, Jhansi, Rao Ramesh and the others justify their roles well. Keerthy Suresh and Samantha surprised the audience with their short appearances.
On the technical aspects, the story of ‘Manmadhudu 2’ lacks strength. With no flimsy storyline, director Rahul Ravindran seems to have done a patchwork with comedy and narration. The director has put the movie’s burden on the shoulders of dialogues and comedy, which appear to be unfavourable. The narration lacks nativity and constraint. Though adult comedy has been presented subtly, it does not do for Telugu audience.
But on the positive side, Chetan Bharadwaj’s music composition compliments the movie. There are a couple of good songs and the movie has decent background music. The rich capture of the lens is to be appreciated. Good job by the cinematography team. However, the editors could have done a better job in editing out a few unnecessary scenes which do not compliment the flow of narration. Production values are good.
Verdict: Rahul Ravindran failed to impress with the story, but managed to pull off with an entertaining narration. Nagarjuna effortlessly pulled off the role with his ultra-cool looks. Though the title does not justify the prequel of Manmadhudu, the comedy worked well for Manmadhudu 2.