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Rating : 2/5
Writing and Direction: Phanindra Narisetty
Behind the Screens:
Manu is the first Crowded funded film in Telugu which has garnered the attention of the audience after a long time. Brahmanandham’s son, Raja Goutham is playing the main lead in the film and has pinned high hopes on the film to bag the first break of his career. Let us see how the audience receives the movie releasing Today.
Manu is the story of Manu (Raja Goutham) who is an abstract artist and his admirer Neela (Chandini Chowdary). Neela’s father who fears Amar, Akbar, and Anthony who he suspects after him for a diamond he possesses. He decided to leave the place and asks his daughter to rent their house to someone. Manu who sees a flyer for ‘To-Let’ comes to her house to find her in danger. Will he save her?
The film has six or seven characters in the entire movie. Raja Goutham impresses in the film like never before in his previous outing. Chandini Chowdary, the famous short film girl who previously appeared in a few films without any luck also came up with a good performance. Abhiram Verma, the newcomer is also impressive and will be a good find for future. Those who played Neela’s father, Amar, Akbar, and Anthony are just okay.
Director Phanindra Narisetty came up with an interesting concept but failed to execute it in a convincing manner. In the name of unconventional narration, the screenplay gets confusing and taxing for the audience. Vishwanadh Reddy’s camera work is slick. Background score by Naresh Kumaran is excellent. Dialogues are quite lengthy. Editing by Pradeep E Raghav is a massive disaster. Production Values are what we expect from a crowd-funded film.
Director Phanindra Narisetty came up with an interesting story (at least on paper) but lost it while narrating it in a non-linear screenplay. It all began with a series of murders transforming into a love story and the director tried to infuse horror as well into the minds of the audience. After some initial promise, we will very soon get confused due to the non-linear narration and absurd twists. The first half is okay to some extent and the second half is a major mishap. The director deviated from logic at many places and the final twist-revealing is an even bigger disappointment.
Manu: Boring and Absurd
Cast: Raja Goutham, Chandini Chowdary, Abhiram Varma, Mohan Bhagath, Bomma Sridhar, Bindu Chandramouli and others
Producer: Crowd Funding
DOP: Vishwanath Reddy
Music: Naresh Kumaran
Editor: Pradeep E Raghav
Release Date: 7th September 2018