Manamantha Movie Review Manamantha Movie Rating By 3
Cast: Mohan Lal, Gauthami, Raina Rao, Viswanth, Anisha Ambrose, Vennela Kishore and Others
Directed by: Chandrasekhar Yeleti
Produced by: Rajani Korrapati
Banner: Varahi Chalanachitram
Music by: Mahesh Shankar
Chandrasekhar Yeleti needs no introduction. He is the mastermind behind unforgettable gems like Aithe and Anukokunda Oka Roju. He has not been at his best in his last few outings but he has found his mojo with Manamantha, an anthology film about four middle class people of different age groups. This is one of the best films in recent times and will rank amongst the best works of Chandrasekhar Yeleti for sure.
What is it about?
There are four stories in this film.
1) Sairam (Mohanlal) works as an assistant manager in a super market. He wishes to become the manager but he has competition. So he hires a goon to make sure that his competitor stays out of the scene on the deciding day. However, to his astonishment, the goon kidnaps Sairam's coworker and demands a ransom. Now he has to save him against all odds.
2) A little girl (Raina Rao) befriends a small kid on the streets. When she succeeds in getting him an admission in her school, the kid goes missing and the girl starts searching for him.
3) A youngster (Vishwanth) falls in love with a rich girl (Anisha) and completely loses his senses. He decides to end his life when he gets rejected by her.
4) A middleclass woman (Gauthami) gets a rare offer to buy something expensive that could keep her happy all the time. But she couldn't find a single thing that can keep her happy for a longtime. She gets an opportunity to change her life forever. But for that she has to leave her family and go to Singapore.
Mohan Lal is the best possible choice for this role. You cannot imagine someone else playing this character. He gets into the skin of the character and just behaves like a helpless middleclass man. He dubbed in his own voice which sounds bit strange at the beginning but doesn't bother after sometime. Gauthami is superb with a splendid performance. Vishwanth is alright. Anisha is average. Raina Rao is cute and does a wonderful job for an eleven year old. Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Urvashi, Vennela kishore, Brahmaji, Ayyappa P. Sharma all did a fine job as the supporting cast.
Chandrasekhar Yeleti is a wonderful storyteller. He has used his skills in narrating four stories simultaneously with a stupendous ending. The story seems simple but it is very hard to execute and the master makes it look easy with his flawless narrative.
Music is very good in emotional sequences. Cinematographer should be commended for bringing natural feel to the proceedings. Editing is neat. Slow pace bothers a bit, but stories like these cannot move briskly for obvious reasons. Producers should be lauded for backing such an emotional script.
All the four stories look pretty simple and ordinary on paper. It will only click if the director gets the emotions right. It is a tightrope to walk and Chandrasekhar Yeleti did it effortlessly with his wonderful screenplay. All the four stories are narrated simultaneously and scenes jump from one to another in split seconds. However there isn't any confusion in the narration.
The film is filled with lot of emotional moments that will leave you moist-eyed. Mohan Lal's thread has that suspense element and thrill that keeps you on the edge of the seat. Gauthami's thread has many natural and light moments. Youth can identify themselves in Vishwanth's character. The little girl thread is heartwarming. None of the stories seem boring. There isn't single moment that seems forced or illogical.
A lot of thought has gone into the scripting and the director had tremendous clarity over what he was doing. Films like Manamantha could easily go wrong if there is a slight confusion in the mind of the director. Chandrasekhar Yeleti doesn't hit a single wrong note in entire film. Climax of the film will bring a lot of joy to the viewers which in itself is a great achievement. Manamantha is one of its kind of films that are a rarity in Tollywood. One cannot afford to miss this roller coaster ride of emotions. Go watch it