The Movie: Mukunda (another name for Lord Krishna)
Caption: A bumpy ride
Savvy’s Rating: 2.5/5
Zephyr: Songs, Dialogues, Rao Ramesh, and Screenplay of lead pair’s love/romance
1) Varun Tej’s debut movie; it would have been a plus point to Varun had he been bit careful about his acting and dancing skills. He looked handsome in all nonTalky scenes. With Mega family bouncing one after the other onto Tollywood screen, all faces are almost same and so do their acting skills. Hoping he makes a point to upskill himself before his next venture. Forgot to mention, for him, this is a decent debut
Society is full of selfishness and Politics is the best example. “Mukunda” movie tried to point the greedy nature of politicians, obsession of power seat, ego clashes and messed up lives. However, the story lost its punch as some of the scenes couldn’t gel with the movie flow. Tollywood has to come to terms with duration of movies and limitation of the subject. Everything cannot be bundled in 2.5hrs and sometimes, it may backfire due to half-baked outcome.
Overall, a thoughtful movie that missed the strike.
Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):
Movie has 3 angles:
Friendship: A village → youth gang and two best friends (Arjun and Mukunda (Hero) ) → Arjun loves his classmate who’s Chairman’s niece → there were many times where Arjun gets into trouble and Mukunda saves him on time (as audience you feel very relieved every time Arjun gets saved. Thank God, the Director didn’t kill Arjun’s character like in stereo-type movies) → as the climax gets closer, Rao Ramesh’s gang hires Abhimanyu Singh to kill Arjun so that he can marry off his niece → Hero comes to his friend’s rescue very timely. Arjun’s character is a fresh face. He justified his role. Friendship is always fun to feel and to watch too. 🙂
Love: Chairman’s daughter (Pooja Hegde) → the screenplay and background score, to show Hero and Heroine are destined to meet were very delightful —> Temple scene, Mall shoe store scenes were good → During a fight scene near temple, Hero sees Heroine quickly right before falling unconscious → Hero / Heroine continues to express their feelings thru eyes and smiles. Don’t think they have even proposed each other with 3 magic words. No pompous or club songs or running around in parks or no tantrums either. I totally enjoyed this love saga.
[ugly] Politics: A village → powerful politician – the Chairman (Rao Ramesh) for 25 years → election term commences this time → Rao Ramesh contests again with over confidence that he will win 26th time → Mukunda brings in Prakash Raj, a road-side reporter who has good oratory skills → as luck has it, Prakash Raj wins → Rao Ramesh, the Villain, gets agitated. Story has highlighted silent party promotions vs loud, noisy promotions. It tried showing how votes are sold during elections and what happens during that “key period” i.e., from nomination thru end of elections.
Climax: Story ends with Hero attending his Civil’s interview after saving his friend. Arjun lands up in a marriage hall looking deeply into his girl friend’s eyes. Rao Ramesh’s gang thinks about
Story has some unanswered characters and scenes. For example, Abhimanyu Singh’s character and Hero’s entry. With some good editing/tightening of screenplay, this movie would have had more brownie points.
What worked well:
1) Mind blowing dialogues ; “Bhagavadgeeta is only for poor people” ; inspirational dialogue by Prakash Raj. Audience really enjoy the pen power
2) Songs are very soothing ; one can get hooked to them instantly ; “Gopikamma” is my fav
3) Rao Ramesh, Prakash Raju, and Nazar have justified their roles. I, strongly, feel like Rao Ramesh has become “The Prakash Raj” for small movies. He’s reigning all characters – doted dad, cruel villain, a sensible supporting character etc. – like a piece of cake. Audience are loving him, way to go!
4) Last but not the least, Srikanth Addala (The Director) has done his homework well and could see his efforts on the outcome
Honestly, you can watch this movie once. If you don’t focus on Varun’s acting, you can enjoy the movie.