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Updated: July 16, 2011 17:14 IST

Mayagadu: It doesn't cast a spell

Y. Sunita Chowdhary
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Charmme in 'Mayagadu'
Charmme in 'Mayagadu'

The last one saw of Venu was in Gopi Gopika Godavari, it's been exactly two years. He keeps appearing once in a blue moon to remind people of his presence in the film industry. Mayagadu has been sitting on the shelf for a while and appears to have got a token release. But for Venu's rambunctious role, there is nothing in the film in particular to warrant your attendance. It's uncommon these days for Telugu movies especially to really absorb the viewers and when you are offered a story such as this which is as stale as a two-week old pizza, how would one react? To make matters worse the screenplay is tired and conventional and six duets are forced upon that degrades into a clichéd and needless melodrama.

A very street-smart lawyer Leela Krishna (Venu), instead of working hard, banks on his earnings by living off people or outwitting them. He is pushed out of his village and lands in the city and plots to trap a rich lawyer Chidambaram's (Sayaji Shinde) daughter Spandana (Satya Krishna) by wooing her and getting into the good books of her father. On realising that she's married, his focus shifts to her sibling Vandana (Charmme). As expected Vandana falls for his charms, marries him but insists on moving into his modest home. Rubbing salt on his wounds is his co-brother Ravi (Ravi Babu) who challenges Leela Krishna to earn a decent living. Now the hero has a goal. He stumbles upon a case where he needs to show ethics but opts for a safer way. The most craziest part of the story is when the hero refuses to speak the truth, an injection is given to him to come clean in the court. What follows are some more poorly constructed scenes to ramp up the drama.

Charmme and Satya Krishna's conversation is immature and weird, both confine themselves to looking innocent and pretty. Ali as Vishwanath, the hero's side kick have a few silly dialogues. The film has been awarded U/A certificate.

Cast: Venu, Charmme, Satya Krishna

Direction: Dilip Polan

Music direction: Chakri

Genre: Family drama

Bottomline: As boring as sitting through a tax seminar

Keywords: Tollywood

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