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SERISH NANISETTI
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Wit and wisdom A still from the movie
Wit and wisdom A still from the movie

A s the credits roll, Raviteja is labelled Mass Maharaja. Now, when a movie-maker has such clarity about the target audience, then the movie better have a linearity of thought. And it has.

Rishi (Raviteja) is a cop with Intelligence Bureau who wears uniform. If he is not chasing goons and spraying bullets from his pistol, he is chasing skirts. His two loves: girls and guns come together when he is sent undercover to a college for a mission. Predictably, he falls in love with a girl. The mission is about snagging another girl. What happens next is secondary. The art of story telling takes over as minor twists and turns in the plot draw the audience into enjoying the kind of mindless movies Raviteja defines. Raviteja steps into the role of a cop with an élan and confidence that brings a smile on your face. And when he throws those darts of wit and wisdom at the people around him, it is reassuring.

If Neharika (Richa Gangopadhyay) is a mannequin for sequined saris, then Vaishali (Deeksha Seth) models the western wear of tank-tops and shorts. The one woman character who revels in the meatier role with jabs and stabs of feminine wit is a sidekick of Richa.

Sometimes audiences spoil the habits of moviemakers. In this case, it is the buzz that gets created over songs and their role in making or marring a movie. The director has to dish out at least seven songs in the hope that one of them gets played again and again on FM channels and the movie gets hyped. The result, there are so many songs in Mirapakai that when a song ends, you have to think where were we in the narration of our story about our man tangled in a gangland war.

Gentlemen, but can't we scratch our heads a little more and come up with different plots, please. In Ragada, Nagarjuna is an orphan. In Mirapakai, Raviteja is an orphan. And the face off between father and son played by Kota Srinivasa Rao and Supreet in both the movies in similar roles makes you feel like throwing popcorn and walking out.

The cinema has a U/A certification for skin show and violence.

SERISH NANISETTI

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