‘Mallanna’ could have done better Film Review

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Awesome twosome: Vikram and Sriya in Mallana
Awesome twosome: Vikram and Sriya in Mallana

Film: ‘Mallanna’

Director: Susi Ganesan

Cast: Sriya Saran, ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram and Ashish Vidyarthi

People have been waiting for this much-hyped Superhero ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram’s film for oh-so-long. And when it did hit the marquee on Friday, the lead star came through with as-suave-a-personality that a filmmaker could put together. However, in its entirety, ‘Mallanna’ appears to have fallen short of expectations. Vikram is a CBI officer by day and turns ‘Mallanna’ by night. A typical Robinhood, he robs the rich and helps the poor by turning ‘GOD’.

The heroine, Sriya Saran, amply handles her role -- that of the villain’s daughter with all the glamour at her disposal.In fact, she is so-pleasing in all the four ‘special songs’ for the front benchers that film-buffs almost forget the item number by Mumaith Khan that comes almost towards the end.

Music is as racy and foot-tapping as it can be, coming from Devisri Prasad. The film is all about how Mallanna, the CBI officer comes under the scanner of the investigating agencies and how he comes out of it.

And of course, it’s also about how the hero and heroine fake love for each other and ultimately find true love between them.

While the subject is good enough as a to-be-found-in-fantasy only, the director could have handled the screenplay better.

For one thing, editing has been hotch-potched so much that the action moves too fast for people to follow. Ashish Vidyarthi and Mukesh Tiwari excel as villains. Cinematography by N.K. Ekambaram is pretty good. The overall effect is one of grandiose, probably too much of effect if one would go by the cost of the film. But then for most film buffs, it’s a ‘once-you-can-watch’ films.




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