Wondering why the title is prefixed Watched instead of the usual Movie Review? Coz’ there’s nothing to review yaar! Its an exact remake of Lage Raho Munnabhai, what else is new innit to review! Apart from the fact that it stars Megastar Chiranjeevi, I don’t see it as a huge attraction. And on top of it, the hype and hoopla that typically surrounds a Chiranjeevi release is solely missing. The hype is indirectly related to the anticipation value that a Chiranjeevi movie carries; but in this case, the fact that the whole story and scenes are known to the audience makes the movie bereft of any sort of anticipation or expectation! In light of this, it would have made sense for the makers to make some changes in the storyline and present some new twists and turns. But alas! apart from an ill-thought move of introducing two fight scenes and an item song, the entire movie is a frame-to-frame copy of LRM!
For just a moment I sorta erased the fact that I’d seen LRM and tried to view this one in a new light. Chiranjeevi is OK but his role looked more believable in Shankar Dada MBBS than in this one! He looks older (he is!) and carries a stubble throughout the movie which looks *ugh* Srikanth as the side-kick ATM is OK but again his act in the first part was way better. He doesn’t go over-the-top in this and that’s a saving grace. The most garish-looking-thing in the whole movie is the heroine! Debutante Karishma Kotak plays the role of an RJ on the local radio station and you couldn’t have picked a more ill-fitting actress for this character. Its OK that she doesn’t speak Telugu (half of the heroines don’t!) but her lip-syncing also is pretty much absent! She doesn’t emote at all and body language is absent so to say. She’s the kind of actress that looks good in print ads and hoardings but not in a moving character. Sayaji Shinde is adequate as the villain and Dileep Prabhavalkar as Mahatma Gandhi (reprising the role he’d played so well in the Hindi version) does a good job – he even speaks his own dialogues and sounds jarring but convincing. Humor is in a state of stupor throughout and only a few scenes that evoke mirth (most of them evoke sighs!) The first of the two highpoints of the movie for me was its music (Devi Sri Prasad); the item song aakaleste annam pedatha and Good Morning Hyderabad were the pick of the lot whilst Jagadeka Veeruniki and School ki elli chadavaledu (sung coolly by Adnan Sami) were good. The second highpoint was the item song which was picturised on item song queen Yana Gupta and was tooo goooooood! The movie also had a few cameos – Ravi Teja, Allu Arjun, Nagubabu, Pawan Kalyan and Devi Sri Prasad all made fleeting appearances but it was Sada who was the bestest!