Okay…. A passable entertainer

Reviews 18-Jun-2014 8:49 PM IST RM Comments

Superstition meets the humour in the village of Mundaasupatti. A one line to elaborate the film’s backdrop and an amateur photographer Gopi (Vishnu) utilises these blind beliefs of the villagers to marry his ladylove (Nandita). But, the conflict gets complex when a funny Zamindar (Anand Raj), a mad taster of ‘Cat’ soups is on a deal with a British man to loot the precious meteoroid stone assumed as a God (Vaana Muni). The idea of using camera in the climax to escape from bunch of thugs is good shot, but the director had missed it when this could have been done simply by the intermission that has same situation?

Foraying from the league of short filmmakers, Ram Kumar impresses you with the plot. Yes, it’s really impresses when you read through these lines of synopsis, but how about the screenplay. Subtract the first and the last 20 minutes of the film (approximately 40) and you have a drowsy and restless feeling. The basic problem occurs in the fallible writing and a lengthy duration tests your patience unintentionally.

Vishnu Vishal has been deliberately looking out for good roles and he has proved it most of the times with his films not going for complete commercial roles. But he has to enhance his prowess in acting. Alas! The film doesn’t offer him enough scope to prove it indeed. On the other end, Nandita is spotted with close-up shots of smiling, rolling her eyes and chubby cheeks. That’s it and there is nothing in specification to appraise her performance. They are talented actors and it’s a disappointment to see them go without showcasing it. Kaali Venkat gives his best and retains his standard gained from his previous films. Anand Raj doesn’t have much importance, but keeps your funny bones tickled. The actor in the role of Munishkanth steals the show in many places, especially during the climax.

Sean Roldan had a song ‘Raasa Magarasa’ that becomes a major factor to attract audiences and yes, it is pictured well. The cinematography with change in tones from different periods is appreciable.

Mundaasupatti has a good story, but doesn’t greatly impress with the storytelling. All throughout the film, you’ll have to curiously anticipate some interesting moments and yes, it comes, but not in plenty.

What works - Second half, perfect characterization, art department and picturing.

What doesn’t work – onscreen chemistry between lead pairs, sluggish first hour, abrupt cuts in editing.

Verdict: Okay…. A passable entertainer

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