Punchline: Pattaya beach to Pandava Vanavasam
Banner: 24 Frames Factory and Sri Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures
Cast: Mohan Babu, Vishnu Manchu, Manoj Manchu, Varun Sandesh, Tanish, Raveena Tandon, Hansika Motwani, Praneetha, Gurleen Chopra, Vennela Kishore, Brahmanandam, Ali, MS Narayana, Giri Babu, Supreet, Shravan, Mukesh Rushi, Raghu Babu, Thagubothu Ramesh, Krishna Bhagawan, Dasari Narayana Rao (guest appearance), Telangana Sakuntala etc
Music: Bappa Lahari, Achu Rajamani & Chinna (background score)
Camera: Phalani kumar
Editing: M.R. Varma
Art: Raghu Kulakarni
Lyrics: Chandrabose, Bhaskarabhatla & Ananth Sriram
Dialogues: Daimond Ratnam
Story: BVS Ravi
Screenplay: Kona Venkat & Gopi Mohan
Producers: Manchu Vishnu & Manchu Manoj
Release date: 31 January 2014
Theater watched: Cinipolis, Bangalore
Naidu (Mohan Babu) is a tour guide in Payyata (Thailand) and is a father of three children (Manoj Manchu, Varun Sandesh and Tanish). He meets his old flame (Raveena Tandon) in Pattaya who is also a mother of two kids (Vishnu Manchu & Vennela Kishore). Meanwhile, a gang is searching for Honey (Hansika Motwani) relentlessly. Just as Naidu and his old flame clear up the misconception and unite themselves, Honey gets kidnapped. The rest of the story is all about how the pandavulu enters Kaurava’s place under disguise to get Honey back.
Actors: This film totally belongs to three actors Mohan Babu, Manoj and Vishnu. Mohan Babu plays the role of Naidu that has different shades like a doting father and a strategist. And has two different get-ups: a tour guide (first half) and an astrologer (second half). Vishnu looks very good in action episodes and his chemistry with actress Hansika is nice. It’s Manoj Manchu steals the show with Mohini character in the second half. He plays a character that has three different dimensions - a conman, a lady and a cop. He has shown nice variations in these three characters. His portrayal of Mohini character is superb. Varun Sandesh does a character who has the knack of coming up with hatke one-liners. Tanish plays the role of a mute guy and is alright. Hansika Motwani adds glamor with her looks. Praneetha looks good as modern girl. Raveena Tandon is paired up with Mohan Babu and made a re-entry into Telugu after a huge gap. Brahmanandam is entertaining as Bapure - a Telugu language/culture lover. Vennela Kishore had less screen space, but does well. Supreet will get a break as comedian with this movie as his character is well written for entertainment in the second half. Dasari Narayana Rao did a cameo as Raveena Tandon’s father in flashback episode. Telangana Sakuntala is good though she acted in a couple of scenes. Rukesh Mukhi, Shravan, Giri Babu and others are adequate.
Story - screenplay - direction: Story of the film is divided into two parts. The first half story of the movie is inspired by Golmaal 3 film. But the writer has added another element in the story which leads us to the part in second half. The concept of getting inspired by Narthanasala movie and enacting 13th year of Pandava Vanavasam in Kaurava’s place in disguise is a novel idea. The comedy of errors that are generated due to the screenplay of Manoj doing two roles Mohini/Mohan adds up to it. The director who didn’t show his grip of narration in the first half managed to get things right in second half mainly due to a good screenplay technique.
Other departments: Dialogues written by Diamond Ratna are partly good. Music scored by Achu and Bappa Lahari is okay. Chinna has effectively used a few nice old songs in background music to help the situations. Cinematography by Palani Kumar is fine. Some of the action sequences composed by Manoj himself are good. Editing is alright. Producer Vishnu is concentrating more on entertainment aspects in his films which is turning out to be a right thing to do.
First half of the film is okay. Second half has some nice entertaining moments. Plus points of the film are main leads, screenplay in second half and the lady get-up of Manoj Manchu. Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummeda is a kind of film that caters to everybody. With entertainment as it’s strength in the second half, the prospects of Pandavulu Pandavulu are good at box office.
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