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Movie review - Manmadhudu by Gudipoodi Srihari
(A winner for Nag)
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Genre: Love
Banner: Annapurna Studios
: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Sonali Bendre, Anshu, Chandra Mohan, Tanikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Balayya, Ranganath, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Ananth, Melkote, Sudha & Swapna Madhuri
Story - Dialogues: Trivikram
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Songs: Sirivennela Seetarama Sastry
Art: V Srinivasa Raju
Choreography: Raja Sekhar, Raju Sundaram, Shankar
Cinematography: Sameer Reddy
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Co-director: B Subbarao
Producer: Nagarjuna Akkineni
Screenplay - Direction: K Vijaya Bhaskar
Probable release date: 20th December 2002

Gudipoodi Srihari Review

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This well made film is sophisticated, sensitive, satirical and suave. We discover an altogether different Nagarjuna, performing his role with a touch of naturalness. The dialogues and the situations make the film a memorable experience. Comedy is in-built which is quite engaging right from the start. The script is a chiseled pen work with comical sense never losing the sight of what to be narrated. The title Manmadhudu and the caption 'he hates women' - look contradictory to each other and that makes us all the more curious.

This Manmadhudu is Abhiram- Abhi - in short, the manager of an ad agency. The entire first part is devoted to establish the reasons as to why he became a women hater. This includes a flashback.

Abhi starts campaigning against men getting involved with women. A 'Subbarao-Subbalakshmi' type episode is incorporated as medium for Abhi to express his ire at women and then to argue in his favor. The marriage proposal of another young man (Ananth), an office colleague also comes for discussion. All this drama runs more as a fun. The dialogue writer Trivikram scores well at this front. His dialogue is full of repartee that reminds us of 'Nuvve Kavali', he scripted. For that matter, there is something thematically similarity too between there two films as protagonists move as friends and realize that they are in love when the girl is to be married off to another man. However, the treatment differs. For Nagarjuna, this corporate culture drama suits like a glove. Besides, we find in him a different artiste, as if he discovered himself. He looks both mischievous and elegant and is so flexible and natural in all scenes, he does not seem like acting at all!

The drama picks up tempo once Harika (Sonali Bendre) joins Abhi's office as the assistant manager. For Abhi, who has already been complaining about the presence of too many girls in his office, this new entrant, that's too in a managerial post, becomes an irritating factor. The office is being run by his paternal uncle (Tanikella Bahrani) as its managing director. Abhi is the only heir to the property as his parents are dead. A flashback is introduced at a stage as if to explain an aggravated Harika, of Abhi's behavior. Now it is time to reform Abhi, and who else but Harika is considered to be the most suitable girl to do this job. And this happens when the pair visits Paris on a business assignment. But back home Harika is again misunderstood, as her parents start rushing through her marriage with another man. How this issue is resolved is what the film narrates then.

Brahmanandam, playing a guide in Paris proves the main source of humor. The shots taken against picturesque locations in Paris. This is a well-balanced drama that sustains audience interest throughout. You don't find any boring moment but for a couple of scenes in flashback drama. Sonali Bendre proves perfect match in this 'testing of wits' drama, both in office and outside. New face Anshu proves a perfect choice for the character of shy and sensitive woman Maheswari. Other who impress most are Tanikella Bharani, Balayya and Chandra Mohan. The film has a fine mix of sensible and soulful songs with Nagarjuna getting three voices for playback. The first song is the best in the film.

courtesy: The Hindu

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