(Dyan) is a just-graduated youngster. He falls in love
with Monalisa (Sadaf), who is born to NRI parents. Monalisa
dies in an accident in USA when she visits her parents.
A heart-broken Dyan becomes crazy and starts getting
addicted to alcohol. His worried parents select a girl
for Dyan. A reluctant Dyan okays the alliance without
even looking the face of girl for his parents sake.
After knotting mangala sutra, Dyan realizes that the
bride is none but Spandana, who is an exact look-alike
replica of Monalisa. Being a sincere lover he is, Dyan
could not forget Monalisa and make love to Spandana
because Spandana's looks remind him of Monalisa all
the time. When he is about to forget Monalisa and fall
in love Spandana, Monalisa resurfaces into his life
again and tells him that her death news is a mischief
of his father who did not want her to get married to
Dyan. The rest of the story is about whom Dyan prefers
- Spandana or Monalisa?
Sadaf: Sadaf did a dual role in this film as
fast-paced NRI girl with modern looks and as a demure
Indian girl wearing traditional attire. She has western
hair-do and dresses for the character of Monalisa and
smiled as and when possible to justify the popular phrase
of 'Monalisa Smile'. Sadaf wore sarees and sleeveless
blouses for the Spandana character. She is good in her
own way. Savita Reddy and Sunitha dubbed the voices
of Monalisa and Spandana characters respectively.
Dyan is OK as chocolate
boy with neat looks. However, he is not impressive in
emotional scenes. Rama Krishna
and Bhavya are adequate
as the parents of hero. The comedy track involving Brahmanandam
and Kovai Sarala is average.
Shakeela character has
a bit of vulgarity. The 'Choli Ke Peeche' sequence is
over done in the film.
Story of the film deals with the concept love and it's
implication towards looks vis-à-vis emotional
compatibility. It is about a man not living happily
with a girl who is having same looks of his lover. The
same concept was explored in a better way in a recently
released Telugu remake film 'Ammai Bagundi'.
- Direction: Director used sleek style of fast cars,
trendy sets and youthful atmosphere to narrate this
story. Screenplay of the film is average except for
a few areas where he tried to evoke some kind of suspense.
Director failed to get the emotions right in order to
establish the central point of the film in an effective
departments: Photography by Krishna Kumar is good.
Music by Valisha-Babji is average. A couple songs are
direct lifts from other languages. One is Hindi private
song nari nari (Nishan Abbas) and other one is 'Ding
Dong bole' from Kuch Tho Hain film. The background music
is OK. Dialogues by Vennelakanti are fair. The production
values of Lankesh Chitralaya are pretty good.
Monalisa is Telugu dubbing version of Kannada blockbuster
'Monalisa'. The main plus points of the film are the
craze Sadaf has in the youth and the publicity of this
film. The negative points are lack of nativity in terms
of actors and situations, ineffectiveness in establish
the feelings and agony Dyan going through. Songs, comedy
and stunt sequences act more like speed-breakers to
the narration of the story than catalysts of entertainment.
Over all, it is a disappointing film. This film's openings
and further collections would depend on how much crowd
Sadaf can pull to the theaters.
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