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.
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
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!
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
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.
details on 7th November
details on 5th December