Written carelessly with the Pandavas refernce running loosely through Golmaal character sketches and bunking at the only plot idea Gopi Mohan and Kona Venkat seem capable of is the new Manchu multi starer, a quintessentially lifeless film that made my morning rather dull and hopeless. Lifeless films are kind of our staple diet, but, some of them have this peculiar effect that’s hard to decode.
So there is Mohan Babu who literally plays himself, the other actors around kind of give you that idea, again most stars nowadays have that about themselves, but, Mohan is of another level, we know that. He has three sons (Manoj, Varun and Taneesh) and his lover from his younger days is Raveena Tandon who has a couple of kids (Vishnu and Vennela Kishore). One group is motherless, the other daddy less. So what happens when these old lovers meet each other after a clumsy set of events unfold to bring them together. They are not funny, not realistic (that’s asking for too much), grossly shot, poorly directed and all the other malfunctions of a film trying hard to entertain people with their pompous, self-glorified lineage and the audience are supposed to be going nuts just because all of them are on screen at the same freaking time, what else have we left to turn to in these restless times? We mere people.
There’s also Hansika who hangs around with Vishnu’s group, she has issues of her own, waiting for a visa to Australia so she can be safe from that gang of people who are trying to trace her down. She is in Bangkok as of now and the film starts with the gang murdering a man after he says that Hansika’s in Bombay. He says Bombay and boom, dead, now you go to Bombay, show her picture to random people and trace her out, that’s how we’ve always done it, this film didn’t have that montage though, Raghu Babu just makes a call with a green mat Bombay behind saying she’s not in Bombay.
The film in the second half is brought to that rich bungalow of the villains where all the goofy gags of old are brought back and safely played out to put us to sleep. Don’t think I’ve been to a film that has Mohan Babu doing duets for some years now, that was a repulsive to say the least. I am just beginning to decode the effect.