Padavulu Pandavulu Tummeda is a film that rides high on its ensemble cast. The entire Manchu family, barring Lakhsmi, is seen on screen. That's a welcome sign where we are offered many characters, many idiosyncrasies and many gags rolled into one. The characters and scenes in the first half are taken from Golmaal 3 and peppered with Telugufied antics. The second half is a laugh riot which gets into the formula zone of a big house of villains and our heroes making them buffoons at the press of a button.
PPT opens with some goons searching for someone. They move to Mumbai to continue their search but to no avail. All this happens with a green mat as a backdrop. Then the film shifts to Bangkok where two families lock horns with each other, albeit in a funny way. Manchu Vishnu, Vennela Kishore, Hansika and Raveena Tandon are on one shore and Manchu Manoj, Varun Sandesh, Tanish and Mohan Babu are on the other.
The warring families make peace with the marriage of the elders in the bunch. When everything seems to be happy the harrowing past of the leading lady haunts her and the repercussions pull her to a remote village on the Andhra and Karnataka border. This also brings our heroes to that place. What happens there and how they clear the mess forms the rest of the story.
The writers Kona Venkat, Gopi Mohan and B V S Ravi might have struggled a lot to bring the line-up of quirky characters and gags. The second half is an allusion to the epic Mahabharata where the number 14 plays an utmost significance. In a surprising manner, the names of the villages are Kauravapuram and Pandavapuram. A modernized version of aghyaata vaasam has been pulled off to make you fall from your chairs.
Mohan Babu becomes Graharaju and Varun is his assistant Upa-graha Raju. Vishnu is a gambler and Manoj is a laugh-ritoish female Mohini. An icing to the cake is Brahmandam as Bapure (a portmanteau of Bapu and C. Narayana Reddy). Brahmi fans should be delighted to see him in a full length role in the latter half.
Some jokes are rehashed versions of social media memes and few are unwarranted. But many of them hit the bull's eye. Most of the scenes involving Brahmi, the Gandhari temple episode, Dasari Narayan Rao's old filmy cameo stand out. Pranitha as Kuchela Kumari (KuKu) gives a baby-dollish appearance with her fetish for English and on the contrary, Brahmi is finicky about Telugu. The moment of truth for PPT is Manoj's Mohini.
PPT is a formulaic film with an overdose of comedy. The Mahabhrata references are creative and the songs are shot quite well in scenic locales. The production values are rich. For someone looking for novelty, the film offers nothing. However, for those who need a laugh riot of a film, this is arguably the best in recent times. Director Sri Vaas marries the style of Rohit Shetty and Sreenu Vytla to dish out a string of jokes that are palatable for every section of the audience. This family entertainer entertains you all through its run-time.