Solid: Sharwanand, Rashmika Mandanna, Urvashi, Khushboo
Director: Thirumala Kishore
Aadavallu Meeku Joharlu (AMJ) is a really calculated movie. It’s clearly ‘household oriented’. The theatres after the discharge of any new Telugu movie are largely stuffed with younger males who’re the primary goers to any movie. This works for films like Bheemla Nayak which are supposed to titillate these younger males. However steadily, households and primarily ladies seep into the halls to provide one other lease of life to a movie.
Whereas a Bheemla Nayak may not be well-received with this viewers, a movie like F2 which at first was trashed for its stage of jokes normally present in books like ‘1001 Jokes to Learn Earlier than You Die’, it turned a monster within the arms of the household viewers. The husband-wife-in-laws jokes had been so nicely acquired that it’s now getting a sequel and has created a franchise of its personal.
That’s the ability of ‘household viewers’.
AMJ is hoping that as a result of it’s releasing per week after Bheemla Nayak it may be seen as a household pleasant different to a massy movie whereas cashing in on the wedding and girls associated jokes very like F2 did. However F2 labored as a result of Venkatesh’s comedic timing in expressing marital frustration is unparalleled and subsequently even the unhealthy jokes felt natural to the character.
There’s a cause I’m spending a lot time on F2 and Venkatesh earlier than coming to AMJ. Apparently, a model of this movie was speculated to star Venkatesh within the lead function and it is sensible as to why director and author Kishore Thirumala selected the next story line.
AMJ tells the story of Chiru (Sharwanand) who grows up in a household of dominating ladies and continually finds himself ready the place he has to appease them. When he needs to get married, all of the alliances that come his manner are continually rejected as a result of the ladies in his life maintain discovering flaws within the potential brides. Chiru is joyful to bend to their whims till he meets Aadhya (Rashmika Mandana) who he’s positive is the girl of his desires. However her mom, Vakula (Khushboo) doesn’t consider within the establishment of marriage and doesn’t need her daughter to develop into a sufferer of it. So does Chiru, very like Chiranjeevi in lots of movies within the 80s and 90s, ‘tame’ all the ladies and get married to Aadhya is the story that AMJ needs to inform us.
Now it’s evident from the synopsis that Venkatesh would have been good for the function. The picture he has with the household viewers would have made his desperation to get married funnier. His plight would have the identical impact as an outdated diabetic uncle attempting to sneak a bottle of rum earlier than his household chides him for it. However in Sharwanad’s arms the character feels a lot youthful and the desperation appears much less humorous and extra like a teen who needs to smoke as a result of it’s cool.
This isn’t to say that he doesn’t shine within the comedic scenes. He has proven these chops in Mahanubhavudu, and Run Raja Run. Right here too within the scenes with the ladies in his life (Radhika, Urvashi, and so on), within the second half with Vennela Kishore, and within the scenes resulting in the interval he’s a riot. However the main pressure in his character doesn’t register as funnily because the movie thinks it’s.
And that has a domino impact which is felt in different facets of his efficiency corresponding to his chemistry with Rashmika Mandana which feels absent. It additionally doesn’t assist that the parts between them really feel generic. Some thought has clearly gone into her character however none of it’s explored meaningfully. It’s a sensible option to make her a do-gooder lawyer. She is pro-establishment and subsequently the director needs to indicate that she wouldn’t go in opposition to the ‘regulation’ at dwelling both i.e., the decrees set by her mom. However we barely get to see parts the place Aadhya struggles with conflicts in her life and in a movie that desires to salute ladies, it’s nonetheless content material cracking WhatsApp ahead stage jokes and move broad stereotypes.
F2 which additionally had such jokes labored as a result of Anil Ravipudi (the director of F2) is superb at staging humor as in the event that they had been comedy sketches, or giving the oddest of quirks to secondary and tertiary characters, or writing rhythmic dialogues. Kishore Thirumala has none of those parts in his scenes or characters. So the place in F2 should you didn’t giggle on the lame joke, you at the very least smiled on the quirks just like the bodyguard who has a brand new illness every time we meet him. However in AMJ, the director is dependent upon actors like Urvashi and Vennela Kishore to mouth foolish dialogues to assist viewers energy by means of.
All of this makes me consider that AMJ will probably be very profitable on tv as a result of it’s a movie the place particular person scenes shine shiny however at a plot stage the emotional join doesn’t hook you. So, if the movie is operating within the background and also you wish to peak in in the course of the comedic bits this movie is ideal. And that’s in keeping with the movie’s ideology as a result of Chiru says one thing to the impact of ‘I don’t take care of an Oscar so long as my movie runs within the theatres’.
The movie has set itself a low bar which it clears with flying colours.