Release date : August 05, 2016
Banner: Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram
Cast: Mohanlal, Gauthami, Viswant, RainaRao, Anisha, Nasser, Urvasi and others
Music: Mahesh Shankar
Cinematography: Rahul Shrivastav
Editing: G.V. Chandrasekhar
Producer: Sai Korrepati
Chandrasekhar Yeleti has created a mark of his own with offbeat movies – “Aithey”, “Anukokunda Oka Roju”, “Saahasam”.
Bringing Malayalam superstar Mohanlal to Tollywood to play lead hero role in his movie “Manamantha”, he created huge buzz. The trailers also seemed promising. As the film hit the screens today, let’s see how engrossing the movie is.
Sai Ram (Mohanlal) who works in a supermarket is always in need of money as kids are growing and expenses are increasing at home. He expects promotion at his job but sees a hurdle in the form of another assistant manager. Sai Ram’s a silly and greedy act to move further in his career puts him in a danger.
On the other hand, there is a small kid Mahitha (Raina) who is studying 7th standard develops bond with a poor child. Her eagerness to help this poor child get education at her school also lands her in trouble.
An intelligent college student Abhi (Viswant) gets distracted from studies when he falls for the charm of a beauty (Anisha Ambrose).
A middle class woman Gayathri (Gauthami) who is stuck in mundane life gets an opportunity to better her life with the chance encounter of her guru (Gollapudi). How these four individual stories end? What incidents connect them?
Mohanlal, the seasoned actor of Malayalam industry, is pillar to the movie. He has given the best performance. Although his dialogue delivery in Telugu is not perfect, he has proved again why he is called one of the best actors in India. In the final emotional sequences we see the real actor in him.
Gauthami as middle class wife is perfect. Vishwant and child artiste Raina Rao have also played their roles well.
The small kid belonging to a poor household is so endearing with his performance. Vennela Kishore as a Teacher comes up with another fine act.
Like in all Chandrasekhar Yeleti’s movies, “Manamantha” has high technical values. Cinematography is superb.
The movie has shown the other side of Hyderabad – middle-class lanes, not-so-posh areas realistically. Art work is first rate. The movie has one only one song but the overall background score is good. Sai Korrepati’s production values are top class.
Mohanlal and Gauthami’s performance
Last emotional episode
Lack of entertainment
On the whole, Manamantha is a unique family thriller which impresses you completely. Movies like these are rare to come by and when they do, they are a treat to watch. The near perfect casting who gets into the skin of their characters is seamless and undoubtedly the greatest asset for the film. It would be really interesting to see how the commercial audience lap up a serious film like this. Finally, Manamantha is a movie which can be enjoyed thoroughly. Go for it.
All in all, watch the film for its emotional content, good and earnest scenes and superb performances from the lead actors.