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'Ala Modalaiyindi' Review: Commendable Attempt

Film: Ala Modalaiyindi
Rating: 3/5
Banner:
Sri Ranjith Films
Cast: Nani, Nitya Menon, Sneha Ullal, ‘Sneha Geetham’ Chaintanya, Kriti Karbanda, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rohini, Radio Mirchi Hemant, CVL, ‘Mahatma’ Ramesh etc.
PRO: Venu Gopal
Music: Kalyani Malik
Producer: KL Damodar Prasad
Director: Nandini Reddy
Released On: 21st Jan 2010

The movie with ‘Asta Chemma’ fame Nani has hit again. This happens to be the debut of director Nandini Reddy. Let us see what is there in this film- mere romance or mere comedy or combination of both.

Story:
The film starts with John (Ashish Vidyarthi) kidnapping Goutham (Nani). In their travel, John demands Goutham to say his story. Goutham starts narrating and the actual movie starts-:

Goutham (Nani) is the guy who works in TV5 as program director. He falls in love with Nitya (Nitya Menon) accidentally through friendship. But Nitya has a fiancé (‘Snehageetham’ Chaitanya). How Goutham reacts to that? That’s one phase.

Nitya off late discovers that she is in love with Goutham than her fiancé. When she returns to express that, she discovers that Goutham has a fiancée Kavya (Sneha Ullal).

How Nitya reacts to that? That is second phase.

Nitya agrees for an arranged marriage as per the decision of her parents. Goutham breaks up with Kavya on a funny reason. What is that reason? That is phase 3.

The story culminates interestingly in phase 4. That has to be watched on screen. Whether Nitya and Goutham unite? If yes, how? What happens to Kavya? And what happens to John?

Performances:
Nani is as usual at his best in delivering performance with full confidence. His voice is an asset that camouflages many of his drawbacks.

Nitya Menon scores full marks with her cute great looks and efficient performance. She can expect bright future in Tollywood provided she falls in the eyes of big banners. She added value to the film to a good extent. She must be laurelled for her talent in giving her own dubbing as well as singing two songs.

‘Snehageetham’ Chaitanya did a special role and made his presence felt.

Sneha Ullal, although did a small part, has pulled the attention of audience with her glamour and little humorous characterization. She needs to learn a lot in portraying expressions.

Ashish Vidyarthi is perfect. He carried the second half of the film entertainingly.

Rohini is ok. Radio Mirchi Hemant debuted with this film and proves to be a good comedian down the line. ‘Mahatma’ Ramesh spilled laughs in theatre with his guest appearance as drunkard.

Coming to technical aspects Kalyani Malik’s music is good, cinematography got screwed up and visual appeal is very dull.

Better Aspects:
Narrative style
Nitya Menon
Ashish Vidyarthi
Music

Drawbacks:
Cinematography
Ups and downs in emotional graph
Dull visual appeal

Analysis:
This is certainly a commendable attempt by a debutante director.

The concept is old but the narrative style chosen is impressive. The take off with unique way of projecting the titles (with infant and child faces of all artistes and technicians) is captivating but the real take off with the actual story is a bit low.

First few minutes prove to be boring and not really pulling the attention of audience. But slowly the film picks up its momentum. A few scenes prove interesting and at the same time a few lacked the luster.

First half thus suffers several ups and downs and by interval a feel of ‘not bad’ hits the senses of audiences.

Second half has the real life. The momentum picked up and Ashish Vidyarthi’s performance gave real kick for the film. And the guest actor Ramesh (drunkard guy in marriage hall) also sprinkled enough laughs with his effective performance.

Although a few moments recall ‘Hum Tum’, it has got unique material to entertain the audience.

Bottom-Line: Can be watched once for a few laughs

(SiraSri can be reached at sirasri@gmail.com)

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