Movie: Achari America Yatra
Banner: Padmaja Pictures
Cast: Vishnu Manchu, Pragya Jaiswal, Brahmanandam, Kota Sreenivas Rao, Posani Krishna Murali, Prudhvi and others
Story: Malladi Venkatakrishna Murthy
Music: S S Thaman
Producers: Keerti Chowdari, Kittu
Screenplay and Direction: G Nageshwar Reddy
Release date: April 27, 2018
The combination of director G Nageshwar Reddy and Vishnu Manchu is a successful one as they have delivered hits together.
The combination of Vishnu and Brahmanandam is also a hit combo. When they all teamed up for “Achari America Yatra”, it raised expectations, but the film was postponed several times. Finally, it is here.
Appalacharya (Brahmanandam) and Krishnamacharya (Vishnu), these poojaris do poojas and homams and that is their livelihood.
Krishnamacharya falls for the charms of America-returned beauty Renuka. After an incident, Krishna convinces his guru to head to USA to do homams there.
What happens when these poojaris land in USA forms the rest of the drama.
This is not the first time that Vishnu is playing the role of a Brahmin poojari. His attire is good, but this time he has failed to provide comedy.
Brahmanandam is master in playing such roles. He once again leaves his mark with some good jokes.
Pragya Jaiswal provides some glam show. The film has huge ensemble cast.
Thaman has given ordinary music. Only one song is catchy. Cinematography and production values are rich. Editing is okay. Darling Swamy’s dialogues are mixed bag.
Excessive action elements
Veteran novelist Malladi Venkata Krishna Moorthy wrote the comedy novel “Achari America Yatra” in 1990s. Based on this novel, the film is made with current USA setup. The novel was a fun ride. Sadly, director G Nageshwar Reddy has turned this comedy plot into an action drama.
Not that the plot has any scope for entertainment. Indeed it is a template storyline that has scope for good comedy. But the director has not employed any tricks to tickle our funny bone. No one looks for logic in these kind of movies, but director G Nageshwara Reddy went to the extremes in defying the logic.
The screenplay has no coherence at all. Half-way through the film, we realise that this is not a comedy movie, but action flick.
However, couple of comedy sequences involving Brahmanandam - Satya Krishnan and Brahmanandam - Prabhas Seenu provide laughs. But the laughs are occasional, fights are regular.
The director's ideas are stuck in early 2000. The lack of novelty, not-so-appealing comedy moments make the movie a boring watch.
All those who wished to see another "Dhee" or "Doosukeltha", will be in for huge disappointment.
Bottom-line: Yawning Yatra