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'Padi Padi Leche Manasu' Review: Disoriented Second Half

'Padi Padi Leche Manasu' Review: Disoriented Second Half

Movie: Padi Padi Leche Manasu
Rating: 2.5/5
Banner:
Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Cinemas
Cast: Sharwanand, Sai Pallavi, Murali Sharma, Sunil, Vennela Kishore, Priyadarshi, Priya Raman and others
Music: Vishal Chandrasekhar 
Cinematography: Jayakrishna Gummadi
Editor: A Sreekar Prasad
Story, screenplay and direction: Hanu Raghavapudi
Producers: Sudhakar Cherukuri, Prasad Chukkapalli
Release date: Dec 21, 2018

The combination of Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi has created huge interest among the film lovers when 'Padi Padi Leche Manasu' was announced. The trailers have further upped the expectations. 

Let’s find out whether it is worth all the hype?

Story:
Suriya (Sharwanand) who lives in Kolkota falls in love with Vaishali (Sharwanand), a medical student. He tries many ways to woo her but she doesn’t fall for him easily.

Finally, when they start liking each other a life threatening incident changes their lives.  They come to Khatmandu to meet each other after a forced breakup for one year. Then  an incident makes her to forget him.

What is that? What will he do?

Artistes’ Performances:
Sharwanad is convincing in this youngster’s role though he lacks the same zeal in some places.

Sai Pallavi is the pillar of the movie. She is quite natural. Her acting and her screen presence lifts the sequences even when nothing much happens.

Sunil as Sai Pallavi’s NRI Bava has generated some laughs. Vennela Kishore and Priyadarshi are plain okay.

Murali Sharma as Sai Pallavi’s father and Priya Raman as Sharwa’s mother are good. Sampath plays a different role.

Technical Excellence:
Music by Vishal Chandrasekhar is biggest plus to this romantic drama. The title song, the ‘Kallolalam’ song and other numbers are effective on the screen as well.

Production design and production values have given rich look. Cinematographer Jaya Krishna has captured Kolkota beautifully. Editing is totally bad. The film’s pacing is main villain.

Highlights:
Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi’s chemistry
Music
First Half

Drawback:
Boring second half
Lack of high points
Abrupt climax
Never ending scenes

Analysis
Films made on short-term memory loss are not entirely new to Telugu audiences. Central point of “Padi Padi Leche Manasu” is based on retrograde amnesia.

Director Hanu Raghavapudi doesn’t come to this point immediately. He runs entire first half on usual romantic thread of Sharwanand wooing Sai Pallavi. The first half of the movie and the second half are totally different to each other. 

The film runs slow and the director never gets to the point as he includes many unnecessary scenes. Only after the intermission bang comes, we come to know that the film is all about the lead actress trying to forget the hero for a reason.

Post-interval, Sharwanand tries to make her fall in his love again as she tells him that she doesn’t know him. In other words, it is like watching same story twice.

Although nothing much happens before the interval, the sequences hold the interest as Sai Pallavi and Sharwanand are in top form here and their chemistry is quite likable. The visuals of Kolkota have also added rich look to the proceedings.

Trouble begins with completely contrast second half which is not only tedious watch but also quite boring.

Their romantic sequences in the second half are not at all convincing. The film falls down to the bottom post-interval and never comes back again. It is like Padi Padi Padipoindi.

The film’s pace is another drawback. The movie would have looked interesting had the editor trimmed it by atleast 40 minutes.

Despite the good efforts from the lead pair and couple of good songs, “Padi Padi Leche Manasu” turns out to be boring movie. Director Hanu Raghavapudi disappoints in big way.

Bottom-line: Falls Down!

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