Entha Manchivaaduvara review: This Kalyan Ram starrer by director Satish Vegesna has an overdose of sweetness

 thehindu.com  01/16/2020 10:57:59 

Director Satish Vegesnas Sathamanam Bhavati was all about making time for your parents and showing them that you care. It stuck a chord with the audience.

In Entha Manchivaaduvara, the director suggests that one neednt rely only on their relatives to step in and strengthen the bonds, even strangers can do it if they have the right intention. As the title suggests, the protagonist is an epitome of goodness and believes in spreading happiness.

Balu (Kalyan Ram) sets up the All is Well: Emotion Suppliers company. Think of this company as a rental service for a son/daughter/brother/sister& If an elderly parent feels lonesome since their son or daughter lives abroad, one of this companys members will step in, give the same affection and try to fill the void.

Who will buy such an idea, right? The director spells out his arguments through his characters. About 15 years ago would you have believed that people will buy water? Now many of us do, Balu argues when his childhood friend and lady love Nandini (Mehreen) is sceptical.

A little about Balu. As a child, he asks his parents to invite all their relatives for his birthday because thats what matters to him most  sharing happiness with everyone. And he believes that what goes around comes around.

However when Balu loses his parents in an accident, his relatives dont stand by him. But he doesnt lose his innate goodness and grows up trying to play multiple roles  grandson or brother as the case may be, to complete strangers.

This role play becomes a full-fledged activity once the company is formally set up. Entha Manchivaaduvara is a remake of the Gujarati film Oxygen. This story unfolds in the lush green regions of Andhra Pradesh that are beautifully captured by the cinematographer Raj Thota, and Gopi Sundar gives a couple of hummable numbers.

But theres little else going for the film. Watching Kalyan Ram and Mehreen being extremely compassionate and kind to everyone episode after episode, fulfilling roles, becomes excruciatingly boring. The two actors are earnest, and its not their fault that the extra sweetness of the story becomes too mundane. Imagine ordering a slice of cake to satiate your sweet tooth and it arrives doused in chocolate and caramel sauce, cream, chocolate shavings and so many other toppings that you struggle beyond a bite or two. This film feels like that.

Things get a little real when the focus shifts to Tanikella Bharani, who doesnt know about the company. His eventual anger that his emotions have been played with, is understandable.

When the company members harp that they are ready to fulfil any relationship voids, they are dimwit enough to not see the obvious loopholes  what if someone approaches them for a partner with malicious intentions? What if a real grandson or son misunderstand their intentions as an attempt to usurp wealth? These gaffes gets answered through mandatory action sequences.

Somewhere down the line, Satish Vegesna might have felt that the story has way too much goodness and has tried to temper that with a villain  Gangaraju (Rajiv Kanakala).

Suhasini and Sharath Babu do justice to their extended cameos. Vennela Kishore as the sharp-tongued groom cant do much to save this drab story. The only one with an occasional spark is Naresh who blurts out whatever he thinks.

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