Title: Mr Majnu
CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 25 Mins
Release Date: 25-01-2019
Banner: Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra LLP
Cast: Akhil Akkineni, Nidhhi Agerwal, Naga Babu, Rao Ramesh, Jaya Prakash, Priyadarshi, Hyper Aadhi, Raja Chembolu, Pavitra Lokesh, Sitara, Subbaraju, Ajay and Others
Cinematography: George C Williams
Producer: BVSN Prasad
Written & Directed by Venky Atluri
Vikram Krishna aka Vicky (Akhil) is a playboy and the longest relationship he has is that of one month. Nicky (Niddhi Agerwal) is a rich but a simple girl next door who wants love for a lifetime. What happens when Nicky proposes to Vicky and how it ends is the basic story
Akhil has shown tremendous improvement from his second outing. He plays the same character but with much more ease and flow. Akhil never deviates from the character and always makes it lively. There are many subtle punches that he delivers with assurance. The character also offers him scope to emote a wide variety of emotions, from comedy to romance to heartbreak, and he does them all in required proportion without going overboard and subtly. The climax will be talked about a lot among the audience.
Niddhi Agerwal too gets an important character. Her acting is critical for the movie to work and she does it well. Some of the key sequences show how fit she is for the part. All her scenes with Akhil are neatly done.
Apart from the key lead actors, there are a number of known faces. Rao Ramesh shows his expertise at the beginning itself. Jaya Prakash and Pavitra Lokesh follow him with their parts. Naga Babu and Sithara add their bits. Priyadarshi, Vidyullekha Raman, and Hyper Aadi provide the fun.
Gets slightly repetitive in the second half
Venky Atluri is back with a new outing after Tholi Prema. Though 'Mr. Majnu' is in the same space, but the emotions and others tracks here are vastly different. The director wastes no time in setting up the characters and never deviates from the core plot. There is a consistency throughout which shows the director has everything thought out and is not a last minute job. The in's an out's of the different plot points in the screenplay are neatly done. It helps in engaging the audience and never let their attention slip away.
The first half is superbly set up. The interactions and the conflict at the interval mark raise high hopes on the second half. The comedy is also blended into the narrative and not put separately as an item. It is also the same case with action scenes. They have some connection with the basic plot.
The beginning of the second half is again brilliant and takes us into the world of the protagonist. The feeling he goes through justifies what follows next. When the action shifts to London it might remind of Tholi Prema, but that happens for a brief period only as the narrative never loses track. There is a slight lag in the subsequent portions, but that is forgotten with a superb climax. Overall, Mr. Majnu is a lovable film with very high engaging moments.
Thaman has done a wonderful job with music and the background score. There are many sequences which get a high due to his work. Cinematography by George C Williams stands as one of the major highlights and editing by Naveen Nooli is crisp. Producer BVSN Prasad has mounted the film on a grand scale with no compromise on visuals and output. It shows in the movie and helps in elevating the overall impression.
Bottom-line: Akhil's Show As New Age 'Majnu'