Malli Pelli Movie Review


Title: Malli Pelli

CBFC Rating: UA

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Run-Time: 2 Hrs 11 Mins

Release Date: 26-05-2023

Banner: Vijaya Krishna Movies

Cast: Dr Naresh VK, Pavitra Lokesh, Ananya Nagalla, Jayasudha, Sarathbabu, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Roshan, Ravivarma, Annapoorna, Bhadram, Yukta, Praveen Yandamuri, Madhooo

Music: Suresh Bobbili

Cinematography: MN Bal Reddy

Editor: Junaid Siddiqui

Producer: Dr Naresh VK

Director: MS Raju

Malli Pelli starring VK Naresh, Pavithra Lokesh has been in news as it is based on their real life story. This matured romantic entertainer is directed by MS. Raju. The film’s first look, teaser, and trailer got a good response. Let us find out more about Malli Pelli.


Malli Pelli story is about the life of a senior star hero Narendra (Sr Naresh) who owns hundreds of crores of wealth and a couple of broken marriages. He marries Soumya Sethupathi (Vanitha Vijayakumar), but this marriage, too, doesn’t offer him peace. While working for a film together Narendra gets attracted to beautiful middle-aged actress Parvathi (Pavithra Lokesh) from Kannada. Though Narendra fall in love with Parvathi in their first meeting, and communicates the same to her. Parvathi treads carefully and tells him to be good friends. Ananya Nagalla plays younger Parvathy role in flashback portions. However, circumstances force them to take their relationship to the next level and how Narendra’s third wife Soumya (Vanitha Vijayakumar), parents Mahendra (Sarath Babu), Vimala (Jayasudha) and Pavithra’s husband Phanindra (Ravi Varma) react. What complexities did they both face to live together? This forms part of the crux of the story


Naresh is a senior actor, and he unleashes his full potential in the lead role. Naresh own the film, and loved in his role. He expressed his anguish, ecstasy perfectly. He brought in his acting experience and expertise to carry the film on his shoulders. Naresh is ably supported by Pavitra Lokesh. She performed well in the role of an actress who faces problems in her personal life. Her character is shown in strong manner. The scenes featuring Naresh and Pavithra Lokesh carry impressive emotions. Vanitha Vijahyakumar performed the role of the arrogant woman and her screen presence is good. Ananya Nagalla who played younger Parvathy in the flashback scenes look good. She made her presence felt even in a limited role with her looks and glamour. Sarath Babu and Jayasudha made their presence felt in the limited scenes. Ravi Varma performed well as Pavithra’s husband. Ananya Nagalla played the role of young Pavithra Lokesh quite well. 


Naresh VK

Pavitra Lokesh, Vanitha Vijaykumar

MS Raju Direction



Screenplay gets uneven at times


Malli Pelli’s story by MS Raju is a bold attempt to show the romance between the matured couple. The story was narrated in six episodes Flirting, Mistake, My Story, Krishna Story, and Conflict. This idea worked well in creating curiosity about the happenings in the story. “The mistake” chapter featuring Narendra and Soumya’s characters is handled impressively.  Naresh’s hit songs will turn nostalgic when they are played on the screen.

The screenplay gets uneven at times it generated interest and at other times it needed to be handled better. As the film deals with matured relationships it needs good performances and relatable chemistry between the leads. Malli Pelli scores in this area. Everyone gave their best performance. 

Director MS Raju did a good job in effectively handling the matured relationships. He presented what he intended in an impressive manner. Music directors Suresh Bobbili and Aruldev did an admirable job, as the songs were nicely composed. The background score was also decent.  Cinematography by Bal Reddy deserves mention as he made the film look lavish. The dialogues are well written. The production values by Vijaya Krishna Movies are grand.

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Bottom line: Impressive Tale Of Bold Couple 


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