CBFC Rating: A
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 25 Mins
Release Date: 17-11-2023
Banner: Mudhra Media Works, A Creative Works
Cast: Payal Rajput, Nandita Swetha, Divya Pillai, Ravindra Vijay, Chaitanya, Ajay Ghosh, Shritej
Music: Ajaneesh Lokhnath
Cinematography: Dasaradhi Sivendra
Editor: Gullapalli Madhan Kumar
Produced By: Swathi Reddy Gunupati, Suresh Varma, Ajay Bhupathi
Written & Directed By: Ajay Bhupathi
Payal Rajput starrer Mangalavaram directed by Ajay Bhupathi which released today attracted the attention of all with spine chilling trailer and teaser. As Payal and Ajay are coming together after their blockbuster RX 100, excitement increased. Let us see whether Mangalavaaram impressed movie lovers or not.
Newly appointed SI Maya (Nandita Swetha) starts investigating the mysterious suicides in Mahalakshimipuram Village every Tuesday ( Mangalavaram) Just after their names are written alarmingly on the walls. But she makes no headway as villagers refuse the postmortem of the dead influenced by the Zamindar Prakash Babu (Chaitanya).
In the midst of all this Sailu ( Payal Rajput) name cross up. To find out her connection to the shocking happenings and what roles Kasi Raju (Ajay Ghosh), Zamindar’s wife Rajeswarai Devi (Divya Pillai), photographer Vasu, and Doctor Vishwanatham (Ravindra Vijay) played form an integral part of the story.
Payal Rajput came up with a stellar performance in her role. She showed intense expressions and emotions and highlighted them all as she lived in the role while she endured the pain in her character. She carried the film on her shoulders.
Nandita Swetha showed the right kind of aggression and attitude as a police officer. Chaitanya and Divya Pillai are apt in the roles of Zamindar and his wife. Ajay Ghosh is good and provided enough laughs. Ravindra Vijay emoted well on the screen. Others performed according to their roles.
Ajay Bhupathi’s Unique Concept
Twists and Turns
Average First half
Ajay Bhupathi came up with an interesting story and touched upon a never-talked point. This increases the curiosity levels among movie lovers. The narration starts slowly but picks up pace just ahead of the interval block. The second half is racy and intense with Payal Rajput appearing just before the interval and then carrying the film on her shoulders. The screenplay and direction are impactful. He highlighted the core concept quite well through Payal Rajput connecting the emotional chords. The emotional climax captured the imagination of all The twists and turns thrilled the viewers.
Ajaneesh Loknath elevated the scenes with his intense and impactful background score. The songs are situational. Dasaradhi Sivendra’s cinematography turned the proceedings into a visually perfect one. Editing is good but could have been better in the first half. Production values are grand.
Bottom-line: Unique & Thrilling Concept