Movie: Manu Charitra
Cast: Shiva Kandukuri, Megha Akash, Priya Vadlamani, Harshitha Chowdary, Suhas, Pragathi Shrivatsav
Director: Bharath Pedagani
Produced By: Narala Srinivas Reddy
Release Date: 23rd June,2023
Story: Manu (Shiva Kandukuri) is an academic genius, but he doesn’t stop falling in love with different girls and breaking up with them for silly reasons. He also takes a wrong turn in his life, becoming a rowdy by joining Rudra (Dolly Dhananjay) gang. Why does Manu behave like that? What is the importance Jenny (Megha Akash) in his life? Did he get back the love he wanted? Answers to these questions form the rest of the story.
Analysis: The film starts on a regular note and meanders with aimless narration. The proceedings get a bit appealing, where the love track between Manu and Jenny has some good moments. The interval episode should have been more effective. The second half also starts on a better note and has a few good episodes and moments. Director Bharath Pedagani tried to make the movie as an emotional journey of its main character, Manu.
However, he could have made it more strongly. The characterization of Manu should have been written with more depth. His behavior appears silly in some scenes. Manu’s track with Rudra, Nandu and other characters did not work out as the friendship and loyalty elements were not registered well. The scenes between Manu and Jenny/Jaanu were good.
Performances: Shiva Kandukuri looked apt for the character of Manu, and his performance was very good. Megha Akash was good, while Pragathi Srivastav was very impressive. Suhas, Priya Vadlamani, Srikanth Iyengar, Dolly Dhananjay, and Madhu Nandan were appropriate.
- Shiva Kandukuri’s Performance
- Flashback in the first half
- Manu – Jaanu track in the second half
- Boring moments in the first half
- Emotional impact missing in key scenes
- Few predictable twists
Verdict: Overall, Manu Charitra could have been an emotionally immersive experience but it suffers from inadequate narration and misses the required emotional impact. Good Music, performance of Shiva Kandukuri, flashback in the first half, some good scenes in the second half work well for the movie. The movie can be watchable if one ignores the flaws in it.