Hired husband theme of ‘Mithrudu’ fails to impress (Telugu Film Review)

May 3rd, 2009 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS  

By Maudgalyan
Film: “Mithrudu”; Direction: Mahadev; Cast: Bala Krishna, Priya Mani, Deepak; Music Director: Mani Sharma; Cinematographer: Bala Murugan; Rating: *

Late N.T. Rama Rao’s son Bala Krishna’s hopes of reviving his sagging career take yet another nose-dive in “Mithrudu” (friend).

It is a rehash of several Hindi and Telugu films of a ‘hired’ husband who wins his shrew of a wife.

The only difference in this one is that both male and female protagonists are projected as superstitious people wallowing in self-pity and nutty enough to be foxed by amateurish chisellers.

Bala Krishna plays a depressed Malaysia-based Indian Aditya attempting to rescue a lovelorn gullible damsel Indu (Priya Mani) smitten by puppy love towards a shady NGO operator Madhu (Deepak) who pretends to be handicapped.

Indu postpones her marriage upon being told by a soothsayer that she would be widowed within a month and marries a stand-in Aditya who actually ends up falling in love with her.

The rest of the gooey melodrama is totally unconvincing.

Sans his wisecracking one-liners and bone-crunching stunts, Bala Krishna looks lost.

The limp storyline, listless cinematography and Sharma’s apology for music do not help either.

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