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Malli Raava review: Tries hard to be something different

Hardly holds any interest

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Friday 8 December 2017

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Movie Title

Malli Raava

Director

Gowtam Tinnanuri

Star Cast

Sumanth, Aakanksha Singh, Annapurna, Abhinav, Mirchi Kiran, Appaji Ambarisha, Satwik, Preethi Asrani, Amaan

In 1999, Karthik and Anjali are classmates in Rajolu. They like each other. Anjali’s parents are going through marital issues and their constant quarrels affect her. Expectedly, her parents scold her when they learn about Karthik.

Many years later in Hyderabad, Karthik and Anjali reunite and decide to get married at the registrar's office. However, Anjali has a change of heart and refuses to marry him.

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The story moves back and forth from then on - how their childhood friendship began in 1999 and revealing how Anjali entered in his life in 2012. This goes on for hours and finally, it comes to the present, 2017. Anjali is about to marry an NRI in a couple of days but she comes back to meet Karthik to tell him something. What is that?

The film's story goes on paper like this but writer-director Gautham Tinnanuri has used back-and-forth technique to maintain the suspense and mood as he has flimsy storyline at hand. The core point of the plot does appear in the final fifteen minutes. Before this, he focuses on childhood romance, office romance (2012) and silly office jokes (the employees in the office act more like government office than in a software company). Although the movie has a runtime of roughly two hours, we feel that it is too long as it never engages us. Unless one likes outdated scenes of teenage romance and lame office jokes, the entire first-hour bores.

Why is that a heroine only realizes her true feelings for the hero only when she is about to marry another person? We have been seeing this thread from the early 2000s and still, the makers are not thinking beyond this beaten-to-death formulae.

New director Gautham has written story, screenplay and dialogue apart from direction. But there is nothing new in this flimsy story. Some music bits are good though.

As far as performances are concerned, Sumanth is his usual self, nothing much to talk about. Newcomer Akanksha Singh impresses. The two kids who played the junior versions of the lead pair are impressive.

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The cinematography is neat, the cameraman seems to have a fascination for aerial shots of roads, which he has captured well. Shravan Bharadwaj’s background score is good. Production values are good.

Malli Raava tries hard to be something different in the love stories but it stumbles at the very beginning. Too much focus on kids' romance, with flimsy conflict point, it hardly holds any interest. Heroine and music are saving grace though.

Malli Raava review: 2.75 Stars