Mr. Majnu review: Disappoints with regular story, weak narration
'Mr. Majnu' lacks both freshness and an engaging narration in this rom-com that deals about a chick magnet finding true love in a simple girl
By: J Gudelli / Telugucinema.com
Critic's Rating: 2.5/5
Friday 25 January 2019
Akhil Akkineni, Nidhi Agerwal, Rao Ramesh, Naga Babu, Priyadarshi, Raja Chembolu, Jayaprakash, Pavitra Lokesh, Sithara, Vidyullekha Raman
Vikram Krishna aka Vikky (Akhil) who is introduced as a ‘chick magnet’ in London meets Nikitha aka Nikky on a flight journey to India. He is returning to India after completing studies. She is here to attend his brother’s marriage. It turns out that she’s sister of the guy who will be marrying Vikky’s cousin. After the initial hiccups, both hit off well, and it is Nikitha who proposes to him. They come to an agreement of two-month period of secret love before telling everyone but that leads to their break-up. Nikky is in the habit of expressing everything and Vikky feels suffocated in the relationship. A hurt Nikky ends the relationship and heads to London. What happens later is anybody’s guess.
'Boys will be boys' proudly proclaims the posters of Mr. Majnu hinting about the characterization of the protagonist, Vikky, played by Akhil, who charms the girls, but is commitment phobic. The longest relationship he has had with a girl is for a month, Vikky tells Nikky (Nikky is played by Savyasachi fame Nidhi Agerwal) when she proposes to him.
Despite hating him initially for being a ‘chick magnet’, she proposes to him as she sees his good side, Vikky will do anything for family (this reminds the track of Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika in Geetha Govindam). However, the film shifts its tone later and its core conflict point heads in another direction making the film too predictable after a while.
A skirt-chaser falling for a girl who is quite opposite to him is not new. Director Venky Aturi made his debut with the musical hit Tholi Prema last year and his sophomore effort Mr. Majnu has a similar plot. Venky Atluri with the help of his co-writer has written scenes that are too familiar, that were seen in many movies. Freshness takes a beating, predictability sets in by intermission. Post-interval, it goes down further. Weak story and predictable screenplay is its main drawback.
Compared to his earlier two movies, Akhil Akkineni seems more comfortable with the role he has done here, perhaps it is relatable to his age. He bares his 8 -pack abs to impress female audiences. Nidhi Agerwal as Nikki puts up a neat act. Priyadarshi as Akhil’s buddy, Naga Babu and Rao Ramesh in their regular style of roles are worth mentioning among the huge cast. Hyper Adhi’s role is clichéd, his jokes work to an extent though.
Thaman’s soundtrack is mixed bag but it is one aspect that should have been better in this film. George’s glossy visuals and uncompromising production values have made the film look rich.
Writer and director Venky Atluri disappoints with regular story, weak narration.
Mr. Majnu lacks both freshness and engaging narration in this rom-com that deals about a chick magnet finding true love in a simple girl.