Film: Jhummandi Naadam
Cast: Manchu Manoj, Tapsee, Mohan Babu, Tanikella Bharani, Sudha, Suman, Pragathi, Brahmanandam, M S Narayana, Raghubabu and others
Story: Bhupathi Raja
Music: M M Keeravani
Dialogues: Rajasimha
Cinematography: S Gopal Reddy
Screenplay: BVS Ravi, Gopimohan
Produced by: Lakshmi Prasanna

Director: K Raghavendra Rao
Release Date: July 1, 2010
A stale tale, the story begins with Balu (manoj) whose goal is to become a great singer, he also takes an oath never to go back to his hometown unless he achieves his goal. He stays along with his friends but has trouble in the form of his neighbour, Captain Rao (mohan Babu). Both of them share usual rivalry and try to get smart with each other. Things change when Rao’s friend’s daughter Shravya (tapsee) arrives from US. She wants to do a documentary on the traditional Telugu folk songs and wants a music guide. Balu enters the scene and love happens along with documentary. However, Rao hatches a plan and tries to separate both. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.


Artist Performance:
Manchu Manoj always exudes high energy and he shines in this film too although his characterization is not that pretty novel. He even excels in scenes involving his father veteran actor Mohan Babu. But he needs to show off consistency in portraying the role till the end. On his part, Mohan Babu does underplay to make his son to steal the show. Tapsee, the new girl, has shown all her vital assets to please the audiences but doesn’t have any material to become a fine actress. The less said about her facial expressions and acting abilities the better. All other actors – Tanikella, Sudha, Suman, Pragathi, and host of other comedians, have done okay job. Ahuthi Prasad does villain role.


Technical and Other Departments:
The basic story given by Bhupati Raja is simple. K Raghavendra Rao handled this simple story in a simplistic way by including adequate commercial elements so that it reaches everybody. Screenplay of the movie is adequate. K Raghavendra Rao proves that there is no retirement for creativity and age never becomes a disadvantage while dealing with romantic subjects. He has shown the heroine Tapsee in the most glamorous way. He also made sure that there is something in the film for A/B/C center audiences. There are a few old-fashioned scenes for the sake of commercial elements. But they are minimal and they don’t disturb the flow of the narration. There is trademark of K Raghavendra Rao in songs picturization of the movie.
Other departments: Music by MM Keeravani is good and background music is also handled well. I rate the 3rd song (shot in Kerala) as the best song in the movie. The last song (desamante Mattikadoi) is the life of the movie. All songs are picturized colourfully. Cinematography by S Gopal Reddy is very good. However, he should have shot stunt sequences in a better way. Dialogues by Rajasimha are good. Editing by Marthand K Venkatesh is smooth. Art direction by Raghu is neat. Production values by debutant producer Lakshmi Manchu are very good with rich visuals.


First half of the movie is nice. Tempo goes down in the second half a bit. The climax song makes it up for all. Plus points of the film are main leads (Manoj’s comedy and Tapsee’s glamour) and K Raghavendra Rao’s commercial elements coupled with attractive music/visuals. On the flip side, old-fashioned story might not be liked by urbane crowds. On a whole, Jhummandi Naadam is a film that has something for every kind of audience (A, B or C). It is a K Raghavendra Rao’s masala entertainer that has all ingredients do well at box office.


Final View:
Jhummandi Naadam has nothing new to offer except some mellifluous numbers and eye-catching ‘glamour’ here and there. It is predictable stuff and old wine in old bottle. It Is a below Average Film.

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