Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Manchu Manoj, Deeksha Seth, Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, Suhasini, Bhanuchander, Prabhu, Panchi Bora, Sonu Sood, Raghu Babu, Abhinaya Sri, Dharmavarapu, Ajay, and others
Music: Bobo Sashi
Cinematography: B Rajasekhar
Editing: M R Varma
Produced by: Lakshmi Prasanna
Banner: Manchu Entertainment
Story, screenplay and directed by: Sekhar Raja
Release date: July 27, 2012
Watched Theater: Siva A/c, Guntur
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Nandamuri Balakrishna and Manchu Manoj New Telugu Film Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara Movie Review:Not many Telugu actors have dared to do an experiment with the different shades of characters. But Manoj is one such star, who has done it in his latest movie Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara which also stars Balakrishna.
Rayudu (Prabhu) owns an ancestral palace Gandharva Mahal and he rents it to out to several tenants. They don’t pay him the rent properly and refuse to vacate it. In comes a youngster (Manoj) seeking a room in the palace. The youngster bluffs the tenants with various scary stories and makes them leave the place. Rayudu has two daughters (Madhumita and Deeksha) and the palace is possessed with a spirit. When Rayudu readies for marrying off his elder daughter, the spirit’s presence is felt. What connection does this youngster have with the spirit and what is his real motto behind doing all good work for Rayudu forms the rest of the story.Artist Performance:
Balakrishna has delivered a great performance as Narasimha Rayudu. It is true that Mohanbabu has missed a chance by not playing the role. Manoj has also delivered wonderful acting. With his six-pack body, he looks fabulous in action and dance sequences. Deeksha Seth does not have enough scope to show her acting skills, but she has used the available screen place properly. She has exposed her glamour a lot in a couple of songs. Lakshmi Prasanna, Bhanuchander, Sonu Sood, Saikumar, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Balayya and others have done complete justice to their respective roles. Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Raghubabu surely tickle the funny bones of audiences.
Technical and Other Departments:
The art director has done a wonderful job in creating the Gandharva Mahal set, which is extra-ordinary. Cinematographer B Rajasekhar has maintained a perfect lighting all through the film. The action scenes and the blood drops are perfectly shown on the screen. Suman-Sulaiman’s background score is excellent and it elevates many scenes. Lakshmi Bhupati’s dialogues are a letdown and there is no punch in them.
The director has done a good script, but failed to pen a perfect screenplay for it. He could not handle the subject in a proper manner. Before the end of the first half, the subject waters down, but by the interval bang, he takes the reins again. However, in the second half there are many ebbs and tides in the run of the subject.
Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara starts off on a dull note, but it picks up momentum just before the interval bang with the arrival of Nandamuri Balakrishna. While portions of Balakrishna, and stunning performance of Manchu Lakshmi towards the end, give the film a good appeal but on the whole it never gives goosebumps as the title suggests. Nor does it provide thrilling moments or element of surprise so necessary for a movie that is supposedly a horror and ghost movie with graphics work.
The film’s basic concept is interesting but the narration is inconsistent all along. The other main problem with the movie is that the writer and director inserts too many subplots unnecessarily that give you déjà vu feeling of watching Arundhati, Kanchana, etc.
The film has some other merits like lavish sets and rich productions values but the poor writing and passive narration outweigh the positive elements.
The basic concept of Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara is nice but it is told incoherently. Except Balakrishna and Manchu Lakshmi, the film doesn’t provide any element of surprise, nor engrossing moments. A taut screenplay and better character sketches would have made a difference to this lavishly produced movie.