Kothi Mooka
Release date: 30th July 2010
123Telugu.com Rating: 1.75/5
Director : AVS
Music Director : Mani Sharma
Producer : Venkat Jagadish
Starring : Krishnudu, Shraddha Arya,Brahmanandam and others...
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Actor AVS tried his luck with direction, with films like ‘Room mates, ‘Super Heroes’, ‘Ori Nee Prema Bangaram Kaanu’ etc. This time he hopes to woo the audiences bringing actor Krishnudu to act in his latest directorial film ‘Kothimooka’. How does the film fare?

What’s It About: Ramana (Krishundu) is the son of a four time MLA Jaiprakash Reddy. Unlike his corrupt father, Ramana is a good hearted man, though he is trying to complete his graduation for five years. He has been in love with a girl since his early college days, and the same girl turns up at the college as his new professor. While he professes his love to her, she challenges him to finish his studies. When he does pass, she doesn’t accept his love, saying that she is a daughter of a beggar (AVS).

And when the next elections are up next time, Krishnudu plans to make AVS stand opposite his father, to teach his father a lesson. What happens next is the rest of the story.

What is Good: Krishnudu has been consistently improving as an actor. Shraddha Arya looks good and acts well within her limitations. Jagan, Uttej, M.S.Narayana, Hema, Harshavardhan and Kovai Sarala evoke few laughs. Jaiprakash Reddy is alright.

What is bad: The film falters at the first step of its making – the story line and treatment. The line in short goes thus – ‘Kothimooka’ is a comedy about a good hearted son of a corrupt politician, who is in love with a beggar’s daughter, and makes the beggar a politician opposite his father, teaching his father a fitting lesson! The line deserves the film be treated with lots of political satire, and probably touching complicated romance.

Instead the film focuses on the romance, mundane comedy sequences, over the top characters, and then finally manages to give a speech on how the politicians in a country or a region should work. The screenplay, assuming there was one, is inundated with self explanatory lines here and there which are supposed to explain the audiences - how a beggar’s daughter looks like a cinema heroine; how a beggar gains so much popularity that he is voted by people over a seasoned politician; and why the film is actually called Kothimooka!

Not at any single point of time do audiences connect to any single character, leave alone any single emotion of the film.

Technical Departments: The make up artist should be appreciated for giving the beggars realistic faces. Inspite of using many jimmy jib shots, the camera work is uninspiring. The dialogues are clichéd and unconvincing.

Final Point: This year we have had films like ‘Ye Maya Chesave’, ‘Prasthanam’, ‘Maryada Ramanna’, ‘Vedam’ etc. which wooed the audiences, each in its own style. Kothimooka isn’t near the vicinities of any of those films. Watch it at your own risk.

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123Telugu.com Rating : 1.75/5

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                4 - Must Watch
                3 - One Time Watch
                2 - Wait for the DVD
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