Masth - Old Wine in Old Bottle!!!
Release date: 23 January 2009
123Telugu.com Rating: 2.75/5
Director : SV Krishna Reddy
Music Director : SV Krishna Reddy
Production : Zee Entertainment
Starring : Sivaji, Sivabalaji, Aanchal, Brahmanandam, Ali, MS Narayana, Sunil, Uttej ...
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Like all SV Krishna Reddy movies, Masth is also a clean family entertainer that will probably find its particular set of audience who will appreciate the pace and comic act of this movie. Overall it’s an average movie that has nothing new to offer apart from some funny acts from Ali, Brahmanandam, Sunil and other comedians

What is it about : The movie is about three thick friends Siva (Sivaji) a wannabe model, Balu (Srinivas Reddy) an aspiring singer and Pandu (Ali) an LIC agent. At the start of the movie, Siva loses his sight while Balu loses his voice in freak incidents that requires them to raise a couple of lakhs to regain their lost senses. In this scenario, Anupma (Anchal) lands up while trying to escape from a local goon Bahadur (Mukul Dev). How these three hide her in their house while keeping their landlord Brahmanandam in the dark, how they hide their disabilities, Anupma’s love story and Bahadur’s pursuit is what most of the movie is all about. By the end, Siva and Balu regain their senses while Anupma is united with her lover (Sivabalaji) and Bahadur gives up in a all’s well that ends well closure.

What is Good: The movie has a running time of just above two hours which ensures that it does not drag too much and the story really picks up pace in the second half. The good parts of the movie are the multiple comic tracks within it though it gets too loud at times. Most of the main actors especially Ali put up a good show to keep the interest alive. Anchal who is the only woman in the entirely male dominated movie makes an impact with her looks.

What is bad: The music or rather the placement of the songs in the movie is quite disappointing as they appear randomly in the movie. Though shot at international locales, they fail to make an impact because of the lyrics and unimaginative picturisation. Apart from that, the overall production values were not too slick with jerky editing and awkward camera angles at times. At a time, when movies place a high emphasis on good music and slick technical values, Masth disssapoints in these departments.

Me Thinks:The production values, the comedy tracks and story are all too reminiscent of SV Krishna Reddy’s movies from the 90’s such as Yamaleela, etc which might not work in today’s time. Maybe he should try being more experimentative and move away from his tried & tested formula.

Tailpiece: “A for Apple, B for Bangle, C for Camel, D for Dumbbell”… go the lyrics of one of the songs while Anchal seductively dances on a beach…a definite indicator that more time should have been spent visualizing the song!!!

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123Telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5

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