Release date: 13 January, 2011
123Telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Director : Harish Shankar
Music Director : Taman S
Producer : Ramesh Pushpala
Starring : Ravi Teja, Richa Gangopadhyay, Deeksha and others
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It is almost impossible and a crime to control an energetic and a dynamic actor like Ravi Teja. Director Harish Shankar realized this after his movie Shock failed to shake the box office. However, this time it seems the director is set to make amends with Mirapakaay. Itís got a literally spicy title and like any other Ravi Teja movie will beat you if you have expectations. 123telugu.com takes a peek at how this movie actually is.

Ranga The Donga Whatís it about: Inspector Rishi (Ravi Teja) is an officer in Intelligence Bureau, working in Delhi. Inspite of being a dynamic officer, Rishi is hoping that some girl would fall for him. After the dreaded don Kittu Bhai (Prakash Raj) begins spreading his crime wings over India, Rishi is assigned to a special job in Hyderabad. He is asked to work as a lecturer in a college there and await further instructions. As soon as he is in Hyderabad, Rishi falls for Vinamra (Richa Gangopadhyay) an innocent Brahmin girl who studies in the same college where he works as a lecturer. It is only matter of time before Vinamra, reciprocates his feelings. In the mean time Rishi also begins to get worked up with Kittu Bhaiís local friends Shankar Anna (Kota Srinivasa Rao) and his son Linga (Supreet). Just when Rishi thinks he gains some control in Hyderabad, he is ordered to find a way to reach Kittu Bhai through his daughter Ė Vaishali (Deeksha Seth). The girl joins the same college Rishi works in and lives with Shankar Annaís family! Just as Rishi tries to woo Vaishali, Vinamra begins feeling insecured. How Rishi manages both the girls and reaches the don is the remaining part of the story.

What is Good: As usual, Ravi Teja steals the thunder from all others in the movie. He makes you laugh even as he delivers punch dialogues, does the fights and comes up with few acts possible only to him. His equation with actors like Ali, Sunil, Brahmaji, Swathi (in a very small guest appearance) is awesome. However, it isnít the first time we see him doing what he did and he appears a touch old!

Ali as Ali Pacino, an English speaking attender of a college is outrageously funny. Brahmaji and Sunil manage to eke out few laughs. It has become too clichťd to say that Kota Srinivasa Rao, Naga Babu and Prakash Raj have acted well in the little roles they have. The girls do their best looking glamorous in the songs. Simply put, the movie has almost everything that a typical Telugu commercial movie is expected to have. Problems, however, come with lengthy scenes and how they flow!

What is bad: The screenplay, written by three people, lacks the spice the concept allows them to. When you have three people telling you flashbacks at different points in the movie, it better have that big material. Unfortunately the villain isnít too strong and his daughter isnít that complicated a character for two of the three flashbacks! Even Ravi Tejaís small flashback fails to surprise us enough. Interestingly that isnít where the movie fails to entertain. A cop story leading to a love triangle between lecturer and two students in a college background seems a risky subject. The love stories do not have enough material and the girlís donít help the cause. Richa looks out of place, while Deeksha has to learn to mumble Telugu dialogues well. To add to this, the second half fails to surprise, seems too long with two unnecessary songs. Interestingly there is nothing special in the way the songs have been shot too! The final nail is the climax which is quite insipid.

Technical Departments: : Cinematographer Ram Prasadís camera work and Thamanís background keep you interested in the movie. The same cannot be said about Gautham Rajuís editing and the screenplay writersí contribution. Choreographers donít have great scope as all three lead actors arenít great dancers. Nothing much can be said about the sets and locations too. However, the outdoor scenes in Delhi have been shot well.

Final Point: Ravi Tejaís biggest strength and hence his biggest weakness is his image! While it keeps the audiences entertained, it doesnít always allow directors and writers to search for something new. Mirapakaay suffers from this, as an uncanny actor wastes his energy on a script that lacks sting and spice.


123Telugu.com Rating : 2.75 /5

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