Release Date : October 06, 2023
123telugu.com Rating : 2.25/5
Starring: Swathi Reddy, Naveen Chandra, Shreya Navile, Gnaneswari Kandregula, Raja Chembolu, Manjula Ghattamaneni, Harsha Chemudu and others
Director: Srikanth Nagothi
Producer: Yaswanth Mulukutla
Music Director: Achu Rajamani
Cinematographer: Rajeev Dharawath
Editor: Ravikanth Perupu
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Swathi Reddy and Naveen Chandra play the lead roles in the long-delayed film, Month of Madhu, which finally hit theaters today. Explore our review to see what this film brings to the table.
After two decades of marriage, Lekha (Swathi Reddy) decides to separate from her husband, Madhusudhan Rao (Naveen Chandra). Simultaneously, an NRI teenager named Madhumitha (Shreya Navile) arrives in Vizag to attend her cousin’s wedding. She accidentally crosses paths with Madhusudhan and delves into his personal life. What unfolds next? Does she mend his relationship or break it further? Why does Lekha want to separate from Madhu?What choice does Lekha ultimately make? The movie has the answers for these questions.
Swathi Reddy, known for her decent performances, delivers an exceptional performance once again, seamlessly portraying two distinct phases of her life – a teenager and a mature woman. She adeptly conveys the stark emotional differences between these two stages.
Naveen Chandra excels in his role as a man grappling with anger issues and entrenched gender beliefs. His portrayal of a troubled drinker resonates with real-life situations.
Shreya Navile, who played Madhumitha, serves as a pivotal element in the film, fitting effortlessly as an NRI unburdened by societal norms and living life on her own terms. The remaining cast offers satisfactory performances in their respective roles.
The film’s primary shortcoming lies in its thin storyline, stretched across an extensive 2-hour and 20-minute runtime. Weak writing and an irregular screenplay diminish the impact of the lead actors’ performances.
While a gradual build-up is acceptable in the initial stages, maintaining the same languid pace into the second half becomes a significant hindrance, as observed in Month of Madhu.
Writer-director Srikanth Nagothi’s presentation lacks depth, resulting in a story that struggles to engage the audience effectively.
Characters such as Manjula Ghattamaneni and Raja Chembolu have minimal impact on the film. Comedy scenes of Harsha Chemudu could have been written better. The film’s songs fade quickly from our memory, and the score fails to leave a lasting impression.
Srikanth Nagothi, wearing both the writer and director’s hats, falls short in crafting a compelling narrative with engaging dialogues.
Achu Rajamani’s score, while serviceable, fails to make a lasting mark. Cinematography by Rajeev Dharavath offers sporadic moments of satisfaction, but a tighter edit by Ravikanth Perupu could have streamlined the runtime.
On the whole, Month of Madhu offers a dull and boring cinematic experience, despite the commendable performances by Swathi and Naveen Chandra. The film’s sluggish screenplay, underdeveloped storytelling, and inclusion of unnecessary scenes in both halves weigh it down. Considering other movie options for your weekend entertainment might be a wise choice.
123telugu.com Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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