|Release date : Dec 24, 2014|
|123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5|
|Director : Srikanth Addala|
|Producer : Tagore Madu, Nallamalapu Srinivas|
|Music Director : Mickey J Meyer|
|Starring: Varun Tej, Pooja Hegde,|
Yet another entrant from the mega family, Varun Tej has finally arrived with his debut film Mukunda. Directed by Srikanth Addala, this film has Pooja Hegde as the female lead, and has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
Mukunda(Varun Tej) is a college going student who goes to any extent for his friends. One fine day, his best friend falls in love with the daughter of a powerful municipal chairman Rao Ramesh. Things take an ugly turn when Mukunda enters the scene and decides to goes against Rao Ramesh and his power.
How will Mukunda fight the powerful Municipal Chairman ? Where does Pooja Hegde feature in this set up. To know answers to all these questions, you need to watch the film on the big screen.
Varun Tej makes an decent debut and is a perfect fit for his role. He has an amazing screen presence and looks dashing in action episodes. The way he stands on par with an experienced actor like Rao Ramesh in most of the scenes is quite good. Since it is his debut film, he looks a bit raw. But with a bit of improvement in his dialogue delivery, he will be all set for a bright future in Tollywood.
Rao Ramesh is another asset of the film. The way his character has been executed is superb. Whenever he is on screen, a curiosity develops. The way he mouths the godavari slang is also impressive. Pooja Hedge looks gorgeous but is limited to less screen time. Music of the film is superb and all the songs have been shot beautifully.
Mukunda suffers with a major drawback like lack of entertainment. Sadly, Srikanth Addala has chosen a routine script for a mega heroes debut film. Even though he manages to showcase Varun well, he misses out on other factors. This film is quite serious and has absolutely no romantic angle or comedy till the end.
Pooja Hegde’s role is limited and has nothing much to do except for appearing in songs. The village politics, a young college student going against the powerful man in his town, stuff like this has been covered in many films in the past. Tempo of the film dies after a while, and whatever seriousness that needs to be built up is missed during the end. Prakash Raj’s character could have been developed more in the film.
As said earlier, Mickey J Meyer’s music is a huge plus, and his re-recording in particular deserves an applause. Dialogues are decent and those written for Rao Ramesh are quirky and funny. Screenplay of the film leaves a lot to be desired as most of the important scenes are just wrapped up in the first half.
Editing is decent and so is the background score. Production values are quite good and camerawork showcases the rural set up quite beautifully. Director Srikanth Addala brings out decent performance from the young hero and uses his height and screen presence to good use.
On the whole, Mukunda is an ok launch pad for Varun Tej. This handsome mega family hero has good screen presence and is set for a bright future in Tollywood. But other factors like lack of comedy, entertainment and romance limit Varun’s debut to an extent. Finally, if you go in without any expectations and an open mind, you might end up liking this different attempt.
123telugu.com Rating : 2.75/5
Reviewed by 123telugu Team
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