After scoring a commercial hit with 118, Kalyan Ram teamed up with Satish Vegesna who is known for making pure family emotional entertainers. Mehreen Kaur Pirzada is the female lead in the film which is official remake of Gujarati movie Oxygen. With this film end Sankranthi race on success note?
After his parents pass away in an accident, Balu (Kalyan Ram) is raised by family friend (Naresh), when none of the relatives come forward to adopt him. Naresh’s daughter Nandini (Mehreen Pirzada) adores Balu from childhood. Balu along with his friends establishe an organization "All Is Well" to supply emotions to the needy. Will he manage all the relationships spotlessly form crux of the story.
The plotline of the film inspired by Gujarati film Oxygen has life but the execution part is filled with over the top treatment suffocating viewers. While the film relies heavily on emotions, there are very few hits and adequate misses. Few dialogues will stay with us with deep meaning. It’s a complete failure of Satish Vegesna who botched to make these emotions look authentic and connective. His direction is also substandard relative to his earlier.
Raj Thota’s camera work is shoddier, wherein Gopi Sundar too disappoints. Only couple of songs were enchanting and background score doesn’t bring life to scenes. Editor Thammiraju’s work adds to negative factors. Production values of Aditya Music are also mediocre.
Onto performances, Kalyan Ram tried hard to give life to the character and film but the poor writing and direction didn’t allow him to do so. He should have avoided action sequences which appeared forcible. Mehreen Pirzada is okay looks wise and performance front. Rajeev Kanakala is not a villain material. Better, he should stick to ‘brief’ roles. Vennela Kishore gives some comic relief in second half. Praveen, Sudarshan and Prabhas Sreenu are okay. The senior actors Naresh, Tanikella Bharani, Pavitra Lokesh, Vjaykumar and Suhasini played their parts convincingly.
The film’s story completely revolves around protagonist who believes life is a stage and we are all actors. He lives life for others, in making others happy and goes to any length to ensure he is there for people, even for complete strangers. Spending time with strangers like a family and making them happy is definitely a good thought, implementation goes haywire.
The film begins with Mehreen Pirzada in her train journey along with family narrating the good nature of her childhood best friend Kalyan Ram who wishes to spend time with relatives. The initial portions establish his character and also the theme of the film. When there’s nobody for him after his parents’ death, he decides to make people around him happy and in the process he makes relatives. Then, to add heroism, a villain thread is introduced, from where repetitiveness in narration is beaten to death. As the time approaches for intermission, the only thing we could do is wait for better second half.
Things go at same at slow pace in second half as well with tedious narration. Tanikella Bharani’s emotional scene and a grandson’s realization part did not make much impact. The journey of Kalyan Ram, Mahreen Kaur and Vennela Kishore somehow didn't disappoint. Sharath Babu and Suhasini’s episode was preventable. A pre-climax action episode, followed by emotional climax didn't make any firm impression.
In total, Entha Manchivaadavuraa looked half baked with flaws from most of the technical departments. Director Satish Vegesna disappoints this time with his poor writing and direction skills. Except for few portions in second half, the film hardly has any novelty. CJ goes with 2.25 star rating and with heavy competition, Entha Manchivaadavuraa might have some adoration in festive season.