Today, on October 13, 2023, the much-anticipated film 'Mystery,' featuring and directed by Thallada Saikrishna, is set to captivate audiences. The film's intriguing trailer hints at a thrilling murder mystery, leaving movie lovers eager to uncover what this cinematic gem has in store.
The plot of Mystery movie revolves around a murder that takes place at a farmhouse and the subsequent investigation. Rakesh (played by Thallada Saikrishna) is discovered dead at the farmhouse, setting the stage for a gripping whodunit.CI Basha (Ravi Reddy) takes charge of the investigation, focusing on questioning Rakesh's girlfriend Vedvika Geetha (Swapna Chowdhary), the servant maid, and the watchman.
As the inquiry unfolds, detective Raghav (Venkat Duggireddy), his assistant (Gaddam Naveen), crime journalist Swetha (Sathya Sree), and her cameraman Bujji Chandrakanth Reddy) join the fray.The story unravels the mystery surrounding Rakesh's murder and delves into the connections between forensic expert Sai (Ali) and the senior officer (Suman).
All the actors put in their best efforts to leave an impression on the big screen. However, their relative inexperience and immaturity became evident. Venkat Duggireddy and Gaddam Naveen attempted comedy, while Ravi Reddy aimed to inject seriousness into their roles.
Thallada Krishna delivers an okay performance, and Swapna Chowdhary goes through the motions as his love interest.Sathya Sree and Chandrakanth Reddy fulfill their roles as the crime reporter and cameraman effectively. Tanikella Bharani, Ali, and Suman manage to make their presence felt despite having limited screen time.
Thallada Saikrishna's 'Mystery' attempts to blend crime and comedy, aiming to tickle the audience's funny bone. Right from the outset, it's evident that Saikrishna's intention is to elicit laughter. However, despite his efforts, the entire first half spirals into absurdity, leaving viewers perplexed about the story's direction.The narrative proves to be exceptionally weak, and both the screenplay and direction fail to inspire confidence.
The first half becomes an endurance test, with irritating scenes and lackluster comedy, but the second half shows some improvement as the director finally focuses on the story.The climax wraps up in a predictable and formulaic manner, offering some relief after enduring relentless torment. The editing leaves much to be desired and could have easily trimmed the entire first half.
Raman Thava's music is decent, and Pawan's background music is average. Cinematography by Sudhakar Bartle is passable. The dialogues come across as trivial, and the production values fall below expectations.
In the grand scheme of things, 'Mystery' sadly falls short of expectations. Thallada Saikrishna's efforts in storytelling, screenplay, and direction have not left a significant mark. Despite his passion, it appears he might have benefitted from refining the script and story before embarking on this project. Taking all these aspects into account, Cinejosh gives 'Mystery' a rating of 1.