Oka Mansu Movie Review, Telugu Film Oka Manasu Review
Movie: Oka Manasu
Banner: Madhura Entertainments
Cast: Naga Shourya, Niharika Konidela, Rao Ramesh, Srinivas Avasarala, Vennela Kishore, Nagineedu, Pragati, Krishna Bhagavan and others
Music: Sunil Kashyap
Cinematography: Ram Reddy
Editor: Dharmendra Kakarla
Producer: Madhura Sreedhar Reddy, Abhinay, Krishna Bhatta
Story, Screenplay, dialogues and Direction: Rama Raju
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Oka Manasu drew a fair bit of attention prior to its release. A small section of the audience who were impressed by director Rama Raju’s debut film Mallella Theeramlo Sirimalle Poovu were keen to see what he would do next. It also marks the debut of Niharika Konidela, a star daughter. The Telugu film industry has many star sons but star daughters are rare to come by.
Does the film live up to the buzz? Is the film right launch for Niharika? Let’s find out.
Oka Manasu Story
Surya (Naga Shourya) is a son of a local politician and he beats up people for wrong doings. A young doctor Sandhya (Niharika) sees him and falls in love with him at first sight. She happens to meet him again and again. He too loves her and they turn lovers in no time.
Surya’s father dreams of making Surya a big politician but Surya lands in a prison for beating up a guy. He gets bail but the case hangs on him. He lands in a situation where he has to leave Sandhya. When Sandhya comes to know his situation that he cannot live with her, what would she do?
Oka Manasu Movie Review, Script analysis, Star performances
A clean and matured love story, Oka Manasu runs on a concept very different from your run of the mill love stories. However, the narration is extremely (read painfully) slow. In addition to the slow narration, Director Ramaraju can also be attributed with presenting each frame as a piece of art – soulless piece of art. The beauty of Vizag and Araku is well captured by the cameraman.
Given fact that 90% of the movie is conversation between the lead pair, the dialogues should have been more effective to make the scenes engaging. But, that’s not the case. Dry and ineffective dialogues lend to the negative aspect of the movie. The first half is pathetically slow, things get a little better halfway into the second half (this is where Surya makes his decision). The movie gets better from here on, ending with a heart touching climax.
The father – son thread between Surya and his father is well executed. The love track is superficial for most of the movie, gains a bit of substance towards the end at which point it is too late to salvage the movie. Shourya is perfect for the role as an obedient son and an adoring lover. Debutante Niharika has done a good job. Actress Pragathi who played the role of Niharika’s mom in the movie need special mention. Her over action, extremely bad diction in a couple of scenes is just horrendous. Her future directors should make sure they keep her in check without going overboard. Complete lack of entertainment quotient in the movie with just a single comedy scene for Vennela Kishore. Avasarala Srinivas played regular character – not a comedy one. Rao Ramesh excelled as usual.
Slow non substantial first half and a slightly engaging second half, make the Box Office prospects for Oka Manasu bleak.