Malli Malli Movie Review
My Rating: 1.5/5
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Lyrics: Veturi, Ananta Sriram, Ramajogaiah Sastry and Kedarnath
Producer: Dinesh Kumar
Story, screenplay and direction:Raj Aditya
Cast: Skanda, Kalyani, Sachin Khedkar, Venumadav, MS Narayana, Krishna Bhagawan, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Anant, Srinivasa Reddy, Melkote, Apoorva, Master Bharat, Gita Singh and others
Release Date: 21th March 2009
Malli Malli appears to give a message about the futility of committing suicide while facing insurmountable problems, but then the film’s director Raj Adithya did the same as he hanged himself to death in a hotel room yesterday as his film is getting released in theatres.
Satya (Sachin Kedkar) is a rich businessman turned social activist mouthing morals. He has a daughter Madhu (Kalyani) and a son who is a drug addict.
Nandu (Skanda), son of a poor painter, struggles to make both ends meet to support his family. By a quirk of fate Nandu and Madhu get acquainted. Nandu is in awe of Satya and his principles.
Nandu discovers that he is endowed with sixth sense and he has a premonition that Satya is going to be murdered. The rest of the story deals with the fate or otherwise of Satya.
At a time when the elections are round the corner and the students are giving their examinations, an uninteresting subject, with poor narration, could not attract the attention to any of the audiences. Moreover, the film has neither known faces in the lead pair and the director is also not very familiar with the audiences and the banner is also new. In this backdrop, the film’s success would depend only on a perfect story with gripping narration. The director failed in both the subjects and hence the film remained a dud. In fact, this was the reason the film failed to make any business and somehow saw the light with the help of Pratani Ramakrishna Goud.
Though novices the debutant hero and heroine tried their best to prove themselves in the film. Skanda is average and he had the similarities of yesteryears hero Karthik. Heroine Kalyani is average in looks but had no scope to prove her acting capabilities. She tried her best to shake legs with the hero in a couple of duets. Comedy by Srinivasa Reddy, Venumadhav, MS Narayana and Master Bharat is the only solace in the movie. But for the comedy scenes, the film had nothing much to talk about.
Despite gaining experience as director with a senior hero like Sumanth, director Raj Aditya did not put his heart in the subject. Instead of explaining what he had in mind, he experimented the ‘premonition’ technique but miserably failed. The narration is boring and the film had no logic. It is not known how a person could change the future, when he had already foresaw what had happened. This basic mistake proved costly for the film as the entire story was woven around this point. Camera by Sivendra is average, while editing by Marthand might earn him a bad name as most of the scenes were boring and escaped from his sharp scissors. The repetition of some comedy tracks bored the audiences. Re-recording is another biggest draw back. Many dialogues in several scenes went into mute and the audiences raised whistles but to no avail as the operator could not get the audio..
The reel life disaster of the film Malli Malli has been compounded by the real life tragedy of the film’s director committing suicide on the day of the film’s release.
Malli Malli, like it’s protagonist’s premonitions, seem to forebode an inevitable tragedy of its own and its creator.