Nagarjuna Akkineni is a star who tries to keep abreast with the current trends. His choice of films recently display his penchant to be contemporary. A relatively young director like Rahul Ravindran is being promoted with Nagarjuna’s comedy drama Manmadhudu 2.
The movie is extensively made in a foreign locale, considering the theme with which Rahul deals. Manmadhudu 2 is a take on the eccentricities of a globalized generation. It is an unofficial remake of the French comedy I Do.
Cast: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Rakul Preet Singh, Lakshmi and Vennela Kishore
Director: Rahul Ravindran
Music: Chaitan Bharadwaj
Camera: M. Sukumar
Sambasiva Rao (Nagarjuna Akkineni) is a resident of Portugal. He becomes a casanova at a young age, after his marriage fails. Now, he is a middle aged man in his forties. He only wants to be a philanderer and decides to never marry again. His extended family, including his mother (Lakshmi,) pester him to get married soon. Does he relent to their pleas? Does he escape the marriage proposals by pretending he has a girlfriend (Rakul Preet Singh,) to whom he pays a lump sum of money?
First of all, Manmadhudu 2 is a Nagarjuna show, right from the start. In the scenes where he interacts with his family and friends, he does well with his comic timing. The film lacks a gripping screenplay, with various comic genres like satire, slapstick and deadpan humor amalgamating in the second half. Most of the supporting cast, including legends Lakshmi, Rao Ramesh and Vennela Kishore, play their parts, as required.
The clear winner, if any in Manmadhudu 2, is Rakul Preet Singh. As a girl hired by Nagarjuna, in the role of Avanthika, Rakul displays the westernized ethos of an independent girl well.
Apart from the main performances, the cinematography of M. Sukumar impresses with the Portugal shots.
For the ardent fans of Nagarjuna, Manmadhudu 2 is a film to be included in their must watch list.