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Mangatayaru Tiffin Centre Review

Published: Monday, March 3, 2008, 12:38 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Popular item girl Mumaith Khan had got an opportunity to play an off-beat role in Srikant's film Operation Duryodhana. Though her character is small, she excelled in the role. This had prompted Dasari Narayana Rao to script a story keeping her in view and she got a major role to play in Maisamma IPS. Next followed, Mangatayaru Tiffin Centre, under the direction of Venky. Three producers and one presenter together sponsored the film, with a view to cash in on the sexy image of Mumaith Khan.

Dolly (Mumaith Khan) is a petty thief and pick-pocket. She helps a police constable to save his son's life by bringing Rs 2 lakhs for his heart surgery. Bhadra (Shafi), another pick-pocket helps her in the job after taking promise from Dolly to share the booty. However, Dolly comes to know that her act resulted in the loss of another life. Being good at heart, Dolly decides to stay[an error occurred while processing this directive] in support of his family. She goes to Peravaram in East Godavari district in a village girl's attire with the name 'Mangatayaru'. She claims that she is alone and has come there to open a hotel. The men in the village including Cotton (Pruthvi), a tailor, Bongu Prasad (Surya), an RMP doctor, Raghu (Raghu), a photographer, Gajula Kishtaiah (Lakshmipati), Dorababu (Krishna Bhagawan) besides the village president Nimmagadda Bhanumurthy (Jeeva) are after her, as she is alone. However, she keeps them at distance by saying that her brother-in-law is in jail for hacking the hand of a person, who tried to touch her. As Mangatayaru, she moves close with the family of the person, who died because of her. She tries to help the family in many ways. As all their daughters are grown up, she makes efforts to get them married too. At this juncture, Bhadra enters the scene demanding his share of money. Finding that the men are after her, Bhadra woos them that he would arrange the girl and collects thousands of rupees from all the men and escapes from the scene. As she settles the marriages of all the three girls, the men in a bid to take revenge try to spoil the marriage, which forces Mangatayaru to reveal her flashback. The film ends on a happy note with the women in the village convinced with her revelation and the performance of marriage of three girls.

PLUS: Mumaith Khan performed her role well in the film. Her character is portrayed with different shades as a petty thief, as a kind-hearted girl, as a village lass and finally with oomph in songs and certain scenes. However, when she is in traditional costumes, she totally looks deglamorous. Being an item girl, the songs in the film are choreographed with the necessary sex appeal to attract the mass audiences. The sentiment scene in the climax though unconvincing, is okay.

MINUS: Director Venky, who gave only one hit like Kabaddi Kabaddi and failed in bringing out any good film after that, has made a frantic effort with cheap tricks to attract the masses. He stooped to the level of portraying a soft porn film with wafer-thin storyline. Music director MM Srilekha has once again proved that she is a copy cat because of the poor storyline and the director tried to wove dream sequences with the heroine by lusty men characters in a village.

REMARKS:The presentation of the film is atrocious and beyond imagination. Though the film has been shot on the beautiful locales of Godavari river, the director could have made better use of the scenic beauty instead of resorting to cheap and vulgar comedy. As the storyline is disastrous, the dialogues too are quite awkward. Cinematography by D Prasad Babu is okay. Leave alone family audiences, even the youth or mass audiences can't bear such an ugly comedy on the screen as it has nothing but a soft porn kind movie.

Cast: Mumaith Khan, Shafi, Jeeva, Surya, Pruthvi, Lakshmipati, Suman Shetty, Krishna Bhagawan, MS Narayana, LB Sriram, Ranganath, Ali, Sudha, Apoorva, Ragini, Rajitha and others

Credits: Dialogues – Vegesna Satish, Music – MM Srilekha, Lyrics – Sahiti, Cinematography – D Prasadbabu, Editing – Ramesh, Action – Nandu, Presents – Satish Pawar, Story, Producers –K Paidibabu, Chandana Ramesh and A Gururaj, screenplay and direction – Venky.

Banner: Likhit Arts.

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