Samudra`s "Mallepoorvu" comes as a surprise package
for many reasons. The director, known to have made many commercial potboilers
earlier, has handled this film in a refreshing manner. But it has too many
twists and turns in its narration to sustain the audience`s attention.
"Mallepoovu" may remind viewers of an earlier film of Late Shobhan
Babu with the same title, but emotions and twists portrayed in this new film are
quite different. The film is contemporary too as the story touches the terrorist
angle without confusing the audience.
Samudra has roped in Bhumika for an important role and has written a screenplay
that revolves around her. And the actress lives up to everyone`s expectations.
In times when women-oriented movies are few, it is nice see a film that centres
around a woman protagonist.
The first half of "Mallepoovu" moves at a fast pace. Though the comedy
track of Venu Madhav turns out to be a weak point, the screen play has many
Ilayaraja`s music is another high point with the music maestro giving an
excellent background score as well. The songs have been well shot too.
The story is about the love affair between a construction worker and a girl he
accidentally meets at the work site.
Koti (Murali) is a daily wage labourer who has a dream to migrate to Dubai.
Then, Malleshari (Bhoomika), disguised as a man, joins the construction site.
But Koti finds out that she is actually a woman and subsequently falls in love
But before he can express his feelings, a police team is after Malli for certain
reasons and the element of suspense builds up.
Bhumika Chawla plays this de-glamourised role sans make up with perfection and
she is the real asset of the film. Newcomer Muralikrishna carries off his role
with ease too.
While Samudra, who essays an important role in the film, proves he can act too,
Venu Madhav`s comedy sequences become monotonous.
Coming to the negative points of the film, the editing work leaves a lot to be
desired and the dialogues are not all that effective.
"Mallepoovu" can be watched for Bhumika`s performance and Ilayaraja`s