Hired husband theme of `Mithrudu` fails to impress (IANS Film Review)
Late N.T. Rama Rao`s son Bala Krishna`s hopes of reviving his
sagging career take yet another nose-dive in "Mithrudu" (friend).
It is a rehash of several Hindi and Telugu films of a `hired` husband who wins his shrew of a wife.
The only difference in this one is that both male and female protagonists are projected as superstitious people wallowing in self-pity and nutty enough to be foxed by amateurish chisellers.
Bala Krishna plays a depressed Malaysia-based Indian Aditya attempting to rescue a lovelorn gullible damsel Indu (Priya Mani) smitten by puppy love towards a shady NGO operator Madhu (Deepak) who pretends to be handicapped.
Indu postpones her marriage upon being told by a soothsayer that she would be widowed within a month and marries a stand-in Aditya who actually ends up falling in love with her.
The rest of the gooey melodrama is totally unconvincing.
Sans his wisecracking one-liners and bone-crunching stunts, Bala Krishna looks lost.
The limp storyline, listless cinematography and Sharma`s apology for music do not help either.