Movie: Mathu Vadalara
Banner: Clap Entertainment
Cast: Sri Simha, Satya, Naresh Agasthya, Atulya Chandra, Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji and others
Music: Kaala Bhairava
Cinematography: Suresh Sarangam
Edit: Karthika Srinivas
fights: Ram-Lakshman, Anbu Arivu
Producer: Chiranjeevi (cherry), Hemalatha
Written and directed by: Ritesh Rana
Publication date: December 25, 2019
The sons of music composer MM Keeravani – Sri Simha and Kaala Bhairava who debut as hero and music director respectively have sparked interest in this film.
Let’s find out its pros and cons.
A delivery boy Babu Mohan (Sri Simha) finds himself in a mess when, on the advice of his friend Yesu Babu (Sathya), he tries to make easy money by cheating his customers. He is caught red-handed in his first trick himself. An old woman falls to the ground.
Believing that she is dead because of his act, he tries to escape from that place. He gets further into trouble when he wakes up to see another corpse lying in front of him.
Whose body is it and how did he land in this flat? How his housemates (Sathya and Naresh Agasthya) help him?
Performances by artists:
Sri Simha, the youngest son of music director Keeravani, is credible in the role of a delivery man in his debut as an actor. But the one who steals the show is comedian Sathya. He brings the house down with his comedic act.
Newcomer Naresh Agasthya as Abhi is doing very well. Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji, Vidyu, Atulya and Pavala Shyamala are ok.
Music director Kaala Bhairava, Keeravani’s eldest son, has come up with background music that takes the atmosphere of this thriller to the next level. This is an impressive debut. Cinematography and artwork have added value.
An exciting first half
Twists and turns
The very beginning of the film gives the impression that it is a film with a trendy set-up, a new age drama. Without taking much time, the new director Ritesh Rana sets up an interesting setup of online delivery tricks.
With a setting of a contemporary song, the lead online delivery man, “Mathu Vadalara” sets the mood quite nicely without much fuss.
As we’ve seen in recent New Age thrillers, “Mathu Vadalara” relies on the trick of holding onto the “real subject” to the very end.
Ritesh Rana told the story with a good dose of humor in the beginning to keep the main story and the twist.
He knows full well that the angle of “Meth Lab” doesn’t make a compelling watch. So he pushed it into the later part of the movie and told the opening parts like a whodunit that slowly pulls us into its world.
The screenplay is smart. With a good dose of comedy throughout, it’s a captivating watch.
The director has not given much indication that the film is actually about the drug trade. Until the break, he leaves us guessing how the main character could have escaped from this apartment, having been thrown into a mess by a death that occurred when he went to deliver a package.
With that red herring, the director takes the film with a gripping narration. The main twist and surprising story happen towards the end of the film.
You wouldn’t expect who the bad guy is. This is good screenplay technique (written by Ritesh and Teja R).
The comedy is generated in the form of Sathya, a hero’s friend. His sharp dialogues make for a good laugh. There’s even a parallel song from a TV series that makes for some comedy. In the ‘never-ending’ TV series called ‘Ori Naa Koduka’, one scene is dragged for days. This is interspersed with the situations of the main character of the film.
Also, the movie starts with a song by Chiranjeevi and the first half ends with a Khaidi scene and ends with another movie by Chiranjeevi. Since the film is set in 2016, the director has effectively used the announcement of PM Modi’s banknote ban on November 8 to spark even more laughter.
The director has managed to deliver a good thriller with a high dose of comedy in most parts, but the last act lacks the effectiveness.
The ‘Meth Lab’ sequences are unnecessarily extended. And the casual attitude of Vennela Kishore’s character is illogical. That’s a major pain point in this crime thriller.
Although the film is set almost entirely in a high-rise apartment complex, the production design and camera work is quite effective.
Despite some issues towards the end of the film, ‘Mathu Vadalara’ is yet another thriller than a young team.
Bottom line: GaMathu!