What’s it about?
Siddhu (Siddhu Jonnalagadda) gathers the courage to propose to his classmate Vineetha Venugopal (Seerat Kapoor) in the classroom after trying for two and half years and thinking about how to tell her for nearly six months. Once she does agree to his proposal, they head to Goa for her brother’s pre-wedding shoot.
One night in Goa, they tie the knots in an inebriated state, which is recorded by their friends. The drunken wedding ceremony goes viral, ruining their lives and their near and dear ones. What happens next is the rest of the drama.
‘Maa Vintha Gaadha Vinuma’ is a rom-com that revolves around a viral video. A character in the film says, “we are living in the age of the internet. Our entire life is an open book.” The film is all about the repercussions of an innocuous private moment going viral.
This description may give a picture that the writer and director have chosen a modern plotline. Well, they have chosen a satin-thin plot and tried to narrate for 101 minutes filled with regular rom-com sequences, college scenes.
The director faltered right from the beginning. The film begins with the hero (Siddhu) narrating his “break-up” story to a police officer, much as Sharwanand did in “Padi Padi Leche Manasu”. At the stroke of the mid-point, the film comes to a viral video episode. And after 15 minutes, the hero narrates again what happened after that Goa wedding to the same police officer. This is bizarre. No wonder that the film is titled ‘Maa Vintha Gaadha Vinuma’ (Our Weird Story).
Why should a youngster need to tell his love story to a police officer, and why does he listen to him? Simple: the director must have felt it as a novel idea. Or they must have realized they cannot hold the audience’s interest with the linear structure. Whatever be the reason, the narration is boring, and the film makes a tedious watch.
The 101 minutes give the feel of three hours. It does provide some fun moments but they are few and far between.
The first hour and the college love track is utterly boring. The later hour has the key episode, but it again gets diluted with sluggish narration.
Talking of performances, Siddhu Jonnalagadda has done the regular lover boy’s role. Seerat Kapoor has a limited role even though she’s the heroine. Tanikella Bharani gets more screen space.
Since the release of ‘Pelli Choopulu’, it has become a fashion to use a classical-sounding song in the backdrop, but the music is forgettable. Cinematography is passable. The debutant director has employed several recent viral videos to drive his point, however, the direction is poor.
And what is necessary for a liberal dose of expletives?
Bottom-line: ‘Maa Vintha Gaadha Vinuma’ is hardly funny and riddled with clichéd narration.
Reviewed by Jalapathy Gudelli
Film: Maa Vintha Gaadha Vinuma
Cast: Siddhu Jonnalagadda, Seerat Kapoor, Tanikella Bharani, Pragathi
Music: Sri Charan Pakala, Rohit - Joy
Cinematography: Sai Prakash Ummadisingu
Editor: Vamsi Atluri, Siddhu
Writer & creative producer: Siddhu Jonnalagadda
Directed by: Aditya Mandala
Release date: November 13, 2020
Streaming on: Aha Video