Mosagallu Review: A boring, banal thriller

What’s it about?

Anu (Kajal Aggarwal) and Arjun (Manchu Vishnu) come from poor backgrounds. They aim to earn more money. Anu also is going through an abusive relationship. Arjun has an idea to dupe American citizens by posing as IRS members via a call-center and Vijay Reddy (Navdeep) provides the necessary financial support. Arjun and Anu succeed with their ideas but soon law-enforcers in India and the USA are after them. 

Analysis

‘Mosagallu’, directed by Hollywood filmmaker Jeffrey Gee Chin, is said to be based on a real scam (biggest I.T scam in history). The scam or the story would have made an engaging watch had the makers worked on the screenplay or narration. The film is essentially a thriller about two con artists, who are siblings. The filmmakers try to make us believe that the Americans can be duped so simply, without extraordinary tricks.

Whatever the tricks or con games the film had shown must have happened in real life as well, but they appear silly on screen. A subject such as this works only when the tricks are thrilling or narration is riveting. “Mosagallu” fails completely on both counts.

Don’t conclude quickly that these two are the only problems in this film. It has a galore of issues, starting with performances to the direction.

When a low-budgeted comedy caper like “Swamy Raa Raa” had a better technical output and slickness, ‘Mosagallu’, which is touted to be the costliest film in Vishnu’s career, appears as a rushed project.

The plot is simple: we know the siblings will dupe the Americans, police will zero in on them and we can also easily guess the climax. When you have such a predictable template, the makers should have at least borrowed ideas from superior Hollywood thrillers to narrate this. The narration and the direction are amateurish. 

Not a single performance needs to be mentioned. All have done peripheral jobs. 

Bottom-line: ‘Mosagallu’ is an endurance test for audiences. At end of the movie, we feel the makers simply fooled us.

By: Jalapathy Gudelli

Rating: 1.75/5

Film: Mosagallu
Cast: Vishnu Manchu, Kajal Aggarwal, Suniel Shetty, Ruhi Singh 
Cinematography: Sheldon Chau
Action: Stun Siva
Producer: Vishnu Manchu
Directed by: Jeffrey Gee Chin
Release Date: March 19, 2021

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