Semi-baked tasteless thriller
1.75 / 5
2 hours and 15 minutes, ‘U / A’ certified
What is the movie about?
Arjun and Anu come from extremely poor backgrounds. Their parents are idealistic and believe only in good values. Seeing the hardships they face, Arjun and Anu decide to make a lot of money. How do they do it by defrauding the Americans? What is the scam? What happens in the end, is what the movie is about?
How are Manchu Vishnu’s achievements?
Manchu Vishnu also returns to the big screen after a long hiatus with Mosagallu. The character in the movie is right up his alley, and he plays it well. There is a unique combination of vulnerability and arrogance in Vishnu, rarely used in the same movie. It is present in Mosagallu, and it is doing well on both counts. However, the first aspect is a bit easy to convey to the public.
The dialogue display hasn’t changed much, and neither have the close-up expressions, but they get less focus here. The ‘accent’ when speaking English is used well here. Basically, after an interruption, there seems to be a conscious effort to come up with something worthwhile, and it’s fine in that regard.
Directed by Jeffrey Gee Chin?
Jeffrey Gee Chin directs Mosagallu. The story of the movie is said to be based on a real incident involving a massive scam. The film is pretty solid on that front.
With a good story in hand, it’s all about getting it right with a good cast. It’s a mixed bag on those two points as far as Mosagallu is considered.
The film begins by establishing the core theme of happiness versus money. One can buy all the luxuries in the world, but no peaceful sleep and happiness is the point that was mentioned and is the underlying theme of the movie.
The procedure follows a very urban design approach with regard to determining the roles and structure. The whole thing looks way too flashy when nothing really exciting is happening. The first meeting between the characters of Vishnu and Navadeep is an example.
There are many scenes related to the core drama that come across as weak. His emotions seem to be taken from films with a similar setting.
What makes Mosagallu work, in part but at regular intervals, is the scam itself. The whole setup and process of fake IRS and Call Center creates some intrigue. Moreover, the parallel research effort creates little tension.
When both songs are mixed, we get an uneven story. The personal dramas and conflicts between different players are performed in a very exaggerated way. The actors overact and further draw attention to what is already a weak element. Yet they are necessary to create an emotional bond.
The first half is a smooth ride because there is less focus on drama and more on suspense. The second half takes a dramatic turn after a run and it drags on to the end. The investigation will speed up the procedure intermittently, but by then they also start to get repetitive. It gives us a half-baked feeling.
The ending is done neatly with the right message about money versus happiness. However, it is also very predictable for the same reason. However, the last moments are okay and leave an element of tension.
Overall, Mosagallu is an uneven mix of drama and suspense. Both are central to the procedure, but one works in parts, while the other fails in execution. Give Mosagallu a try if you have no idea about the scam and are willing to go without expectations.
Kajal Aggarwal and others?
Kajal has never acted so confidently in her career. Only Sita comes to mind where she shows this kind of attitude and hubris, but that was a disaster of an outing. This is not quite the case here. She’s decent, more or less, and gives a few moments of heartfelt performance at the end of the movie.
Sunil Shetty has played many police roles in his career. Mosagallu is another addition to the list, but it’s worth its time. He gets a good portion that gets noticed and gets a decent response as well. Raja Ravindra also has a good role. It gets better as the movie goes on. Nagineedu is okay.
Navadeep, Naveen Chandra, Harsha and others star in the ensemble, and they’re okay. Everyone gets a pass for acting genuinely interested in the movie.
Music and other departments?
Sam CS’s music is okay. The songs are used as part of the story without any special images. It’s the background score that shines. It’s a bit noisy at times, but overall it works well to improve the quick feel of the procedure. The cinematography could have been better given the size of the movie. The assembly is decent. Few parts have problems with lip sync. The writing feels repetitive, but gets the point.
Weak conflict and drama
Some parts look rushed
Better handling of the conflicting drama to give a high towards the end when the expected happens.
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