August 15, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Once upon a time Puri Jagannath rose from the phoenix to give a super successful Businessman. Basking in the glory and success of his film, he was flooded by movie offers and he didn't know which film he should direct and which is the right story to succeed Businessman. Pondering over it and while eating a banana he was still at the loss of ideas, frustrated he threw the peel and it fell on the ground and not in the trash can. Voila, came the story idea..what if someone ate a banana and throws a peel, a person slips and causes a commotion and then..one point led to the other and it became a story.
By the time he came to the interval point he didn't know what to do. He then thought what if he didn't throw the peel on the ground and put it carefully in the trash can. He just let his imagination run wild and the second part turned out to be a stink of a heap of banana peels lying in the trash for over weeks.
The title Devudu Chesina Manushulu is justified in the prelude. The God and his consort crib that people use their names to instill faith in their fellow beings and carry on with preposterous activities. The director has warned people not to expect too much about his film but then why make it when there is nothing in it?
Puri Jagan is capable of making fabulously entertaining films or equally good at redefining torture. On the Independence Day he releases his film to show how much he exploited his freedom to take people for granted. Devudu Chesina Manushulu is just an exercise in over confidence and complacency. Puri behaves like God and his actors like his puppets. His lack of interest in the project is evident from the first frame to the last.
Characters have their original names or strange names. Subconsciously the characters also reflect his thinking. Ali asking for easy money is like the director praying for easy success. Ileana looks terrible with her hair-do and everyone including the lead stars try hard to put on the act. The last fifteen minutes is a total bankruptcy of ideas for the director.
Raghu Kunche is the saving grace and he did what he could to be in tune with the story. Jagan don't waste the opportunities that knock on your door thrice..Avoid Devudu Chesina Manushulu, any further elaboration of story and analysis is giving credence to rubbish.