March 18, 2011 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Ram Gopal Varma's popularity graph stoops to such a level that if three films release on a Friday and you are asked to choose one as the last to be viewed it would be his creation - Dongala Mutha. Shifting attention of the film crazy public from his disastrous KSD Appalaraju, he immediately announced a film to be shot in five days with dirt cheap budget and a few generous artistes.
The visuals are jerky, difficult for the eye yet it's a technical achievement for the director and Telugu cinema; but for the common man, it is a big loss, this means nothing but a criminal waste of money. Except for the people in the industry and people passionate about film technology, the rest care two hoots if the film has been shot with a still cam or cell cam.
Treated to the same kind of running and chasing, the movie with a wafer-thin plot capable of winding up in twenty minutes to half an hour is stretched to give it a decent run time. Everytime RGV tries to instill fear, the intensity and impact on the audience decreases. The actors play to the galleries, dialogues are so pedestrian which run a risk of being termed as the in-thing. Charmi's Telugu is as fake as Lakshmi Prasanna's accent.
In Appalaraju one thought the lewd song a spoof on Sridevi's thunder thighs was necessary for the story, it only revealed the director's perversion which extended to Dongala Mutha as well. Charmi allows her body, derriere and all to do the in your face talking. She is sure to get a half dozen offers more by moving that butt. Nudity they say is far more acceptable than pseudo and C grade cheap technical execution.
Dongala Mutha offers vicarious and subversive pleasure to the filmmakers and allows them once more to take the gullible film aficionados for another ride. Story yes there is but it is overshadowed by the cannon and a bunch of easily available artistes who struggle to express. Another extra word is wastage of space.