March 19, 2011 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Small spats which are seemingly harmless and often endearing during the first flushes of love and marriage expand into major irritations after 24 months. The beauty and romance in marriage these days especially for couple who are in love and rush into a relationship starts disappearing not after the proverbial seven years but a quick two years. Director Pasupuleti Venkata Rama Rao capitalizes on this common problem amongst the youth and shows how priorities for men change soon after wedlock.
Aravind (Navkesh), born and raised in London lives with his wife Shreya (Madhu Shalini). Karalu Miriyalu begins with the couple's arguments over trivia and a series of flashback episodes showing Aravind's drooling act for his lady love before their marriage, how he goes down on his knees and makes promises, calls her an angel but in the next scene he is shown as a busy employee who is always rushing to work and treats his wife like eczema.
The wife on the other hand blinded by ego, displays no inclination towards re-evaluating the relationship and just when the emptiness and tedium begins to show on the pregnant wife, her granny steps in.
The first part of the film is genuinely interesting with scenes straight out of everyone's life but the story meanders with the arrival of the granny. She does bring in life but her role becomes an overdose, especially Aravind dreaming of himself in a school dress and the grand mother proselytizing him, she force feeding him and depriving him of peace and concentration at work.
There are many glitches in the second half of the story and one feels that the twist or the juvenile treatment to the plot by turning the old woman as an atma was unnecessary. Even with her presence the repentance of the couple would have given a complete look to the film.
The USP of Karalu Miriyalu are the dialogues, they are simple, light-hearted and hilarious. Many scenes are designed to regale the kids rather than the adults, and the film revolves primarily around three characters. The lead pair perform well but Navkesh's effort to portray himself as an NRI falls flat. His diction is atrocious and makes a husband into a husbend, village bumpkin into a pumpkin and can't into cont.
Madhu Shalini looks pretty and dishes out a pleasing work, it's a pity that local girls don't get big projects. Navkesh has the spark and is very credible as the angry husband. Songs are boring, all the five appear the same as they have been choreographed in a similar manner and in the same locations. The granny played by Ratna Sagar is a big support to the film.
The last dialogue by Navkesh about most women expecting the qualities of their father in their husband and when their men don't live upto that expectation, the marriage losing it's spark sounds so true. Karalu Miriyalu is an apt title for the small budget film, makes for an entertaining watch provided you don't go in with high expectations.