Cast: Mohan Babu, Manchu Vishnu, Manchu Manoj, Raveena Tandon, Hanishka Motwani, Pranitha Shubash, Varun Sandesh
Screenplay: Kona Venkat, Gopi Mohan & BVS Ravi
Music: Achu & Bappa Lahari
Director: SrivasRuntime: 156 Minutes
Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda is directed by Srivas whose last directorial venture Rama Rama Krishna Krishna was a box office washout. Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda is the freemake of Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3 and a sort of Inspired from Ready, Dhee and Denikaina Ready. It has a script that always worked. So Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda in the same league?
Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda is about two bunches of cons who keep getting in each other’s way purposefully creating opportunity for dedicated comedy. It revolves round Naidu (Mohanbabu) and Raveena Tandon erstwhile love affair that they could not bring to marriage. Now, years later they are still not married and still yearn for each other. They have adopted orphan kids (who are no longer kids or anything remotely close) who have no idea they are adopted. These two bunches are blood-thirsty for each other but are thrown into living as siblings after Naidu & Raveen finally get married after decades with the help of Honey (Hansika Motwani). But things take a huge turn around when Suyodhana (Mukesh Rushi) takes away Honey from Bangkok. The drama that ensues is about sorting differences – getting the family together and bring Honey (Hansika) into their family without spilling blood.
It is as if director Srivas did not want to repeat the mistake of the previous one. Yet what the movie loses in Plot, it makes up copiousness with its wealth of punch lines, Manchu Manoj’s female act and situational comedy (Kona Venkat, Gopi Mohan & BVS must be appreciated for this). The film is one long standup comedy programme where more than the story you wait for Punchlines that are to be delivered. Srivas has also interspersed the movie with several references from Gol Maal 3, Dhee and Ready. The movie has an irregular pace and mostly very slow. Except for a few moments, the movie doesn’t manage to hold your attention throughout. Songs just add to the run-time, nothing worth mentioning here. The movie is not about music anyway. Background Music by Chinna elevates the scenes. Dialogues by Kona Venkat are fine. Fights in the film should have been better. Especailly the climax fight is more like spoof of Kung-fu hustle. May be crispier, precise and adept presentation would have worked wonders for PPT.
Coming to performances, Manchu Mohanbabu with his punch liners is delight. He is effective and puts up a wonderful act. Manchu Manoj perfectly fits into the roles of Ajay and Mohini. Especially his lady getup is one of the major assets of the film. Manchu Vishnu lacks in his comic timing and is good only in parts. Varun Sandesh is monotonous. Pranita Shubash is only looks, zero in histrionics. Tanish is okay in his role. Ali does what she always does. Brahmanandam carries the film on his shoulders in the second half. Dasari Narayana Rao is good in his cameo. Rest of the characters support the lead cast in a decent way.
Overall, PPT is worth a watch for Lead performances and its bits of comedy. All said and done, it could have been much better than it actually turned out to be. For a movie that seemed to have tremendous potential and mass appeal, it’s unsatisfying. Watch this if you have no other choice.