Verdict: Beautiful stories, awesome narration, wonderful ending!
Chandra Sekhar Yeleti is one Telugu director who doesn’t go with the trend or template-format movies, instead he narrates a story whole-heartedly without mixing any so-called hit formulae. Irrespective of their commercial results, his earlier films Aithe, Anukokunda Oka Roju, Okadunnadu, Prayanam and Sahasam are in a class of their own. When Manamantha was announced with Mohanlal playing the lead character, there was tremendous craze about this project as we know what the Malayalam superstar is capable of. Were they able to repeat the magic of what they’ve been doing throughout their careers with Manamantha? Let’s look into it.
Sairam (Mohanlal) is a middle-class employee at Vijeta supermarket who aims to grow at his job and earn better. Gayatri (Gautami) is like any other Indian housewife who takes care of her family. Though brilliant in academics, she settles down as a housewife. Mahita (Raina Rao) is a little girl who goes all out to help them when in need with whatever she has. Abhiram (Viswant) is a software student who is very intelligent and helps his fellow students by sharing knowledge.
At one point of time, all these four characters go through some incidents that affect their lives. Are they able to emerge from these unscathed? Did these characters have anything in common? To get all these answers, book a ticket for Manamantha this weekend.
There are no words to describe the exceptional abilities of Chandra Sekhar Yeleti in terms of story-telling. He has proved this yet again with Manamantha, and was able to have the audience glued to their seats till the climax. It was fascinating to see Mohanlal in a Telugu movie after a very long time. He has given yet another splendid performance in Manamantha and has also given his own voice for Telugu. This shows his commitment towards movie-making. Though his Telugu dubbing needs more perfection, it is definitely praise-worthy to see him attempting it. It is also refreshing to see Gautami after a long time, and she excelled in her role. Child artist Raina Rao who made her debut with Manamantha is a surprise package and has a bright future ahead. She was wonderful in the character of Mahita and will be remembered for quite a long time to come. Abhiram and Anisha Ambrose were apt in their roles.
Music and background score by Mahesh Shankar is excellent. Cinematography by Rahul Shrivastav could have been better. Dialogues by Ravi Chandra Teja and Yeleti are good. Editing by G.V. Chandrasekhar is crisp.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
After a few minutes, you will feel connected to the story and will forget that you are in a theatre. You will come out of the theatre thinking of the characters. If you cherish that sort of once-in-a-lifetime experience, don’t hesitate to book a ticket for Manamantha.
— By Ajay Mudunuri