Verdict: A perfect launch pad for Akash and Neha!
Mehbooba marks the launch of Akash Puri and Neha Shetty as the leads in a Telugu film. Set against the backdrop of 1971 India-Pak war, the teasers and theatrical trailer left an impact and has raised the expectations manifold. Written and directed by Puri Jagannadh, the music and background score has been rendered by Sandeep Chowta and Cinematography is handled by Vishnu Sarma. Apart from the lead pair, we have Vishnu Reddy, Sayaji Shinde, Ashwini Kaleskar and Murli Sharma in prominent roles. With maverick producer Dil Raju joining the team, Mehbooba got a booster before its release. Let’s see what is in store for viewers watching Mehbooba.
What’s Mehbooba About:
Roshan (Akash Puri) is an engineering graduate based out of Hyderabad and his goal is to join the Indian Army. Afreen (Neha Shetty) is a girl from Lahore who comes to Hyderabad to pursue her higher studies. They often recall their past life in dreams. Roshan saves Afreen from a gang of ruffians who try to kidnap her. Roshan and his friends decide to go to the Himalayas while Afreen’s parents call her back to Lahore. They happen to meet each other on a train to Delhi before they part ways to reach their individual destinations and eventually start liking each other. Roshan falls in an ice pit and makes a disturbing and a horrific discovery. The film then unfolds its engaging story.
Quite contrary to Puri Jagannadh’s earlier movies, the male lead in Mehbooba is shown to be a disciplined person and Akash has portrayed his character with ease. He is definitely a good performer with good diction. Neha makes an impressive debut and looks apt in her role as Afreen. Sayaji Shinde as Roshan’s father is good. The rest of the characters are adequate. Stunning visuals and background score are the major highlights of Mehbooba. Puri Jagannadh’s contemporary style of film-making keeps you engrossed. The production values are grand and most of the scenes that are shot in real locations are picturesque and excellent. The editing is crisp.
What Could Have Been Better:
The screenplay is a little loose at places however, the film does not have any boring moments.
Why You Should Watch:
Watch Mehbooba for its social message on national integrity and the beautiful chemistry between the lead pair.
– By Srilakshmi M.