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Times of India
: Forgetful Lucky (Nani) falls in love with the demure Nandana (Lavanya Tripathi). But she doesn't know he has trouble remembering things and her dad does!
: Maruthi shook off the tag of being a "Boothu cinema specialist" (films loaded with double entendre, for the uninitiated) with Kotha Janta last year. And with Bhale Bhale Magadivoi, he has reinstated that he wants to change not just people's perceptions but also the way he makes films.
Story wise, Bhale Bhale Magadivoi is very simple and straightforward. But it is the entertaining treatment of the tale and clean comedy that accompanies it which makes this film a fun ride. The super forgetful Lucky (Nani) suffers from a peculiar condition because of which he tends to forget what he is doing many times - if he asked you to stay on hold on the phone, don't be surprised if you have to stay on hold till the call gets disconnected because he must have moved on to something else already - falls in love with the pretty, innocent and unassuming Nandana (Lavanya Tripathi). He keeps getting embroiled in hilarious situations thanks to his absent mindedness and that makes this film worth the time. In fact, the girl doesn't even realise his forgetfulness because for a really long time he manages to cover up so tactfully each time he is caught in the act.
In the midst of their story is Nandana's dad (Murli Sharma) who has an idea about Lucky's unlucky 'disability'. So the hide and seek that ensues, results in a sea of histrionics that form a comedy of errors.
With references to movies like Attarintiki Daaredi, Munnabhai MBBS and Basha adding to the fun scenes, it is worth appreciating Maruthi's knack for making comedy work. It is very surprising that there's just one reference to some sexual element - that too it comes and goes so casually that it doesn't come off as offensive. Add to that, his story is very fresh with interesting references to yesteryear songs, and there's laughter that comes to you genuinely. The film is a perfect package with the right blend of comedy, romance, emotions and action.
Maruthi is aptly supported by Nani who excels in his act. Be it his confusion - which many will relate to - or his spontaneity which makes you guffaw more often than not. Why he is called 'natural star' in the film's titles is shown to you with example throughout the movie.
Lavanya as the smitten lover and the loving daughter is a treat to watch. Given clever choices career wise, she has the potential to become a performer who will leave a mark with every performance of hers. It's not just her looks but her grace and simplicity that are her assets. Murli Sharma has a full-fledged performance that is top-notch. However, Ajay looks uncomfortable as the police officer trying to woo Nandana. Naresh and Sitara are in their element too.
The film's soul is its background score which gives every element an upheaval. Gopi Sundar also creates some interesting tunes though some of them are killed by unnecessary placement and odd picturisation.
But then, the film has a glitch in the fact that the hero doesn't make any effort to ease his life (it is the world of technology and one can easily plan things online, set alarms, reminders and what not!). Add to that, the film slowly transitions into a predictable mode towards the climax which is slightly contrived, quick and convenient.
But despite that, this film comes across as a breath of fresh air because it successfully keeps itself away from the regular formula of romantic comedies devoid of the oh-so-overused cliches and is a delight for anyone looking for wholesome entertainment.