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Times of India
Meenakshi (Sanjjanaa) is a modest fisherwoman with a big dream - to marry 'Prince Charming' from Bombay, the land which caught her fancy when she was young. In an attempt to showcase the roller-coaster ride of her life, director Krishnappa weaves a sequence of events where she gets in and out of trouble.
While the first half is all about two fishermen having a slugfest, the second half deals with Meenakshi's fight with reality, after landing in Bombay with her Mr Right.
The plot fails to live up to the title 'Mahanadi', symbolizing the trail of an ill-fated woman. Slow narration and a predictable story fails to pick up pace or showcase any turbulence. Sanjjanaa's exaggerated expressions - wide open eyes in almost all the scenes - make her acting stereotyped.
Less said the better of her 'Prince Charming' Raja (Dileep) as he has little to do in a woman-centric plot. His role restricts him to some dream songs, which are shot wonderfully by Sundaranath Suvarna in scenic locales of Uttara Kannada, and then he vanishes, only to reappear as a helpless hubby. After marrying Raja, Meenakshi quickly understands what's going on in his extended family and the underbelly of Bombay. But by the time she makes him understand, he falls victim to his own ignorance, and is shot in his head.
The performance of Rangayana Raghu, who plays the role of gambler Ningappa, falls flat. The other characters, played by Malathi Sardeshpande, Loknath, Shobharaj and Satyajit are also average. So are the songs composed by Neel. The tagline suggests the movie showcases 'A bold and beautiful woman'. But it ends up showcasing only Meenakshi's latter trait.
Note: Can watch if one is game for a woman-centric story. Beautiful locales of Karwar, Ankola and other parts of Uttara Kannada are a bonus.