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Times of India
Bhaktavatsala Naidu's (Mohan Babu) life is a struggle juggling between his two wives Priyamvada (Ramya Krishna) and Surya Kantham (Meena). But trouble's in the paradise when both their kids fall for each other without knowing they are siblings.
The biggest selling point of this film was that it was a union of sorts of the Allari Mogudu trio - Mohan Babu, Ramyakrishna and Meena. Added to that, the comedy sensation Allari Naresh teaming up with them definitely indicated a laugh riot. Well, that's what we thought too, till we actually saw the film. Because the film proves to be a disappointment not just in terms of story but also in terms of the way it is treated.
Mama Manchu Alludu Kanchu's biggest flaw is that it's outdated to the core. This is the tale of a man Bhaktavatsalam Naidu (Mohan Babu) juggling a confused life between two wives - Priyamvada (Ramya Krishna) and Surya Kantham (Meena) who aren't aware of each other's existence leading to several comical situations. And as a result, actors like Poorna, Varun Sandesh, Ali and even Allari Naresh are reduced to sidekicks who either aggravate his confusion or just help him through it.
If you remember Allari Mogudu where Meena was the traditional village girl while Ramya Krishna was the stylish city girl, then their characters are etched the same way here too. Well, the story might be old-fashioned but treating it right could have worked wonders for the film which suffers from old worldly music and a melodramatic background score just enhancing that effect.
The film has its weird yet effective moment in the form of Mohan Babu's son Gautham (Varun Sandesh) and daughter Shruti (Poorna), each a child of one of his wives, planning a date of sorts without knowing that they actually are siblings. And here's where Bhaktavatsalam Naidu takes help from Ismail (Ali) and Balaraju (Allari Naresh) to avoid complications. But here's where a twist is in store. But no surprise or twist in this film manages to hold you because the narration is dead slow, and the conflict of interest doesn't seem strong enough.
For a comedy, this film is pretty flat with very few one-liners that are funny. Even though they try too hard to make us laugh, it just doesn't work. Even a misplaced, tacky item number helps in no way whatsoever.
The likes of Ramya Krishna and Meena along with the performer Mohan Babu are wasted in a film like this which doesn't bring out what they are capable of. It's actually unfortunate to see them team up after so long for a film like this which so badly wants to be funny that it miserably fails.
While Ali's womanizer act is just way too over the top, reaching a level of cheesiness, Allari Naresh is sadly left in the sidelines and doesn't get to show what he is capable of. Poorna and Varun Sandesh are probably the only ones whose appearances that add value to this affair.
The film has a great cast but suffers in the hands of an incompetent storyline and a incoherent story-telling technique. The film proves to be no fun at all.