Starring: Ali, Mouryani, Naresh, Pavithra Lokesh, Manju Bhargavi, Manu, Tanikella Bharani, L B Sriram & others.
Director: Kiran SriPuram
Producers: Alibaba, Konathala Mohan & Sri Charan
Music Director: Rakesh Pazhedam, Bhaskar Patla
Senior comedian Ali, a veteran of nearly 1,000 films has turned producer for the first time and produced the ‘Andaru Bagundali Andulo Nenu Undali’ movie. Instead of going for a theatrical release, he opted for a directed OTT release for this movie. The movie is an official remake of the Malayalam movie ‘Vikruthi’ which had Suraj Venjaram and Soubin Shahir in the lead roles. Let’s how the Telugu version fares.
Srinivasa Rao (Naresh) is a disabled middle-class man who cannot speak. Despite his disability and meager earnings, he leads a happy and simple life with his kids and is all set to get a government job. The next character Sameer (Ali) is a Saudi return crazy guy who is addicted to social media. He has the weakness to post anything and everything on social media without even thinking of its consequences. One fine day, during his train journey, he sees Srinivasa Rao sleeping on a local train in a funny manner. He posts this on social media and the picture goes viral in no time. Srinivasa Rao becomes a laughingstock and even loses his job and also respect in society. A deeply upset Srinivasa Rao files a case and cops go on a hunt for Sameer. Will the cops nab Sameer and teach him a lesson? That forms the story.
Made on a shoestring budget, the makers have set up the entire story in Hyderabad and the casting is also good.
Naresh who is quite busy these days with character roles has donned another character this time. He gave his best as a mute man who lands in all sorts of troubles. His acting in a desperate and helpless situation is worth appreciating.
Ali plays the main hero after a long time and he is at his best. Ali’s comedy timing is also neat, and he got to play a character who he gets scared of a lot in the film and Ali showcases this in a good way. The last half hour of the movie is quite engaging and emotionally touching.
The biggest drawback of the movie is it takes forever to enter the main plot. Though there’s no necessity for the songs, the makers have forcibly included the songs which became stop breakers in the movie.
The supporting cast is not great. Unlike the original version, the Telugu version is too long and unwanted silly comedy scenes test the patience of the audience.
On the whole, ‘Andaru Bagundali Andulo Nenu Undali’ is an okay watch as it’s on OTT. But, when compared to the Malayalam version, this remake is not that impressive and impactful.