Some excerpts from the article published on idlebrain.com
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Who is not a fan of Sirivennela and his beautiful lyrics? I listen to Sirivennela’s lyrics carefully and I remember this line written by him for a song in Eeswar that says – Evari kalalakotaku maharaaju vaaderaa! This is a universal statement that is applicable to everybody starting from a roadside beggar to the world’s richest millionaire. Why I am blurting all this is because I want to conveniently modify Sirivennela’s lyrics and quote my own statement – ‘Evari Kalalakotaki Manmadhudu vaaderaa’. Rani tells me that I am the most handsome guy in this world. Don’t you agree? I am Manmadhudu and Rani is my Rathi Devi. When it comes to Telugu filmdom, who else can justify the title Manmadhudu other than Nag? I saw this film twice already and I could not hold back sharing my ramblings with you guys!
It made news when this film was announced is the combination of Trivikram and Vijaya Bhaskar. The rumor that was splashed at that time was the astronomical amount that is paid to this successful duo. I made my own research and found that director Vijaya Bhaskar is paid a remuneration of 1 crore. A happy Nag was impressed so much with the work that he presented a swanky ship-like car to Vijaya Bhaskar. Dialogue and storywriter Trivikram is paid a fat sum of 70 lakhs. I guess I should become a director like Vijaya Bhaskar when I grow up. But Rani says I should be in the position of Nagarjuna when I grow up so that I could employee people like Vijaya Bhaskar. Women are greedy. What do you say? Or is that why they say, behind every successful man there is a woman?
When I speak about Trivikram, I just can’t resist from commenting on his adeptness in copying scripts and ideas from Hollywood films.
1. The basic point of ‘he hates women’ is inspired by Mel Gibson’s home production ‘What women want’. Hero gets electrocuted in that film there by getting special gift of listening to what women speak to themselves. Here Nagarjuna fixes secret mikes to find out what women are talking.
2. Nagarjuna suffers from Hydrophobia in this film. When he resists crossing a water bridge, heroine Sonali asks Nag to look into her eyes and walk over the bridge. In the climax, the same Nagarjuna jumps into the Godavari river to reach heroine who is taken in a boat to the marriage venue. Both these concepts (hero looking into heroine’s eyes to forget Hydrophobia and the same hero jumping into water for heroine in climax) are ripped off from another foreign flick ‘Four for Venice’.
3. Did you remember ‘Chelia Chelia’ – the last song in this film – where hero travels on a range of vehicles to reach the marriage venue? The same kind of thing was done in a Telugu film earlier titled ‘Holi’ starring Uday Kiran for a song called ‘Priyatama’ Nobody bothers here if you are original or not.
What audience want is whether he/she got entertainment worth his/her ticket price or not. And Trivikram knows it better than anybody. That’s why I remember somebody saying – ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’. When I was watching Manmadhudu film with Rani, she realized at one point that ‘Manmadhudu’ would become a super hit. I felt proud about her instincts and felt really happy that she would assist me the same way when I become a big director in future. I asked her as to what made her think that way. She immediately told that Nagarjuna cried in this film and that all films of Nag in which he cries became blockbusters. These women never change! Sentiment is the best form of ointment for their weird mentalities!! Another point I notice in this film is a red sports car getting out of shape when a drunken Nag jams his car into a big lorry. This scene has similarities with ‘Santosham’ – the heroine dies because of car accident in the flashback.
Coming to the rapport between Trivikram and Vijaya Bhaskar – I have an interesting observation to make. I am told that Trivikram don’t write dialogues just like that. Both these guys (Vijaya Bhaskar and Trivikram) sit in a closed room and the take the roles of two characters and start talking to each other and give repartees and counters. Then they would pick up the best counters and dialogues from the conversation they make. That is the reason why the films made in this combination (Trivikram – Vijaya Bhaskar) would become hilarious comedies. Talking about sentiments, I am told that Vijaya Bhaskar and Trivikram watch the first show (11 am show on release day) of their films in Thirupati and Bheemavaram (Trivikram hometown) respectively.
A talk about glamour in this film. Nagarjuna is looking ravishing with his killer looks. Do you know the secret behind Nag looking extra-glamorous in this film? I am told it is none but the cinematographer Sameer Reddy. It is rumored that Sameer Reddy instructed Nagarjuna to take a 4-hour sleep before the shoot. Sameer used to wake Nagarjuna up an hour before that shoot. When Nagarjuna gets up from a sound sleep, he looks pretty fresh and extra-glamorous. Do you guess what happens when our other top heroes wake up from sleep? Their face looks very chubby (Well, some of them are already extra-chubby. Is it not?)
As Rani is engrossed in looking at the charm of Nagarjuna in three party songs of Manmadhudu, I can’t help deviating my attention to the female dancers at the backdrop.
I am having a good flow today. But Rani is having a bad temper. She does not like me addressing girls (lots of visitors of idlebrain are girls, I heard). I tried explaining Rani that Manmadhudu has only one girl friend – that is Rathi Devi. Would anybody save me from this over-protective Rani?