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Mr. Medhavi
EDITOR RATING
6.0
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Vishwaksen could have been a role model if they didn't choose to reform him. Like we at fullhyd.com always say, alas.

Mr. Medhavi is the story of a man who is blessed with a knack for thinking beyond the first outcome of an action he will perform. Since he visualizes the next outcome and then the next outcome and then the next outcome, his act itself is usually different from that of a normal person in the same situation.

In daily English, that is called plotting. And it is actually not "knack" - it is "will". We can all plot - we are simply too lazy. Sure, Vishwaksen can also find the roots of quadratic equations, and perhaps even draw intersecting parabolae on a co-ordinate plane, but the world has too many of those that can and too few people determined enough to think a few steps beyond the immediate outcome. Somehow, it seems to explain all the misery in the world - and in your life, no?

So you'd think with a knack - will - for that, Vishwaksen would live life the way we all want to: always in control. Unfortunately, he falls in love, and uses his skills to land the girl. Apparently that's wrong. But then remember that this is a movie - in real life, most people do not think of what is right or wrong if it is not obvious in the first outcome of an action they perform. Especially in love. So Viswaksen is still a good enough role model.

But perhaps you want to know more about Viswaksen now.

Mr. Medhavi is the tale of the son of a poor laborer who gets a proper education thanks to a good samaritan village teacher (Tanikella Bharani). While in school, he falls in love with Swetha, a girl from Canada who comes to live and study in his village for a year, and who likes him as much as he does her. He's heart-broken when she leaves, and grows up with the memories.

An extremely smart student, Vishwaksen learns in college that he can use his brains to cleverly plot to help friends in trouble, and even gets money for it that they gratefully give him. This changes him into a person who manipulates others for his benefit, though he causes no nation-wide damage.

He goes on to get an MBA from a local college, but a good job despite that thanks to his scheming. And extremely coincidentally, the daughter of the MD (Suman) is his childhood sweetheart (Genelia), who recognizes him instantly when she returns to India, and turns great pal all over again.

Vishwaksen has to make her fall in love with him, and does what comes best to him - plotting. He thinks he's succeeded, but then in comes Siddharth (Sonu Sood) - good-looking and well-built, an IIT-IIM graduate, articulate and intelligent, quite compassionate, honest and helpful, and in general a great human being. Like we at fullhyd.com always say, alas.

Mr. Medhavi is kind of watchable, but mostly for its first half - it shows a winner always in control, and we all love that. And then you figure out in very little time what the twist in the second half is, whereupon it is mostly going through the motions. And even otherwise, none of us likes to see selfless sacrifice on screen - we want to see people getting what they want and being happy. That's why we go to movies, remember?

Sure, the change in Vishwaksen is what good stories are made of. It's rumored in most religious texts that if you can sacrifice your happiness for that of someone else, you're getting close to somewhere, and whether you'll like the second half or not depends on how conversant you are with that feeling.

Also, at the risk of some spoiler stuff, the script of the second half doesn't come close to what might happen real life - Swetha pulls a stunt that can badly backfire. People see faults in themselves only when they want to, and the truth of the world is that that's a painful wait. Careful planning works only in author-backed movies. And there, that's a welcome hint for you - the film's not a tragedy. It's just gets slower with time.

Raja is evolving - the things he can do are overshadowing the ones he can't. Genelia is, as always, the life-blood of a movie that gives her a substantial role. Sonu Sood has a role and delivers a performance that will perhaps have the women in the audience drooling more over him than Raja, despite rationed screen time.

Mr. Medhavi is worth a watch if you want to believe that it's possible to get your way if you plot well enough. Indeed, Vishwaksen could have been a role model if they didn't choose to reform him. Like we at fullhyd.com always say, alas.
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Mr. Medhavi (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Raja, Genelia, Sonu Sood, Suman, Hema, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, M S Narayana, Brahmanandam, Suman Shetty, Gundu Hanumantha Rao, Tanikella Bharani
  • Director
    Neelakantha
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Tarun on 15th Nov 2012, 4:32pm | Permalink
Stop crying. The movie has a really good message, illustrated really nicely.

I doubt if there is a better film exploring human relationships. He is a role model coz he reformed, everyone makes mistakes and it is important to learn from them. Sonu Sood is a like a mirror put in front of him
ska on 26th May 2008, 11:30am | Permalink
I didnt watch the movie when it was released, honestly due to the average reviews that this movie got.. dont blame anybody for that anyway.. saw it today and felt really nice.. good script.. credible acting.. and the hope to go out and do the right thing may be who knows some one is watching and you will be rewarded someday :-), really pity the reviewer, who is living a life of disappointment, guess he has been cheated once too many. Dont let some cheaters make you change your personality. be hopeful, be positive, you never know .. at least you might not be pink-slipped again.
Umesh K on 12th Feb 2008, 8:10pm | Permalink
too good a movie....!!!
RATING
10
Rakesh M on 8th Feb 2008, 10:36pm | Permalink
total class movie!!!
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10
Sandeep J on 8th Feb 2008, 10:35pm | Permalink
really neat and effctive movie!!
RATING
10
Bharath on 7th Feb 2008, 3:38pm | Permalink
Yes Mr.Pratap,you are right...success of krishna reflects the poor taste of the audience..Mr.Medhavi is a good movie..kudos to Neelakanta!!!
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6
M Kaushik on 4th Feb 2008, 9:51pm | Permalink
I went to the movie after having looked at the 3 n half star rating given by Times. It surely did not live up to my expectations . It was a very boring movie and far from reality. The basic message what the story had was good but the story built around it was pathetic.
RATING
2
Pratap on 4th Feb 2008, 10:30am | Permalink
I dont know whether I liked the movie because I went with such low expectations... but to be honest I liked the movie... not because of the twists or anything but because of the comedy... I have also seen Krishna... and I still dont understand how come people could appreciate Krishna for such vulgar comedy and over the top of the head kinda action scenes and then talk negative about this movie... I did not feel the movie was sooo boooring as everyone is putting it up here...
RATING
8
Sesha on 2nd Feb 2008, 9:55am | Permalink
"Vishwaksen could have been a role model if they didn't choose to reform him" ........ at least the reviewer strikes a chord here. As already brought up in the forum, the film fails miserably on the visual part. The Voice over narration is taken too far into the movie, every scene in the movie (i mean every scene literally) is preceeded by somebody explaining the intricacies involved. But Neelakanta should be commended for coming up with a fresh, original and honest attempt. A twist ending alone cannot save a movie. Same was the case with 'Nandanavanam 120kms'.
RATING
4
Kaushik on 31st Jan 2008, 7:44pm | Permalink
we like any half-good movie these days since it's all relative, and we are starved for anything with a scrpt. this one bores in the 2d half

btw, isn't that the standard lenth of story given out in any review..? what's with the crib?
RATING
4
Phani on 31st Jan 2008, 7:03pm | Permalink
I liked the movie..But, my point here is what kind of a reviewer in this world will give out the story of a film in the holy name of "Review"....

At least you could have added a sentence in the beginning which cautioned us of spoilers..
RATING
6
Kataru Ramesh on 31st Jan 2008, 3:56pm | Permalink
Heavily Boring. A story of autobiography. Direction is very bad.
RATING
2
Reddy Satish on 30th Jan 2008, 9:40pm | Permalink
i believe cinema is a visual medium, if you play the movie on radio i am sure no one will miss out anything. that is how i felt about the film. it is too verbal, very little visual.. where is ths acting.. show dont tell... sad ... it was boaring...
RATING
4
Pnp Reddy on 30th Jan 2008, 2:46pm | Permalink
I liked the movie... I donno who can write a review like this... unless the reviewer likes only movies from the so called mASS category there is no way someone is going to dislike this movie... It is a decent movie with lotz of decent comedy.
RATING
10
Satish Satish on 30th Jan 2008, 12:34pm | Permalink
Movie is watchable. Go watch it. I only wanted to comment on the first review, the 'official' one --- A review is supposed to outline aspects of the movie and not give out the story itself. And, in correct english, 'it' is not 'plotting'. A plot is a one-time event -- sort of; Go to an english teacher and figure out the usage. Manipulative is a word that crosses my mind.
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8
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