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Munna
Ravi Mundoli / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Some years back, there was an erroneous story floating around that in Chinese a certain word meant both "danger" and "opportunity". Even though it wasn't interpreted correctly, that two-in-one word is something that the makers of Munna would have probably found useful to describe their predicament.

On the one hand, after 4 hits on the trot, 'Dil' Raju would have to ensure that his latest offering lives up to the expectations leading up to the release. This is never an easy ask - just talk to a bunch of guys who have recently returned from a brief Caribbean holiday. On the other hand, the buzz around Munna ensured that even before the movie released, it had a degree of momentum which could serve it well in the weeks. After all, not too many aficionados will pass up a Raju / Harris Jairaj / Prabhas / Ileana combo offer.

Munna (Prabhas), a kid with no one to look after him, arrives in the city. He grows up in a charitable institution, and gets admitted to college on a scholarship. Throughout this time, we are given to understand that he has a deeply troubled past, which causes him to try and inflict damage on the Kaka group of companies from time to time.

The Kaka (Prakash Raj) in question is a criminal kingpin who has made life hell for everyone around. The honest chief minister Srinivasa Rao (Kota Srinivasa Rao) tries to stop Kaka, but is unable to because Kaka has all the other politicians, policemen and the media either in his pocket, or at the wrong end of his 9mm automatic.

Munna goes about college trying to avoid trouble and Nidhi (Ileana), who is starting to like his style (and possibly his brooding hulk) quite a bit. When he finds out that Kaka's son is studying in the same college, and is a pest to boot, Munna ends up having the inevitable confrontations with him.

When Srinivasa Rao is murdered, Munna finds the evidence which makes Kaka's arrest possible. Kaka instantaneously gets out of custody, but with the help of the respected local chaiwallah Kasim (Tanikella Bharani), Munna embarks on tearing Kaka's life apart. A flashback to his childhood reveals the reason behind Munna's glowering rage. If you want to find out how he hustles things to their inevitable, red-color-laced conclusion, you will have to watch the second half.

In some ways, Munna is like one of those mythical animals you see in temple carvings - part this, part that and part the other, yet with an identity of its own. A smidgen of Shiva, a pinch of Pokiri, and (incredible as it sounds) an ounce of Oedipus Rex, and what have you. Figure that one out.

Prabhas is decent as the smoldering volcano seeking to erupt in stages over the hapless realm of Kaka. At times he appears to consciously or unconsciously model his character after the one and only Pokiri, especially in his dealings with Nidhi. But the Munna character is more outspoken, and he falls just short of hitting the high notes in the more theatrical scenes.

Ileana doesn't have much to do at all unfortunately, beyond falling for Munna gradually and showing up for the songs (and may their tribe increase). Her dubbing isn't so great - whoever did it was a bit too sugary sweet, bordering on insanely annoying. Also, if Ileana is reading this review, may we be so bold as to make a recommendation? As befits the heartthrob of Tollywood, please try and pick up some Telugu so that the lips are in more in sync with the dialogue. That will be the icing on an appealing cake.

The action sequences are pretty slick, but are a bit over the top at times. The slam-dunking of a baddie in the basketball basket, and the Matrix style emission of a dozen goons from the hero's vicinity are a bit too much to stomach. The music by Harris Jairaj registers, but with the exception of the chart-topping Manasa, is not really outstanding. There is a disconcerting feeling that some of the tunes and beats are a bit generic and interchangeable.

The first half of Munna does not venture too far beyond Shiva, and that is its main strength. In the second half there is a bit of lost wandering (especially in a sequence with Kaka's wife and daughter) that could have been avoided, and the ending is a bit hasty and unconvincing.

Munna is perhaps worth a watch for those seeking a testosterone high. Its fate depends less on its own merit and more on the kind of competing attractions at the box office in future weeks.
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  • Cast
    Prabhas, Ileana, Prakash Raj, Rahul Dev, Tanikella Bharani, Venu Madhav, Kota Srinivasa Rao
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    Vamsi Paidipally
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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nithin on 7th Jun 2013, 7:27pm | Permalink
This movie dubbed in malayalam and it was a super hit
Dr.No on 12th Jun 2007, 8:13pm | Permalink
4get about testosterone high n stuff..this is a JUNK MOVIE..please dont waste your time.
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2
S A on 7th May 2007, 1:46am | Permalink
Guyz ! This is the worse movie I have ever seen. Do NOT waste your time or money on this movie. Prabhas when looked for the first time on screen with a New Look, looks very good, however, if everyone have observed, he looks bad with the same kind of body language throughout the movie. Prabhas hardly spoke in the movie, his diolag delivery is in the same style, it looked like I was watching a TV Serial where the camera focusus on a person for a couple of times, listing to those focussing sounds. I am sure, Iliyana's career is over after Aata. She might look good for some, however, she is not a worth actress. Overall A VERY WORSE MOVIE I HAVE SEEN IN THE RECENT PAST.
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2
Sequence Begins on 6th May 2007, 1:40am | Permalink
paapam ok then edo frustration lo unattunnadu; cool avvu guru!
dear ammu neekenduke vaadu sexiest anipinchaadu. em choosi cheptunnav?
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2
Ammu on 4th May 2007, 5:54pm | Permalink
neither i see the movie, in my opinion, prabhas is the sexiest man, the real man in tollywood
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10
Mumbai Mohan on 3rd May 2007, 2:40pm | Permalink
Nenu cinema choodaledu. Naa opinion ayithe Prabhas heroga panikiradu.
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2
Vissu on 3rd May 2007, 2:03pm | Permalink
worst movie
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2
Vijay Prasad on 3rd May 2007, 10:32am | Permalink
Its a total crap...disguised in the name of techno values..nothing fresh to offer
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4
Priyanka Rao on 2nd May 2007, 11:31pm | Permalink
Now Ravi, isnt fullhyderabad.com paying you enough? How much did you take from Dil Raju for writing this review?
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4
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