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Oo Kodathara Ulikki Padathara Review

Oo Kodathara Ulikki Padathara
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Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
In our films, "socio-fantasy" only means ancient weapons. And, of course, heavier designer sarees and sherwanis all around.

Oo Kodathara Ulikki Padathara, the latest handiwork of the Manchu siblings (Lakshmi Prasanna and Manoj don't just act in UKUP - the former produced the film, and the latter is credited with having directed the stunts), has one foot in convention and one in novelty. The result is, understandably, clumsy. And a lot like the first bite of a plate of dry upma made with not enough ghee - you don't quite know what to make of it.

An attempt to marry Chandramukhi and Arundhati, UKUP only seems like an amateurishly put together play.

It's not entirely bad, for the film does have an element of melodrama, and a fairly interesting premise. A tough-looking biker dude (Manchu Manoj, whose character doesn't seem to have a name) arrives at an ancient palace known as the Gandharva Mahal, seeking to be a boarder there. In fact, having rented out the dilapidated mansion to a bunch of tenants (many of whom don't even pay the rents), Gandharva Mahal's noble and gentle owner Rayudu (Prabhu) and his family (Deeksha Seth and others) live in its outhouse.

Rayudu wants to get his daughter (not Deeksha Seth - the other one) married, and a seemingly fine match comes along. However, the prospective groom's family demands a hefty dowry - Gandharva Mahal.

What follows is a series of violent events involving the ghost of the great Narasimha Rayudu (Nandamuri Balakrishna). Evidently, the palace has a past, and so does the biker, who has by now won the confidence of Rayudu and his folks. Meanwhile, Lakshmi Manchu lurks around, dressed as a tramp who appears once in a while and stares forlornly at the palace.

UKUP displays creativity in ideas and poverty in execution. The makers try to lace with modernity and slickness what could have been a run-of-the-mill story, but this is an attempt evident more in the music than in anything else. There's also a lot of graphic violence all over the place. For example, the first song in the movie, which is basically Manoj's fictionalized version (that he uses to scare some people - look, we don't have time for this) of his past as an ax-murderer, is stylish but hard to watch because it has such explicit (and, in hindsight, pointless) gore.

A bit of comedy, and the filmi drama keeps you engaged, but you lose interest in the proceedings once you get the general idea of what the flashback was. The villain, Bhupathy, is such a pathetic character - not evil as much as he is stupidly pathetic - that you don't even care about the redemption that will eventually follow.

For Balakrishna, this is perhaps a great path to follow at this stage in his career. He looks sufficiently majestic in roles that require him to set regally atop a throne, smile benevolently at crowds of villagers, walk around like a leader - those that don't necessary require him to speak or pull science-defying stunts. And films like these, in which he doesn't have to prance around with women one-third his age, and yet, gets to spout semi-political dialogues, do a lot of good to his star status.

Manchu Manoj has a lot of enthusiasm, and seems to also handle stunts well. However, even given his worked-on physique, his acting leaves a lot to be desired. Deeksha Seth has a lackluster role.

Sonu Sood does his usual villain bit, Prabhu exudes grace as always, and Saikumar is dressed funny (why exactly, by the way?). The comedians are quite hilarious to be around. And it's high time Lakshmi Prasanna started sounding like a Telugammayi.

The music is trendy and foot-tapping, and the visuals and graphic scenes are well-done

UKUP is an ambitious film, but its makers have some way to go before they can make a Chandramukhi. Watch it if you're curious, but don't take the kids.
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varma on 31st Jul 2012, 1:27pm | Permalink
it is a dabba movie. laxmi neevu dayachesi elanti cinemalu thiyaku. neeku, nee brothers ku thelivi ledu.
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Jasmine on 8th Mar 2013, 6:18pm | Permalink
Hello there....
It's a different movie. Thank god! There are some people who really wanna make these kind of hatke movies. Ppl like me have got damn bored seeing the same old stuff movies. Manoj is a hero who gives a damn for formula movies. And lakshmi is totally superb because of the daring steps she takes.
chaitu on 18th Aug 2012, 9:30pm | Permalink
rating lo zero untee zero ichhevadini
ravindra on 16th Aug 2012, 11:58am
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Rahul Reddy on 28th Aug 2012, 6:58pm | Permalink
Re moosukoni nee pani nuvvu choosuko ra...Neeku acting vasthe nuvvu velli cheyyi...And if u don't like the movie Just shut ur A***..Its easy to comment which is free
prithvi on 16th Sep 2012, 5:08pm | Permalink
nak danikanna better acting vachu... kani muvies ante interest ledu... anduke velaledu... nen kuda reddy ne .. reddy vi ayi undi siggu leda a dokku family ni support cheyadaniki... chi waste fellow nuv kuda ne pani chusko,aa laxmi ni support cheste AP lo evar urukoru
prithvi on 16th Sep 2012, 5:05pm | Permalink
whats ur prob? its their ri8 to wite anything abt the movie... even we can speak that sort of disgusting language.. ado daffa movie malli dani support chestu me lanti valu na? pani lekapote vere edina cheyandi elanti movies matram theeyoddu... asal mundu a laxmi ni telugu nerchukomanu
sravanamkiran on 11th Aug 2012, 6:37pm | Permalink
Looking like a different movie ,but now a days people are not accepted this type of cinemas

Anyhow thing is +ve attitude movie
sai on 8th Aug 2012, 7:45pm | Permalink
a good try ...but lakshmi is outstanding
vani on 6th Aug 2012, 4:12pm | Permalink
Namelo unnanta attraction cinemalo ledu.headake.kakapothe chalamandi actorsku chance icharu.
kumar on 5th Aug 2012, 6:50pm | Permalink
chethha movie ra babu velletappudu jandubalm okati koni thisukuvellandi
siva on 1st Aug 2012, 11:19pm | Permalink
chettenakodaklara cinemalu tiyadamey radu.
vivk on 31st Jul 2012, 7:33pm | Permalink
nice mvie ..
varma on 31st Jul 2012, 1:27pm | Permalink
it is a dabba movie. laxmi neevu dayachesi elanti cinemalu thiyaku. neeku, nee brothers ku thelivi ledu.
mahendar on 30th Jul 2012, 6:47am | Permalink
another disspointing movie ,no relation between trailor and the movie
chakri, raipur on 28th Jul 2012, 11:19pm | Permalink
oka manchi pichhi cinema choosina anandam kaligindi. manoj nizam eppudu telusukuntavura babu.. laxmi ki naadi oka bodi salaha.. nee tammullato nuvvu elaa.... chetta .. cinemalu teeste ati twaralo america elladaniki charges kooda vundavu.
hariprasadonline on 28th Jul 2012, 4:47pm | Permalink
Disaster of this year, Except balayya no one did well including all technicians also.
Worst story/screenplay i don't know why they were started this project!
choudary on 28th Jul 2012, 11:45am
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Sreekar on 30th Jul 2012, 9:10pm | Permalink
Please don't allow the post if anyone talking about caste.
purush on 27th Jul 2012, 11:31pm | Permalink
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