Jio Rockers Kulu Manali – Torturous flick
Vimala Raman, Archana(Veda) , Shashank, Krishnudu and others team up for this so called murder mystery and the movie has been directed by Satish Vegesna. Boppana Chandrasekhar has produced this film and music has been scored by Srivasanth. Kulu Manali released today across Andhra Pradesh, so let us see how the film is.
Krishnudu, Rishi (Shashank) and their gang of friends head to Kulu Manali to have some fun. But their trip soon turns into a journey of horror as a mysterious masked and hooded killer starts hunting them one by one. They are frightened and decide to seek the help of Inspector Pravallika (Vimala Raman) and a local guide Harsha (Harsha Vardhan).
They soon realise that the killer has a motive behind the attacks and they set about trying to find that out. Meanwhile, time is running out as the killer succeeds in killing off the friends one by one. Pravallika also discovers that the friends have a dark past. Will the killer be found in time? What is the dark secret shared by the friends? That forms the rest of the story.
Plus Points :
Vimala Raman and Archana look decent in their roles. If you can overlook her bad characterization (more on this later), Vimala Raman actually dances and fights well. Same goes for Archana. She is a natural hottie and it is sad to see them play these kind of flicks. Shashank is good but he has nothing much to do. Harsha Vardhan and Vinay Mohan are ok and they manage to bring about the rare laugh from the audience.
Minus Points :
This is the perfect example of a torturous flick. The story is a blatant lift of so many Hollywood films that it is difficult to keep track. The screenplay is atrocious, the etching of the characters is terrible and there are moon sized craters in the script.
The narration is very bad and the placement of the songs should have been thought about. The ‘suspense’ elements actually turn out to be comical and will leave you scratching your head. The movie keeps meandering aimlessly in the second half and some sharp editing here would have helped.
There is no proper conviction in the way the ‘revenge’ angle was established. In short, this is everything a movie should not be.
Technical Aspects :
Cinematography is alright and background music is just about ok in places. Editing could have been a lot better, especially in the second half. There is nothing much to write home about in the dialogues department. Production values are average.
Kulu Manali is a film which can safely and securely be avoided. There is absolutely nothing in it for anyone. If you are a fan of Vimala Raman and Archana, you will have more fun browsing for their photographs online than watching them in this mess.
Legend: 5 – Flawless
4 – Must Watch
3 – One Time Watch
2 – Wait for the DVD
1 – Stay Away