Dongala Mutha has grabbed prime space in the media for being shot in just five days and paractically no remuneration to the cast and crew. However, the film has not much in its content to keep the audience interested throughout.
Sudheer (Ravi Teja) and his wife Rani (Charmee) go to a dunky highway resort after their car breaks down suddenly. They check into the resort where the only staff (Subbaraju, Supreet and Brahmaji) behave in a strange manner. Sudheer and Rani find their stay uncomfortable but they have no alternative. Suddenly, they find out that a businessman (Brahmanandam) a victim of kidnap by goons of Don Munna Bhai (Prakash Raj) is also in the resort. The same gang detain Sudheer and Rani and there is no escape for them. In a typical twist of events, the menacing couple of Shiva (Lakshmi Manchu) and Richard (Sunil) land up there. The rest of the story deals with unravelling the mysteries of the resort and the kidnap plot.
In this experimental film, Ravi Teja does well without his usual brashnessness. Charmee is sweet and charming. Subba Raju is good. Supreet and Brahmaji are easy with their roles. Sunil, Prakash Raj and Brahmanandam are as usual in their cameos. Lakshmi Manchu is breezy. All others go through their motions.
The film is a suspense thriller but the content is insufficient to keep the narration interesting. The characters are introduced in a typical manner but the unravelling of the mystery lacks conviction. The dialogues are ok. The background music is apt. The cinematography is very good and the 5-camera shoot turns out to be saving grace. The sharpness of editing is evident. Generally the film is technically sound.
Dongala Mutha, as an experimental film, is interesting. Had Ram Gopal Varma taken some more precautions to keep the sroryline more interesting with more twists in the plot, the film would have been a reasonable success.
The Cast and Crew
Ravi Teja, Charmee, Prakash Raj, Lakshmi Manchu, Subbaraju, Sunil, Supreet, Brahmanandam, Brahmaji, Satya Prakash and Others
Music : Sathyam (theme song)
Background Score : Amar Mohile
Cinematography : FX School and VFX
Producer: Kiran Kumar Koneru
Banner : Shreya Productions
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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