Madatha Kaja, a proclaimed comic flick, has an elaborate charade played out a bit too far even to accept or dismiss it as a mere make-believe set up. The film, intended to be a laugh riot, ends up with a few spoofs on hit film scenarios and stars. It does give some moments of laughter here and there.
Kalyan (Naresh) is a loner in Visakhapatnam earning a living as a police informer under the tutelage of one town CI Saikumar (Dharmavarapu Subramanyam). He comes across Swapna (Sneha Ullal) and wins over her heart by playing a charade along with his friend and later telling her the truth.
In Hyderabad, two gangsters KP (Ahuthi Prasad) and JP (Jayaprakash Reddy) are rivals but work for the same don Nanda (Ashish Vidhyarthi) stationed in Bangkok. To unite KP and JP, Nanda wants KP’s daughter Swapna to be married to JP’s son. Ajay (Subba Raju).
KP asks Swapna to come to Hyderabad. Coincidentally, police commissioner (Chalapathi Rao) asks Kalyan to go to Hyderabad to keep tabs on KP, JP and Nanda. Kalyan gets the assistance of a cop (Ali) and drugs Ajay and goes to KP’s house as JP’s son. Ajay is kept in a house with a lady inspector (Maryam Zakaria) masquerading as Swapna. But, Das (Jeeva) and Puli (Raghubabu), henchmen of Nanda, suspect something wrong about Kalyan but can’t figure it out.
Rest of the story deals with how Kalyan outwits KP, JP and Nanda and hand them over to the police without jeopardizing his love to Swapna.
Naresh carries himself as he usually does, but somehow he appears overconfident in his role. His facial expressions and body language did not match while delivering the punch dialogues. Even his imitations of other actors are not that funny.
Sneha Ullal is gorgeous and fills the glamour part of the film. Ahuthi Prasad, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Jayaprakash Reddy, Jeeva and Ashish Vidhyarthi are funny and perform according to the script. Ali, Raghubabu and MS Narayana evoke a few laughs. All others go through their motions.
The entire film is a series of spoofs on top heroes’ films. The charade of Kalyan as the son of JP is ok, but stretching it again to be the son of Nanda is too far fetched and a little cumbersome. The events are too obvious and predictable to be funny.
Dialogues do not add to the comic sense as both events and punch lines are spoofs. The screenplay attracts the attention in the first half but falters in the post interval period. Music is good. The choreography and the single action scene are also conceived as spoofs on top stars and their films. Cinematography is good. Editing and audiography are ok.
Madatha Kaja by contemporary connotation means that some one is very clever in hoodwinking others. But in the film, the hero’s actions are not highly clever but he succeeds because other characters are shown as too dumb and as dimwits.
Even in a make-believe situation, comedy succeeds when the charade appears plausible. The film evokes a few laughs but ends up as a disappointing fare, even by the standards of earlier films of Naresh.
The film is a time-pass filler and can be seen if you have nothing else to do.
The Cast and Crew
Naresh, Sneha Ullal, Ahuthi Prasad, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Jayaprakash Reddy
Producer: KK Radha Mohan
Music Director: Vasant
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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