Mangala is a horror film with the conflict between evil spells and divine forces dominating the proceedings.
Mangala (Charmi) is a popular film actress. When one of her fans (Vijay Sai) wants to greet her, she slaps him thinking that he tried to misbehave with her. The fan tries to commit suicide and is on his death bed. His father (Pradeep Rawat) wants Mangala to come and console his son. She refuses and the fan dies. The enraged father, who is an expert in witchcraft, casts a spell on Mangala and she is doomed to die. The rest of the story is about how Mangala copes with the evil spell. Will she be able to come out of it safely?.
Charmi gives a spirited performance and emotes convincingly. Pradeep Rawat is evil personified. Vijay Sai does well. Subhash, Uttej and Chitram Seenu fit their roles. All others go through their motions.
Osho Tulasiram has a good story but the screenplay has its pitfalls which does not make the narration gripping. Horror cannot be generated by mere camera angles and sound effects. The content is insufficient to sustain the thrill or suspense. Dialogues do not make any impact. Vishwa’s music and background score is good. Cinematography by Dasaradhi Sivendra is scintilating. Editing could have been better. Production values are good.
Mangala is not as gripping as Tulasiram-Charmi earlier film Mantra. But for Charmi’s rivetting performance Mangala has nothing else. The lag in the narration and the lacklustre climax add to the woes of the film.
The Cast and Crew
Charmi, Subhash, Pradeep Rawath, Pavala Shyamala, Uttej, Vijay Sai, Sarika Ramachandra Rao, Chitram Seenu, Saptagiri and others
Cinematography: Dasaradhi Sivendra
Producer: Ch.V. Sharma
Banner: Mantra Entertainments
Director: Osho Tulasiram
2.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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