Manorama is a thriller revolving around a young man who wants trigger a bomb blast and a young woman who has the extraordinary talent of lip-reading.
Gitanjili or Gili (Charmie) arrives in Hyderabad to meet her friends (Lahari and Sridhar) and stays in a flat that is located right opposite Manorama, a popular eatery. Gili picks up her binoculars and starts scanning the people around. She has a rare talent of lip-reading, which is the ability to know from what someone is saying beyond the hearing distance by deciphering the movements of lips.
By a quirk of fate, she finds a young man (Nishan) arriving with a bag and leaving it in the Hotel Manorama. The bag contains a bomb that would blast at a particular time.
Gitanjili wears an attitude of life, while the bomber is obsessed with his mission. The rest of the story deals with what happens to the bomb and the young man and Gili.
Charmi, in an off-beat role, carries herself with aplomb. The debutant Nishan is convincing and promising. Lahari and Sridhar make their presence felt. Dhanush and Pradeep are more than purposeful in their roles. All others are adequate in their roles.
Manorama is a unique story by Padmasri which has an oblique reference to terrorism and the essence of existence. Screenplay and direction by Eshwar Reddy sustain a subtle undercurrent. Jagan’s camerawork is an asset. All other departments are adequate.
This is not an off-beat film, but certainly does not fit into the mainstream masala formula films category. A cine-buff might find areas in the film where a different treatment could have been given, but Manaroma deserves to be seen at least once simply because it is based on an out of the box idea.
The Cast and Crew
Charmee, Nishan, Sridhar Rao, Dhanush, Lahari, Pinky, Srivastav, Ali, MS Narayana, Narsing Yadav and Others.
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh.
Story & Dialogues: Padmasri.
Producer: Zee Motion Pictures.
Director: Eshwar Reddy.
Banner: Zee Motion Pictures
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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