Mithrudu is a hotchpotch mixture intended to be a mass masala movie but then falls short even by the average mainstream cinema standards.
The story is set in Malaysia, where Indu (Priyamani) has fallen in love with Madhu (Deepak), a handicapped do-gooder. An astrologer tells her that if she marries Madhu he will die within a few days of the marriage because of a horoscopic flaw.
Indu eyes a loner Aditya (Balakrishna) who appears to be not scared of death. They both marry and come to India, where Indu wants Aditya to meet her father Sai Krishna (Ranganath), an industrialist.
After a couple of twists and turns, the hero emerges into the known mould and the mask of the villain taken off.
Balakrishna looks lackluster in his role and even devoid of any enthusiasm. Priyamani delivers her part well. Deepak scores as a villain and is effective. Brahmanandam does not tickle any rib. Ranganath and others go through their motions.
The main culprit is the story written by Vijayendra Prasad which is hackneyed and utterly predictable from the word go. The director on debut, Mahadev is squeezed in between a weak story and not up to the mark camera work and editing. The music is loud and unclear. The dialogues lack punch and the comedy scenes are bereft of timing.
Mithrudu is not worth a glimpse unless you are a hard core Balakrisna fan.
The Cast and Crew
Balakrishna, Priyamani, Deepak, Ranganath, Balayya, Brahamanandam, Pradeep Rawat, Krishna Baghavan, and others
Story: V Vijayendra Prasad
Dialogues: M Rathnam
Editing: Kola Bhaskar
Art: Anand Sai
Styling: Rama Rajamouli
Action: Ram – Lakshman
Produced by: Shivalenka Krishna Prasad
Screenplay and directed by: Mahadev
2 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar