Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara is basically the story of Gandharva Mahal which is the inheritance of Rayudu family. All problems start when he marries his sister Jagadamba to Phaneendra Bhupati (Sonu Sood). He does not like Rayudu’s sister and marries her only for the property. He also tries to re marry again. What happens next is what basic storyline of the film is all about.
In the present Manchu Manoj comes as a tenant to the Gandharva Mahal where a lot of tenants now live without paying rent. He vacates them all and builds relationship with the Rayudu’s son (Prabhu). His reason for doing all these and relation to the past of Gandharva Mahal with few twists is the overall story of the film.
Manchu Manoj is present from the first frame to the climax except for the flashback portions. He overacts as usual but this time with such over action he adds lots of craziness initially which is very repulsive. And after all that repulsive stuff that way he concludes it makes one feel cheated. He is good in the second half when toned down.
Nandamuri Balakrishna plays the royal character of Rayudu and he is perfectly apt for that role. He brings certain realism to the role due to his lineage and his entire demeanor makes this part very likable also making it easily the best thing about the film.
Sonu Sood once again shines in a negative role. He makes the evil also look cool with his act. Although a short role he nonetheless makes an impact.
And finally Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna surprises once again in a very very short role. That she remains in people’s memory after the completion of the film should make one realize how good an act she has put up. Her accent though still remains a problem.
Apart the above mentioned cast others who register an impact or are noticeable are Prabhu with subdued fatherly act and Saikumar with his slightly over the top get up and villain act for a small brief part.
Rest, including the heroine, Deeksha Seth, is forgettable.
Flash back portion
Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna’s story arc
All scenes related to Manchu Manoj in the first half
The film had a very good story and set up to deliver a knock out film from all ends. But the good story looses all its focus in the first half courtesy the over the top craziness shown by Manchu Manoj. As said above even that would have been fine if were somehow related to the larger scheme of things but the way it concludes after the first song, one feels like being cheated more so because it was extensively used in the promos.
Rest of the film from the introduction of Nandamuri Balakrishna is fine and it remains fine till the end. But the problem here is the genre of the film which demands a thrilling experience. Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara lacks that thrill despite being finely mounted and made. It had the scope to be that big thrilling entertainment but it misses the mark by miles. Predictability in a thriller would be a worst thing to happen and that’s what happens here.
Newcomer Sekhar Raja has an eye for visuals and is a good storyteller too. It is visible through out the film. But for the genre he has chosen it requires something more than just straight up storytelling. The director has failed in that aspect.
Music by Bobo Sashi was decent on audio but looks out of place with the overall tone of the film. Background music should have been better. Cinematography is very good. Editing is alright. Make up especially for Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna’s character deserves special mention.
Production values are very rich and a special mention must be made for the set designers of Gandharva Mahal. It has been wonderfully designed and especially the present day set with the washed up look after years of teardown has been very meticulously done. Kudos to the art work team for the set doesn’t look tacky.
Despite being well shot and made, the film is boring.