Jai is happy go lucky guy who wants a relationship with Manasa (Richa). But Manasa has a background which she doesnâ€™t like and runs away. Meanwhile Jai befriends Poorna (Subbaraju) and through him he finds a place in his village. Later Manasa is revealed to be Poorna’s sister. Why Jai goes to Poornaâ€™s house. What is actual reason behind his act forms the rest of the plot.
Prabhas looks very cool. His costumes are the best so far in his career. Coming to the performance he tries to show a cool act by using some funny English words. At times it looked like he was trying too hard. He was superb in action sequences and during emotional scenes he performed well. Dances are alright.
Anushka comes during the flashback and she looked gorgeous in the film in village-belle attire. Although she has less screen time she was very effective. Especially in the song idedo bagunde she was lovely.
Richa had more screen time comparatively but on the performance level. She didnâ€™t create much impact there was nothing memorable in her act.
Satya Raj acted with restraint. He was effective in a role given to him. Nadiya appeared in a short role, her presence was good.
Subbaraju, Nagineedu and Supreeth did what they do usually.
Brahmanandam was used effectively in the first half. Although he didnâ€™t provide the humour the director used him through certain situations to evoke humour and this worked well in the first half. The comedian went largely missing in the second half.
Flat Narration During emotional sequences
Debutant director Koratala Siva has chosen a theme that had interesting elements but his predictable screenplay lets him down. The director wants to focus on the change of heart of an individual but the way he goes about doing that is very clichÃ©d and very predictable.
We have seen those scenes before which the director uses to convince us, of the change in the heart hence we don’t feel the exact emotion that the director had intended to. Even the routine acting adds to the predictability.
The first half of the film focuses on this predictable aspect of the film hence it appears to be a downer. In contrast the second half besides the predictability, the flash back episode is enjoyable. The climax however a big let-down, it looks too preachy and unconvincing.
One feels, if preaching was all that required to change them he could have done a lot earlier.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is good. BGM is alright and it could have been lot better. Editing is jerky at times. Choreography is a mixed bag while two songs are good others disappoint. Production values are good. Cinematography is excellent, it gives the film a rich look.
Bottom-line: Mirchi Is Only Half Spicy