Month of Madhu Movie Review: The heart of Srikanth Nagothi's compelling romantic drama is Swathi and Naveen Chandra.
Month of Madhu Movie Review: The heart of Srikanth Nagothi's compelling romantic drama is Swathi and Naveen Chandra.

Month of Madhu Movie Review: The heart of Srikanth Nagothi’s compelling romantic drama is Swathi and Naveen Chandra.

Month of Madhu Movie Review: The Telugu film “Month of Madhu,” directed by Srikanth Nagothi, examines relationships in all their complexity, helped by the moving performances of Swathi and Naveen Chandra.

Rating: 2.5 Stars!

Starring

Naveen Chandra, Swathi Reddy, Gnaneswari Kandregula, Manjula Ghattamaneni, Shreya Navile, Chembolu.

Director

Srikanth Nagothi

Music Director

Achu Rajamani

Cinematographer:

Rajeev Dharawath

Story

Lekha (Swathi Reddy), who has been married to Madhusudhan Rao (Naveen Chandra) for 20 years, decides to end their relationship. A youngster from an NRI named Madhumitha (Shreya Navile) arrives in Vizag at the same time to attend her cousin’s wedding. She encounters Madhusudhan by chance and probes his personal life. What happens next? Does she strengthen their bond or do more damage? Lekha wants to split up with Madhu, but why? What decision does Lekha finally take? These questions can be answered by seeing the film.

Plus Points

Swathi Reddy, who is known for giving passable performances, once again puts on a spectacular show by convincingly juggling two different stages of her life—as a young girl and as an adult. She does a great job of illustrating the huge emotional contrasts between these two phases.

In his performance as a man dealing with rage issues and ingrained gender stereotypes, Naveen Chandra impresses. His depiction of a troubled drinker is accurate to current events.

The actress who played Madhumitha, Shreya Navile, plays a crucial role in the movie because she fits the stereotype of an NRI who lives life on her own terms and is not constrained by conventional expectations. The rest of the cast gives adequate performances in each of their assigned roles.

Minus Points

The main flaw of the movie is its flimsy plot, which is drawn out across a lengthy 2-hour and 20-minute running period. The power of the key actors’ performances is diminished by weak writing and a disjointed screenplay.

As seen in Month of Madhu, a steady build-up is okay in the beginning but becomes a huge obstacle when continued into the second half.

The presentation by writer-director Srikanth Nagothi is shallow, which makes the narrative struggle to hold the audience’s attention.

Manjula Ghattamaneni and Raja Chembolu are characters that barely register in the movie. Harsha Chemudu’s comedic scenes should have been scripted more effectively. The score doesn’t have much of an impact, and the songs from the movie are quickly forgotten.

Final Verdict

Despite the excellent performances by Swathi and Naveen Chandra, Month of Madhu overall gives a bland and uninteresting movie experience. The film’s plodding storyline, weak narrative, and inclusion of pointless scenes in each half drag it down. It could be a good idea to think about other movie possibilities for your weekend amusement.

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