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Mandahasa: A ghostly love story

9/2/2013 9:30:50 AM

This week release Mandahasa  may seem like a triangular love story with Rakesh Adiga and Chethan playing the male leads and Nikki Das being the solo heroine. It's a love story for sure, but not a triangle.

The story goes like this: The film starts off with Aditya (Rakesh Adiga) going to his grandfather’s resort for a holiday. There he happens to meet Rohan (Chethan) who is working as a dance instructor in the resort. Rohan tells Aditya about his love story with Anjali (Nikki) who had come for holidays earlier. Rohan says that just when he was about to get engaged to Anjali, he was killed in an accident. Aditya is shocked to hear and see that Rohan is a ghost who is visible only to him. What happens next forms the crux of the film.
Mandahasa  may have different story line compared to other love stories of the season, but it's a hard to believe tale. The film has been narrated in a serious and boring way and there are no entertaining elements either. So, the film falls flat and the audience loses interest the moment they learn that Rohan is indeed a ghost.

Besides poor narration, the film is hampered by poor performances. The trio of Rakesh Adiga, Nikki Das and Chethan have a long way to go in terms of acting. Srinath and Vijayasarathy have given adequate support and Mitra, as the resort chef,  has given a memorable performance, particularly in the second half.

If not for Veer Samarth’s music and Santhosh Rai Pathaje’s cinematography, the film would have been even more boring. Veer Samarth has given some melodious songs. But their work goes unnoticed because of a poor and boring screenplay.

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