(all of us)
directed by Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
Mohanlal as Sairam
Gautami as Gayathri
Viswant Duddumpudi as Abhiram
Raina Rao as Mahitha
Anisha Ambrose as Aira
Urvashi as Gayathri's neighbour
Nandamuri Taraka Ratna as Road side painter
Gollapudi Maruti Rao as Gayathri's Professor
Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao as Store Manager
Mohan's Measure ✳ ✳ ✳ ✳
During my many visits to the city, there is nothing that I liked better than hob-nobbing with the middle class of Hyderabad. For among the masses, one discovers the city's charm is in the people - their pulse on the hustle and bustle of city life, and the fact that each one knows that we all gotta depend on each other if we are going to survive it all.
Manamantha, a vignette of the lives of four unique but wonderfully middle class people, is all about this side of the city and its citizens. Good natured, it does at time go over the top, but its plot has a Madeline feel about it which actually makes you relate to the characters and feel good about it.
The closest to charming is the story of Mahitha, an idealistic tweenager who wants to help a little boy from the slums go to school. The problem is that he somehow gets lost along the way.
The next up in order of charm is the story of Gayatri, a mother and housewife, who is suddenly given the chance to get everything she deserves. Now if she can only decide what that is.
Next is the story of Abhiram, a dreamy-eyed young man who learns that falling in love in the big city is not what it's cracked up to be.
Lastly there is Sairam, a man who will do just about anything to move up the ladder, and will let his conscience hit him hard in the process.
There are lessons to be learned in all of this. The most important of these is that to make things work, you have to stick together and you have to do the right thing, in spite of it all.
Stuck on this charming movie is what I find myself feeling after seeing it.