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Meeku Maathrame Cheptha

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The Times Of India
01st November, 2019 13:09 IST
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CastTharun Bhascker,Anasuya Bharadwaj,Avantika Mishra,Vinay Varma,Pavani Gangireddy,Abhinav Gomatam
DirectorShammeer Sultan
Duration2h 0m

Meeku Maathrame Cheptha Story: Incriminating footage of bridegroom-to-be Rakesh ( Tharun Bhascker ) leaks online just days before his wedding. Will he and his friend Kamesh ( Abhinav Gomatam ) manage to contain it?

Meeku Maathrame Cheptha Review: Tharun Bhascker’s debut as a lead actor under the direction of Shammeer Sultan hit screens today amidst huge fanfare. While the film does work in bits and pieces, the comedy just fails to land. Weak screenplay, characterisations and repetitive scenes prove to be its downfall.

Kamesh (Abhinav Gomatam) and Rakesh (Tharun Bhascker) are childhood buddies who work for a failing TV channel. Rakesh falls for Stephy (Vani Bhojan) and proposes marriage. She is a strict doctor who expects Rakesh to be nothing less than perfect. Just when everything seems to be going smooth, an incriminating video of Rakesh goes viral online. How the duo try their best to pull down the video forms the crux of the tale.

While Meeku Maathrame Cheptha sees many debutants, it is Abhinav and Tharun who unsurprisingly grab screen space for the longest duration. Vani Bhojan doesn’t get enough scope to perform and be anything other than the annoying girlfriend till the end. Anasuya Bharadwaj too appears on-screen for a brief time but doesn’t have a powerful enough characterisation to make a mark. A major bane in the film though are the family sequences which fail to entertain.

Suspense-comedy is a genre that requires finesse and is not something everyone can pull off. And when the screenplay and story don’t offer much, it turns out to be a major bore. Despite having a short run-time of only two hours, the film could’ve been shortened further by eliminating the repetitive scenes and weak comedy tracks that test the patience. The film falls flat a lot of times and there’s only so much Abhinav Gomatam can do alone to save it. Tharun Bhascker's performance is plain okay. The ‘big reveal’ in the end too doesn’t amount to much, thanks to the already paper-thin story. Sivakumar, who composed the music, and Mathan Gunadeva, as the cinematographer do a fine job of pulling this film through.

Meeku Maathrame Cheptha, which was marketed as a suspense-comedy, fails to impress with its tedious dialogues, weak script and screenplay. Go watch this one for Abhinav Gomatam.

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