Mehbooba Review: Too loud to love (Rating: 2.25)

Film: Mehbooba

Language: Telugu

Cast: Akash Puri, Neha Shetty, Murli Sharma, Amit Anand Raut, Vishu Reddy, Sayaji Shinde

Director: Puri Jagannadh

Rating: 2.25


Story: Roshan (Akash Puri) is an Indian Engineering Student whose dream is to join Indian Army one day. He keeps having the same dream since his childhood. In his dream, he works in an army and was killed because he was in love. Neha Shetty is a Pakistani exchange student. She too has similar kind of dreams about her death. What is their relationship and how did Indo-Pak war (1971)  played a role in their life should be watched.

Acting: Akash Puri did well as a Lover and a Soldier, but his screen presence is still raw. He needs to improve a lot. Neha Shetty has an excellent screen presence and also performed very well. She acted just with her eyes. Vishu Reddy as the main antagonist gets a good role and did justice. Sayaji Shinde again gets a good role as Hero's dad and did well. His comedy timing is good. Murli Sharma as heroine's dad is adequate.

Technical: Direction by Puri Jagannadh is OK in the first half but goes off the rails in the second half of the movie. He completely lost control of the script and even did not have a clue when to finish the movie. Writing by Puri Jagannadh, Thatavarthi Kiran, A. Sreedhar is nothing to talk about.   Music by Sandeep Chowta is the best thing that happened to this movie. The songs are very good to listen and looked very good on the screen. The background music is good. Cinematography by Vishnu Sarma is another good aspect of this otherwise somber movie. He captured the scenic locales of  Himalayas and Kashmir very well. Editing by Junaid Siddiqui could have been better. Too many shots are reused which looked silly and also the movie could have used some trimming in the second half. The production by Puri Connects, Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies is rich.

Analysis: The love stories with war background is very tough to conceive and convince.  Looks like the director failed miserably here. The flashback love episodes supposed to be the glue to the whole movie lacks soul. And then the Climax that feels like an endless journey that is too long and boring.

Neha Shetty


Box office: The movie will have a tough time both at the domestic and overseas market.

Verdict: Skip it.

Bottom Line: Too loud to love

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