Star filmmaker Sreenu Vaitla's last two films were duds. At a crucial juncture in his career, Sreenu Vaitla came up with Mister featuring Varun Tej as the lead. Did the star director come out of his shell and delivered the goods? Is Mister worth watching? Let's find out.
What is it about?
Chay (Varun Tej) falls in love with Meera (Hebah) but he comes to learn that she is already in love with some other person. When Meera's love runs into a problem, Chay goes to solve it and unite the lovers. On his way he meets Chandramukhi (Lavanya), a naive girl who doesn't know anything about the modern society. Little does he know that he could run into a bigger problem because of her. Meanwhile, Chandramukhi falls in love with Chay and also Meera also starts having feelings for him.
Varun Tej is growing confident with each film. He has shown that he has a good comic timing. He is extremely handsome and stylish in the character of an NRI. He is particularly impressive in action sequences. With better scripts he does have the potential to join the big league. Lavanya Tripathi is a fine performer and she did a commendable job as Chandramukhi. Hebah also did her bit. Murali Sharma's character is over the top. Harish Uthaman is alright. Rajesh got a meaty role. Prudhvi is entertaining as usual. There is a huge supporting cast and everyone did their part.
Sreenu Vaitla finally comes out of Ready hangover and doesn't rely on â€˜hero making villain a bakara' concept. Mister is a usual family drama that has touches of Sreenu Vaitla's school of humor. Vaitla who is usually at the top of his game is surely struggling to find form. Many of his attempts at comedy didn't yield desired results. Mister will go down as another disappointing film from the ace director.
Songs are average. Mickey who usually comes up with soulful melodies failed to live up to expectations. Cinematography is good. There are some breathtaking aerial shots of Spain. Dialogues are good in parts. Editing could have been better especially in the second half. Production values are rich. All credits to the producers, the film is shot in lavish locations and is visually stunning.
Comedy in parts
Boring second half
Mister starts off on an entertaining note and looks cool until the first hour. Things go topsy turvy once the protagonist lands in India. It is evident that the director is not at his best, but he managed to keep the audience entertained by introducing new characters at frequent intervals. Despite a few laughs, Mister clearly missed the humorous stamp of Sreenu Vaitla. The attempt of spoofing Oopiri hasn't clicked.
Although first half is fairly entertaining and passable, the second half turned out to be a total mess. Lavanya's family background is unbelievably idiotic and those elaborate scenes to establish the cruelness and stupidity of her family never allows the film to bounce back. And the sacrificing saga of heroines towards the climax makes it all the more tedious.
It is evident that Sreenu Vaitla wanted to give a new experience to viewers with the Devaraya's backdrop in that village of Karnataka, but that never sounded authentic at any point. In fact it looked silly and made the whole movie seem like a bad joke. A regular damsel in distress and the love triangle laced with comedy might have turned out better than this overcomplicated mess.
Second half of the movie is so bad that it almost makes us forget about the positives in its first half. Sreenu Vaitla stretches it a far too much to add sentiment to the proceedings with the introduction of grandfather character towards the end. Mister is a badly written, poorly executed but lavishly shot film that will put the audience's patience to test. It would need a miracle to stay in theaters until Baahubali arrives.