This con does not charm

Short of substance and sense, Mayagadu is a classic example of what a movie ought not to be. The film does not weave any magic despite its alluring title.

Abjectly lacking in technical or other cinematic values that go to make a film watchable as also enjoyable, Mayagadu, which was in the cans has been given a lease of life to revive the careers of its protagonists. However, all that director Dileep Polan does is make life miserable not only for the main cast but also the audience that unwittingly troops in.

A romcom, Mayagadu revolves around Leela Krishna, the canny con, who, however, is helped by his kind-hearted kinsmen to take up law. But, as goes the adage, habits die hard and once a con always a con. The trickster traps a top lawyer’s daughter Vandana into matrimony. However, he is in for shock in that the lass comes to live with him without any ancestral baggage of goodies. Will the man change for the better or worse? It’s not worth the matinee or money. 

Suffice it to say Mayagadu is mundane madness. If Venu, seeking to resurrect his sinking fortunes, is starched bland, Charmmee, the glam doll, sizzles her way with uninhibited skin show, frame after frame. Sadly, Mayagadu does not work the magic for either of them seeking to revive their celluloid dreams nor the audience who are sent to snooze valley right from the word go.

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