Dalliance? Pooja Gandhi and Sunil Raoh in Minugu.The motto for 2010 may be ‘Stick to Basics, Keep it simple’. The first releases of the year have followed it, but with slightly different results.

If the rest of the them are any similar, then the industry has a fine chance of bouncing back sooner and higher than expected. ‘Minugu’ twinkles its way into the mind and heart with its no fuss, evenly-paced narration and focused direction. For once, it is uncluttered cinema.

Neither the actors, nor the props nor cinemawork and score stuff the viewer unnecessarily. The film is light and engaging.

Jayavant and his dialogue writer Sunil Kumar Singh keep the viewers glued to their seats, mainly with the absence of vulgarity and violence of thought in their vision. Perhaps the stint in television has something to do with it. Composer Goapu has done a neat job. Except ‘Sanchita Sanchita...’, his music doesn’t acquire an identity of its own, merging with the storyline, as expected of him. 

The story deals with an actress, her chance encounter with a close friend and her co-star who also aspires to be her husband.

To reveal anymore will spoil the fun. All the hard work at the gym has paid off for Pooja who would do better to take care of her skin as well. Not burdened with dubbing in her voice, she appears relaxed and in control.

Sunil Raoh is perfectly cast and doesn’t show the rust of a two-year lay-off. It is Ajit who has a ball, with his eyes and the sneer doing the job for him. Close to climax, the film seems rushed but evens out beautifully towards the end. The chinks are almost negligible.

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