Jolly good debtor on the run

Film review

Jolly good debtor on the run

Melkote Manja

Kannada (U/A) **
Cast: Jaggesh, Aindrita Ray, Giridhan Divan, Rangayana Raghu, Srinivas Prabhu
Direction: Jaggesh

Navarasa Nayaka actor-director Jaggesh is back with his brand of comedy. After the unprecedented success of Neer Dose, where he played the lead, Jaggesh has donned the mantle of director again.

As Manja from Melkote, he takes his fans on a fun-filled ride with a script stitched with breezy happenings. For those fed on Hasya Chakravarthy Jaggesh’s double entendres and mimicry, Melkote Manja is a jaunt full of masala.

Manja dreams of becoming a business magnate like Vijay Mallya, rather than take up a safe, traditional job like his father. With lady luck nowhere in sight, the ambitious man finds himself deep in debt, chasing his business chimera.

Needless to say, the lenders line up at his homestead for repayment of their loans. Manja’s escapades to avoid them has his father, retired Kannada teacher Ramamurthy, fuming and bemoaning the bad seed in the family.

Knit within this debtor-on-the-run drama is the story of Parvathy, betrothed to rowdy Bhairava (who killed her father) as promised when they were still young. How Manja rescues Parvathy and turns a new leaf, much to the relief of his distressed dad, forms the rest of Melkote Manja.

The film may be a laugh riot for Jaggesh fans fed on his mannerisms and tongue-in-cheek comedy. For others, though, it is a silly saga peddled as rib-tickling entertainment.

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