Publication date : December 2, 2022
123telugu.com rating: 2.75/5
Starring: Vishnu Vishal, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Ajay, Shatru, Munishkanth, Karunas, Hareesh Peradi, Redin Kingsley
Director: Chella Ayyavu
producers: Ravi Teja, Vishnu Vishal
Music director: Justin Prabhakaran
Cinematography: Richard M Nathan
Editor: Prasanna GK
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Vishnu Vishal, a familiar face among the Telugu audience, has now come up with an entertainer by the name of Matti Kusthi. Massa Maharaja Ravi Teja co-produced the film with the actor. Aishwarya Lekshmi is the heroine. The movie hit the screens today, and let’s see how it is.
Veera (Vishnu Vishal), a wealthy and carefree person in his village, considers marrying a submissive and uneducated girl. On the other hand, Keerthi (Aishwarya Lekshmi) is a professional wrestler and college graduate. Keerthi’s parents convince her to marry Veera which leaves her wrestling dreams unfulfilled. After the marriage, Veera shows his authority towards Keerthi, and in a vital scenario, he learns the facts about Keerthi. What did Veera do then? How did his life change after that? This is part of the story.
Aishwarya Lekshmi is the heart and soul of the film and she performed the role of Keerthi with aplomb. Her role is more prominent in the film’s plot, and the actress excelled at it. Aishwarya was very graceful in the action scenes and she was equally good in emotional scenes. This is definitely her best performance.
Vishnu Vishal, as Veera, a narrow person, gave a natural performance. The actor has a good presence on screen and his comedic parts with the gang of his friends got quite a laugh. All his scenes with Aishwarya came out well, and the chemistry between the main pair is neat. His acting is quite good in the scene where he realizes his biggest mistake.
The first half of the movie is captivating and fast paced, with a nice amount of entertainment. Chal Chakkani’s song, which comes in the first hour, is well and beautifully filmed. The climactic fight sequence is well put together and adds a nice finishing touch to the movie.
From the moment the second half kicks in, things spiral out of control and the film wastes without any proper flow. The story is routine and the treatment is no different. Since the chosen point is used extensively in many recent films, the execution should have been different. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen, and a few scenes seem completely identical to other movies.
There are some good topics discussed, such as gender equality and women’s empowerment, but the way they are presented is unconvincing. The depth was lacking, and instead of focusing on these aspects, the film gets confused with a Vishnu Vishal training episode extending its length.
We’d know from afar what’s going to happen towards the end, and the sports element doesn’t get much attention. Shatru and Ajay’s characters lack meaning and are just commercial villains positioned to fill screen time. Also, a few logics go for a coin toss.
Justin Prabhakaran’s background score is good, and he elevates a few scenes with his nice composition. Richard M Nathan’s cinematography is neat. The editing is sub par, as some scenes could have been cut off in the second hour. The production values are great.
Coming to director Chella Ayyavu, he did a decent job with the film. The first half was nicely picked up with wonderful humor. But the narration in the second half derails the social issues taken, and therefore lacks completeness. A decent screenplay with more focus on these subjects would have lifted the film up a notch.
Overall, Matti Kusthi is a movie with some nice moments. The lead pair’s performance and entertainment in places is good, but the sub-par second hour and not overemphasizing key issues diminishes the overall impact. So it ends this weekend as a passable watch.
123telugu.com rating: 2.75/5
Reviewed by the 123telugu team
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