Mr Majnu movie review: Akhil Akkineni and Venky Atluri put you through a litmus test in this film with very few worthy moments

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Read our review of Akhil Akkineni and Nidhhi Agerwal starrer Mr Majnu here.
Akhil Akkineni and Tholiprema director Venky Atluri join hands for a romantic saga and decide to adapt the title of a film which was the actor's father, Nagarjuna's biggest hit in the late '80s. However, except for the romantic perspective, there's nothing common in these two films. Mr Majnu, for few worthy moments (which are tried and tested many a times in the past), tests your patience more often than not. Akhil Akkineni, three films old now, is gradually getting into his own and Mr Majnu gives you a hint of that, though in very few moments.

What's it about
Akhil, playing Vicky, is a Casanova and every girl in town is in love with him for his charm and handsomeness. Vicky meets Nikki (Nidhhi Agerwal) in an unexpected (but predictable) situation in London and the two have a distasteful encounter which leaves an unpleasant impression on the girl. Turns out, Vicky's sister and Nikki's brother are soon getting married and the latter is annoyed to be related to him. But over a period of time, Nikki is impressed with Vicky's personality and without realising, falls in love with him. The Casanova in Vicky doesn't allow him to be in a long relationship with Nikki and the couple breaks up. What happens next forms the crux of the story!

What's Good
Akhil Akkineni owns the screen like never before and delivers a performance which will stand out in his career for a long time. Playing a charmer, Akhil Akkineni never has a dull moment on the screen and keeps you engaged all the time. Nidhhi Agerwal looks good on screen and her chemistry with Akhil is appealing. Venky Atluri's strength is his writing and the filmmaker, after Tholiprema, again delivers another good narrative. A particular scene between actor Priyadarshi and Akhil Akkineni will remind you of your best buddies and will surely make you tad emotional. And like this one, Venky comes up with quite a few. A romantic story needs quite a few worthy moments and Venky Atluri sneaks in quite a few of those in Mr Majnu. If not a larger than life character, Akhil Akkineni’s role is a balance of reality and fiction which is the need of the hour in today's cinematic world.

What's not
From the word go, one gets a feeling you are either watching a remake of Ranbir Kapoor's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani but soon it shifts to the mood of Ram Charan's film Orange. While there are few feel-good scenes, there are quite a few moments which will test your patience. And consistent moments like these let the narrative down in Mr Majnu. Nidhhi Agerwal's role is the centre of the narrative in the second half, but the actress lets Venky Atluri's efforts down with her mediocre expressions. Akhil Akkineni needed a performer opposite him in Mr Majnu and Nidhhi Agerwal might have just wasted a chance. The emotional thread throughout the story keeps you so engrossed that you look for few breaks at times. Comedy lacks in the story which one would expect to see in a commercial Telugu film. Director Venky Atluri is this close to be compared with Ayan Mukerji , but the only difference between the two is their casting capabilities.

All said and done, Mr Majnu leaves you with a smile at the end, but with a sense of disappointment. Venky Atluri has the potential to deliver more and it is evident in his writing.
Rating:2 out of 5
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