136 minutes | Netflix 2020/04/11
cast – Kirti Suresh, Jagapathi Babu, Naveen Chandra, Nadia, Naresh and others
Director – Narendra Nath
the creator – Mahesh Koneru
Banner – East Coast Productions
music – Thaman
Miss India is the latest film from Tollywood to drop theatrical release for TheMiracleTech release. With popular actors playing the roles of Keerthy Suresh, Jagapathi Babu, Nadia and other lead characters is sure to attract attention. But Miss India ended directly as another disappointment for the digital release.
What is it about
Mansa Samyukta (Kirti Suresh) had dreams of becoming a successful businessman since childhood. She wants to make her grandfather’s method of making Ayurvedic tea famous and starts a tea business in the US. The film is about her journey towards realizing her dreams.
Kirti Suresh is so talented that he considers some of the most ridiculously written scenes justified. However, the writers have the upper hand as even Keerti could not save this completely disappointing film. Jagapathi Babu has played similar characters in many films, but never seen so much fun before. Naveen Chandra played a characterless role like many other well known actors in the film. Talented luminaries like Nadia and Naresh also seemed out of place and disorganized in many scenes. Rajendra Prasad’s character only appears sensible, but it only lasts for a few minutes. Pujit Ponnada, Divya Shripada and Kamal Kamaraju appeared in the lead roles.
Narendra Nath’s intentions are noble. He wanted to make a film about a strong woman who would never stop achieving what he is dreaming of. But the director somehow makes a gutsy mass film with useless scenes and silly spice episodes that hardly serve the purpose of the film.
Thaman’s music is impressive. There is little scope for songs, but they have added very good songs and their background score has also helped to raise some mediocre scenes. Cinematography is decent. The dialogues are didactic and mostly insensitive. Editing is fine Production values are top notch as the manufacturer has not compromised on visual quality on any front.
Miss India has a familiar plot where a Dalit hero reaches the target against all odds. Movies like these usually have male protagonists, but Miss India has a female protagonist and that does not stop writer-director Narendra Nath from behaving like a regular masala fare. Unfortunately for him, Kirti Suresh Vijaya is not Shanti and the film is not released in single screen.
One would expect to see an inspiring story of a woman who has become a successful entrepreneur coming from a conservative middle class family looking at the opening scenes. But the writing does let the film down and keeps our hopes in line with some pointless melodramatic scenes, like there were no tomorrow. Despite such devastating episodes, we would expect the protagonist in America to pick up after the land.
A lot of time is wasted on a futile romance track between Naveen and Keerthi which only delays the film from reaching the first plot point. By the time the story reaches this point, almost an hour is wasted and the scene of the first confrontation between Kirti and Jagapathi Babu will kill the hopes of redemption. The rest of the film is filled with bizarre scenes that will leave us wondering just how it got the nod from Kirti and other popular actors.
Most of the scenes lead us to doubt whether this is the reason for the commercial potboilers being wealthy regarding ragging. If the first half of the film is an example for shallow writing, then the second half is an epitome of poor writing that also looks great like a trade. The original idea of having an inspirational film on a woman with strong intentions has potential, but treatment is primary. The realistic approach has made it a better film than occupational therapy.
In short, Miss India is a terrible misfire that would make some recent TheMiracleTech duets proud.
Bottom Line: Tasteless Tea!
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