Film: Mahanubhavudu; Cast: Sharwanand, Mehreen, Nasser; Director: Maruthi
Mahatma Gandhi believed in the saying ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’. He had emphasised the importance of having a clean body and healthy life. And the protagonist of director Maruthi’s Mahanubhavudu is an exact replica of Gandhi’s beliefs.
The film starring Sharwanand goes on with two interesting aspects, one in which everything works well for the protagonist and the other in which everything makes things clumsy for him. The story develops quite slowly and Maruthi touched on the quirks of the people who suffer from obsessive cleanliness.
An IT professional Anand (Sharwanand) leads a freaky lifestyle and suffers from a severe degree of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
He uses a tissue to keep a clip on a girl’s hair, blow drys his toothbrush, checks the car doors though it is locked and does all peculiar things to keep everything clean and also expects everyone around him to be neat. This habit of his led to distance in the relationship with his mother (Kalyani Natarajan). But, then, he gets attracted to Meghana (Mehreen) and presumes that both of them are like-minded. As the film progresses, Anand loosens up a little as he begins to deal with the people who find him completely weird and uninteresting.
The fresh story engrosses the audience and most of the first half entertains with situational comedy on OCD, romance blossoming between the two principal characters, a funny chase-turned-fight scene and an interval bang.
It was in the second hour that Sharwa keeps you in splits with his fixation to neatness. Especially, the river bath, mango pickle and boozing scenes were a laugh riot. But his sufferings had no end and he gets to deal with different issues, albeit forcefully. That’s not all, his mother, girlfriend and family misunderstand him. Amid all these chaos, Anand gets a respite from Meghana’s father Rama Raju (Nasser), who empathises him for his weakness. Unlike the adamant father in Maruthi’s earlier outing Bhale Bhale Magadivoy, Rama Raju is kind-hearted and arrives with a solution to Anand’s issues.
Sharwanand gave a relatable performance and is true to his character. He shares a crackling chemistry with Mehreen and their enchanting presence makes the tale engaging enough. Mehreen has got an effective role but she is not the show stealer. Sharwa got able support from Vennela Kishore, who plays his cousin in the film. Nasser plays his part well but his role lacks lucidity.
Everyone has their share of positives and negatives and it was where Maruthi struck a chord by drawing a thin line and stuffing the story with adequate entertainment. It’s challenging to execute a film of such complexities and one must say he succeeded in churning out a clean entertainer with the love-hate-love relationship. This time too, he relies completely on the comedy and has arrived with a simple story. Definitely, Mahanubhavudu has laugh-out-loud moments but it doesn’t come any closer to Bhale Bhale Magadivoy.