Ganga(Kanchana 2) Telugu Movie Review(3.0/5.0)
Lawrence,Taapsee and Nitya Menon
Leon James,C. Sathya,S. Thaman,Ashwamithra
|Release Date:||May 1st|
Bottom Line: Mass horror with Arava comedy !!
|What is Good||What is Bad|
Performances - Raghava Lawrence, Tapasee Pannu, Nithya Menon
|First Half||Lengthy Climax Sequence
Some Horror scenes,Some comedy scenes
Editing,2nd Half Loud BG
Raghava(Lawrence) is a cameraman with Green TV, and is very scared of ghosts. One fine day, he is posted alongside his creative director Nandini (Taapsee) to cover a story based on a haunting guest house. He along with his unit reaches the place and starts shooting for their television show.Twist in the tale arises when Taapsee finds a sacred thread and starts experiencing weird incidents around her. Very soon, she gets possessed by an evil spirit which also keeps troubling Raghava. Who is this evil spirit? What does it have to do with Nandini and Ragahava? That forms the rest of the story.
Ganga: Muni 3 starts well, the director wastes no time and quickly establishes storyline and the characterizations. The first half has some fine moments and Raghava Lawrence who specializes in directing horror films, had complete control over proceedings. The second half (Even Flashback) though fails to match up. Muni & Kanchana had good flashback episodes which have elevated the film to different level, here it was very average and dragged. The creaks get too loud, Taapsee goes insane and there are way too many loop holes in the script.Director Raghava Lawrence employs all the clinches of a horror film – Dead Bodies, Haunted house, stalking ghosts, Raghava multiple ghost disorder, Body Transformations and many more. Unfortunately, not much of it is scary and apart from couple chills.
The dialogues are delivered in unnecessarily flashy voices and the sequences pile up one on the other without making any consistent scheme of storytelling. Music by Leon James, C Sathya & Ashwamithra are not memorable. Thaman SS is responsible for beltingout the relentlessly loud background score (which seems running through every freaking horror movies these days) is the only one who deserves his pay grade, because he tries his best to carry out the task director, screenwriter, Cinematographer and doers are meant to do - telling a plot. Without his effort and off course the formula of sound designers, however loud and unbearable eventually, even the scary shadow that haunts Taapsee - Kovai in a relatively freaky scene wouldn't elicit a nervous chuckle. Visual Effects are not upto the mark and Editor could have easily trimmed down repetitive scenes in the first & the second half. Luckily Telugu version is 12-15 minutes shorter than the original version. Production Values of Sri Sai Ganesh Productions are good.
First half of the film has hilarious comedy which compliments the well executed horror elements. Once again, Kovai Sarala impresses in her role and gives funny expressions during the horror scenes.After reaching the interval with a superb twist, Lawrence loses track during the second half. The flashback episode which features Nithya Menen is dragged to the core with some unnecessary songs and sequences. Climax of the film is exaggerated and makes up for a predictable ending. This film is a bit loud and might not go well with the class audience.The horror genre suffers in Tollywood because of its inability to reinvent itself over the years. After Muni and Kanchana comes the next big sequel from the same team. The real magician amidst of all this, is none other than Raghava Lawrence himself, who along with Srinu Vaitla is proving to be most prolific directors in Telugu Film Industry. It takes a huge amount of talent to do this, while maintaining exact same level of mediocrity throughout every part of Muni.