Movie : Mosagallu
Language : Telugu
Cast : Kajal Aggarwal, Vishnu Manchu, Suniel Shetty, Mahima Makwana, Ruhi
Singh, Naveen Chandra, Aakash Dabhade, Navdeep
Category : Drama
Censor Certificate : UA
Release :19 Mar 2021
Duration : 2 hrs 18 mins
Critic’s Rating :2.5/5.0
User’s Rating : 2.7/5.0
While based on the true story of a scam that rocked the US, the thriller falls flat with it comes to the narration.
Arjun (Vishnu Manchu) and Anu (Kajal Aggarwal) are fraternal twins who manage to run a scam in the US from India via a call centre. With police officer Kumar (Suniel Shetty) hot on their heels, will they manage to escape the system?
When it comes to fodder for cinema, India has no shortage of scams. Mosagallu has a strong plotline and has a theme that’s less explored in TFI. And while the film’s premise sounds exciting on paper, the film struggles to live up to its potential.
Arjun (Manchu Vishnu) wants to become rich at any cost as he has experienced enough poverty to last a lifetime. His twin Anu (Kajal Aggarwal) is married, but faces domestic violence every day at home. The twins find an escape with the help of Vijay (Navdeep) at the call center he runs. Kumar (Suniel Shetty) is a sincere police officer looking to nab them before they ruin more lives. Arjun’s friend Sid (Naveen Chandra) also enjoys the lavish lifestyle once they pull off a scam, but reality soon comes knocking.
Mosagallu has a strong and interesting premise that is let down by a weak narrative. In a film that banks on the audience staying invested in characters, even as they commit a crime, the way they’re established is half-hearted. The film sells itself as a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but fails to invoke curiosity in the audience. Numerous tracks of the film are vague and the lag in the narrative is a test to patience.
Manchu Vishnu and Kajal Aggarwal deliver a decent performance and do justice to their characters, as do Navdeep and Naveen Chandra. Suniel Shetty is dependable as ever but his character doesn’t get enough screen time or depth to show off his acting chops. The music and BGM of the film by Sam CS is plain okay, not lending the film much gravitas. Mosagallu is a good attempt by Vishnu Manchu and the rest of the team to bring forth a less-explored genre in Tollywood.
However, to an audience that has access to global content & has seen such films before, a gripping narrative is what they’ll miss.