Puri Jagannadh's Mehbooba Movie Review!!

Updated By VankayaFri, 05/11/2018 - 12:37
Mehbooba Movie Review

Puri Jagannadh made many high octane commercial potboilers. He changed an entire generation filmmakers thought process by writing energetic characters to lead actors. His stories have been wafer-thin but his screenplays have been air-tight and highly engaging. But he lost his touch after Neninthe and he shined in few films here and there, like Temper. For his son, could he make an engaging film? 


Roshan (Akash Puri) has an haunting dream from his childhood and even though he never learnt hindi, he can sing, Lag Ja gale, like a hindi kid. On the other hand, Afreen (Neha Shetty), a girl in Pakisthan also has same dreams. In their shared dream, they are haunted by death and dying alone in Himalayas. 

Roshan is highly independent from his childhood and he decides to not take any money from his father after completing his tenth. He is happy to work as a waiter and he applies to Indian Army. Afreen in search of her dream lover comes to Hyderabad as an exchange student from Lahore. Afreen and Roshan feel a pull but they don't know why? Roshan goes for a trekking trip to Himalayas and there he finds an old iced Madhira (Neha Shetty) who looks like Afreen. Why? What is the connection between Madhira and Roshan? Is the dream real? If so, what is the real connection between military and Roshan and Afreen? Watch the movie for answers ...


Akash Puri is too young to handle such a role and it is evident in his performance. This is a kind of role we can accept on an actor who has three to four successful films on his resume or an exceptional talent to connect with audience like Hrithik Roshan. Akash Puri, sadly lacks in both. 

Neha Shetty looks good and performed okay. Murali Sharma, Shiyaji Shinde, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vishu Reddy are good in their respective roles.  


Vishnu Sarma's cinematography is good but lacks the normal style and choreography that Puri Jagannadh films normally have. We feel a high disconnection between scenes, even though it is highly due to script, there is no consistency in his visuals too. 

Music by Sandeep Chowta is forgettable and Back Ground score tries to highlight the emotion that is lacking. Hence, it doesn't compliment the visual on screen. 

Editing by Junaid Siddique is abysmal. The flow between scenes and his choice of cuts for action scenes, however dominated by Puri Jagannadh's script and decision, needed to have his own identity and he couldn't even give a proper edit that suits the film. 

Writer and Director, Puri Jagannadh is unable to find his rhythm and even his writing is highly abysmal in this movie. He has a novel idea but that isn't enough for a movie to look cohesive. He needs a tight screenplay and an organic flow connecting one scene with another. He is normally known for such writing but here he misses even the simple logics. How can a Captain in Indian Army, cause a mini-war for love? Even that thought is novel and highly fantasy, it needs a local execution and convincing writing. 

While his writing is unusually weak, his making is even worse. The energy that we normally find in his movies is missing. He made his hero, shout out loud in few scenes, where it is highly unnecessary to just make it look like an emotional scene. Even the way he tries to convince us this is a love story, he misses creating a chemistry and a magic between the lead pair for audience to not worry about logic but story. Few patriotic dialogues doesn't make up for fabricated emotions. 


Few visuals here and there 


Performances of the actors 

Disjointed screenplay 

Unromantic scenes 

Very bad execution 

Lifeless Narration 


Puri Jagannadh made many memorable films like Idiot, Pokiri, Amma Nanna O Tamil Ammayi and wrote memorable characters like Badri, Shivamani, Chanti, Pandu and many more. He gave a good debut to Ram Charan by following Koi Mil Gaya template and in his first movie with his son, he tried to mix it up with Magadheera and wrote an Idiot like climax at the border. 

He seems to have lost basic connect with his core audience and even the sense of story and screenplay. He is going down the cliff with no hope to climb back to the top. He needs some one to catch hold him from his free fall and save him, like his lead character did to one of his friends. 

Rating: 1.75/5 



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