'Lucky' - disappointing affair
Film: "Lucky"; Actors: Srikanth, Tagubothu Ramesh, Roja, Jaya Sudha, Raghu Babu, AVS, Brahmanandam, Meghana, M.S. Narayana, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Sana and Ali; Director: Sai Karthik; Rating: *
"Lucky", which is loosely based on US romantic comedy "What Women Want", is a disappointing affair - not worth either your time and money. Neither is the film as humorously quirky as the original, nor has any elements that can engage throughout its running time.
Lucky aka Lakshminarayana, a misogynist, works in a travel agency company and lives in a joint family. An alpha male, Lucky adores his mother and can never imagine of even staying a minute without her. He even hands over his monthly paycheque to his mother. While his love for his family is made clear, another side of his character draws attention.
He has extreme aversion towards women and doesn't even bother to make any effort to understand them. On one occasion, while performing a religious ritual in a temple, Lucky falls unconscious but wakes up with an ability to listen to women's thoughts. Unable to cope with his newfound gift, he visits a psychiatrist who counsels him to use it to actually understand women. What follows forms the rest of the story.
The film, with its very straightforward and efficient plot had lot of scope for creativity, but unfortunately goes down the drain. An engrossing first half is followed by a dull and boring second half that almost sucks the life out of the viewer. The twist before the climax keeps you hooked, but doesn't quite send chills up your spine.
There's absolutely no comparison between the roles essayed by Mel Gibson and Srikanth. If the former was regarded for his apt screen presence, the latter tried hard to salvage a poorly constructed character with his years of experience in the industry, but unfortunately fumbled in the process.
Srikanth and Meghana shine in the respective roles, while comedians such as AVS, Tagubothu Ramesh and Brahmanadam, though manage to entertain initially, but eventually turn irksome with rudderless acting.