Published: 18th November 2020 10:15 AM | Last Updated: 18th November 2020 10:15 AM | A+ A A-
What if the old ‘they got married and lived happily ever after’ tale got modified into a contemporary romance that goes ‘...and they fought happily ever after’? That essentially summarises Maa Vintha Gaadha Vinuma. Though the title translates to ‘Listen to our strange tale’, the film, written by its male lead Siddhu Jonnalagadda, is actually a fairly common story.
What makes this love story special, is its universe filled with realistic-yet-flawed people. A single, influential mother, who goes to the extent of calling off her daughter’s wedding to safeguard her image, is also willing to reconsider her decision when things change for the good, a friend-like-father puts his foot down and says that his son is in the wrong and has been the only problem of his relationship, and the ‘hero’ of the tale doesn’t think twice before breaking down in front of his ladylove and admitting he needs her support. MVGV, much like the recent Aakasam Nee Haddura, plops us right in the middle of the story.
The in media res opening straightaway introduces us to a conflict, saving the customary intro scenes for later. We get to see characters living an important day of their lives, way before understanding who they are. I also quite liked how Siddhu is established as a habitual storyteller; it feels like the most natural choice to make him the narrator. Storytelling is incomplete without an active listener and Tanikella Bharani aces it as the cinephile cop who gets excited by the stories of his detainees.