Nothing ‘vere level’ about this banal film


Story: Macherla has been struggling under the weight of a cruel man’s oppression since the 1990s. A young Collector is about to change it all.Review: If the above one-liner sounds way too familiar, it’s because it is. You have seen time and again stories about the rise of a single man against an all-too-powerful villain whom no one can vanquish but our hero. MS Rajashekar Reddy’s Macherla Niyojakavargam is literally nothing more than just that, with some songs and cringe comedy thrown in the mix.

‘Siddhu’ Siddharth Reddy (Nithiin) is an IAS whose name is a clear homage to Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Siddhu’ Siddhartha Roy. As he waits to get his posting, he passes time with his best friend Nidhi (Catherine Tresa) who supposedly pines for his love, follows around his neighbour Swati (Krithi Shetty) without nary a concern as to what she’s up to, antagonises Swati’s egoistic brother-in-law Guru (Vennela Kishore) and even goes head-to-head with a politician/rowdy called Rajappa (Samuthirakani) from Macherla.

Siddhu is one lucky man because everything he wants – from the girl he likes to the posting he wants – fall magically into his lap. In fact, he’s so lucky, the villain – whose USP happens to be murdering everyone who crosses his path – just lets him go with a warning. The newly appointed Collector also spends his time mouthing dialogues from Vikram and dancing to songs from Jayam when he feels like it. There’s also an Uppena reference thrown in for good measure.

The issue with Macherla Niyojakavargam lies in the fact that Rajashekar doesn’t just pick a cliché story to base this film on, he also takes way too long to get to what we already know will happen. The first half of the film is unnecessarily peppered with scenes of Nidhi pining for Siddhu and even Guru’s supposed comedy track is stretched so much; it’s hard to pay attention. And when the film does get into the thick of things pre-interval, you keep waiting for the ‘vere level’ entertainment you were promised till the end of runtime, it never comes.

Nithiin sports a new look, the film’s backdrop goes from sunny beaches and EDM music to kitschy lights and jatara tunes. There are a lot of slow motion shots and even a key scene that feels like it should’ve been much more powerful during the climax. None of that is really enough to keep you hooked even if Nithiin looks like he’s having the time of his life in the role. Krithi, Catherine, even Samuthirakani feel wasted in roles that never take life. And you know it’s not going good when an unnecessary special number (Ra Ra Reddy I Am Ready) breaks the monotony.

Tollywood has made way too many films these days of our heroes turning into Collectors, Deputy Collectors, even MROs and this bid of force-fitting a civil servant who can also throw a punch in a masala film is clearly not always working. Macherla Niyojakavargam is sadly all style and no substance.



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