Rating: 7/10 (Entertaining)
Actor Raviteja is known for his impeccable comedy timing and extraordinary energy levels in his movies. Hilarious comedy and action are staples of a Raviteja movie. He has teamed up with Harish Shankar once again after Shock for a film called Mirapakay. Released for Sankranthi 2011, how does the film fare?
Story: Rishikesha (Raviteja) is a cop and screws around half the time but is known for his no-nonsense attitude. His department nickname is Mirapakay (Hot Chilli). His senior officer (Nagababu) sends him on an undercover mission to Delhi where he must become a Hindi lecturer at an college and then he falls in love with Vinamara (Richa), a Brahmin girl who knows nothing but the studies of classical music and education. One day, a kid is almost run-over by Vaishali(Deeksha Seth) and Rishi hunts her down and destroys her car. Twist arises when Nagababu tells Rishi that he must now try to woo Vaishali as she is vital in his undercover case in tracking down Kittu Bhai (Prakash Raj). Who is Vaishali? How are Kota and Supreeth involved in this scheme? And who does Rishi choose in the end? Watch the film to find out.
Performances: Raviteja is excellent as always in this film. He is the life and soul of the movie and is there almost 95% of the time. His energy and dialogues are flawless as usual and his trademark comedy, expression, and action sequences are evident throughout the film. This film belongs to the Mass Maharaja from start to finish.
Richa is alright as Vinamara. She looks good but can't act. Deeksha Seth is somewhat better and romance between her and Rishi is alright.
Nagababu as the senior officer is good. Prakash Raj as Kittu Bhai has a minuscule role as the villain and barely has about 20 minutes of screen time. He is adequate. Ajay is ok. Supreeth is alright in parts.
Kota is hilarious as Shankar Anna and all the scenes involving his gang are a laugh riot. Rao Ramesh is funny at times. Giridhar and Praveen as the students are highly entertaining with their antics.
Comedy by Sunil, Bhramaji, and Ali is hilarious. Sunil especially is a laugh riot as Charukesa. Chandramohan is ok.
Technicalities: Music and background score by Thaman is excellent. This is arguably one of his best albums ever made and is hum worthy down the road in the years to come. Editing by Goutham Raju is questionable as the movie drags in the 2nd half and many scenes could have been trimmed to make things crisper. Cinematography by C Ram Prasad is nice. Dialogues by Harish Shankar are excellent. Screenplay is decently entertaining. Story is alright. Fights are well composed and are in trademark Raviteja style. Art is nice especially for Rao Ramesh's house.
Analysis: For walking into a Raviteja film, you would expect hilarious comedy, decent music, punch dialogues, and fights. Mirapkay is no different. This film is entertaining from the word go. The movie never takes itself too seriously and that's a benefit for the audience. It starts off by introducing Raviteja's character and the intro song is good.
The scenes between Ravi Teja and Nagababu are fun. Once the movie enters the college setting, it becomes extreme entertaining and the twist at the interval is superb.
The film does go a little bit all over the place in the 2nd half and is dragged to an extent as the film clock in at 150 minutes. Despite the repetitive story, the movie is entertaining enough throughout thanks to Raviteja and the comedians.
On a whole, Mirapakay is a typical Ravi Teja film and is a paisa vasool entertainer. For Raviteja's brilliant performance, the entertainment quotient, and the music, I'm going with 7/10 for this entertaining movie.