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Manjunath Movie Review

Manjunath  Rating: 3/5 

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: CNN IBN
The film slips into a morass of clunky plotting in its final act, when the court case takes over, followed by the candlelight vigil undertaken by IIM students. It all feels very rushed and…umm…obligatory. There are other problems too. Repeated confrontations between Manjunath’s spirit and his killer strike a false note, and rock band Parikrama’s multiple appearances become tiresome.Yet these are minor quibbles in a well-intentioned film that wears its message brazenly. I’m going with three out of five for Manjunath. It’s an important story that deserves to be heard.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
As a film, MANJUNATH works in totality. Director Sandeep Varma presents the heroic deeds of Manjunath, putting together the events meticulously and crafting an engaging film around him. It's an honest endeavour that oozes sincerity. A courageous attempt, since the storyteller remains faithful to the subject material. On the whole, MANJUNATH documents the story of Manjunath Shanmugam in a life-like way. It is realistic, brave and powerful. Watch it!
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Renuka Vyvahare Site: Times Of India (TOI)
The biopic is worth applauding as it goes beyond the obvious. It doesn't merely recount crucial events of Manju's life. It tries to analyse what went through his mind before he decided to wage war against corruption and face its gruesome consequences. However, the film drags in the second half. With the film's running time being a little over two hours, it does test your patience towards the end. A few confrontation scenes get repetitive too. But those flaws can be ignored, given the significance of the subject. This is one inspirational story, which needs to be watched.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site: Rediff
You might find it a little boring, perhaps even insipid in the beginning and frustrating around the interval but you will be rewarded in the end.  It was in these circumstances that Manjunath chose to be different, while completely aware of the consequences of his courage, and stood up for what he believed in. This film is more about experiencing hope than it is about paying attention to the technical aspects and the unfortunate socio-political climate that prevails around us makes it a must-watch. Manjunath is a lesson in humanity we all need at the moment.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
There’s enough, in the way the film begins, to keep us engaged. The second half is an unfortunate slide. The killers, led by brazen petrol pump owner Golu Goel (Sharma) slide away into the undergrowth, leaving us Manju’s bullet-ridden body in the middle of a market. It is a slap on our collective consciousness , that car and that body, and the film achieves that moment with minimum fuss, maximum impact.But then it moves over into the investigation, and the court case, and becomes a police-law procedural
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Subhash K Jha Site: NDTV
Once a while there comes along a man who genuinely wants to change the world we live in. Manjunath is the hard hitting conscientious story of one one braveheart who tried to make a difference. And paid with his life. Manjunath's valorous story had to be told. The director pieces together Manjunath's story like Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. As every piece of the jigsaw falls into place you want to salute the unsung hero. Thank god for Manjunath, who is not a man but a metaphor for that rapidly evaporating cult of idealism that we thought died with Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
I am still in two minds about the film. Though Manjunath is a concept that is hailed for all the right reasons, the film’s execution is badly done. If a powerful film like this doesn’t break your heart or choke you up, there are far too many faults in the film’s tapestry than that can apparently be spotted. I won’t say don’t watch the film. The potential matter at hand is enough to try watching it but don’t expect too much.
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    Stories with such strong relevance need to be made…and watched more often! [3/5]

    In one of the cinema-friendly sequences where the corrupt oil-mafia Golu Goel [Played by convincing Yashpal Sharma] starts seeing and questioning his victim Manjunath’s inner conscience about why wouldn’t he compromised with the on-going corrupted till neck system and if he really believes that his death could bring any iota of the change he has foreseen for country’s future, Manjunath’s blank and worried face brings many questions on the table. For that matter and many more, Sandeep A. Varma’s MANJUNATH is socially very very relevant and an honest effort to underline a 27-year old whistleblower’s sacrifice on the line of duty.

    Based on the real life incident of Marketing M anager at Indian Oil Corporation Manjunath’s cold-blooded murder by local oil-mafia, MANJUNATH successfully attempts the documentation of what happened when, why and how. The scattered narrative that goes back and forth to create the enigma that could meet its decided climax with all the pieces of the puzzle put together is very interesting and engaging. Though the film moves at a snail’s pace and seems a bit too stretched at time, it is the raw and real nature of the film that doesn’t bring it down. Film is extensively shot on the real locations in eastern Uttar Pradesh where the actual events happened.

    It is also one of those rare dramas where the protagonist is never a typical hero material but a common looking man who can be too nervous, anxious and restless against the powerful and corrupts to be any possible ground for the rise of a successful confrontation. So, when at first you see Manjunath in his panicky state of mind in shock of what might happen to him, you would never believe your guts that this man could ever stand strong against people of such criminal stature.

    MANJUNATH’s biggest strength is the casting of the lead. With his geeky common looks and shaky mannerism, the first-timer Sasho Satiiysh Sarathy takes his own time to make a strong connect with the viewers but once you get comfortable with him, he cuts himself loose with quite a relatable performance. Seema Biswas and Kishore Kadam playing his parents deliver a complete knockout show, especially Seema Biswas. Her chemistry with her son Manjunath in the film has a sheer share of warmth and affection one could expect from any mother-son bonding.

    Music score by Indian rock band Parikrama has an experimental touch but sadly doesn’t leave any identifiable mark. Camerawork by Prakash Kutty is excellently atmospheric and earthy. Film if falters on any ground, it is the dead pace in the first half and the too stretched second half in showing the after-effects of Manjunath’s murders including the crowd-funding at IIM by his batch mates to smoothen the fight for justice. A tighter and crispier version at edit table would have been a lot better for the film as whole.

    At the end, it is a film that demands one time watch because of its social relevance and a real heroic tale we don’t see, hear or read much nowadays. Corruption has degraded our values in real life to much extent; hopefully this film doesn’t get affected much with cinematic corruption and stays true to its intention, execution and effect at most. A good watch! [3/5]


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