Metro Kathalu Movie Review

Title: Metro Kathalu
Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Nakshatra, Thiruveer, Shanoor Sana, Ali Reza, Nandini Rai, Ram Maddukuri, Rajeev Kanakala, Gayatri Bhargavi
Director: Karuna Kumar
Streaming on: Aha
Language: Telugu

Story: Metro Kathalu deals with four different stories based in Hyderabad city, each dealing with the difficulties and sad side of relationships. The first story is “Proposal” starring Nakshatra and Thiruveer. The second story is “Ghatana” starring Shanoor Sana and Ali Reza. Third story is “Selfie” featuring Nandini Rai and Ram Maddukuri and the final one “Thegalu” starring Rajeev Kanakala and Gayatri Bhargavi.

Performances: Nakshatra impresses big time as a matured and independent girl. Sana appears in a bold role and does a great job. Ali Reza is okay. Nandini Rai is decent but does not the establish emotional connect that her character demands. Ram Maddukuri is fine. Rajeev Kanakala and Gayatri Bhargavi are experienced actors and did their parts neatly.

Technicalities: It is clear that the film is made on a limited budget and the technicians have provided best possible output. Cinematography is good and a lot of drone shots keep reminding us the title and backdrop of the film. Music compliments the film well. Production values could have been better as all stories are mostly restricted to a single room or spot. Dialogues are good in the first and fourth stories but could have been more effective in the other two.

Analysis: The aim of this film is to basically explore the difficulties and dark side of modern day relationships. The first story talks about financial assistance to family which is dealt in a very neat and matured way with Nakshatra’s performance adding to it and making it the best among the four stories. The second story talks about difficulties of a middle-aged woman who has to cope up with a bad husband. This story is dealt in a bold way with Sana impressing with her bold performance. However, this story may not appeal to all. The third story shows the plight of a lonely wife whose post-marital life is heading in the wrong way. This story does not properly convey what it intends to. The emotional connect is weak despite Nandini Rai’s bold act. The last story has experienced performers like Rajeev and Gayatri but it also struggles to convey what it intends to and does not really connect to the main theme of this anthology in any way. Director Karuna Kumar’s idea and theme are commendable. He succeeds to an extent with the first two stories but falters with the other two.

On a whole: Metro Kathalu is a decent attempt on modern day relationships but has it’s share of flaws and may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Rating: 2.25/5

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