Title: Ek Mini Katha
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Santosh Shoban, Kavya Thapar, Brahmaji, Sudarshan, Saptagiri, Shraddha Das
Director: Karthik Rapolu
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Story: Right from childhood, Santosh (Santosh Shoban) is made to believe that having a small penis is a shameful thing and he tries all ways to get better at it but of no use. His marriage is fixed with his love Amrutha (Kavya Thapar) who is only interested in all the ‘big’ things in life. Santosh is worried that she will leave him when she comes to know the truth about him. What happened next and how does Santosh overcome his worries forms the rest of the film.
Performances: Santosh Shoban has done a very neat job without going overboard in a single scene. He has proven with this film about how he can perform and emote with ease. Kavya Thapar is good as female lead. Sudarshan gets a meaty role after a long time and he has made full use of it. All scenes that he appears in have delivered good fun. Same applies for proven artist Brahmaji too. Saptagiri and Posani Krishna Murali are fine. Shraddha das appears in a small role.
Technicalities: Gokul Bharathi’s camerawork is colorful and neat and added the right vibe for a rom-com. Pravin Lakkaraju’s music and background score are too good but the film could have gone with one song less. Editing is neat. Merlapaka Gandhi’s dialogues are a major plus. He made sure that the dialogues are never vulgar or gross. Lot of popular social media meme content have been used through dialogues.
Analysis: Story, screenplay and dialogues have been written by Merlapaka Gandhi. The story of the film is fresh and not something which should be put off as inappropriate or vulgar. It deals with a very serious and important problem which lot of people face and it has been addressed with zero vulgarity and complete fun. Kudos to Merlapaka Gandhi for once again delivering an engaging fun-filled screenplay after Venkatadri Express and Express Raja. The entire first half is high on entertainment and is constantly funny. It would have been a huge laugh riot if it had come out in theatres too. The second half loses the tempo a bit and turns less entertaining and predictable. There are some decent fun portions in second half too but they do not match the high set by the first half. The climax is good though anyone can easily guess what may happen. The main theme of the film could have been addressed in a more impactful way and as it gets a bit diluted amidst all the comedy and some serious dialogues in the end alone couldn’t make it stronger.
On a whole: Ek Mini Katha is a decent timepass fun ride worth watching for it’s comedy dose and an important message.