Manchu Vishnu’s ‘Mosagallu’ deals in dollars

Despite technical wizardry and high-octane fights, the film isn’t really an edge-of-the-seat thriller

By   |  Published: 19th Mar 2021  6:59 pmUpdated: 19th Mar 2021  7:00 pm

Manchu Vishnu has returned to the Telugu silver screen after a long gap. He pinned high hopes on the explosive-action drama Mosagallu which has hit the theatres on Friday. Mosagallu tells the story of a middle-class family.

Tanikella Bharani is a man who stands by his philosophy of leading a loyal life and wants his children Arjun (Vishnu Manchu) and daughter (Kajal Aggarwal) to imbibe the qualities. Vishnu, a BTech graduate, works for an outsourcing company assisting US citizens in product queries.

And the paltry Rs 20,000 aren’t enough for him to run the family. His technical knowledge helps him earn extra money. Using the loopholes, he steals the personal credentials of his clients in the US and sells them off on the dark web.

His boss Vijay (Navdeep) observes him secretly and unveils a bigger plan well before Vishnu to earn dollars for a lifetime. And thus, the team of loyal staff, including Vishnu’s sister Kajal, comes on board to work seriously on the scam. Now, Navdeep has the idea of conning US citizens in the name of taxes.

The team starts off the work haphazardly and fumbles at the beginning in convincing the callers. Siddu (Naveen Chandra), who is involved in a few crimes and also an expert in handling illegal activities, gets added to the team. The experience makes them brace up to come up with more infrastructure, tactfully skilled and smart work staff in dealing with things.

Thus, the collaboration of the three — Vishnu, Navdeep and Kajal — rakes in millions of dollars in a very less time. The money gets transferred to India in the form of hawala. And gradually, the team expands business with better infrastructure and strides forward. With the meteoric leap in amassing illegal wealth, these conmen evade arrest from US police services.

And a tip-off from an employee to Interpol makes the story more gripping. Mosagallu, one of the high-budget movies directed by Hollywood filmmaker Jeffrey Gee Chin, has made much noise with promotional activities a week before its release.

Actor Manchu Vishnu also explained how he invested his heart and soul besides crores of rupees for its making. Conman dramas involving IT scams usually tend to deliver an edge of- the-seat thrill with a taut screenplay.

However, the makers here could’ve given a little focus to the script rather than focusing on technical wizardry and style of making. Cliched-dialogue writing and beating-around-the bush conversations, disjointed sequences would test the patience of viewers. The action sequences involving some high-spirited fights are appreciable as some top-notch technicians had worked on it. Sheldon Chau’s cinematography stands out to be the best.


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