‘Crazy Uncles’ tells the story of three friends, in their early 50s, who get into soup after getting attracted to a popular female singer who is half their age. Wriggling out from the unexpected circumstances, all three learn lessons from it. Popular playback singer and senior actor Mano plays one of the characters in the movie while the other two — Raja Ravindra and Bharani Shankar play the other two roles.
“I play the role of a gold merchant in the movie. Usually I look the same without makeup,” laughs Mano. The singer-actor, who appeared in various television shows including popular primetime comedy show ‘Jabardasth’, wanted to take the extended version of comedy to viewers.
“It’s an experiment to bring audiences to theatres. They have all been enjoying comedy on the small screen. Bringing them to theatres and tickling their funny bones by dishing out something different was a challenge. The trust we had on director Sathish Babu and the script that made us give our best is what we call ‘Crazy Uncles’,” says Mano.
Mano, who witnessed different eras — right from the sepia of the ’80s, feels that audiences for comedy haven’t changed much. “The emotion between sister, brother, in-laws — the combination of lives in Telugu families is still the same. Our lives revolve around all these mixed sentiments. So what happens when three friends — one a financier, a builder, and a gold merchant, search for happiness outside, when their family abruptly treats them as insignificant. What happens when they bump into a popular singer (Sreemukhi) and bowled over by her beauty? And how they wriggle out of the muck forms the crux,” the actor added.
Elaborating about the comedy flick which is scheduled release in theatres on Thursday, Mano says there’s a hidden message in the story. “Incessant chatter of the mind, and realising the way they get treated with less importance. Some people take to gambling and look for happiness elsewhere. ‘Crazy Uncles’ certainly packs a message for sure,” he concludes.