Movie Review Jhummandi Naadam

Banner: Sri Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures
Casting: Mohan Babu, Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, Manchu Manoj Kumar, Tapsi
Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao
Music: M.M.Keeravani
Producer: Lakshmi Manchu

Manchu Manoj’s ‘Jhummandi Naadam’ movie has garnered great expectations and director K Raghavendra Rao is back again in the thick of the action for his art work. Let’s check out ‘Jhummandi Naadam’ movie review to find out whether this combo works or not!


Balu (Manchu Manoj Kumar) comes to the city challenging in his village that he would again visit his motherland only after becoming a singer. He resides opposite Captain Rao’s (Mohan Babu), who is a retired principal. Captain Rao has a friend Suman, who stays in US with his daughter Shravya (Taapsee). One day, Shravya visits India aspiring to make a documentary on Telugu music traditions and Balu assists her in this assignment, and both fall in love after sometime. But when Shravya proposes Balu, he rejects her. Why did Balu reject her proposal? This plot unveils in the later stage as Balu eventually turns singer.


Director K Raghavendra Rao once again throws his weight behind the tested formula of love stories amidst family drama. And ‘Jhummandi Naadam’ is yet another film from Raghavendra Rao’s dugout from the same genre. ‘Jhummandi Naadam’ is a musical love story with songs and art work, Manchu Manoj’s performance and Taapsee flaunting her body. Director Raghavendra Rao’s plot is pretty interesting, but the execution is erroneous. He should have made this movie 10 years back.

Manchu Manoj Kumar comes up with a decent performance in ‘Jhummandi Naadam’. However, I’m pretty sure he would not be playing some such roles in the near future. Raghavendra Rao once again is showing the tried and tested passé story and fails miserably. If the style of movie making should be changed, then people who are making movies must change their approach and mindset towards filmmaking.

The entire Manchu clan was neck and crop busy promoting ‘Jhummandi Naadam’, but I have to say their efforts will go in vain as the film has bit the dust once again. Significantly, just for a second it gave the impression that Mohan Babu was the hero and not Manchu Manoj.

Coming to the way Raghavendra handled Taapsee, it appears just for the sake of glamour and nothing else. There’s a lot of flaunting from Taapsee, which typically a character does not need. May be Raghavendra Rao roped him only her skin show.
The first of the movie is alright, but the second half has done awfully wrong. And the climax looks very cinematic. The screenplay is very simple without any variations as the movie becomes very predictable. Barring couple of songs and art work, watching ‘Jhummandi Naadam’ is the last thing you need.


Manchu Manoj has done justice to his character and he is surely getting better by films. However, such roles will only add to his career dimensions and not box-office collections. And surely ‘Jhummandi Naadam’ is such movie where he thinks that the role and glamour is just not enough to draw people to the theaters.

Taapsee looks hefty and glamorous and can fit any commercial Telugu movie. But there’s too much skin show, which is totally unnecessary. Her performance is just alright.
Mohan Babu – He plays more than a significant role and even dominated Manu Manoj’s character. I guess he should have taken less emphasis.

MS Narayana, Brahmanandam, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Authi Prasad are adequate.

Technical Departments

Music is pretty good by Keeravani, who understands Raghavendra Rao well. The tunes are very good and the background score is decent as well. Raghu Kulakarni’s art is commendable. But the costumes are pretty poor for the entire casting. Editing could have been better, but what Marthand Venkatesh do when he gets a rotten tomato?

Taken as a whole, Jhummandi Naadam’ is like an old wine in the new bottle where you could see typical Raghavendra Rao in 1990’s in action. But unfortunately this is 2010 and its tough for people to accept such films.
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