Nithin Kumar Reddy Megha Akash
Chal Mohan Ranga Review: Mohan Ranga (Nithiin) is an aimless youth wanting to join the rat race and make it big in the US. He cunningly finds a way to get to the States and after finally reaching his destination, he has to figure out a way to stay there. He does it conveniently with the help of a friend he makes there, Vilas (Madhu Nandan), and a sponsor he finds, Ramesh (Rao Ramesh). There he meets Megha Subramanyam (Megha Akash), a childhood acquaintance he doesn’t recognise who moves to the US to pursue her studies. It’s not long before Mohan and Megha fall in love. However, seeing as how they’re as different as chalk and cheese, are they the right match for each other?
‘Chal Mohan Ranga’ is Nithiin’s 25th film and seeing how he picked a comedy genre for it; it’s a mystery as to why Megha Akash was picked as his co-star, as she just can’t seem to emote. The film has an utterly predictable storyline penned by Trivikram Srinivas that has been done and dusted with numerous times. However, where the film could’ve set itself apart is the way it handled the clichéd subject. The reasons why Mohan and Megha’s relationship (if you can call it that, since they never even bother to give it a try in the first place) keeps hitting bumps is so silly, it almost makes you face-palm. What works for the film is the situational comedy that elicits laughs every few minutes, kudos to directed Krishna Chaitanya for that.
Other than that, nothing really seems to work for the film – be it the chemistry between the lead characters or the music by SS Thaman, which intriguingly somehow sounds better off-screen than on it. It is only ‘Miami’ that manages to look halfway good and a little energetic on-screen with the other songs falling flat on their faces with weird choreography and picturisation. ‘Pedda Pulli’ too must be mentioned for the attempt; as one can see Nithiin and the team truly tried to make the song work.
The whole trope of how NRIs supposedly lead their lives is getting old and this film also employs them to a certain extent. What’s curious is why Megha, who is seen dressed only in western wear while in the US, starts dressing like a Punjabi kudi once she returns to India, to her home in Ooty. Nothing about her character ever seems consistent including the reason why she supposedly doesn’t want to be with Mohan. Mohan, on the other hand, seems to be the only one who sometimes knows what he wants – be it materialistic gains or Megha, later on. However, all the characters, including the lead pair, are so lazily fleshed out and paper thin, one hardly seems to care about where they all end up or even if the lead pair end up together (which they do).
‘Chal Mohan Ranga’ is an aimless and time-pass ride, which starts out with promise and has a few highs – if only it had a better story and character development. Go watch the film if you’ve nothing to do and with zero expectations, you might not leave disappointed.