Men Too, starring Naresh Agastya, Kaushik Ghantasala, and Mourya Siddavaram, has garnered significant attention with its promotional material. The much-anticipated film has finally hit theaters today. Read on to discover our review and find out how the film fares.
Aditya (Naresh Agastya), Sanju (Kaushik Ghantasala), and Munna (Mourya Siddavaram) are close friends who frequent the ‘Stags Only’ pub.One day, they encounter Rahul (Harsha Chemudu), an IT employee who lost his job due to allegations of sexual harassment. The decision Rahul ultimately makes leaves everyone astonished. Did Rahul genuinely engage in sexual harassment? What unfolds next holds the answers.
Naresh Agastya delivers a commendable performance, once again proving his versatility in portraying diverse characters.
Mourya shines in his portrayal of Munna, a mechanic who holds a cynical view of women as cheaters. He injects humor into the narrative with his amusing acts and witty dialogues.
Despite having limited screen time, Harsha Chemudu’s character plays a significant role in the film. He leaves a lasting impact, and the second half primarily revolves around him.
Kaushik Ghantasala also receives a substantial role, and he does justice to it. The comedy in certain parts of the film works well, and some dialogues are well-crafted.The visuals and score enhance specific scenes, particularly in the first hour.
Director Srikanth G Reddy attempts to address a critical issue that some men face in real life. He aims to present the point humorously but falls short. The director intends to highlight that men also encounter problems and that certain pseudo-feminists wrongfully portray them as offenders by playing the victim card.
The director could have done a better job of engagingly showcasing the problems faced by the three lead characters. Their backstories lack compelling depth, and certain aspects, such as Aditya (Naresh Agastya) and Tara (Riya Suman) taking a break from their relationship for a trivial reason, seem implausible.
The story is relatively simple, and the central theme is not explored adequately in the second half. The screenplay could have been stronger during this portion.
With the exception of the song “It’s Her Choice,” the movie lacks good songs. The music in the second half does not leave the same impression as in the first half.
It appears that the female characters in the movie are included merely for the sake of specific scenes. Riya Suman’s character has limited scope for performance. Additionally, the film features unnecessary characters played by Priyanka Sharma, Ashritha, and Jabardasth Rohini. The roles of Brahmaji and Sudarshan could have been better established.
The director falls short in effectively presenting the central theme. The screenplay could have been stronger, which would have significantly impacted the film’s outcome.
In terms of technicalities, the cinematography is clean, and the music is satisfactory. The editing could have been improved, with certain scenes requiring trimming. The production values are adequate, and the film’s short runtime benefits the audience.
Overall, Men Too proves to be a slightly disappointing film, save for a few humorous scenes that provide some entertainment value. The performances by the lead actors and Mourya’s comedy are the film’s highlights. However, the central theme fails to engage viewers. The sluggish second-half screenplay and some unnecessary scenes make Men Too a lackluster viewing experience. If you plan to watch the movie this weekend, it’s advisable to keep your expectations modest.