Bollywood film review – Manjunath Rating – 2


A biopic which fails to appeal


The film is based on the true story of Manjunath Shanmugam — an Indian Oil employee who was brutally murdered for standing up to the oil mafia in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. However the treatment meted out by director Sandeep Varma fails to retain the audiences interest. What could have been made as a taut, gripping tale has a slow start right upto the interval. A strong story which created headlines and was on discussion boards is poorly executed. Such stories have to be an inspiration for the youth of the country to speak-up and fight back against the wrong-doings in the country.


Debutant Sasho Satish Saarthy plays Manjunath Shanmugam with much conviction. However, scenes created to make him a loveable person fail to make an impact. Seasoned actors like Seema Biswas and Yashpal Sharma do a commendable job. The music tracks in the film fail to impress on screen although they are wonderful renditions when heard.

IIM, the educational institute which created a furore to seek justice is not given much importance in the climax of the film. Divya Dutta’s cameo could have been explored to different dimensions by cutting shot some scenes and making the story more gripping.

One would expect the audiences to start thinking after watching this true-life tale, but the director’s efforts are lost since he took the film on a totally different tangent.