‘Bloody Mary’ movie review: The Nivetha Pethuraj starrer is a sketchy crime drama

The main character supposedly has a talent for turning around difficult situations; if only she had the strength to capture the story

The main character supposedly has a talent for turning around difficult situations; if only she had the strength to capture the story

Nivetha Pethuraj, cast in title role of Mary, powers Telugu crime drama Bloody Mary, with the story and screenplay by Prasanth Kumar Dimmala and directed by Chandoo Mondeti, streamed on Aha. The story is set in Vizag, where Mary lives with her childhood friends Raju (Rajkumar Kasireddy), who is hard of hearing, and Basha (Kireeti Damaraju), who has a speech disorder.

The opening sequences have three incidents of crime. The crime that takes place in childhood determines the life of the friends. The other two, which take place years later, turn the lives of the friends upside down and find themselves trapped between the devil and the deep sea. Maria also has a physical disability. A cop (Ajay) is on their trail and a local mobster Shekhar (Brahmaji) sees them as easy targets.

A premise like this, in which three main characters must fight for survival by rising above their limitations, can turn out to be an interesting crime drama if the story has enough to root viewers for the characters. A few details about the friends gradually unravel – how Mary isn’t what she initially seems and Basha’s movie aspirations. But these details don’t smoothly add to the bigger drama.

Mary’s characterization fluctuates between pretending to be timid on some occasions and presenting an overconfident demeanor on other occasions. A few of her turns are supported by her stealthy actions which are revealed in due course, but there are situations where she’s just making jumps. With the exception of the first few minutes when she recovers from a crime, Mary never seems vulnerable.

Bloody Mary

Cast: Nivetha Pethuraj, Ajay, Kireeti, Rajkumar

Directed by: Chandoo Mondetic

Stream on: Aha

After the first incident where she deceives the cop, the rest of her journey is unintrigued. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that she will wriggle out of any situation. I wish the story and screenplay had been smarter in developing these tricky situations. Brahmaji as the local don Shekhar also struggles with an endorsed, far from menacing character.

Kireeti and Rajkumar, despite the latter having to be violently jovial at times, come across as more believable characters and get their moments. If the writing had been better, it would have been possible to accept Mary’s role as the woman who had the last laugh. Instead, we get a few handy coincidences. The investigation into the two murders also remains superficial.

The endings that set the stage for a sequel are laughable rather than intriguing. The ‘Rise of Mary’ is not interesting enough; to keep us invested in her rule over Mumbai, the story needs a lot more depth.

(Bloody Mary is streaming on Aha)

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