Off late. we have been watching films and web series made with different content that encompass various sensitive subjects. LGBTQ relationships, sexual orientation, and even sex change subjects have been attempted in other languages whereas in Telugu this kind of content is still in nascent stage. Ek Mini Katha, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video is one such effort in this direction that touches the sensitive subject of the size of reproductive organs in the human body.
Santosh (Santosh Shobhan) slips into inferiority complex about the size of his genitals forcing him to abandon the ideas about marriage.
He can’t stop falling in love with Amrutha (Kavya Thapar) who thinks ‘big’ in all respects. But the dilemma of Santosh whether to reveal the dark secret about his size to Amrutha or not drives him to find solution to his problem in many ways which include the enlargement surgery.
How did Santosh manage? And what happened to his love life and marriage are the key questions whose answers can be found only after watching Ek Mini Katha.
Brahmaji shines in the character of the father of Santosh and its good to see him in a polished character after a long time.
Santosh Shobhan has showed shades of maturity in this film and his performance levels have improved when compared to his earlier outings.
Kavya Thapar fits the bill, Sudarshan justifies his presence one more time while Shraddha Das and Posani Krishna Murali are wasted in characters that have no significance.
Harshavardhan excels and Sapthagiri tries his best but could not create any kind of impact due to poor characterization and presentation.
Behind the scenes
The theme selected by Merlapaka Gandhi for Ek Mini Katha is quite novel one. But in Indian circumstances particularly against the South Indian context where any discussion on sex and genitals is treated as a taboo, Ek Mini Katha comes out with a pinch of salt which may not be accepted by larger section of audience because of various reasons prevailing in our society.
The crass treatment given to a sensitive subject diluted the essence of the issue. As a result, Ek Mini Katha falls flat in between adult comedy and an enlightening adult drama without doing justice to either of them.
The director Karthik Rapolu has shown promise while translating the writing of Gandhi on to the screen although there are some loopholes in the narrative.
The music by Praveen Lakkaraju was impressive but the songs that appear in the film are the main irritants that obstructed the narrative to a larger extent which lead to the unnecessary increase in the length too.
A little more care should have been taken by the writer in weaving a story around a sensible subject. A compact screenplay without the overdose of vulgarity and sexual references with some hilarious sequences where the whole family can enjoy could have done wonders to Ek Mini Katha.
But the film has lost the universal appeal by the substandard treatment given and now only bachelors who are ready for marriage can watch this film on their mobiles or on other devices discreetly just to have some fun and nothing else.
A totally wasted effort and its time that we make films which touch sensitive issues with subtlety, empathy, and decency while portraying them on the screen so that the whole family can sit, enjoy and get enlightened without any hindrance or limitations. This is where the efficiency of our directors or writers will be put to test so that they can get more recognition and response from the audience depending on how best they can convey a sensitive subject to a larger section of audience successfully.