Check: Ek Mini Katha is the story of many men in this country who believe that their value lies in the size of their phallus. It doesn’t matter if they are well-mannered, handsome, kind, or have a loving family. The fact that its size might Being smaller than most seems to be a source of embarrassment due to the misconception: the bigger the better. Director Karthik Rapolu and Merlapaka Gandhi, who wrote the script, do a good job of bringing the subject to the fore. They just have a round way of doing it to keep things “entertaining”.
Santosh (Santosh Shobhan) is teased as a 7th grader by a classmate about his supposedly small phallus. He grows up to be a kind and caring civil engineer, but is constantly preoccupied with his size. Like most parents in this country, instead of sitting him down and having a conversation, his father (Brahmaji) hits him when he wants to talk about it. You also remain under the misconception that your son is a sex fanatic. Santosh’s nightmare comes true when he falls in love with Amrutha (Kavya Thapar) who likes everything ‘big’ in life and prefers to let her think the worst of him than reveal the truth. You try everything from going to a surgeon (Posani Krishna Murli) for an enlargement surgery to a sanyasini (Shraddha Das) for a miracle cure. He even joins a group on social media where people from all over the country sell cures. But luck is not on his side either.
While the idea and the message behind Ek Mini Katha it’s noble, Karthik and Merlapaka take a long time to get into the thick of things. The stakes seem higher once Santosh falls in love, but again, the filmmakers don’t seem to know what to make of Amrutha’s character either. You keep waiting for her to be fully incorporated into the story, but she remains a mute bystander to the proceedings, her perspective not even explored. Shraddha Das’s character may not have much screen time, but he’s a revelation. Plus, they also bring a variety of characters just for a laugh. The subject matter at hand is never explored to its full potential and the Brahmaji character receives a mandatory slap on the wrist at the end.
For a movie that is based on how a little phallus is more of a mental problem in our country than a physical one, the movie never takes the time to delve into Santosh’s mind. Instead, he opts to go through repetitive scenes and jokes about it, which becomes exhausting after a while. Jokes about a suicidal family member follow the line, a grandfather is obsessed with Pooja Hegde’s legs, a cousin is always in his nightgown doing TikToks, and there is Giri (Sapthagiri) who thinks he knows what will make Santosh happy. Harsha and Sudarshan do what they do best. Pravin Lakkaraju’s songs interrupt the flow for the most part, with only one song mixing with the narrative. The execution time is too long.
Yet despite it all, the fact remains that for Telugu cinema, this is a bold new step. Ek Mini Katha He manages to talk about sex without making it vulgar. Santosh brings his character to life, desperation seeping from every pore. You get caught up in his character in the midst of all that chaos and you want to know if he ever ends up making amends with his situation. And that’s what makes this movie worth watching!