Friday, April 27, 2018


Movie Review - Bharath Ane Nenu...

Movie: Bharath Ane Nenu (Telugu)
Directed: Koratala Siva
Produced: DVV Danayya
Story: Koratala Siva
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cast: Mahesh Babu/Kiara Advani/Prakash Raj/Sarathkumar/Aamani/Sithara/Brahmaji/Rao Ramesh

          Bharath Ane Nenu - A story, seemingly a grand version of 'Leader' and upgraded 'Oke Okkadu' together, deals with undivided Andhra Pradesh state (pre 2014) political affairs, a family drama and a love story along. Richness is observed in each frame, actors' costume, enhancing lead actor's fame. Mahesh's performance has been good as an young CM with inside-burning flame. Concept of regulating and regularizing social life in current situation by instilling fear and invoking accountability in citizens is appreciable. Some of the points regarding education system in India and ethics of communication Media are neatly presented. The capability of a strong lead and such a personality's need in politics are highlighted. However, as usually the machismo (fights) and charisma (songs) of the hero dominate, rather, dilute the significance of the story with an ending just hunky-dory. More purification of mind would have made this BAN to stand atop of usual band.

Monday, April 16, 2018


Movie Review - Krishnarjuna Yuddham...

Movie: Krishnarjuna Yuddham (Telugu)
Directed: Merlapaka Gandhi
Produced: Sahu Garapati/Harish Peddi
Story: Merlapaka Gandhi
Music: Adhithya/Jeeva (Hiphop Tamizha)
Cast: Nani/Anupama Parameswaran/Rukshar Dhillon/Brahmaji/Nagineedu/Devadarshini

          Krishnarjuna Yuddham - Nani's third attempt to present two characters in one film throughout has been good. The analogy of kurukshethra war where Krishna guided Arjuna to victory has been altered as such in this movie where Arjun's character is shown as the planner/guide and Krishna's character as the executor/doer. Nani has performed the happy-go-lucky villager role of Krishna with great poise and the other role of a rich rock-star Arjun is fine but needs refinement. The spark and swag of a rock-star are not igniting and inspiring. The songs have been dull and the music is ineffective, especially not supporting the rock-star image. First half has been too long and does not make the focal point strong. Comedy tracks have been short but script has been on dot. The village nativity has been captured quite beautifully including the party song and dance which are situational. Second half gets serious about the actual business and the screenplay has been good with connectivity maintained. Climax has been simple and sweet with Nani as Krishna generating enough heat to beat the opposition. Finally, both the characters win their respective love interests and respect with their interest shown in social service. This War of Krishna and Arjun together, might not be a block-buster but surely not a lack-lustre.

Monday, April 02, 2018


Movie Review - Rangasthalam...

Movie: Rangasthalam (Telugu)
Directed: Sukumar
Produced: Naveen Yerneni/Y Ravi Shankar/Mohan Cherukuri
Story: Sukumar
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cast: Ram Charan Teja/Samantha/Anasuya Bharadwaj/Aadhi Pinisetty/Jagapati Babu/Prakash Raj/Naresh/Rohini/Baby Annie

          Rangasthalam (Performing Stage/Here, Village) - In the movie, The Karate Kid (2010), Jackie Chan as Han, works very hard to rebuild a car for a year only to destroy it as it being a reason for killing his family. For a change, the concept has been copied by the director here (along with many; such as protagonist's look, backdrop scenes, village ceremonies & posters) with the car replaced by a man of evil intentions (PR). Thus, this revenge saga is dealt with really long wait (depicted by length of the movie too) to set balance sheet straight by a happy-go-lucky handicapped hero. The songs and choreography miss the sync, the lead actress delivered a performance seemingly uninterested and with inadept make-up and failing expressions. Anasuya does a fairly good job and lives the role with aplomb. Cherry does a pretty decent job but needs more improvement. Jagapati Babu gets a small and insignificant role and he performs with no soul. The item song and many scenes are unnecessary and uncalled for proving that the Maths Teacher (Director) missed a step in solving and worked backwards to equate; with all mass and masala elements, over the spillage violence but efforts inadequate. Overall, nothing much related to 1980s in this story of a pretty common villager fighting political mighties in a petty way for justice. A stage, not so coming-of-age, clearly under utilized.

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