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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Saamy 2 Telugu movie review

Saamy is the dubbed version of Tamil action film Saamy 2 (Saamy square) starring Vikram and Keerthy Suresh in lead roles. It was produced by Shibu Thameens and directed by Hari. The film released worldwide simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu languages on 21st Sep, 2018.

Saamy Telugu movie review - Vikram, Keerthy Suresh

It is the sequel to Saamy, which was remade in Telugu as Lakshmi Narasimha starring Nandamuri Balakrishna and Asin in lead roles. The film starts where the first part has ended. After Dharma Bhikshu (Kota Srinivasa Rao) gets killed in the hands of a strict police officer, Parashurama Saamy (Vikram), his three sons living in Colombo return to Vijayawada and erect his statue in Vijayawada. Ravana (Bobby Simha) kills Saamy and his pregnant wife as a revenge to his father’s death. The parents of Saamy run away with an infant and live in exile for 28 years. Ramasaamy (Vikram) grows up to become an IPS officer and takes charge in Vijayawada. The daughter of a minister, Diya (Keerthy Suresh) falls for him after he saves her from abduction. The rest of the story is about how Ramasaamy avenged the death of his parents.

Story Analysis:
It is an out and out masala film targeted for B and C centre audience. The love track is forced into the film and the narrative is confusing. The transformation between past and present is abrupt and the audience may not cope up with the change. The director should have given some time for the build up of setting as the first version is more than a decade old. The action is good and is entertaining for mass audience but may appear routine to general audience. The comedy has Tamil flavor and is loud. The love track is forced into the story without much explanation. The confrontation scenes between Vikram and Bobby Simha are a feast for mass audience. The story is a complete mass entertainer.

Vikram is superb as an honest and dynamic police officer. He looks young and his performance is full of energy. Keerthy Suresh doesn’t have much scope but she impresses with subtlety and glamour. Bobby Simha is an asset to the film and lives up to the expectations. Prabhu has a brief role and he is good.

Technical Analysis:
The script could have been better as it seems outdated. The production values are decent. The cinematography is good and the visuals are rich. The songs are just okay and the background score is average. Only a couple of tracks were reused for the majority of the film without putting much efforts on the music. The editing is extremely bad and the film appears to be the bits and pieces from Saamy and Singham films. In fact, a better editing could have doubled the collections of the film. The direction doesn’t meet the expectations. The film is more like Singham instead of Saamy. The trademarks and style of Saamy are missing in the sequel.

Saamy is a feast for mass audience as there are many scenes that appeal to them. The general audience may not like the film but is watchable. Although the story is said to be happening in Vijayawada, the film is full of Tamil nativity. It would have been better if the film is remade instead of dubbed. The Tamil version could be successful but the commercial performance of Telugu version is doubtful.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Nannu Dochukunduvate movie review

Nannu Dochukunduvate is a romantic comedy film starring Sudheer Babu and Nabha Natesh in lead roles. It was produced by Sudheer Babu under his home banner Sudheer Babu Productions and directed by debutante RS Naidu. The film was released worldwide on 21st Sep, 2018.

Nannu Dochukunduvate movie review - Sudheer Babu, Nabha Natesh

Karthik (Sudheer Babu) is a strict manager with plans to settle in USA and climb the corporate ladder. As his family pressurises him to get married, he plans to avoid the marriage proposals by employing a short film actress, Meghana (Nabha Natesh), as his fake girlfriend. The personality of Meghana is in contrast with Karthik and they start to like each other. As Karthik feels that the love is disturbing his professional career, he decides to stay away from Meghana. How they reunited and whether Karthik chooses love over career forms the crux of the story.

Story Inspirations:
Nannu Dochukunduvate is a copy of (rather adaptation of) 2009 Hollywood film, ‘The Proposal’ with genders switched. The original was a ‘chick-flick’ with the lead actress over-shadowing all others and was a blockbuster at boxoffice. Incidentally, Sandra Bullock, who played the strict boss in original was an executive producer of the film, while Sudheer Babu produced the Telugu version himself. The second half of Nannu Dochukunduvate is mostly original, except the climax, and this is the most boring part which exposes the poor writing.

Story Analysis:
Nannu Dochukunduvate has a decent first half and an average second half. The entire comedy track carried over the shoulders of Nabha Natesh who played the role of Meghana as a bubbly girl. The chemistry between lead pair is good and the transformation of characters is well portrayed. The subtleties during emotional scenes in second half are well directed. The conflict is extremely weak and is not sufficient for a complete film. There should have been subplots to make the main story interesting. The lead pair appear literally throughout the film and the film doesn’t set the mood and tone required through other characters. The film appeals to the audience visually but there is not much to hold them until the climax.

Sudheer Babu effortlessly fits into the role of a strict manager. His performance during emotional scenes is good. Nabha Natesh is an asset to the film and her performance in the film will fetch her more opportunities in Tollywood.

Technical Analysis:
The writing is patchy and the screenplay should have been better. The dialogues are great and are natural. The production values are decent. The songs could have been better. The background score is decent. The cinematography is good and the visuals are rich. The editing is uneven as the pace continuously changes and the second half is boring. The direction is good and he has done a great job for a debutante.

Nannu Dochukunduvate is a regular rom-com with good characterizations and performances. The film may appeal to regular audience of rom-coms but whether it survives the big budget films coming from the next week onwards is doubtful.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Vijay Deverakonda intimate pics gone viral

Vijay Deverakonda became talk of the town for all wrong reasons. Some selfie photos featuring him along with a foreigner are circulating in internet. 

Vijay Deverakonda intimate pics gone viral

All the photos were taken by a mysterious girl. It is not clear whether the pics are morphed or real but a section of media claims them to be photoshoot stills taken before the release of Arjun Reddy. Some people claim the pics to be real and the mysterious girl as his girlfriend Vimmy. Last year, there were speculations that he was dating a foreigner named Vimmy and secretly engaged to her but Vijay Deverakonda laughed off the speculations.

Vijay Deverakonda Geetha Govindam

Vijay Deverakonda gained recognition through the romantic comedy ‘Pelli Choopulu’ ad gained huge following in youth with ‘Arjun Reddy’. His recent film ‘Geetha Govindam’ grossed over 100 Crores and is among the top grossers in USA boxoffice. The kiss scenes of Geetha Govindam were also circulated through internet before the release of the film and were edited out of theatrical release. Vijay is busy with his career and will be seen in his upcoming movies Taxiwala, NOTA and Dear Comrade. Some sources claim that he is playing the role of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in the YSR biopic titled ‘Yatra’, while Mammootty is playing the lead role as YSR.

Vijay Deverakonda fake selfies

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Some people close to Vijay Deverakonda say that the pics are morphed and are circulated to defame him as he is seen growing into a star with consistent success.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Subtext in C/o Kancharapalem

The subtext is rarely used in Telugu films nowadays and most films are depending on explicit narration. Subtext is the content underneath the dialogues and visuals. It is not easy to convey the thoughts and motives of the character through dialogues, so subtext is used in narration to convey it through action, art design, costumes or even through silence. Subtext is mostly implicit and sometimes conveyed through metaphors.

Subtext could be a person, colour, object, symbol, action etc that holds a meaning. The subtext can be either narrative subtext or visual subtext. The narrative subtext which is conveyed through dialogues or action. For example, in the film ‘Geetha Govindam’, a scene from ‘Bharateeyudu’ is shown where Kamal Haasan glances at his wife and she immediately packs luggage. That was described as the understanding between wife and husband. It is a very good example of narrative subtext in movies. The visual subtext is conveyed through images. For example, the beard in Arjun Reddy is a sign of depression but is never explicitly discussed anywhere in the film. The subtext gives audience an information or tells them something about the character.

This article explicitly discusses the story of the film. There will be spoilers for the audience who have not yet watched the film. Click herefor a spoiler-free review of the film.

C/o Kancharapalem presents the religion as the subtext under the love stories set in a suburban called Kancharapalem. The film narrates four love stories with each of them dealing with a religion. It is to be noted that the religions are not discussed in detail and the film doesn’t focus on the stigmas associated with any religion.

Subtext in C/o Kancharapalem

Sundaram-Sunitha: Hinduism
Sundaram is a school kid and a practicing Hindu. He is infatuated towards his classmate Sunitha and prays to God to make her talk to him. His friend helps him impress her and she finally talks to him during lunch break. Sundaram credits Lord Ganesha for it and keeps a blind faith on God. His love story comes to an end when Sunitha’s father sends her to New Delhi to join in a boarding school. Sundaram blames God for it and loses faith on God.

Joseph-Bhargavi: Christianity
Sundaram after losing his faith on Hinduism, converts to Christianity, and changes his name to Joseph. He is an aimless teenager who falls for an orthodox Brahmin girl, Bhargavi. They plan for their future together. Joseph is not highly religious but follows all religious practices and attends Sunday prayers. Bhargavi decides to convert to Christianity and Joseph takes up a job with the help of his boss, Ammoru. His friends and Ammoru morally support him. Their love story comes to an end when the father of Bhargavi marries her off to another guy. Joseph is shown praying in the Church before walking away. He has lost faith on Christianity and turned into an atheist.

Geddam-Saleema: Islam
Joseph, now an atheist and referred to as Geddam, works in a liquor shop. He falls in love with a lady who comes to their shop regularly. His friends force him to talk to her, and he finally gets to know her. She tells him that she is a prostitute but he still loves her. She reciprocates his love and they together plan for a future. His friends respect their decision and stand for them. He decides to convert to Islam to marry her. Some local Muslims believe that her profession is an insult to the religion and try to warn her but she accidentally gets killed. Geddam is heartbroken and decides to remain single.

Raju-Radha: Humanity
Raju, now a 49 years old bachelor, works as a clerk in an office. A widow and single mother, Radha, joins their office. Radha is from Odisha and doesn’t understand Telugu at all but Raju teaches her the language. Radha treats Raju respectfully unlike others in office who respect people by their position. When asked about the religious beliefs of Raju, he tells her that he believes in humanity as it is people surrounding him who always stood for him but not the God. She appreciates his philosophy in life. They eventually fall in love and the daughter of Radha approves of their marriage. Radha’s brother opposes her decision and tells her to ignore him. The people of Kancharapalem helps them get married.

Raju had his religious beliefs receded with time and he finally keeps faith on people surrounding him. The meaning of love changed for him with age. He initially believed in infatuation as true love which left him devastated. He later loved a girl and decided to get married without the consent of her family but she has to marry someone else due to family pressure. He falls for a lady later, respects and understands her but loses her. He loves another woman in his middle age, convinces her daughter for their marriage, thinks about the society and their future. The religions or Gods never helped him pursue his love or to lead a happy life but it’s always the people who helped him. This is the central message of the film which is expressed through narrative subtext.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Pawan Kalyan Top 10 movies

Pawan Kalyan is one of the top actors of Tollywood. He started his career with simple love stories and has grown over the years into a regional phenomenon with his variations and style. He has played multiple roles in the industry as an actor, producer, director, writer and choreographer within a career spanning over 22 years. The following 10 movies helped him grow as an actor and a star.

Pawan Kalyan Top 10 movies

1. Tholi Prema:
Tholi Prema is a milestone in the career of Pawan Kalyan. This is the film that established him as an independent actor without the influence of his brother, Chiranjeevi, over his films. Although he had successful films before Tholi Prema, people used to refer to him as the brother of Chiranjeevi but after this film, he became a brand of his own. The entire film revolves around the character of protagonist, Balu, enacted by Pawan Kalyan and towards the climax the audience emotionally connect to the character. The climax has set a trend in Telugu movies that the airport climax is still used to convey separation in films. It is the debut film of painter turned director, Karunakaran, and even after 20 years of the release, he is still called as the director of Tholi Prema. This film has the most natural performance of Pawan Kalyan. Tholi Prema is considered as one of the modern classics of Telugu cinema.

2. Kushi:
Kushi remained as the epitome of Pawan Kalyan’s stardom. The film has made him as the style icon among the youth of (then united) Andhra Pradesh. The fights were a sensation and all the songs were instant chartbusters. The film has been marked as the most successful urban love story in the history of Telugu cinema. His craze at the time of Kushi was so high that there were articles in some leading magazines at that time about how Pawan Kalyan is going to surpass Chiranjeevi in terms of popularity in coming years. His casual acting style in the film was appreciated by the audience, critics and the contemporary actors alike. Pawan Kalyan emerged as the most promising actor of the generation with consistent success.

3. Gabbar Singh:
Gabbar Singh is so important to Pawan Kalyan’s career for many reasons. After Kushi, he faced many flops and average films with Jalsa being the only successful film within a decade. The hiatus of failures became worrisome to his fans who have been waiting for a film as grand as Kushi. Gabbar Singh is his first full fledged commercial film that was made in admiration to his screen presence. The critics considered it as the peak of hero worship in Tollywood with supporting actors and even villains talking about his craze. Most of the technicians worked for the film are fans of Pawan Kalyan, and his characterization in the film is designed to cater to the fans. Gabbar Singh is a celebration of his stardom.

4. Attarintiki Daredi:
Attarintiki Daredi is the second collaboration of Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram Srinivas after Jalsa. A pirated copy of the entire first half of the film was available before its release. The team had to prepone the release and the result of the film became doubtful. The film was well appreciated by the audience and went on to become the highest grossing film of Tollywood at that time. Pawan Kalyan’s comedy timing, Trivikram’s dialogues and Devi Sri Prasad’s music recreated the magic of Kushi and the film ran to packed houses.

5. Thammudu:
Thammudu marks the beginning of Pawan Kalyan’s craze. Pawan Kalyan being the martial artist himself, has just lived in the role of an aimless youngster turned a boxer. He has learned boxing for the film and portrayed his role to perfection. It will remain on the list of top Telugu martial arts-based films in the decades to come. The ‘Traveling soldier’ song is one of the best motivational songs in Tollywood.

6. Jalsa:
Jalsa is among the most anticipated films of Pawan Kalyan before its release. The posters of the film have been a sensation and were talk of the town at the time of its release. This is undoubtedly the most stylish outing of Pawan Kalyan after Kushi. The songs were refreshing and youthful. Jalsa is one of the most entertaining films in the career of Pawan Kalyan. Apart from entertainment, the film has an underlying social message which is intensified with the dialogues of Trivikram Srinivas and the performance of Pawan Kalyan.

7. Suswagatam:
Suswagatam established Pawan Kalyan among the promising youngsters of Tollywood. His performance is loved by audience and critics alike. Particularly, the scene where he expresses his love for heroine to his father is one of his career best performances. The audience well received the positive role of Raghuvaran in the film who was known for his villain roles. It became norm in Telugu cinema for all love stories to end with marriage but the film came up with a shocking ending with a strong message.

8. Badri:
Badri is a film that was built on attitude and mannerisms more than the story. By the time of this film, Pawan Kalyan has become the minimum guarantee hero with a string of successful films to his credit. The film has become a blockbuster in spite of a weak script. The film wasn’t appreciated by the critics and many credited the success of the film purely to Pawan Kalyan’s craze among youth. The iconic hand on neck pose started with this film and the arrogant and rebellious characterization became a trademark of director Puri Jagannadh.

9. Balu:
Balu is the second collaboration of Pawan Kalyan and Karunakaran after the landmark ‘Tholi Prema’. The film was released amidst huge expectations but couldn’t repeat the magic. Still, it is celebrated by fans for the characterization of Pawan Kalyan in flashback episode.

10. Panjaa:
Panjaa is not a boxoffice success but it has one of the most stylish screen presences of Pawan Kalyan. The film had a lousy script and was only appreciated for styling and performances.