U Turn: A Quick Review

U Turn Poster 3Suspense movies need a very acute sense of film-making acumen. Not only does it need a good story and direction, but also a sustained effort in keeping the audience engaged continuously, changing the plot and ‘whodunnit’ angle and finally revealing the plot at the right time.

Pawan Kumar managed this almost to near perfection in his debut film ‘Lucia’ that also made for a strong case study in crowd-funding and crowd-distributing a movie. Sadly, his next Kannada language films falls short of expectations in many counts. Though, to his credit he starts of very well and navigates the twists and turns effectively in the first half.

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U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction

Over the past 3-4 years, it seems that a small section of the Kannada Film Industry, inhabited by indie filmmakers is making a serious attempt to shake off the cobwebs that have been gathering for nearly 2 decades. While the audience is assailed with cinematic atrocities in the name of masala in the form of regurgitated formulaic potboilers, and remakes of hits from other Southern industries, we do occasionally come across rare gems, some polished, some not fully, and it reminds us that there may still be hope for Sandalwood if more movies like last year’s smash hit, Rangitaranga, Ulidavaru Kandante, Simple Aagi Ondh Love Story, and this director’s very own Lucia are made more often. But the real question here is, does Pawan Kumar’s sophomore effort live up to expectations?Continue reading “U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction”

Trailer Of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada Movie – ‘U Turn’

U turn1Director Pawan Kumar’s Lucia is perhaps the most successful crowdfunded Indian film till date and can surely be a considered as a case study for the crowdfunding model. The film which was made at a budget of Rs 51 lakhs (raised entirely through crowdfunding) was a box office success and the satellite rights were sold to Udaya TV at a very lucrative price. The film was also remade in Tamil as Ennakul Oruvan, while the Hindi remake rights were sold to Fox Star Studios.Continue reading “Trailer Of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada Movie – ‘U Turn’”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Lucia Kannada Movie Review- Drown In Your Dreams

In a world where the best film in recent times is hailed to be the mediocre Mungaaru Male, it is rather very bold and very heart warming that a film like Lucia has been made and allowed to see the light of day. It is extremely satisfying to see that a multiplex audience sat through the film for its entire run time of 135 minutes. After handling romance in Life Ishtene, Pawan Kumar handles a complex film like Lucia.

The film handles subjects ranging from lucid dreaming to  identity struggles , existentialism to love, and the best part is that it does all this without becoming an overbearing exercise in futility like most experimental films end up becoming. Nikki(Satish Neenasam), an usher at the local talkies suffers from insomnia. Nikki is like any insomniac who wishes he could sleep and not have his eyes open like an owl. He encounters two people who offer him pills named Lucia which would help him sleep. They also tell him that these pills would make him dream; the dream would be like watching a movie and he should not stop taking the pill.

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