Khaidi No 150 Movie Review: Megastar In A Lacklustre Film

After 9 years of exile and political misfire, Telugu actor Chiranjeevi is back on the silver screen. The actor has singlehandedly ruled Telugu cinema for more than two decades. If the question in your mind is does Chiru still have acting chops, the answer to that is a resounding YES. Not many actors in the world can pull off action, dancing, comic timing all with equal ease, it is something only a few Indian actors can do. And Chiranjeevi is one of them, who does all of this with a remarkable elan. Continue reading “Khaidi No 150 Movie Review: Megastar In A Lacklustre Film”

Brahmotsavam Movie Review: The Family Saga that Fails to Excite, Entice or Amuse in Any Manner

A leading man who at 40 can easily pass off as someone in his late 20’s naturally and who is a superstar by all means, with his previous film (Srimanthudu) being a blockbuster, that’s Mahesh Babu for you. A director who has only made 3 films prior to this, but all of them being different from each other, coming across comfortable working with newcomers as well as big stars, that’s director Srikanth Addala alright. A production house which is known to back its directors all the way, investing in the fashion that is needed for a film and whose last 2 Telugu ventures (Kshanam and Oopiri ) have come across as among the better Telugu films of late, that’s PVP Cinema‘s identity in case you aren’t aware. With Mahesh Babu, Srikanth Addala and PVP Cinema coming together to make Brahmotsavam, the film was indeed expected to be a grand celebration, worthy enough of the film’s title. Continue reading “Brahmotsavam Movie Review: The Family Saga that Fails to Excite, Entice or Amuse in Any Manner”

Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?

The Salman Khan starrer Dabangg (2010) was not only a trendsetter of sorts in Hindi films; it even inspired similar versions in a few other languages, most notable of them being Gabbar Singh (2012) in Telugu. Despite basically using the same plot outline of Dabangg, director Harish Shankar made an effort to make a few simple changes, basically adapting it in a way that made sure that the personality of superstar Pawan Kalyan was well highlighted, making the film a delight to watch for fans and even the general audience. It was but natural that there would be an extension of the brand Gabbar Singh, after all who wouldn’t want to put his/her money on a winning horse.But with Dabangg 2 not meeting with the same reception as Dabangg the prospect of once again going for an adaptation was ruled out. After the mega success of Attarintiki Daaredi the project was announced, but there were frequent changes, the director, DOP and even the title ended up finally changing. What remained constant eventually was the presence of Pawan Kalyan and producer Sharrath Marar.Continue reading “Sardaar Gabbar Singh Movie Review: All Sound and Fury, But Hey What about the Story?”

Temper (2015) Movie Review: The Moral Basis for Individualism

Puri Jagannadh is a director who is influenced by Ayn Rand.Temper his latest film is in a way similar to an earlier film of his,Businessman which dealt with the same idea of individuality and society.  Daya an orphan works for a small time goon, but he soon realizes the power a policeman has and thus he dreams of joining the police force to earn power and money.

Credit to Puri and story writer Vakkantham Vamsi for not giving any justification to Daya being corrupt or a modern day Robin Hood, Daya is a villain for major part of the film.  Temper is not a path breaking film, nor does it intend to be. The item song in the first 10 minutes makes it clear what the director is aiming for, the lyrics of which translates to this is an item song for boys to dance is evidence enough of his intention.Continue reading “Temper (2015) Movie Review: The Moral Basis for Individualism”

Maari Movie Review: The Swag Works, But Would That Alone Do?

There are some things that never change when it comes to films, Tamil Cinema being no exception. Every actor worth his salt and of course every rupee invested on him, and every single whistle devoted to him, would love to feature in an out an out masala, playing a larger than life character in his or her own way. This is part of the whole “I feel I have it in me to become the next superstar” drive in which a lot of actors get involved in, some are open about it while some do it a little clandestinely. Which is why even actors like Vikram, Suriya, Dhanush who are all known for their acting prowess, keep attempting mass movies, time after time, not succeeding every time of course. We also have directors who otherwise do films of a slightly different kind also attempting to make the transition with more ‘formulaic’ films. Mysskin tried it with Mugamoodi, Ameer tried it with Aadhi Bhagavan, Suseenthiran tried it with Rajapattai, none of these worked and they have gone back to making their kind of films again. But the quest for commercial success doesn’t stop, the yearning to be the darling of the masses never ends.Continue reading “Maari Movie Review: The Swag Works, But Would That Alone Do?”

Yevadu Movie Review: Of Twists, Turns and all that Jazz for a Formula Telugu Film

Yevadu_posterFrom time immemorial we are used to films of big stars releasing during the main festivals of the year across India. This is a phenomenon observed both in case of Hindi and Regional films. And in this regard Pongal/Sankranthi holds a special place of pride as not only is it the 1st major festival of the year, but it is also a festival that’s equally big in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and thus crucial for big Tamil and Telugu releases. Over the last few years Sankranthi has always seen 2-3 big Telugu films releasing and it’s not a surprise for more than 1 film to succeed. Though by and large it is the big masala entertainers which work majorly during this time, there can be exceptions as well. During Sankranthi in 2011 we saw a regular masala film like Mirapakaya and a smaller slice of life film like Golconda High School succeed. In 2012 both Businessman and Bodyguard succeeded and last year we saw the clash between Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Naayak and not surprisingly both the films succeeded.Continue reading “Yevadu Movie Review: Of Twists, Turns and all that Jazz for a Formula Telugu Film”

Jilla Tamil Movie Review: Clash of the Titans

Cast: Vijay, Mohanlal, Kajal Aggarwal, Sampath, Poornima

Directed by T Neason

Mohanlal in Tamil film JillaJILLA, the coming together of two of the biggest names of the Southern Film Industry was always going to be massive. Such was the buzz and anticipation the project has been generating ever since it was announced that Mohanlal has signed on the dotted line for Vijay’s next offering. The signs too were promising with the Pongal date being locked. The first look posters were well received and the music has already made an impact on the charts. But does this all mean we could look forward to a movie like no other?

Well, maybe we are pushing our luck there. Because at the end of the day, it still is a Vijay vehicle which also translates into what one refers as the ‘mass’ entertainer. And unfortunately these so-called mass entertainers come with the staple curses …that of a screenplay plagued by songs that pop out of nowhere, bodies and cars flying around in the name of action and not to mention the crude humour on display. Those still persists, and we have to make peace with whatever remains on the platter.Continue reading “Jilla Tamil Movie Review: Clash of the Titans”

Jilla: Trailer

Jilla-Mohanal&VijayIn early 2013 when news of Vijay and Mohanlal coming together for the first time in Jilla was announced it created a huge frenzy among fans of both these popular actors. Considering that Vijay is also extremely popular in Kerala this sounded like a total winning combination. The people responsible for making this come true are writer-director R.T.Neason and producer R.B.Choudary. Continue reading “Jilla: Trailer”

Yevadu Telugu Film Trailer

Yevadu was supposed to be released in July 2013 but due to the political situation in Andhra Pradesh the release of the film was delayed.Though there were talks of the release date being shifted a couple of times, nothing was officially confirmed.Finally the film will release on 12th Jan 2014.Ram Charan‘s last hit was Naayak which was released on Sankranti period.  Dil Raju is the producer of the film whose last film Ramayya Vasthavayya was a flop. The film features Shruti Hassan and Amy Jackson in female lead roles. The film also has Allu Arjun and Kajal Aggrawal in cameo. The film will be dubbed into Malayalam and Tamil.Continue reading “Yevadu Telugu Film Trailer”