Anukshanam Movie Review: A Glimpse Of Ram Gopal Varma’s Glorious Former Self


Ram Gopal Varma is a name that evokes admiration and dread in equal measures. The admiration can be attributed to his earlier films (Shiva, Rangeela, Satya to name a few) which largely changed the way movies were made in India. The dread can be attributed to his recent works which have mostly caused grief to the audiences (RGV ki Aag, Department, Agyaat to name a few) mainly due to the technical indulgences employed by him in the name of filmmaking. Once in a while we would see flashes of his glorious old self in films such as Rakta Charitra I, Attacks of 26/11 keeping alive the hope among his fans and audiences.Continue reading “Anukshanam Movie Review: A Glimpse Of Ram Gopal Varma’s Glorious Former Self”

Damaal Dumeel Movie Review : The Curious Case of ‘Intent Vs Implementation’

Damaal_DumeelThe film opens with a slow motion shot of a burning match-stick going down on a document of sorts, engulfing it in flames within seconds. Though the execution and framing of that shot make us sit up in anticipation, we are left pondering over the entire movie, the nagging thought of whether it was the screenplay book which was burnt in the first scene and the director just came to the sets and improvised on what he had in mind. After the burning shot, the film then shifts to a sequence showing a hooded man, dumping what seems like garbage bags into various gates in the city.  Definitely, a promising way to kick-start the proceedings. But what follows is rather a routine introduction of a ‘happy-go-lucky’ youth dancing to a very average thumping song which easily loses our attention, leaving us disappointed and shocked. And unfortunately that feeling lingers till the very end.  In fact, ‘Damaal Dumeel’ as a stand alone film is a perfect example of how a promising script on paper could be translated into an ordinary mundane affair on screen. Having said that, as a debutante film-maker, Shree’s intent of making a gritty movie in the dark comedy/thriller genre staying clear off commercial compromises is certainly commendable, and he does show his mettle in flashes. But as a whole, the overall execution of the film is very mediocre, and fails to sustain our interest.Continue reading “Damaal Dumeel Movie Review : The Curious Case of ‘Intent Vs Implementation’”

Damaal Dumeel: Sneak Peek

Damaal_DumeelDamaal Dumeel is a forthcoming Tamil black comedy-thriller directed by Shree and produced by C.J.Jayakumar. Shree who had apprenticed under Shankar during Endhiran, makes his debut with this film. Damaal Dumeel features Vaibhav Reddy and Remya Nambeesan in the lead and the supporting cast includes Sayaji Shinde, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Charlie, Mano Bala etc. Damaal Dumeel has music by Thaman.S while Edwin Sakay is the DOP and Paramesh Krishna is the editor.Continue reading “Damaal Dumeel: Sneak Peek”

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”

Kick: Cheeky enough to make it work

As someone who has been tracking and following Telugu Cinema for a long time now, its certainly disappointing to see the kind of films getting dished out from there these days. This is all the more appalling considering that even a few years ago there were a few good movies coming out every year. My definition of a good Telugu movie meant either a really interesting film which was unique & with a heart or even a good mainstream film which was meant to entertain us and did that perfectly without affecting our sensibilities. Continue reading “Kick: Cheeky enough to make it work”

Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum Movie Review: A Disaster of Epic Proportions

To all those who have been complaining about the falling standard of Telugu Cinema I have proudly spoken about filmmaker Krish. While I do not know him and have never even met him, his films so far i.e Gamyam, Vedam and even the Tamil version of Vedam i.e Vaanam have showed that here is a writer-filmmaker who knows his stuff and is able to somehow manage to impress the critics and appeal to a large section of the audience as well.Continue reading “Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum Movie Review: A Disaster of Epic Proportions”

Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu Movie Review- A Pawan Kalyan Show all the way

There are actors, stars, star sons, super stars and POWER STAR PAWAN KALYAN. If you follow Telugu Cinema you will definitely know him more for the loyalty of his fans. You can realize the craze for Pawan Kalyan, when Baba Sehgal rendered a song for him, his fans invented a religion called Pawanism.Pawan Kalyan had earlier acted in Puri Jagannath’s debut movie Badri-Man in Love, for which he had choreographed the songs and action scenes. Continue reading “Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu Movie Review- A Pawan Kalyan Show all the way”

Trailer of Telugu Movie Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

Krish aka Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi made a smashing debut in Telugu Cinema with the wonderful film Gamyam ( 2008 ). He followed it up with Vedam in 2010 and the Tamil remake of the same, Vaanam in 2011. With Vedam/Vaanam he proved that Gamyam was not a one off attempt and that he really is talented indeed.Continue reading “Trailer of Telugu Movie Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum”

Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu-Trailer

With Pawan Kalyan striking back to form with the resounding success of Gabbar Singh, his latest film Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu ( CGTR from here on ) is red hot in the trade right now. This film is directed by Puri Jagannath who has already had 2 releases this year so far- the successful Businessman starring Mahesh Babu and the dismal Devudu Chesina Manushulu starring Ravi Teja. Continue reading “Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu-Trailer”