In films from southern India, especially Tamil and Telugu industry, the film revolves around the lead actor. So whenever a film is announced without a title, the film is generally referred by the name of the lead actor and the forthcoming number of his (as per his filmography). Actors pay an important attention to milestone films likes their 25th or 50th and so on. Continue reading “V (2020) Telugu Movie Review: Bullets Misfired”
Imagine someday that you start forgetting things just like that, not on purpose but casually and as a matter of fact. Then try imagining that the same thing becomes a habit by default, not under your control at all. Added to this is the prospect of getting distracted easily and hence losing focus. Ever imagined the kind of problems one would end up facing on account of this malady? The prospects of getting into trouble are unlimited and it takes someone with a lot of acumen and street smartness to manage his/her life despite all odds. You don’t have to trouble yourself to imagine hard about someone like this, right here in our midst is one such guy, the hero of Maruthi Dasari’s recent Telugu release, Bale Bale Magadivoy. Maruthi Dasari has been a prolific industry professional, having already directed 4 movies in the last few years, apart from producing/co-producing a few more. Continue reading “Bale Bale Magadivoy Movie Review: Maruthi Dasari and Nani Deliver a Fresh Romantic-Comedy”
2013 turned out to be another disappointing year for Telugu Cinema, in terms of the quality of films getting released. Year after year the standard seems to be going down further which has now thrown up an unexpected side-effect. If you are wondering what I am talking about then let me not make you think too much about it, I am referring to the phenomena by now where even mediocrity comes across as good or great and is celebrated. Continue reading “Uyyala Jampala and D for Dopidi: Some Relief for Telugu Cinema at the Fag End of 2013”
When the Telugu film Jabardasth released earlier this year it created a big ripple and shook up YRF. Directed by Nandini Reddy, Jabardasth was a Telugu-Tamil bilingual (called Dum Dum Pee Pee in Tamil) featuring Siddharth and Samantha in the lead and came across as an unofficial remake of YRF’s Band Baaja Baaraat. With YRF already keen to remake this successful rom-com in Tamil and Telugu, they quickly stalled the release of the Tamil version i.e Dum Dum Pee Pee by taking the legal route.This was immediately followed by their announcement of Aaha Kalyanam, the official remake of Band Baaja Baaraat in Tamil and Telugu. Though originally meant to be shot in both languages, apparently it has now been shot in Tamil alone and dubbed into Telugu. A. Gokul Krishna makes his debut into direction with Aaha Kalyanam. The film features Nani and Vaani Kapoor (who was earlier seen this year in Shuddh Desi Romance).
Other actors include M.J.Sriram and Simran. The music is a totally new soundtrack by Dharan Kumar while Loganathan Srinivasan is the DOP and Bavan Sreekumar is the editor. Aaha Kalyanam is all set to hit the screens in both languages on 7th February 2014. Lets see if it can replicate the success of the Hindi original.
Here’s the trailer of the Tamil version.
And here’s the Telugu trailer
Actor-director Samuthirakani is one of the more busier people around, active not just in Tamil Cinema but also in other South Indian languages i.e Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. As a director his last film was Yaare Koogadali (2012), the Kannada remake of his own Tamil film Poraali (2011).
I first took notice of S.S.Rajamouli‘s hardwork in Magadheera. Sure he had delivered lot of strong box office hits including Yamadonga – providing the much needed hit for Jr. NTR, Vikramarkudu and Simhadri. But when these films came out first, they failed to impress me and I never cared enough to watch them in theaters. But it all changed when I watched Magadheera – Chiranjeevi was making a coming back in it – for the first time.
A year back, I was randomly reading through the filmographies of various directors of Tollywood and landed up on the page of SS Rajamouli. There was an entry for his forthcoming movie called Eega which apparently was a bi-lingual with a Tamil version called Naan Ee being shot simultaneously. What caught my eye was that it was going to be Sudeep’s proper debut in Telugu after a supporting role in RGV’s Rakta-Charitra and thus, my curiosity was piqued. Then of course came the trailer which pretty much laid out the story for us and I gotta say, I was quite dumb-struck. A guy gets killed and comes back as a fly to take revenge on his killer. But then, this was SS Rajamouli who has not had a single flop till date, if I’m not mistaken and so I figured, “Chalo, Yeh bhi dekh lete hai”. And then again, the movie also starred Nani who I’m slowly becoming a fan of, because of his affable screen presence and Samantha who to me is cuteness personified (Yeah yeah, I am human after all 😛 ).
Now the story as the trailer was kind enough to tell us is quite simple, Nani (Nani) is your friendly neighbourhood do-gooder who is madly in love with Bindu (Samantha) a social worker, who runs an NGO with her friends helping to educate kids by providing them with textbooks etc. Bindu one day approaches a tycoon Sudeep( Sudeep), who also falls for her at 1st sight. When Sudeep realizes that Nani is a competitor for Bindu’s affections and is ahead of him in the race, he brutally murders Nani and passes it off as an accident. Fortunately for Nani (And us too), He is resurrected as a fly, and decides to have his revenge on Sudeep, Makkhi style!
I gotta admit, Considering this year has been a tad underwhelming, I walked in expecting a decent entertainer and nothing more, and thankfully, Rajamouli is up to the challenge here as he pulls out all stops. 7 crores were spent on the graphics for this movie, and I can safely say that they’ve been well spent. Equal credit goes to KK Senthil Kumar for the camera work in this movie is absolutely brilliant. He actually manages to make us a part of Eega’s world and gives a new meaning to being a fly on the wall. And kudos to the graphics team for actually making an otherwise disgusting housefly look absolutely adorable and kudos to Rajamouli sir for making sure that we live the story.
The writing by Rajamouli Sir, Janardhan Maharshi and Crazy Mohan is excellent, and while I didn’t get some of the dialogues as Big Cinemas didn’t bother sourcing a subtitled print, the movie doesn’t have a single dull moment. It makes you smile during the initial romantic sequences, it shocks you during Nani’s brutal murder, it amuses you when the Eega harasses Sudeep and it thrills you when it boils down to a fight between the villain and the fly. A special mention of the sequence where the Tantrik casts a spell on 2 birds to hunt down the fly, it is a triumph of cinematography and good solid writing.
Nani steals the hearts of the audience even in a small role as the affable lover-boy and makes sure you miss him after he’s gone from the story, especially in the entire sequence before his departure. Samantha is absolutely adorable, whether as the blushing object of Nani’s affection or even while grieving his loss and even while in a rather unorthodox relationship with a fly. The chemistry between the 2 is excellent and can help reduce the wait for Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu. However the 2 showstealers in the movie are Sudeep who manages to add a decent amount of menace to an otherwise Prakash Raj like villain who is hounded by a resilient foe and of course, The Eega who I warn will be one fly you will not want to swat 😀
The music by Keeravani is quite easy on the ears, The pick of the lot being the title song and Nene Naani Ne( which has also been shot quite beautifully).
So, Verdict is, Go watch this one. SS Rajamouli’s most ambitious work till date is a treat to the senses.
S.S.Rajamouli has definitely been the most prolific Telugu filmmaker in recent times who also has had an extremely enviable track-record.After the mega blockbuster Magadheera while it would have been easy for him to go on to make another big hero entertainer, he surprised by doing a relatively smaller film, Maryada Ramanna with Sunil as the male lead ( giving a fresh lease of life to Sunil as a hero who has been more popular as a comedian ). And now Rajamouli is ready with his Telugu-Tamil bilingual film called Eega in Telugu and Naan Ee in Tamil. The film has been in the news from the time it was announced since it has a Eega/Ee i.e house fly playing the main protagonist in the film.
With an interesting star cast comprising of Nani, Samantha and Sudeep, the film is a big budget social fantasy film with a lot of focus apparently having been paid to the special effects. The music is by M.M.Keeravani and Senthil Kumar is the DOP while Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is the editor. Produced by Sai Korrapati, the film is apparently scheduled for release on 5th April, 2012. Check out the interesting trailer of the film for now-