Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020) Telugu Movie Review: A Trivikram Mythology

Trivikram Srinivas is considered to one of the star writer-directors in the Telugu film industry, he has an impeccable filmography. I was excited to watch his new Sankranthi outing, Ala Vaikunthapurramloo, like many others. It is his return to his territory of film making. The movie begins on a dark note, with an exchange of 2 new born kids. But the twist here is that the kids are not exchanged for the reason of their safety but out of jealousy and greed. Trivikram continues with his favourite theme of sourcing from mythology and including the idea of justice and revenge.Continue reading “Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020) Telugu Movie Review: A Trivikram Mythology”

Vikram Vedha Movie Review: Oru Mellisaana Kodu

The game of Cops and Robbers has been a rich narrative source in Cinema, and it lends itself generously to most genres, be it drama, thriller, action or comedy. When the same is combined with the folksy tale of Vikram-Betaal (Vedhalam in Tamil) that we’ve grown up hearing, it is quite evident that the audience is in for a tale of a cop and a gangster, far removed from the sensibilities of a Gautham Menon or a Mysskin. After the rather enjoyable if a tad lightweight Oram Po and Va Quarter Cutting, director Pushkar-Gayathri return from a 7 year hiatus with Vikram Vedha, and it is up to the audience to decide, was it worth the wait?Continue reading “Vikram Vedha Movie Review: Oru Mellisaana Kodu”

Dhruva Movie Review: Two Different Sides of the Same Coin

Know your enemies and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster- Sun Tzu

I am reminded of this quote after watching Surender Reddy’s latest Telugu film Dhruva and not just because the film actually even refers to the quote in its own way.  I have always believed that a real hero, a formidable one whom we can look up to is someone who has been really tested by an adversary worthy enough of his/her calibre. And this definitely applies to a hero in an action film, remove the antagonist or make him/her weak or not so worthy and there’s nothing so unique in having a dashing hero, even if the person is larger than life. Take any action film as an example and try to apply this principle, leaving aside exceptions I am sure majority of the films which really worked and stayed put in your minds definitely had a powerful antagonist as well. Continue reading “Dhruva Movie Review: Two Different Sides of the Same Coin”

Thozha Movie Review: An Unlikely Tale of Friendship That Works Quite Well

When I first heard of someone having acquired the official remake rights for the French Film The Intouchables (2011), I was mildly amused. Later when I heard that PVP Cinema was going to adapt the film in Tamil and Telugu, having bought the rights from Guneet Monga I was quite surprised, even a little annoyed I must admit. I was wondering why would they want to really play around with such a sensitive well-made film which is based on a real life story of two friends from totally contrasting backgrounds. With names like Nagarjuna and NTR Jr. being discussed initially, later giving way to Nagarjuna and Karthi and with a director who has a successful track record for making mainstream commercial films, Vamshi Paidipally I was somehow feeling uneasy. After all everything seemed to indicate that this could be the opposite of a simple, fun filled and realistic film, but then I was hoping to be proved wrong. Continue reading “Thozha Movie Review: An Unlikely Tale of Friendship That Works Quite Well”

Manam Movie Review: A 3 Generation Family Saga with the Right Spirit

Manam-2014Recently while watching Mahesh BabuSukumar’s 1-Nenokkadine I experienced a moment where I felt that the director had let go off a lovely opportunity to make the audience, especially the fans of Mahesh Babu happy. If you’ve seen the movie you’d recollect that I’m referring to the climax portion where there is a lot of time devoted to Mahesh Babu trying to discover his old home and in the process remember his past. While we get to see and find out who his parents were, I thought it would have been wonderful to have Mahesh Babu himself and Namrata Shirodkar playing the parents. This I thought would have pretty innovative, considering the amount of time being devoted to this segment in the movie. Alas but that was not to be and we couldn’t get to face what could have been an interesting moment in an otherwise grandiose attempt but with its pitfalls galore.Continue reading “Manam Movie Review: A 3 Generation Family Saga with the Right Spirit”

Bullett Raja Movie Review : Trying too hard to be cool

Post Paan Singh Tomar, Tigmanshu Dhulia has been on every movie buff’s ‘director-to-watch-out-for’ list, even when Haasil remains his best directed film for me. Earlier this year, he gave us the delectable Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns which quite did not get the universal acclaim it aimed to fetch post PST. And now comes Bullett Raja with Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Jimmy Sheirgill amongst a host of supporting actors. Despite Saif having successfully pulled off a similar character before and it being set in Dhulia-world, this one smelt different, and not the right kind of different. Yes, from the first trailer itself. The songs did not work much as the promos hit the tv screens and Bullett Raja could create meager anticipation in the audience, largely buttressing on cheesy, pseudo badass one-liners of the lead which made it reek of a campy Salman/Akshay south remake. But then, it turns out to be a not so terrible film, only that it is Dhulia’s weakest. Continue reading “Bullett Raja Movie Review : Trying too hard to be cool”

Bullett Raja: Trailer

Bullet Raja- Saif & SonakshiAfter Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Tigmanshu Dhulia combines once again with Rahul Mittra and Nitin Tej Ahuja to come up with Bullett Raja. Featuring Saif Ali Khan in the lead, the film also features Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Mahie Gill, Gulshan Grover, Chunky Pandey etc. Continue reading “Bullett Raja: Trailer”

Celluloid Man: A Legendary Archivist, Archived!

Celluloid Man PosterPassion. Work. Only when these two become synonymous that truly great things can be achieved. There are no two ways about it. P.K. Nair, who was the founder of the National Film Archive of India and also helmed the organization for 27 long years, is one of those rare breed in India who can indeed say that their work was passion for them. And as you try to assimilate the enormity of his life-long dedication toward archiving Indian and Foreign films and also running the Archive with a deft hand, you just can’t help but be simply blown away by the man.Continue reading “Celluloid Man: A Legendary Archivist, Archived!”

Trailer of Bejoy Nambiar’s David

After Shaitan which met with mixed response, Bejoy Nambiar is back with his next film, David. Initially planned to be a trilingual, finally this has turned out to be a bilingual in Hindi and Tamil with a dubbed version in Telugu as well. David is apparently a gangster-comedy with Vikram featuring in both the Hindi and Tamil versions, his second Hindi movie after Raavan.

David movie poster
David movie poster

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