The Ghazi Attack Movie Review: Thunder Down Under

It is rather surprising that with all the war movies that have been made in India, not one has ever focused on our naval forces, let alone one set in a submarine. Therefore, the promos of The Ghazi Attack brought with them a sense of intrigue. When one thinks of movies set on a submarine, the mind goes to the dark and claustrophobic Das Boot, the tense Cold War thriller, The Hunt for Red October, the gripping Crimson Tide, and the classic, Run Silent Run Deep. The question here is, can debutant director Sankalp Reddy make an impact, through the narration of a war tale, long forgotten, the tale of the sinking of PNS Ghazi?Continue reading “The Ghazi Attack Movie Review: Thunder Down Under”

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”

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”

Actors Karthi and Nagarjuna in Conversation over Thozha/Oopiri

25th thozha_11x15_TamilVamshi Paidipally‘s bilingual film, Thozha (Tamil) /¬†Oopiri (Telugu),an adaptation of the French hit The Intouchables (2011) hits theatres this Friday (25th March). As part of the promotions for the film here is a lovely exclusive video where Karthi and Nagarjuna are seen in conversation over their experience of having worked in this bilingual project.Continue reading “Actors Karthi and Nagarjuna in Conversation over Thozha/Oopiri”

In Conversation With Director Vamshi Paidipally: On Thozha/Oopiri and More

Vamshi Paidipally has been making Telugu films over the last few years, starting with Munna in 2007. Despite the not so great response to his first film he remained determined on his mission to be successful, as seen by the commercial success of his next 2 films, Brindavanam (2010) and Yevadu (2014). He is now ready with his latest venture, a bilingual film, Oopiri in Telugu and Thozha in Tamil, both of which release this Friday (25th March). Over the weekend he went on to have an interesting conversation with MAM and given below is an excerpt from the same.Continue reading “In Conversation With Director Vamshi Paidipally: On Thozha/Oopiri and More”

As an actor, my biggest takeaway from Kshanam has been, “less is more”: In Conversation with Actor, Writer and Director Adivi Sesh

Adivi Sesh is an actor, writer and director, popular for his Telugu films including Panjaa, Run Raja Run and Baahubali. His latest film Kshanam has taken the industry by storm,proving to be commercially successful and critically acclaimed as well. In a free-wheeling chat with MAM, Sesh talks about the kind of films he believes in, how Kshanam happened and many other things. Given below is the excerpt from the conversation.Continue reading “As an actor, my biggest takeaway from Kshanam has been, “less is more”: In Conversation with Actor, Writer and Director Adivi Sesh”

Kshanam Movie Review: Deftly Handled Thriller and a Case-Study Movie for Telugu Cinema

There used to be a time when I would be very excited whenever I would hear anything positive about a Telugu film. After all I have been watching and tracking Telugu films for ages now, having seen all kinds of films over the years. But as mentioned in one of my earlier reviews as well, in the recent past my expectation levels have reduced considerably, also I find it hard to get excited whenever I hear of any new Telugu film, thanks to the sharp fall in standards. But despite all this I still try to ensure that I remain committed to viewing and reviewing Telugu films as part of my endeavor to keep myself fully updated on regional cinema. Of course once in a while a small/medium film like Bale Bale Magadivoy or Nenu Sailaja does come along which manages to put a smile on our faces, managing to defy the odds and surprise the audience and trade. But then these are exceptions and can never be predicted.Continue reading “Kshanam Movie Review: Deftly Handled Thriller and a Case-Study Movie for Telugu Cinema”

PVP Cinema and Dil Raju Join Hands to Bag the Remake Rights of Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days

Bangalore Days 2014PVP Cinema and Dil Raju have jointly acquired the remake rights of Bangalore Days for all Indian languages. Directed by Anjali Menon and produced by Anwar Rasheed, Bangalore Days has created a huge sensation not just in Kerala but also across the Nation. Dwelling on emotions like friendship, relationship and commitment, Bangalore Days has managed to tug the heart strings of viewers across the Nation (the sub-titled version was released in a significantly higher number of screens outside Kerala than within Kerala). Boasting a dream ensemble cast of the Young Brigade of Malayalam cinema¬† represented by Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim, Bangalore Days has connected immensely with audiences across all age groups and established itself as one of the all-time blockbusters of Malayalam cinema.Continue reading “PVP Cinema and Dil Raju Join Hands to Bag the Remake Rights of Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days”

Irandam Ulagam: Trailer

Irandam Ulagam PosterIrandam Ulagam (The Second World) is an ambitious project that Selvaraghavan has been planning to make for a long time, apparently even before the release of Aayirathil Oruvan (2010), his most ambitious release so far. Continue reading “Irandam Ulagam: Trailer”