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”

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”

Bengal Tiger Movie Review: Roaring Start, Tiring Finish

Ravi Teja is probably one of the most entertaining actors in Indian Cinema and I can say this with a fair degree of conviction. What’s remarkable about him is the progress he has undertaken over the last 25 years or so that he has been in the Telugu film industry. Starting off as a character artiste, playing small characters in numerous films, while also being an assistant director it took him nearly a decade to graduate to and get accepted as the leading man. For someone who came into the industry without any Godfather his ascent to stardom has indeed been commendable, especially considering that unlike him nearly all the top actors in Telugu Cinema hail from a film family. Over the years Ravi Teja has strongly built up a fanbase, people who like him for his casual yet powerful dialogue delivery style, his terrific comic timing and overall for being a true entertainer. No wonder that he went on to earn the title “Mass Maharaja” with which he is being referred to of late. But in all his over enthusiasm to keep the audience entertained he has been doing a spate of formula films, with his track record at the box office going for a toss very often.Continue reading “Bengal Tiger Movie Review: Roaring Start, Tiring Finish”

Bruce Lee-The Fighter Movie Review: Where a Cameo Shines More than the Rest of the Film

Bruce Lee is definitely one among the few idols whom I have always looked up to. As a kid I grew up enjoying his action exploits on the big screen. Though he was gone well before I was even born, his films were extremely popular and continued getting released and re-released  even in the late 1970’s and 80’s. In fact if my memory serves me right, some of his films actually managed to get their first India release only in the 80’s. I would enjoy standing in front of the mirror and practicing his ‘moves’ and my parents would look on amused 🙂 . As I grew older and started reading and learning more about his life, I was all the more enthralled by the kind of person that he was. Imagine someone from Hong Kong who could manage to go on to the U.S, become popular all over the World as a martial arts exponent and an acclaimed actor on T.V and films,a star internationally and sadly departing from the World by the time he was 32. If this doesn’t qualify to call him a phenomenon, then what does?Continue reading “Bruce Lee-The Fighter Movie Review: Where a Cameo Shines More than the Rest of the Film”

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”

1 Nenokkadine Movie Review: Sukumar’s ambitious attempt which works only in parts

Mahesh-Babu-1-Nenokkadine-Movie-First-Look-Wallpaper-downloadFor the last two years, the Sankranthi festival has been very good for Mahesh Babu as his last two Sankranthi releases Businessman and Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimale Chettu did very well at the box office. Similarly Director Sukumar ‘s last film 100% Love starring Naga Chaitanya and Tamannaah did very well at the box office.  Due to this reason, Sukumar’s latest film 1 Nenokkadine starring Mahesh Babu has been eagerly anticipated and was expected to be the third straight successful Sankranthi film for Mahesh Babu.Continue reading “1 Nenokkadine Movie Review: Sukumar’s ambitious attempt which works only in parts”

Brahma: Trailer

Brahma-UpendraUpendra over the years has gone on to become one of the most popular actor-directors in Kannada cinema. Real Star Upendra as his fans call him is now back with Brahma, after Topiwala which released earlier in the year and did average business. Continue reading “Brahma: Trailer”

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”