V (2020) Telugu Movie Review: Bullets Misfired

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”

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”

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”

Aagadu Movie Review: Severe Dose of Déjà vu, and A Leading Man in Control

That Srinu Vaitla is one of the most successful writer-directors in Telugu Cinema of late is a fact known to anyone & everyone who knows a bit about the industry. And most people also know that he is indeed a master when it comes to making formula masala films, all within a particular template that he’s gone on to perfect pretty well in film after film. Personally I admit to having enjoyed most of his films, despite their predictable pattern. In 2011 Srinu Vaitla and Mahesh Babu created box office history by coming together for Dookudu, a film which milked all the possible commercial ingredients to emerge a winner. So post Baadshah when Aagadu (One who will not stop) was announced by Srinu Vaitla with Mahesh Babu in the lead, expectations naturally were quite high, considering the success of their previous film.  Aagadu incidentally is also produced by the same producers of Dookudu- Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta and Anil Sunkara of 14 Reels Entertainment (incidentally they also produced Mahesh Babu’s recent film, 1 Nenokkadine).Continue reading “Aagadu Movie Review: Severe Dose of Déjà vu, and A Leading Man in Control”

Vaalu: Trailer

Vaalu PosterVaalu is a Tamil film which was launched with much fanfare in 2012 and was originally slated for a Diwali release that year.Produced by S.S.Chakravarthy of NIC Arts, the film is directed by debutant director Vijay Chandar. Featuring Simbu aka STR in the lead, the film sees him paired with Hansika Motwani (apparently the 2 fell in and out of a relationship as well during the making). Giving them company are Santhanam, VTV Ganesh, Aditya, Aadukalam Naren etc. While the music is by Thaman.S, Shakthi is the DOP and T.S.Suresh is the editor.Continue reading “Vaalu: Trailer”

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’”

Race Gurram Movie Review: This Race Horse Trots a Little, Steers off Course for a While but Still Wins the Race

Race Gurram PosterTill very recently I used to keep lamenting about the falling standards of Telugu Cinema and expressed my disappointment whenever I would end up watching anything and everything that was being projected as a good or great film, as I would disagree with the popular verdict on most occasions. Of late though I have made peace with myself and with the industry as by now I understand that the industry is passing through a tough phase, a phase that it has to pass through with great tact and control, to get itself rid of the mediocrity that prevails and all the ills that go along with it. Adding fuel to the fire is the constant political unrest that has now ensured that the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh has gone on to get split into two. For the Telugu audience for whom movie watching is a way of life and not a hobby, it is a little disheartening to see them starved of their regular dose of entertainment from time to time.Continue reading “Race Gurram Movie Review: This Race Horse Trots a Little, Steers off Course for a While but Still Wins the Race”

Race Gurram: Trailer

Race Gurram PosterDirector Surender Reddy has been considered a relatively safe bet in the Telugu film industry and for the first time he joins hands with Allu Arjun for Race Gurram (Race Horse). Allu Arjun has recently delivered hits like Iddarammayilatho (2013) and the recent Yevadu where he featured in a cameo. Race Gurram is written by Surender Reddy’s regular collaborator, Vakkantham Vamsi and is produced by Nallamalapu Srinivas and Dr. Venkateswara Rao. The film features Shruti Haasan as the female lead and the supporting cast includes Saloni Aswani, Shaam, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam, Ali, Mukesh Rishi, Ravi Kishan, Sayaji Shinde, M.S.Narayana etc.Continue reading “Race Gurram: Trailer”

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”