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”

Bheeshma (2020) Telugu : A Tale of an Organic Farmer and Meme Creator

If you are a follower of Tamil and Telugu commercial films, you would have realized long ago that one of the pet topics of their filmmakers is that surrounding farmers and their associated plights. The recent Telugu film Bheeshma also follows the oft-repeated template with the hero fulfilling the dream or wish of another person, and in the process he gets transformed himself.Continue reading “Bheeshma (2020) Telugu : A Tale of an Organic Farmer and Meme Creator”

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”

Bale Bale Magadivoy Movie Review: Maruthi Dasari and Nani Deliver a Fresh Romantic-Comedy

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”

Srimanthudu Movie Review: A Star Vehicle of the Right Kind? Well Almost

In today’s time and age it is fashionable to be working in the development sector, not that there aren’t some genuinely interested people as well there. It is even more prestigious and worthy of talking about if you are trying to do things that can directly impact the lives of many other people. Politicians have been doing it for ages, a lot of other celebrities indulge in it as well, and of course there are the social activists as well. But how many of them are into it on a genuine basis? Well we don’t know, but let’s just say that they would form the minority here.  Film stars with an eye for the political arena certainly try to do work in the social space; it’s a sure shot way of catching the attention of the public. Of course not everyone has succeeded in this endeavour but people continue to try this route from time to time. Similarly doing films with a portrayal of being a do gooder for the society isn’t something new. Right from the time of MGR and NTR we have been seeing such films. A good recent example would be A.R. Murugadoss’s Kaththi where the message comes across loud and clear. So why am I rambling about all this when it comes to the review of Srimanthudu? Don’t worry you will find out soon.Continue reading “Srimanthudu Movie Review: A Star Vehicle of the Right Kind? Well Almost”

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”