Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Udta Punjab – It’s worth the fight against the so-called “Samskari” CBFC

Truth is bitter to accept. The moment you speak the truth, there is a huge negative force that tries to make you unpopular. The Gutsy don't care; but there is always a censor gateway that acts like a granny! Team Udta Pujab decides to face the music because nobody can cease the truth.

The movie portrays how drugs are influencing the male youth of Punjab and how the system is allowing drug mafia to grow into a wildfire. It is a tale of four different people where each one of them hails from a different background but have one thing in common; they are affected directly or indirectly by the drug menace in Punjab.

Speaking about the performances, Alia Bhatt breaks the stereotype of playing a cute little girl and lives the character as a farm laborer from Bihar. The movie starts with smuggling a packet of drugs from Pakistan to India (thrown) over the fence. Alia inadvertently finds the packet and learns about it. One bad idea planted in her mind throws her into troubles which she can never come out of. Alia Bhatt gives an award winning performance in her struggle to escape from the addiction and live the dream of her life.

Shahid Kapoor looks terrific as Tommy Singh, a popular artist who sings about drugs and intoxication. His energy levels are too high and acts extremely high as if he consumes drugs just before the shoot. It is a challenging role for any artist. His first album release as an artist influences youth of Punjab to become another Tommy singh(The GABRU). Unknowingly the youth loses everything in the lusts of drugs. When Tommy learns about how people were influenced by him, he feels like he can never forgive himself. The anger and pain he takes to handle the GABRU image vs Reality is one of the highlights of the movie. What happens when Tommy tries to run away from the persona of GABRU, is what drives him to destiny.

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh justify their roles and fights against the system to find out the source of drug distribution in Punjab. The debut performance of Diljit as a corrupt police and an under the hood investigator is appreciable. Kareena looks as a matured and responsible doctor. Abhishek Chaubey, the director deserves applause for being gutsy and showing what Punjab is affected with. The Background score by Benedict Taylor stands unique and adds more value.

All in all, Udta Punjab is an honest attempt to deliver the truth in a foul-mouthed manner. It shouldn’t stop any adult from watching it. Even the Samskari CBFC had to approve changing the initial 89 initial cuts to a single cut from screen-play. A special thanks to Mumbai high court for allowing  to screen a definite entertainer with reality.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

A..Aa - It's a typical trivikram's celluloid entertaining all the way.

I'm left with an awesome feeling after watching the movie. I think Trivikram's pen is made up of aesthetics(Rasa ~ Navarasalu) rather than regular ink. It's a clean movie delivering the right emotions. The movie starts on a lower note and as it proceeds, it turns out to be an interesting narrative. The title A..Aa ( Anasuya Ramlingam Vs Aanand Vihari) is an apt one describing the entertaining journey with tender heart touching emotions.

The story is a simple one, revealed in the second half of the movie. The first half runs in a village atmosphere around Samantha’s bustle. Samantha takes the lead and narrates most of the film. Nithin steps into a responsible role and is limited to keep one’s cool. Anupama Parameshwaran, the next female lead looks cute in some scenes and justifies her role. Naresh, Nadiya and Rao Ramesh’s characters are properly designed and executed well.

Situational comedy is the strength of the movie and trivikram is a master in it. Songs are good and beautifully choreographed in village background. Natraj and Dudley handled the cinematography. Some frames in the movie are rich and pleasant to watch. Audience are connected thought out the movie because of a perfect screenplay. Virtually, Samantha steals the show with her acting and Nithin does a decent job in second half. Climax worked well and it is one of highlights of the movie. Dialogues written at the end are hilarious and leaves audience with a great feeling.

Trivikram's magnum opus is back with his trademark narration and rhyming punch dialogues, making it a worthy watch.

Friday, 20 May 2016

‪Sarrainodu‬ - Boyapati delivers "The right man"

Boyapati delivers "The right man" in a muscular and stylish profile. its a definite entertainer, but a lengthy one. Allu Arjun is quite comfortable in justifying the title. Delivering an action packed scene and narrating the same in a manipulative manner in tandem works perfect. His dance moves make you tap your feet.

Production values are rich and all six songs are wonderfully choreographed. Be it the score, sets, costumes or dance moves; it is a perfect blend. Thaman's tunes and Background score triggers the emotion and elevated certain fight sequences.

All-in-all, we don't see much of typical " Boyapati Srinu bouncers" in fights. Thank god, he came out of his format and tried something new which entertains the audience.

‪‎Supreme‬ - It's amazing! Zing... Zing...

Sai Dharam tej has the mettle to be the next star in Pawan Kalyan's line up. His performance in supreme reveals the same. There is a surprising 5 seconds frame in a special song matching his charisma with top stars. Screaming with excitement was my reflex in the multiplex.

The director Anil Ravipudi beautifully weaves comedy into the script with right dose and punch in it. Commercial movies are filled with lot of actors.It usually happens that some artists disappear as the movie comes to a certain point and leaves open points in audiences mind. But Anil intelligently manages to connect each open point preceding climax and makes way for comedy.

Sai Karthik' s music is enjoyable while watching the movie. 'Taxi Vaala' song is a catchy one. Raashi Khanna is sweet and justifies her role though out the movie. Production values and cinematography is on par with Dil Raju's Movie standards. Every artist complements the scene with their performance. The story revolves around an Anglo-Indian kid whose dialog delivery deserves a special mention.

In a single line, It's a crispy commercial entertainer.

24TheMovie‬ - A perfect cinematic experience playing with time.

Writing script for a complex subject like "Time travel" is genius and presenting the magnum opus can become an Achilles heel. But the director Vikram K. Kumar is picaso at explaining complex subjects. He is one among the few directors who understands audience pulse through out the movie.

It starts like a regular film and the director has sub-consciously trained the mind of audience during the love track about how he executes time travel. It sets a perfect stage for second half and takes you though a journey of thrilling twists.

Suria is at his best as an antagonist and its a cake walk for him to play a protagonist. Smantha and Nitya Menon were perfect and did justice to their roles.There is no need to review this movie(period!). Just go, watch and experience the directorial brilliance behind the screenplay.

Bramhotsavam sets a perfect example in 2016 of how not to make a movie!

I would like to appreciate skills of director Srikanth Addala to convince Superstar Mahesh Babu to assume the role of an Actor cum producer in a movie which literally has no story. The director’s motive of making a film (Celebration of family) with huge cast turns to be a loss of face.

When the movie started, I felt like riding a bicycle on an uneven surface and trying to adapt road conditions. I switched multiple modes of transport to catch up with racy first half and ended up with a flat tire by the time movie reaches it’s interval. In retrospection, I just felt that the casting is dancing ridiculously all the way(so called celebration) and four songs passed my way quite unintentionally. My idea of Mahesh Babu’s Bramhotsavam from a stress buster turns of to be a STRESS BOOSTER.

Screenplay is directionless. There is no soul in the movie that connects with the viewer. Given a chance to trim the movie’s length, the editor has humongous freedom to chop any scene. Because there is no flow or logic required to execute Bramhostsavam’s so called “Manchi maata” in first half. Rao Ramesh’s character blows up with frustration before interval which depicts the context of pathetic audience in a perfect sync.

I had little hope that second half would entertain me in my journey but Samantha comes like a spoilsport. In an attempt to rephrase the story, I realized that there is only a small story line which is lost somewhere in the Northern part of India. Some dialogues in second half had let me double check my proficiency in Telugu; don’t know why it’s complicated. I felt exhausted coming out of the theatre and strongly recommend everyone to stay away from the movie. Any Mahesh’s fans can try once and feel the pain in a**

Title justification – Feel your home like a dance floor and dance unreasonably to test audience patience.