Arjun Reddy – Bang on, whatay movie

There are some films which diasppoint you so much that you stop writing about movies all together, there are films which are not worth of watching leave writing about them, then there is “Arjun Reddy” which kills your sleep to write about it.

Whaaaaaat a film!

First of all , Vijay Devarakonda killed it, nailed it , what an actor. Once you see the film you cannot of think of any actor in this role who would pull the character so easily like Vijay.

When we talk about Arjun Reddy we need to talk about characters, how brilliantly crafted, and while watching the film i was feeling i was part of the movie, the actors were so naturally acting, the director has created an imaginary charcter in the film which every audience can fit in it and see whats happeing in front of their eyes. I was so absroned in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s world that i forgot i was watching a movie. One scene can define the film where Arjun’s grandmother tells him, ” let him suffer, its his personal and no one can understand what he is going thru” . Thats it, thats what the movie is about. Pain, Prejudice, sorrow, happiness, anger, love, emotions, you can see everything in one character of Arjun.

The director has has crafted the characters story so perfectly that he must have been Arjun Reddy in real life or he must have seen Arjun Reddy from very close like Arjun’s friend Shiva. Anything other than these two are literally impossible, no one would get the ideas so brilliantly pshycic if he is not from those characters.

The romantic scenes were so well shot that there was nothing vulgarity shown but pure hearted love of the protagonist. The direcror was very successful in showing the pain of Arjun , i bet he pulled every audience into his world to make them understand what is happening with Arjun.

Another character to be talked about is Arjun’s friend Shiva. To sum it all how important that charcter is , “he should have been named Krishna” , as we know what Krishna is to Arjuna in Mahabharata. He puts sense in every word he speaks, every action he does, he puts some laughs for the audience amidst the painful feelings.

The dilouges were so fantastic, you will be mesmerized with some words on how well and how perfectly they were timed to be spelled out. You need to watch the movie to understand how beautifully the dilouges were placed. The background score was terrific and so intense that it matched the intriguing performance of the lead character.

Thats all for now , signing off at 2:36 AM , but will surely write about this more.

PS: Vijay Deverakonda has created a new name for himself in Telugu cinema with his performance, way to go , and kudos to the director and his guts to make a film like Arjun Reddy.

I dont know why the reviewers display so much misery that even ratings are given like 3.5 , 3.75, 3.25 – looks like beram(bargaining) in Vegetable matket as if they are giving the ratings out of their pocket.

Give a full hearted 5 to films which are over the top.

Arjun Reddy- 5/5

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Janatha Garage

1467875203-1879It’s been long time since I have written about some movie especially about a Telugu movie, well now I got a reason to come back and write again. The reason being the awesomeness in Janatha Garage script and casting. With recent lame and lackluster films made in Telugu, Janatha Garage came as an energy drink to lit up the dead enthusiasms in talking about Telugu movies.

I am not going to talk about what the story is about, how the cinematography is and reg the performances etc etc as it is irrelevant as by now you must have understood that I felt that the movie is superb. In the same way the script was also handled keeping the unnecessary elements out of focus (emotional dialogues, sentiments, love). Director main focus was the characterizations; build the character and take us thru it to show what his characters are upto.

When you show the intent of any protagonist of the movie, you should stick to it and should not deviate from the motive on which the character is built. I felt that is what Koratala Siva has done exactly which most of the directors often miss (or missed in recent Telugu films).Like in this movie, the main motive of the two leads is to help people and that is what needs to be shown on how they are going to achieve it. There are no family sentiments, attachments, as when a person is shown what his goal is focus on it.

Spoiler ahead – For example, when Anand(NTR) knows that Satytam(MohanLal) is his father’s brother, there is no emotion shown as Anand doesn’t have any attachment with Satyam’s family and no emotional dialogues between them. It was like, nothing personal just business and their business is to help people. Also when he comes to know that his parents are killed by someone, there is no revenge drama as that is not what he signed up for before joining Janatha Garage.

And with the last Dialogue the director killed it, and even when credits rolling , the director did not lose his grip on script and its understood when Anand’s aunt refrains Anand from going to help someone with some problem  as it’s a festival and Anand replies “ The festival is not celebrated at some one’s home”. Zhumm phat..

Two things to be mentioned apart from Astonishing performances from two lead characters and the  director’s skill, it’s the role NTR Jr decided to play far from his over the top, star image roles and last but not the least the back ground score.

A big thumps up for #JanathaGarage.

 

 

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Baahubali- The “Perfect” Beginning

baahubali-the-beginning-759I would like to start off with saying that I have seen today an epic masterpiece. For sure Baahubali will be a blockbuster. Contrary to some opinions who say that the first half is boring and bit dragging, I would rather say the first half is the perfect stage for the establishment of the protagonist, antagonist and the related characters. The prelude was scripted in a perfect way that we cannot take any flaws out of it. Perfect sense of imagination of the director is the reason of what I witnessed today.

I have seen few opinions quoting that first half was bit dragging, but in my opinion all I can say is people who felt that are waiting for action sequences right from the beginning of the titles , but any storytelling cant be that straight, they need to establish the characters, set a rostrum and take the protagonist towards his destiny. For example (spoiler ahead), Shivudu ‘s (Prabhas) inspiration is Avanthika and goes in search of her and that fascination will lead him to the top of the mountain. This is a perfect stage set for the protagonist showing to the audience that he is just another common man and no ideas of being a leader or for that matter a king.

Now coming to the opinion of the abrupt ending as some say, all I can say, it is the perfect ending what I would have expected for. I would rather not think any other perfect way to end the first part. Spoiler ahead*, I never expected that he* would be the culprit who killed Baahubali. That’s a twist I would expect if I have to watch the next part. (Dangerous Spoiler ahead*), If Katappa mentioned Ballaladeva as the culprit who killed Baahubali, and then the next story would be very much anticipative and predictable. This ending will keep audience guessing and make people wait and watch for the next part (the way how the American TV series are made, suspense at the end of the episode).

And coming to the VFX, CGI, I wouldn’t care much, I watched Baahubali for story, screen writing, the content and the originality viewpoint, albeit I would choose any other animated movie for visual effects. And CGI, VFX – we all know that they are just a decorative effort to make the situation look real. I can say that this movie should not be seen as an AVATAR rather should be seen as LOTR where story telling weighs more than the visual effects.

And the mere spectacle in the movie which still running in my head is the battle sequence, a top notch imaginative mind will only make things look that good like this battle scene. Not to forget the spectacular performance by Prabhas, Rana and Ramya Krishna (should be specially mentioned). And yes I dialogues were little undermined and music was mediocre (Rajamouli, although going by the norm composer didn’t add more value to the movie)

I would like to conclude saying that Baahubali has everything that a blockbuster movie should have and a spectacular movie making skills will be witnessed in this grandeur and I accept RGV’s words – one should have balls of steel to make such movie in India and the success should not be weighed through the money it churns.

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pk -it’s ok

pk-movie-2014-newEver wondered how our country would look like to someone not human? Yeah, I could be talking about a dog or robot, but just to make the script interesting, it’s an alien. How would an alien react to all the diversities in our society while trying to interpret and communicate with us? It must feel strange and unique to not belong to any religion on this land. This film shows us that precisely – a look at our society through a lens free of religious shades.

Aamir Khan plays an alien in the movie that loses his radiant pendant like alien ID, which AK refers to as his property, to a thief. A Hindu God man gets his hands on AK’s property and claims that it’s a piece of Lord Shiva’s damaruk, fooling his followers as always. Meanwhile, AK ends up believing that only God can help him. But he is all at sea about how to appeal to/please Gods from different religions. How AK gets back his property forms the rest of the movie.

Now, what make the movie watchable? It’s the Performances, direction and a tight screenplay without many songs. AK is impeccable portraying un-human physical attributes. This is a rare film where the cast, Anushka Sharma, Boman Irani, Sanjay Dutt and others fit their roles almost perfectly. No complaints here. Costumes and styling for AK need a special mention as it adds a unique flavor to AK’s screen presence. Songs and background music are pleasant complimenting AK’s character’s innocence.

Coming to direction, Rajkumar Hirani passes the test easily in taking the subject in question on to the celluloid. He pokes us softly with needle-like questions aimed at the countless Hindu God men our country has. Yes, there are lot of God men in our country who take advantage of God fearing people, but the question which director seems to have forgotten to ask himself and the writers is, are there no proper/uncorrupted Hindu religious gurus in the whole country? Is society not benefitting from the yoga, meditation and other practices (like free food and free schooling for children, take Puttaparthy, Andhra Pradesh) some Hindu gurus preach? (You would be denying science to say No and Western countries aren’t idiots to follow them. Many of Hindu religious practices are backed by science, if not all). And, are all the corrupt religious gurus in our country Hindus? What about the other religions? These are the reasons precisely why the right-wing activists and some Hindu religious gurus are calling upon banning the film. The producers and AK will only benefit from all this drama though.

Politics aside, movie offers an interesting viewing for open-minded people. Weather or not you will like the film depends on your capability to broaden your mind to ignore the above posed questions. Think it over a morning coffee while news about another terrorist attack or a fake religious guru grabs your eyeballs, is PK a film that pushes you to realize the loopholes in the religious system for the greater good or it falls short by shying away from questioning other religions’ preaching and practices?

P.S1: I don’t think Hinduism is to be blamed/questioned for trying to preserve its values and culture by teaching the world its way to God, “peacefully”.

PS2: Can anyone explain what was that Train Blast all about? What, who and Why? It ended abruptly.

—Rahul Y

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