PADMAVAT(I) – A CINEMATIC MASTER PIECE. BUT AN UNNECESSARY SUBJECT

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*This is not a review of the film

After a long round of controversy in the field, Padmaavat releases to a raving response from the audience. To sum up the film, Padmaavat is a cinematic master piece. A lot of talk about the performances of the main lead, Ranvir as Alaudin Khilji, Deepika as Princess Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Ratan Singh but for me the highlight of the film however is its screenwriting. Let’s face it Padmaavat has a climax which most knew and the plot was a give away in the trailer but then every scene amazes you which makes you eager for a what-next movement? Sanjay Leela Bhansali once again proves his mettle with his writing. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not just a fantastic director, writer and musician but yes, Bhansali is a great feeler. A writer-director must be able to feel emotions in real life order to project them on the screen. In fact most of his films serve as inspiration for many prospective writers- directors. A film should be able to evoke the emotions in you and make you feel numb in your throat and one can only do that if one were to be emotionally tuned in reality.
Sanjay leela Bhansali is an artistic legend undoubtedly but the big question is, is the subject important today. No! This is not a Karni-sena sympathising write-up. In fact Karni Sena have messed it up by not drawing political mileage out of this. Padmaavat is a pride of the Rajputs.
Take for instance, a scene, where in a war sequence the Khilji’s kill a fighting Rajput warrior, the warrior continues to fight despite being beheaded. For me Padmaavat is a true portrayal of the valour and courage of Rajput. But the truth is, in the process, the film might have the potentiality to stir up a communal clash. It’s a known fact that India was ruled by the Mughal and associate rulers for over 400 years and that they have plundered wealth, land and women. But that’s how the aspirations were back then. The problem with Padmaavat is it resurfaces the villain who haunted us many years back which only creates more hatred for the indirect descendants who have nothing to do with it now.
Padmaavat although a master piece is just not what the doctor ordered for the society now at this juncture. A film is not just a canvas for entertainment but also is a stimulant for many. Like, a film like Bombay showed how meaningless riots are and how it’s extremely important to have harmony. And that served as a stimulant for many instilling sense in the otherwise extreme mentality. As Osho rightly says, it’s easy to hate than to love as hatred is natural. A film or a piece of art shouldn’t directly or indirectly create hatred but stimulate positivity or at least boldly speak of the missing link in the society. But to retell a supposedly fantasy tale which villainies a section of the society indirectly is damage to the society and demeaning to a legendary thinker-artist- film maker who has so much to offer to us.

Let the politicians engage in dividing us, at least as non-politicians let us be aware that only in harmony there can be holistic and individual progress and development. And trust me, only that will bring food to the table and peace to the mind.
Padmaavat is cinematically awesome but socially awful.

– “Shanky” Shankar  

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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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