Attarintiki Daredi Movie Review

Attarintiki Daredi Movie Review

Attarintiki Daredi Movie Review

Attarintiki Daredi

RATING: 4/5
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Samantha, Praneetha, Boman Irani, Nadia

Directed by : Trivikram Srinivas

Produced by : BVSN Prasad

Banner : Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra

Music : Devi Sri Prasad

Release Date : 2013-09-27

Attarintiki Daredi is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Despite the leaks and other hurdles, the film still managed to take a thumping opening at the ticket windows. Pawan Kalyan’s star power and Trivikram’s credibility along with successful music album helped the movie to take off to a wonderful start.

What is it about?

Gautam Nanda (Pawan Kalyan) is the only heir for 1 lakh crores worth property in Milan, Italy. His grandfather Raghunandan (Boman Irani) asks Gautham to unite him with his daughter (Nadhiya), who left him twenty five years ago. Gautham goes to India and enter into his aunt’s house as a driver. How does he achieve his aim is the rest of the story.

Performances:

Pawan Kalyan is suave and stylish in this movie. He is at his handsome best in this movie and looked young in many frames. He underplayed his part well according to the requirements of the character. His teasing scenes with Samantha and comedic episodes with Ali and Brahmanandam are a treat to watch. His performance in the climax sequence is too good. Easily one of Pawan’s finest performances. Samantha is cute as usual. She didn’t get much footage in the first hour but has a nice role in the second hour. Praneetha is beautiful and she did her part well. Boman Irani is apt and Nadhiya is excellent in her role. Brahmanandam brings the house down in the second half. Ali is good. Rao Ramesh, Posani and others delivered decent performances.

Technicalities:

Music by Devi Sri Prasad is good. All the songs are good on screen. Bapu gari Bommo and Kirrakku takes the cake. Background score is impressive. Cinematography is top notch. Editing is alright. The film drags a bit here and there and that should have been trimmed down. Dialogues written by Trivikram are just about okay. This is not his best work on any scale. He makes it up a bit with impressive dialogues in the climax scenes, but on a whole Trivikram does pretty average job as dialogue writer. He handled the script well with his able direction. It is a pretty simple script which has enough elements to keep the fans entertained and impress the families as well. If you are expecting some Gabbar Singh kind of masala you might be disappointed a bit. This film is a clean family entertainer.

Analysis:

Attarintiki Daredi doesn’t have a novel story. It is a simple story where the protagonist tries to unite his divided family. Trivikram made this film a complete package by using Pawan Kalyan’s star power. When a superstar like Pawan Kalyan plays the lead role in a family entertainer, only sky is the limit if you get it right. Trivikram excelled in doing so. He made sure that the film has every element that pleases the magnanimous fan base of Pawan Kalyan and also used his special skills as an actor.

You can see Pawan Kalyan in his elements in this film. He completely owned the role of Gautham Nanda and gave his best to it. He enjoyed every scene and that vibrant performance brings extra kick to the proceedings. First half of the film is smooth with nice comedy and few action bits. The graph starts to go up from the interval point with episode after episode pushing the movie to unimaginable heights.

Although the film has sentiment backdrop, Trivikram never lets it go in to emotional mode. Climax scene is a testament for Trivikram’s ability as writer and director. This film will be lapped up by families and they will watch it repeatedly. Except for the audience who crave for mass masala, Attarintiki Daredi will entertain everybody. Films like these are very rare to come and don’t miss the opportunity to watch it on big screen. Go grab your tickets, now!

Verdict: Power Packed Family Entertainer !

Attarintiki Daaredhi (Leak) review

Attarintiki Daaredhi (Leak) review

Attarintiki Daaredhi (Leak) review

Piracy has been ruining film industry everywhere, this is known fact which is makers aim at release in maximum screens so that before the first pirated copy comes out into the market they would have good footfalls to the theatre. But now whats happened to Pawan’s movie Attarintiki Daredhi? Even before it was released we have the CDs come out. Dangerously threatening the run of the industry! Look at the culprits who shattered the hopes of the makers as well as fans by releasing the piracy print online already? What happened in Pawan Kalyan’s Attarintiki Daaredhi is highly condemnable. Tollywood celebrities are unanimous that if this trend continues taking piracy to new levels as was seen in Attarintiki Daaredi film where entire film and DVDs are available even before the film’s release then producers will be in huge losses. With more than half of the film available on net, what was supposed to be dasara treat is coming two weeks earlier. However those who happened to watch the film online before the content is removed gave thumbsup to the film. Some even gave more than 4 out of 5. They feel the film is a sensation on Tollywood with Pawan-Trivikram touch. Buzz is Trivikram’s punches, Pawan’s style and Samantha’s glamour is the highlight.

Potugadu Movie Review

Potugadu Movie Review

Potugadu Movie Review

Potugadu Movie Review

MOVIE: Potugadu
RATING: 2.75/5
Cast: Manchu Manoj, Sakshi Chowdary, Anupriya and others
Directed by : Pawan Wadeyar
Produced by : Sirisha Sridhar
Banner : Ramalakshmi Cine Creations
Music : Achu
Release Date : 2013-09-14

Manchu Manoj, who had a miserable time last year is back with Potugadu now. This film is a remake of Kannada hit “Govindaya Namaha”.

What is it about?

Govind (Manoj) is a selfish guy who doesn’t know the value of true love. When he himself faces the ill fate of love, Govind decides to commit suicide. What happens next?

Performances:

Manchu Manoj is good as the lead. He went over board in few scenes, however, he did a fine job as Govind. His natural ease and energy levels play vital role in this film. All the heroines are not up to the mark. Anupriya is better compared to others. Posani Krishna Murali’s usual blank expressions works at times.

Technicalities:

Dialogues are poor. Music is an asset. All the songs are good to hear as well as on screen. Background score is fine. Cinematography is good. Editing is crisp. Direction is just average. Story is interesting though. Director could have made betterment to the narration for this remake. Instead he has stuck to the original script, which had few flaws.

Analysis:

Potugadu has a fine story and has few factors that work in favor of it. But also there are many factors that would work against it. Lets talk about the positives first. There are few good comedy scenes that are aimed at the masses. Despite many double meaning dialogues those scenes will work in the favor of Potugadu at the box office. Songs are pretty good and there is one good twist in the story, which will come as a surprise.

There ends the positives and rest of the film is a total yawn! Director simply raced away without paying attention to the details. All the love stories are badly executed. Climax is a joke with such artificial emotions thrown in. The film goes over board at many instances and it will surely test your patience. But by keeping the things short and crisp the director made a huge favor for himself.

Potugadu comes at a time where there is no single film to watch. This must help the movie to score big at the ticket windows in spite of average content. This is surely better than Manoj’s previous outings and you may watch it if you like his style of acting.

Verdict: Potugadu is an average mass-comedy!

Naa Saamiranga Movie Review

Naa Saamiranga Movie Review

Naa Saamiranga Movie Review

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Cast:
Dilip, Sai Kumar, Sree Tej, Yasaswini, Jeeva, Prithvi and Priyanka
Produced: CH Kiran Kumar Reddy, J. Krishna Reddy and GP Reddy
Directed: Subramanyam Pachcha
Cinematography: P. Bal Reddya

Seenu (Dileep), Ravi (Sai) , Shiva (Sree Tej) and Rani Rudrama Devi (Priyanka) are intermediate friends. Seenu and Rani fall in love, But Rani’s father Krishnadevaraya (Prithvi) opposes to their love. Meanwhile, Maaya (Yasaswini) likes the trio’s happy life style and joins their group. One day Maaya finds herself in a trouble and shares the issue with Shiva. Trio trying to solve her problem accidentally meet International Don Salim (Asish Vidyarthi). The rest of the story is all about how they escape from Salim and make him realize the importance of life.

Director Subramanyam Pachcha’s Naa Saami Ranga has been made on age old recipe that was in Vogue some time back, used to make brainless masala entertainers. Here’s the ingredients A friends gang, Live in City, One of them has a girl friend, Another gets the second female lead, but trying to solve a problem they create another problem, Then comes the villain who will be taught a lesson from the friends gang in the climax. Which will even include forced sidekicks, item song, confusions and end with villains confession.

Audience will be thinking what was script writer and director thinking when they were making logic less buffoonery that lacks credible storyline. Naa Saami Ranga is a classic example of taking viewer for granted. Logics in the second half totally go haywire with Salim’s character like; rather escaping from the Don actors stay with him for Ten days with out any escape attempt (Making him realize the importance of life), No one recognizes Don in International Airport without any make over.. etc. Bal reddy’s visuals look grand but Agastya’s music is very ordinary. First two songs are completely out of sync. Item Song Machu Maa is good, even choreography is promising for that song. Dialogues by Dinakar Talapaneni, Praveen Murala, Ganesh Sunkara and Jaji are funny in parts. Like, Grahalu Anukulinchanappudu Graham Bell ki kuda phone dorakadhu, Devudi Kosam Balidanam kanna Mekkaku inko moksham em untundi, Baada ante pai nunchi karuthundi – Baayam ante kindi nunchi etc. Editing by Upendra could have been crispier in the first half. Being a small budgeted film Naa Saami Ranga has provided good technical standards with a budget of 1 crore.

Sai (Eerojjullo fame) is successful in making the second half better with his successful comic timing. But all his effort gone awry with a pathetic script. Priyanka and Yasaswi look cute, but they have nothing much to do other than pretty and sad looks. Dileep and Sree Teja are middling in the lead roles. There dialogue delivery could have been better, most of their dialogues are like yelling out at the audiences at the top of their voices. Prithvi and Jeeva characters are good in parts.

There is no point in looking for logic in a youthful comedy entertainer. But if movie takes a lot of time settle a simple point? Then its really tests your patience. Naa Saami Ranga has the point that was missing in recent Waiting For You and Romance type movies, Funny Lines and Good comedy in parts. On the whole, Naa Saami Ranga is One missed chance, which could be funny in parts strictly for adult comedy fans.

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Shuddh Desi Romance Review

Shuddh Desi Romance Review

Shuddh Desi Romance Review

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Star Cast : Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopraand more…
Director : Maneesh Sharma
Producer : Aditya Chopra

Manish Sharma who has directed flicks like Band Baaja Baarat and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl has taken a unique concept of the live-in relationship and presented it intelligently. This is no usual sort of love triangle stuffed with all old masala ingredients but is an intriguing premise which deserves an attention.

It begins with the Gulabi city Jaipur where the Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput) is a tourist guide. He is a happy go lucky guy but only thing he misses in his life is love. He comes across Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) who had n number of relationships. But sooner Tara (Vaani Kapoor) takes an entrance into his life, who is too of a practical sorts and has everything planned in her life. Now how this love triangle shapes up humorously that is how ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ goes with.

The director’s deals with the conscious of the teenage and adult who wants to fall in love but hesitates to cross the line of responsibility, which sooner comes at the fore.

Jaideep Sahni who is helmed for scripting Company, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Bunty aur Bubly gives a thought provoking idea which the director portrays it efficiently.

He takes a keen interest into characters’ life and presents it interestingly.

What we admire most is that despite of the serious issue the director deals it with humour giving a light heart entertainment to its audience and the trio of the lead actors takes this entertainment to a next level.

Sushant Singh Rajput is supremely talented actor. He caught everyone’s eye through Kai Po Che showing his intense and sporty side. Through Shuddh Desi Romance this Rajput shows patience and confusion with perfection.

Parineeti Chopra skins into the bold character and presents the shades of a girl who has moved on with the feeling of love through hundreds of relationships.

Vaani Kapoor does a brilliant job as Tara. She is charming and her acting shows that she is here to stay.

Rishi Kapoor who is ubiquitous in every big movie now a day is just marvelous as a wedding planner.

Music by Sachin-Jigar is great. The Gulabi track is my favourite from the album while other tracks are situational. The Rajasthani base is kept in mind and so numerous local instruments are used in the album and so in the background score.

Karthi Biriyani Movie Review

Karthi Biriyani Movie Review

Karthi Biriyani Movie Review

Karthi Biriyani Movie Review

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Production: K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Cast: Hansika, Karthi, Mandy Takhar, Premji Amaran, Ramki
Direction: Venkat Prabhu
Screenplay: Venkat Prabhu
Story: Venkat Prabhu
Background score: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sakthi Saravanan
Dialogues: Venkat Prabhu
Editing: N. B. Srikanth, Praveen K. L
Stunt choreography: Silva
Dance choreography: Raju Sundaram
Singers: Bhavatharini, D. Imman, Devan Ekambaram, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Gaana Bala, Karthi, Premgi Amaren, Priya Himesh, PSYCHO.unit, Rahul Nambiar, Ramya NSK, S. Thaman, Tanvi Shah, Vijay Antony, Vilasini
Lyrics : Gana Bala, Gangai Amaren, Karky, PSYCHO.unit, Tanvi Shah, Vaali, Yuvanshankar Raja
PRO: Jhonson
Distribution: Studio Green

The band of brothers team up for a milestone film in Yuvan Shankar Raja’s career. The 100th film of the composer, Biriyani, is directed by Venkat Prabhu under the banner of Studio Green. The film stars Karthi, Hansika and Premgi. The album contains 6 original tracks and a couple of remixes.

Satyagraha Movie Review

Satyagraha Movie Review

Satyagraha Movie Review

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Film: Satyagraha
Rating:4.5/5
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao
Director: Prakash Jha
Music; Salim-Sulaiman, Indian Ocean, Meet Bros Anjjan and Aadesh Shrivastava
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Story:

Satyagraha reflects the uprising of the middle Class against a corrupt and unjust system that leaves it with no recourse but to form a spontaneous movement to challenge the status quo.It is the story of a dynamic and ambitious young man who is poised to take the elevator of corporate success when a personal tragedy exposes him to the shocking consequences of corruption in this country.

Joining hands with an idealistic old man, he ignites a people’s protest that soon escalates into a massive movement with a national resonance, battling politicians determined to crush and discredit him. However, when people’s raw and unbridled anger is unleashed, the unintended penalty could be horrifying by itself.

Performances:


Amitabh Bachchan 
– playing the role of Dwarka Anand, a man who is a firm believer of truth and an inherent believer of society who wants his son to give back to society and the nation all that they have given him.

Ajay Devgn 
– playing the role of Manav Raghvendra. He represents shining India and is a brilliant telecommunication czar who uses the ways of the world to get what he wants.

Kareena Kapoor 
– playing the role of Yasmin Ahmed. she is a hard headed TV reporter out on the field and she digs deep and as an opinion.

Arjun Rampal – playing the role of Arjun, a strong socially committed to become a politician. He studied in the same school of which Amitabh Bachchan was the principal.

Manoj Bajpai – playing the role of Balram Singh, wily young politician who uses every means to break the system. He is the real threat to democracy.

Amrita Rao – playing the role of Sumitra as daughter-in-law of Amitabh

Prakash Jha’s “Satyagraha” bears no thematic relation to any of his earlier political dramas. It is certainly not a sequel to his “Raajneeti”, as has been reported in some sections of the media. And yes, it is most certainly based on the movement that Anna Hazare started against corruption. To say that Mr. Bachchan’s character Dwarka Anand in “Satyagraha”, lovingly called Dadujee by one and all, and Dadujee’s turbulent relationship with the
go-getting NRI-turned-Gandhian-nationalist Maanav Raghvendra(Devgn) does not bear a resemblance to the Anna Hazare-Arvind Kejriwal equation, would be plain blindness.

What Jha and his very able astute and politically informed co-writer and long-time collaborator Anjum Rajabali have done, is to collect together the thematic threads of Anna Hazare’s mass anti-corruption movement and weave it into a gripping, thoughtful, hard-hitting and inspirational drama which contains all the resonances of a newspaper headline, and wrap it up in the semantics of cinema with as little creative violence as possible even
while addressing an inherently violent issue.

From the time Jha made his intensely political drama “Damul”, there has been a constant strife between the director’s personal political ideology and its rendition into cinematically interpreted language. Drama and emotions have always been Jha’s bete noire. In his predominantly brutal domain of interpersonal politics, the human drama is played out austerely, often at the cost of squandering away the chance to draw the characters’ innerscape in an elaborately-charted schem .

In Jha’s “Aarakshan”, we had seen that trademark emotional austerity in the way he portrayed Mr. Bachchan’s relationship with his screen-daughter Deepika Padukone. In “Satyagraha”, one feels the relationship between Mr. Bachchan’s character and his widowed daughter-in-law (Amrita Rao) could have gone a little further. But then Mr. Bachchan is the kind of extraordinary actor who can say so much about his character’s emotional environment in the most meagre playing-time. Here, he has that one moment with Amrita Rao when hearing her sob in the dead of the night, he goes into her room to console her… And we know the kind of deep bonding this powerful patriarch shares with his cruelly widowed Bahu.

There is little time for emotions in Jha’s world of politics and national awakening. Dwarka Anand gets just one sequence to show how much he misses his son. It’s the moment when he returns to the scene of his son’s death… The father’s anguish here is palpable, throbbing with unexpressed grief. And then before we can wallow in the moment, Jha’s editor Santosh Mandal mercilessly tears us away from this poignant scene of a father’s loss.

In my favourite sequence, Mr. Bachchan shares a son-like camaraderie with Devgn’s character telling him how he would miss Devgn when he leaves the next day. It is a deeply contemplative moment where Devgn reacts to Mr. Bachchan’s supple emotions with rare care and attention.

Hold on to these infrequent episodes of emotional expression in this turbulent tale of awakening the nation’s conscience where there is no room for individual’s self-indulgence. In fact, Devgn’s growing fondness for the TV journalist Yasmin Ahmed(Kareena Kapoor, lighting up every frame) and the sudden burst of a acutely romantic song seems to belong to some other time-zone.

You see, there’s the business of the country’s future to be attended to. And who better at creating a cinema of socio-political reform than Prakash Jha? The director constantly wrenches away from his individuals’ personal feelings to focus on the broader picture.

Jha’s narration gets busy with the business of swooping down on huge crowds of anxious restless people looking for a way out of the country’s scam-frozen destiny. It’s a world built on the premise of socio-political reform that Mahatma Gandhi and Jayaprakash Narain dreamt of and Anna Hazare attempted to bring to fruition.

There’s an abundance of references to mobilisation of youth power through the Internet and mobile. “Satyagraha” probes and questions the validity and motivation of any mass movement that is born out of an inividual’s genuine passion for reform. The pitfalls of such a mass movement are brought into play with a vingery mixture of broad drama and subtle humour.

It is no coincidence that the film’s arch-villain is a politiciam portrayed as a kind of evil clown. Manoj Bajpayee plays the scummy ‘scammy’ brazely corrupt politician with lipsmacking relish. His smirky villainous neta act works as a perfect foil to Mr. Bachchan’s controlled never overdone messianic act.

Devgn, in the all important role of the ambitious entrepreneur who becomes a catalyst for social change, could have taken his character much further down the road of self-articulation. On the other hand, Arjun Rampal has limited scope as a goonda-turned-self-appointed youth leader. He has great fun sinking his teeth into the rustic accent and boorish body language.

While the three main actors play off with each other with supple grandeur, some other supporting actors and characters are played at much too broad a pitch to be effective. When a corrupt policeman takes off his uniform to join the mass movement, you feel the script is teetering dangerously towards over-idealism.

But the message must be, and is, loud and clear. It is time for the nation to chase away damnation before it’s too late. Jha’s film is a timely wakeup warning, a massive clarion call for the conscience, brilliantly manifested in Prasoon Joshi’s title song which tells us enough is enough, and listen… getting Gandhian on the cancerous community of corrupt politicians is a symptom of cowardice.

“Satygraha” conveys the uncontrollable anger and energy of a nation on the brink. For telling it like it is and for creating a compelling film out of the raw material of present-day corruption, the film deserves a standing ovation.

Prema Oka Maikam Review

Prema Oka Maikam Review

Prema Oka Maikam Review

Title : Prema Oka Maikam (2013)
Star Cast : Charmi, Rahul…
Director : Chandu
Producer : Venkata Suresh , Srikanth Surya
Genre : Romance
Music : Vivek Sagar
Release Date : Aug 30, 2013.

After a gap, Charmi is coming up with a new movie ‘Prema oka maikam’. Though Charmi once ruled Tollywood, she has been facing tough time of late. In these circumstances Charmi is coming up with heroine oriented movie ‘Prema oka maikam’. Prema oka maikam has grabbed attention of audience and industry with its hot and spicy stills. As Charmi is appearing in a prostitute’s role, the movie is raising interest among movie goers. Director Chandu says that the movie revolves around a call girl, singer and songs writer. Let’s find out the highlights of ‘Prema oka maikam’.

*How love plays with the lives of these three individuals and how each of them view love is the main point of story.

* Journalist Pulagam Chinnarayna has penned dialogues for the first time. It is said that his hard hitting dialogues will be thought provoking.

* Movie unit is making predictions that Charmi will bag all the awards for her performance. Even Charmi has pinned her hopes on this movie. Charmi says. “I appear in a care free girl’s role who is disillusioned at life. Chandu’s story has impressed me a lot. After a long time I am acting in a role which I liked most.”

* All the movies in the recent past, where heroines appeared as prostitutes got bombed at box office. Shriya’s Pavitra and Hari Priya;’s abbai class Ammai mass have bit the dust. It has to be seen whether Charmi will excel in this role.

* Director Chandu got into limelight with Tenth Class and Note Book movies. After a long time he is a coming again with ‘Prema oka mikam’. He is knowing for having an understanding of youth sensibilities. He is trying to get back into limelight with this hot and spicy flick.

* Charmi has great stakes on this movie. Her career is greatly dependent on the success of this movie. Therefore Charmi is praying to all gods for making this movie hit.

Satyagraha Movie Review

Satyagraha Movie Review

Satyagraha Movie Review

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Film: Satyagraha
Timesofap Rating:
4.5/5
Actors:
Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpayee, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao
Director:
Prakash Jha
Music:
Salim-Sulaiman, Indian Ocean, Meet Bros Anjjan and Aadesh Shrivastava
Genre:
Drama
Duration:
2 hours 20 minutes

Story:

Satyagraha reflects the uprising of the middle Class against a corrupt and unjust system that leaves it with no recourse but to form a spontaneous movement to challenge the status quo.It is the story of a dynamic and ambitious young man who is poised to take the elevator of corporate success when a personal tragedy exposes him to the shocking consequences of corruption in this country.

Joining hands with an idealistic old man, he ignites a people’s protest that soon escalates into a massive movement with a national resonance, battling politicians determined to crush and discredit him. However, when people’s raw and unbridled anger is unleashed, the unintended penalty could be horrifying by itself.

Performances:


Amitabh Bachchan
– playing the role of Dwarka Anand, a man who is a firm believer of truth and an inherent believer of society who wants his son to give back to society and the nation all that they have given him.

Ajay Devgn
– playing the role of Manav Raghvendra. He represents shining India and is a brilliant telecommunication czar who uses the ways of the world to get what he wants.

Kareena Kapoor
– playing the role of Yasmin Ahmed. she is a hard headed TV reporter out on the field and she digs deep and as an opinion.

Arjun Rampal – playing the role of Arjun, a strong socially committed to become a politician. He studied in the same school of which Amitabh Bachchan was the principal.

Manoj Bajpai – playing the role of Balram Singh, wily young politician who uses every means to break the system. He is the real threat to democracy.

Amrita Rao – playing the role of Sumitra as daughter-in-law of Amitabh

Prakash Jha’s “Satyagraha” bears no thematic relation to any of his earlier political dramas. It is certainly not a sequel to his “Raajneeti”, as has been reported in some sections of the media. And yes, it is most certainly based on the movement that Anna Hazare started against corruption. To say that Mr. Bachchan’s character Dwarka Anand in “Satyagraha”, lovingly called Dadujee by one and all, and Dadujee’s turbulent relationship with the
go-getting NRI-turned-Gandhian-nationalist Maanav Raghvendra(Devgn) does not bear a resemblance to the Anna Hazare-Arvind Kejriwal equation, would be plain blindness.

What Jha and his very able astute and politically informed co-writer and long-time collaborator Anjum Rajabali have done, is to collect together the thematic threads of Anna Hazare’s mass anti-corruption movement and weave it into a gripping, thoughtful, hard-hitting and inspirational drama which contains all the resonances of a newspaper headline, and wrap it up in the semantics of cinema with as little creative violence as possible even
while addressing an inherently violent issue.

From the time Jha made his intensely political drama “Damul”, there has been a constant strife between the director’s personal political ideology and its rendition into cinematically interpreted language. Drama and emotions have always been Jha’s bete noire. In his predominantly brutal domain of interpersonal politics, the human drama is played out austerely, often at the cost of squandering away the chance to draw the characters’ innerscape in an elaborately-charted schem .

In Jha’s “Aarakshan”, we had seen that trademark emotional austerity in the way he portrayed Mr. Bachchan’s relationship with his screen-daughter Deepika Padukone. In “Satyagraha”, one feels the relationship between Mr. Bachchan’s character and his widowed daughter-in-law (Amrita Rao) could have gone a little further. But then Mr. Bachchan is the kind of extraordinary actor who can say so much about his character’s emotional environment in the most meagre playing-time. Here, he has that one moment with Amrita Rao when hearing her sob in the dead of the night, he goes into her room to console her… And we know the kind of deep bonding this powerful patriarch shares with his cruelly widowed Bahu.

There is little time for emotions in Jha’s world of politics and national awakening. Dwarka Anand gets just one sequence to show how much he misses his son. It’s the moment when he returns to the scene of his son’s death… The father’s anguish here is palpable, throbbing with unexpressed grief. And then before we can wallow in the moment, Jha’s editor Santosh Mandal mercilessly tears us away from this poignant scene of a father’s loss.

In my favourite sequence, Mr. Bachchan shares a son-like camaraderie with Devgn’s character telling him how he would miss Devgn when he leaves the next day. It is a deeply contemplative moment where Devgn reacts to Mr. Bachchan’s supple emotions with rare care and attention.

Hold on to these infrequent episodes of emotional expression in this turbulent tale of awakening the nation’s conscience where there is no room for individual’s self-indulgence. In fact, Devgn’s growing fondness for the TV journalist Yasmin Ahmed(Kareena Kapoor, lighting up every frame) and the sudden burst of a acutely romantic song seems to belong to some other time-zone.

You see, there’s the business of the country’s future to be attended to. And who better at creating a cinema of socio-political reform than Prakash Jha? The director constantly wrenches away from his individuals’ personal feelings to focus on the broader picture.

Jha’s narration gets busy with the business of swooping down on huge crowds of anxious restless people looking for a way out of the country’s scam-frozen destiny. It’s a world built on the premise of socio-political reform that Mahatma Gandhi and Jayaprakash Narain dreamt of and Anna Hazare attempted to bring to fruition.

There’s an abundance of references to mobilisation of youth power through the Internet and mobile. “Satyagraha” probes and questions the validity and motivation of any mass movement that is born out of an inividual’s genuine passion for reform. The pitfalls of such a mass movement are brought into play with a vingery mixture of broad drama and subtle humour.

It is no coincidence that the film’s arch-villain is a politiciam portrayed as a kind of evil clown. Manoj Bajpayee plays the scummy ‘scammy’ brazely corrupt politician with lipsmacking relish. His smirky villainous neta act works as a perfect foil to Mr. Bachchan’s controlled never overdone messianic act.

Devgn, in the all important role of the ambitious entrepreneur who becomes a catalyst for social change, could have taken his character much further down the road of self-articulation. On the other hand, Arjun Rampal has limited scope as a goonda-turned-self-appointed youth leader. He has great fun sinking his teeth into the rustic accent and boorish body language.

While the three main actors play off with each other with supple grandeur, some other supporting actors and characters are played at much too broad a pitch to be effective. When a corrupt policeman takes off his uniform to join the mass movement, you feel the script is teetering dangerously towards over-idealism.

But the message must be, and is, loud and clear. It is time for the nation to chase away damnation before it’s too late. Jha’s film is a timely wakeup warning, a massive clarion call for the conscience, brilliantly manifested in Prasoon Joshi’s title song which tells us enough is enough, and listen… getting Gandhian on the cancerous community of corrupt politicians is a symptom of cowardice.

“Satygraha” conveys the uncontrollable anger and energy of a nation on the brink. For telling it like it is and for creating a compelling film out of the raw material of present-day corruption, the film deserves a standing ovation.

Toofan Audio Review

Toofan Audio Review

Toofan Audio Review

Ram Charan’s most anticipated project Toofan songs are finally out. The music for the film has been composed by Meet Bros Anjjan and Chintran Bhatt.  Here is the iqlik exclusive music review of the album:

The album begins with a bang with Mumbai ke Hero- the promo of the song already created much needed amazement among the fans and the audience.  The catchy rhythm and the energetic singing by Jaspreet is the main asset for the track. Ram Charan’s punch dialogues in between is another highlight for the song. This song is sure winner! The song style is a peculiar mix of Rap and Hip Hop and it wonderfully suits the theme of the film.

Next arrives Pinkie makes sure it is an item song right with the prelude. The song has the irresistible Marathi flavor suitable to the Mumbai backdrop of the film. Mamta Sharma does the right justice the song deserves. The lyrics are re-written to suit the Andhra Pradesh towns such as Vizag and Warangal.  The rhythm is catchy and the song would appeal to the masses in the right chord.

On contrast with the first two tracks, it is the soothing melody Premincha which comes next. Sung mellifluously by Sriram Chandra and Shalmali Kolgade, the song sounds quite fresh and welcoming to the ears and the rhythm maintains the captivating nature.  It sure is the lilting melody without missing the foot tapping rhythm- one of the kinds!

The album retains the pace with the fourth track Vecchanaina sung by Shwetha Pandit.  The trance like rhythm takes the song forward while the tune is melodious. It is a racy song with interesting vocals by Shwetha – who usually sings slow paced and melodious songs. It does have the 80s disco styled Bollywood music, which maintains the flavor right till the end.

Shakila Scentu is the last song of the album sung by Shreya Ghoshal. The song makes sure the pace and theme of the album is continued with it. The tune sounds like a typical Bollywood number. However, its Shreya Ghoshal makes sure the song gets its own individuality! Being a competent singer in singing any sort of genre- she makes complete justice to the song.

All in all, Toofan is a fairly good album which has instantly likeable tracks such as Mumbai Ka Hero and Premincha. The remaining songs would have to be grown on the listener eventually. However, being a simultaneous make from Hindi, the songs have the Hindi flavor and one needs to wait and see how the Telugu Audience receives them.