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Prema Kaavali (2011)-Telugu Movie Review

March 25, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Prema Kaavali is a 2011 Telugu movie directed by Vijaya Bhaskar with Aadi, Isha Chawla, Nasser, Sindhu Tholani and others in the cast. Read the film review at Calcutta Tube.

Verdict: Newcomer Aadi carries ‘Prema Kaavali’ on his shoulders;

Cast: Aadi, Isha Chawla, Nasser, Sindhu Tholani, Dev Gill, Shafi, Ali, Brahmanandam, M.S.Narayana and others;

Director: Vijaya Bhaskar;

Camera: Chota K. Naidu;

Music Director: Anu Reubens;

Rating: ** 1/2

It is the high voltage energy of debutant Aadi, son of veteran actor Sai Kumar, in songs and fight sequences that saves Vijaya Bhaskar directed ‘Prema Kavali’, which is nothing but a predictable love story made with an unimaginative script.

 

Nothing is fresh in the film except the lead pair who has done a good job in their first film. Very few know that even before Aadi decided to become an actor, he had impressed Chiranjeevi with his dancing skills.

 

Vijaya Bhaskar was considered a remarkable director of family-oriented love stories when he had writer Trivikram Sreenivas assisting him. The highlight of Trivikram’s writing used to be his crispy one liners that really complimented Bhaskar’s direction.

 

Over the course of time, Trivikram turned into a director himself and wove successful films like ‘Jalsa’, ‘Athadu’ and the recently released ‘Mahesh Khaleeja’. So in Trivikram’s absence, Bhaskar’s flaws are showing. In recent times, he has made mediocre films and ‘Prema Kavali’ is the best example of that.

 

Though Aadi has tried to salvage the film, it suffers from a ridiculous narration and bland script. The story, screenplay and even the dialogues of the film are stereotyped.

 

Some of the sequences are utterly laughable also. Bhaskar has loaded the film with unnecessary action and comedy sequences. He might have thought that these forced elements would ensure film’s success, but they look out of place instead.

 

Besides, Aadi’s presence, it is Chota K. Naidu’s brilliant cinematography and Anup Reubens song compositions that help the film.

 

In the film, Prema is blackmailed by Shafi because he has a photograph where she is kissing her boyfriend Sreenivas. Prema is scared because her father is a strict jail superintendent and she is willing to cough up any amount of money to get the negatives of her photos. She confides into her sister.

 

Meanwhile, Sreenivas, who had been away for a NCC training camp, returns home and is surprised with Prema’s behaviour – she tries to avoid him.

 

Aadi shows lot of flexibility and style in his dances and fights. Isha Chawla makes efforts to prove herself. Shafi is good as villain. Dev Gill shouts a lot. Comedy artists are as usual good in their roles.

 

The film has rich production values. Camera and music work have complimented it.

 

Despite many negative points, ‘Prema Kavali’ is a good watch thanks to Aadi’s confidence and energy.

Aha Naa Pellanta (2011)-Telugu Movie Review

March 25, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Aha Naa Pellanta is a 2011 Telugu movie directed by Veerabhadram with Allari Naresh, Ritu Barmecha, Anitha and others in the cast. Read the film review at Calcutta Tube.

Aha Naa Pellanta’ – good timepass movie;

Cast: Allari Naresh, Ritu Barmecha, Anitha, Srihari, Brahmanandam, Subbaraju and others;

Producer: Rama Brahmam Sunkara;

Director: Veerabhadram;

Music Director: Raghu Kunche;

Camera: Lokanath;

Rating: ***

Allari Naresh has perfected the art of carrying comedy roles with elan. He has good timing and a distinct dialogue delivery style, which has lot of takers among the fans. Most of his films, however, end up being timepass flicks with lot of logical as well as illogical comedy sequences enacted by many established comedy artists.

 

Naresh’s films may not look technically spectacular, but they certainly contain elements which are enjoyable. Though it is difficult to call his films clean entertainers (sometimes dialogues with double innuendoes are used), the presence of experienced veterans in comic roles quite efficiently keeps you smiling most of the time.

 

‘Aha Naa Pellanta’ director Veerabhadram has used the same formula and to an extent succeeded in providing laughter to the viewers. But he has not been honest in this endeavour as the film seems to inspired by 2002 Korean movie ‘Married to the Mafia’. He has also mixed this inspirational content with many sequences from popular films including Mahesh Babu’s blockbuster ‘Pokiri’.

 

The highlight of ‘Aha Naa Pellanta’ is not the antics of Allari Naresh, but fantastic performances by veteran comedy artists Brahmanandam and Srihari. With his lively act in the film, Brahmanandam once again proves why he has been considered the best comedy actor in the 77-year-long history of the Telugu film industry.

 

Raghu Kunche’s composition raises above the bar of mediocrity of music found normally in Naresh’s films.

 

Technically, the film does not raise to the standards seen in Telugu films. The production constraints could be seen in the execution of many sequences. The song picturisations lack richness.

 

Subbu is a software engineer, who is in love with Anitha. One morning when he wakes up, he finds beautiful Sanjana in his bed. The girl is the sister of three gangsters who want Subbu to marry their sister.

 

How Subbu escapes from the ordeal forms the rest of the plot.

 

Allari Naresh fits into the role of Subbu perfectly. But Brahmanandam and Srihari’s combination gets a better reaction as the two veterans have excelled in their respective roles.

 

The two heroines don’t have much to do in the film, which has an array of comedy artists who do full justice to their roles.

 

‘Aha Naa Pellanta’ is a good timepass.

Raaj (2011)-Telugu Movie Review

March 24, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Raaj is a 2011 Telugu movie directed by V.N. Adithya with Sumanth, Priyamani, Vimala Raman and others in the cast. Read the film review at Calcutta Tube.

‘Raaj’: fails to make an impact

Cast: Sumanth, Priyamani, Vimala Raman, Ajay, Ali and others;

Producer: Kumar Brothers;

Director: V.N. Adithya;

Music: Koti;

Rating *

Sumanth is one actor in the Telugu film industry who picks and chooses his films and prefers to act in films that look honest and are story-centric. His recent film ‘Golkonda High School’ was much appreciated for its realistic presentation and the positive message it sent across.

 

But unfortunately, this fine actor has come out with a rank bad attempt in ‘Raaj’ which takes him nowhere, and threatens to land up as one more failure in his career.

 

‘Raaj’ has an illogical story where some situations are just created to suit commercial elements. For example, you have a married woman seducing her husband like an item dancer, a desperate attempt at titillation.

 

The film is about Raaj, a fashion photographer, who has been forcibly married by his father to Mythili even though he is in love with a girl named Priya, who has disappeared mysteriously.

 

Raaj has an uneasy relationship with Mythili and initially does not respond to her overtures. But finally, he understands Mythili’s love for him and starts moving closer to her.

 

But there is a twist in the story as Raaj is able to find Priya in Hyderabad. He cancels his business trip to locate Priya, creating fissures in the family even as the reasons behind Priya’s mysterious disappearance is revealed.

 

Utmost patience is required to watch some tedious sequences narrated with utter stupidity. Director Adithya, who has also written the story and dialogues, has made such a crude attempt that nothing looks natural.

 

The film’s story is inspired by Hollywood film ‘L’Appartement’, which was later remade as ‘Wicker Park’. However, Adithya blunders by adding unnecessary sequences. His incompetence in not doing a good job in plagiarising a hit film is in full display.

 

There are many sequences in the film which have been added just to create some excitement. But unfortunately, these sequences look superficial and create a negative effect on the audience. The much publicised lip-locking sequence, for example, looks extremely regressive.

 

The technical elements of the film too fail to support the narration.

 

Veteran music director Koti is several years behind the present trend and even the remixed ‘Bhimavaram Bullodu’ song fails to appeal. The camera work does not reflect the level of excellence reached in some new films.

 

Coming to the few positive elements of the film, it has to be said that the action sequences and Priyamani’s dancing skills are impressive.

 

But Sumanth, who has made a mark in family entertainers like ‘Godavari’, ‘Sathya’ and ‘Golconda High School’, is off the mark here. He is clearly handicapped by a poor script. Priyamani shows her grace in dances while Vimala Raman seems to be in competition with her in skin show, but she has much to learn as far as acting is concerned.

 

The villain’s portions are too brief, while Ali does not carry himself well in comedy sequences.

 

Adithya makes another serious blunder by writing some objectionable dialogues. If you still decide to watch this film, then you are certainly an ardent fan of Akkineni Nageshwara Rao family.

Mangala (2011)-Telugu Film Review

March 7, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Mangala is a 2011 Telugu film directed by Osho Tulasiram with and Charmmee, Pradeep Rawat others in the cast. Read the film review at Calcutta Tube.

Charmmee sparkles in horror flick ‘Mangala’

Director: Osho Tulasiram;

Cast: Charmmee, Pradeep Rawat, Vijaya Sai and Uththej;

Music: Vishwa;

Rating: **1/2

Among the Telugu film heroines it is Bhoomika and Charmmee, the girls hailing from Punjab, who, besides making Hyderabad their hometown, have made an impact through their individual performances.

 

Charmmee has been able to hold her own in the male-dominated Telugu film industry where a heroine’s demand is determined by the extent to which she agrees to expose on screen and her willingness to play second fiddle to the lead actor.

 

Charmmee made a debut in her teens in the Tamil film industry, but it was the Telugu film industry which has given her a firm footing as a leading actress.

 

Though she started her career as a sex siren, Charmmee has been able to make an impact through her performances in many films like ‘Anaganaga Oka Roju’ and others.

 

She has acted in many heroine-oriented films like ‘Manthra’ and others. Now Charmmee’s new film ‘Mangala’ which has the whole story focused on her character has been released, but certainly this film fails to stand out in comparison with many of earlier films in terms of quality and substance. As far as Charmmee’s performance is concerned, it is certainly remarkable.

 

Director Osho Tulasiram focuses more on technical support for the film than writing a credible script. The climax is utterly laughable and irritating. The so-called comedy sequences are not only cheap but boring.

 

‘Mangala’ focuses more on the black magic and witch craft for creating a horror feeling among the viewers. But most of the sequences are predictable.

 

A bad and cruel magician goes to the extent of killing a child to make some money to meet the extravagant spending of his lovable child Chinna. Chinna is a big fan of actress Mangala and wants to present a car to her.

 

He goes to Hyderabad to present a car to his favourite actress. But in the process, he gets insulted by Mangala who feels that Chinna is a stalker. Mangala humiliates Chinna and he is attacked by her assistants and followers. Unable to bear the insult, Chinna commits suicide. An enraged father of Chinna decides to take revenge on Mangala.

 

Mangala becomes a victim of witch craft and black magic organised by Chinna’s father. How she comes out of her trauma forms the rest of story in the film.

 

Charmmee gives one of the best performances in her career. Pradeep Rawat is as usual menacing. All the others have done well in their roles, while Uththej as a harassed producer brings in some laughs.

 

Technically, the film is strong in cinematography and quality. But music is ordinary and it is completely westernised. The background score is effective.

 

‘Mangala’ can be watched for Charmmee’s performance, but is boring at many points. The horror flick’s script contains a lot of loopholes, but is good for a one-time watch.