My take on Magadheera [movie review]

It’s been a while the much awaited (?) movie ‘Magadheera’ is out and we have numerous reviews online. So, my attempt here is not to review the movie in general (may be a little!) but the reviews themselves (more!).

We watched it in Prasads, one of the best screens available of course including the sound system, as few reviews recommend the sound system as a very important aspect to live the experience and enjoy the power packed performance. We had little fun like any other movie, we enjoyed the bits here and there, we appreciate the effort and patch work (from all the hollywood movies 300, Troy and what not; and a little from Jodhaa Akbar too!) and we did feel ridiculed in a lot of moments. It ends there. We could clearly see visual inconsistency in a lot of scenes; not just the graphics part but even the regular indoor shots- some were blurred, some were sharp, some even out of focus. It’s not a marvelous treat; it’s not a ‘new era’ in Telugu cinema; or a master-piece.

So, just to add clarity – it is not a must watch or a wonderful film. I too call it an okay movie. Definitely not one of the Rajmouli’s best. All the hype just because Mega Star’s son is the hero.

Story: About 400 years ago, a beautiful princess falls in love with her personal bodyguard. A bro-in-law of the princess wants to marry her – for reasons of lust and the power over kingdom. There is a competition to ‘win’ her and followed by a war where all of them die. That sepia epic runs for about 40-50 mins. All the characters are reborn in this century and one after the other slowly wake up to the 400 year old history. How the hero (Charan) makes it work is the feat that covers up the movie.

It’s the approx. 45 min sepia epic that runs the movie. In the present generation characters, the hero’s (Harsha) touch of the heroine’s (Indu) fingers ‘spark’s to the past every once in a while. And I almost stood up a few times that the movie was over and climax  was never even near. Without a question, climax was the worst part of the movie.

Music: To listen, I like two tracks; ‘Dheera Dheera’ and the melody tune ‘Panchadaara bomma bomma’, esp the lines ‘nuv andakapothe vruda ee janmaa aa aa a” :D. the last ‘item’ track is really an item. ‘Dheera Dheera’ I heard was highlight for the movie in terms of picturization – it’s just fine, but what you know, compared to the rest of the movie, that was the best part. And the ‘panchadaara bomma’ song has disappointed me a little; I was hoping for nice dance sequences but little dance it has and a lot of posing for a photo shoot.

Bangaru kodi petta: The choreography is good and Charan danced his best to live up to the music. However, two things that negate the so called history recreated is Chiru’s appearance for a minute and the 15 odd minutes wasted (probably the worst part after climax) to make room for this song. Especially Chiru admiring Charan for his dance spoils the game. Not to mention, the funny old clip of Chiru’s break dance from the original song. That clip, in pink vest, of all the dances from Chiru’s tracks?!!

Narration and screenplay: It was very odd in many scene changing instances that the transition was not smooth. It was like having a dozen files on the desktop and double-clicking on one after the other to watch the clip. Yes, everything related to the same movie/ story but not something which lets you enjoy the transition. It’s like dumping parts of the story and asking us to build it as we like. I ain’t an editor (yet :P)

Charan: I’ve read that this is a movie too early in his career where seasoned actors after dozens of movies are eligible. I disagree. We tend to appreciate the performance as we know they are ‘seasoned’. Only when we have new comers try this we will know the actual performance. I think though not great, Charan did his best. It is true that he did concentrate on the performance and image more and the emotions took a hit.

Kajal: She is the best part of the movie. She is the surprise pack. Looks beautiful as the princess, did well in the reincarnated role and overall a nice performance. Though the make up and jewellery did not match the ‘Jodhaa [Akbar]‘ in the sepia epic, it was good. She of course improved a lot since ‘Chandamama’. Soumya (RJ) also did a good job in dubbing her voice.

Srihari: Looked good (fully involved in the 300 remake scene) in the old epic but was not so in the current generation appearance with the Srikakulam fisherman accent. Especially, the climax scene where his jeep hits the villain’s helicopter is very funny. Of course he jumps out before the jeep jumps a dozen feet high. :)

Bramhanandam, Sunil, Hema: Sorry to note that Bramhanandam and Hema could not add any entertainment value in the movie. Sunil was kinda okay here and there.

And then there is Saloni for few seconds before the last item song by Kim Sharma, no one knows why. There’s Mumaith Khan in ‘Bangaru kodi petta’ and also villain (Dev) who did a decent job.

I guess I have more to talk but this should be fine for now. Am a little tired, and this post was in my ‘drafts’ for a couple of days now. I just had to get it out. Happy weekend!

Prayanam – mild entertainer [movie review]

Prayanam is a mild entertainer. I wasn’t bored at any point in the movie. But, there isn’t anything that caught my attention either. It has a typical storyline that ‘just happens in movies’.

It’s a love at first sight theme, that takes place in airport while awaiting departures. Hero falls in love with the girl and has two hours (and of course there is a flight delay) to impress and win her heart, who by the way is going to India to meet her prospective groom. 98% of the movie is in the airport (Malaysia). That implies, all movie long, same costumes and ambience. We did get a good tour of the airport though. I personally could recollect few of the places I’ve been to inside the massive structure.

It is a typical of Chandra Shekar Yeleti’s movies. If you liked ‘Aithe’ or ‘Anukokunda oka roju’, I guess you’ll enjoy this one too. 5 characters, a Brahmanandam and a couple other ‘co-passengers’ in the airport is all he used. Also, people who get the quick wit or sharp tongue comedy can have good moments from supporting actors.

Manoj tried his best to play innocent and succeeded good amount of times. However, there are scenes when you can see his expressions are artificial. Harika’s role is plain too. She isn’t very attractive or cute or hot but has expressive eyes. The entertaining part comes from the supporting actors, who played as friends for the lead roles. A little dissappointing again is Bramhanandam’s role. Except for a moment or two, I would say he wasn’t his best.

Music wasn’t very impressive either. Anantha sriram (kotha bangaru lokam) gave lyrics. Should listen to the three songs a few more times to checkout the lines. The one sung by the little girl Amritavashini souded cute though.

All in all, if you watch it, you wouldn’t feel bad or regret. If you don’t, there isn’t much you are missing out.

Official website: http://www.prayanam.com/

KICK – movie review

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This is one of those movies I call ‘complete entertainer’. Believe me it’s not easy to maintain the comedy tempo from the beginning to the end. While romance/ love/ violence can be the backbone of the movie and made obvious in every frame, I think comedy isn’t very easy to deal with – and this one did it! That too not cheap comedy but completely inline with the story and actually pretty nice. Unlike many movies that maintain a ‘track’ of comedy with bits and pieces, this one IS a comedy track from the beginning to the end. I loved 100% of the time I spent in there!

The story is about this guy who needs a ‘kick’ in everything he does. So, everything that is normally done might be done differently just for that reason.  That includes his normal life, love life, work life and everything. Except for 5 minutes may be, towards the end, when there is a sentiment bit, I was giggling, laughing and enjoying all the way – non stop! Surender Reddy was known for technicalities of the movies but never though he has such a good tase for comedy too. Awesome job I would say.

Ravi Teja has justified his role completely. May be more energy and enthusiasm he is normally known for. I think he has joined the lot that has Chiru, Balaiah or Rajinikanth for whom the stories or scripts are custom made. It is evident that the movie was wrote keeping Ravi Teja in mind for the role.

Ileana has done a good job too. A little extra pounds she has put on (which is actually used as a promotion for this movie!)  did make some difference in appearance. She played her part well, as oppossed to the normal ‘over-acting’ she is coined for. The dialogs and acting are in flow with the ‘energy’ and comedy theme this movie carries all through.

And I guess we don’t need special mention about Bramhanandam, Ali and other seasoned comedians. The scenes with all of them in frame (including Ravi Teja and Ileana) are handled very well. Again, unlike the seperate comedy track for entertainment, the roles are weaved into the story making it more enjoyable.

The music is nice too. Karthink sung two songs I guess, which are pictured well. You can pre’listen’ to all of the tracks on the official website http://kickmovie.net/ where there is a good gallery and all other technical details for those who are interested, including some footage shots.

However, I didn’t see a lot of Rasool’s talent in photography. I was expecting more scnery like ‘Okariki Okaru’ what he is very famous for. Most of the movie is shot in Malaysia in normal city scapes which I guess left little room for his creativity.

Overall, a complete full time entertainer! I guess I watched such a fun-filled movie after a long long time! :) If you’ve watched the movie already, add in your comments about your experience. If you haven’t, I guess you plan to watch this as soon as possible!