Boni – not a very good start

boni

In one phrase- not worth watching.

The only aspect of the movie which was not very disappointing is music. It’s not great but few tracks are good. And as it is well known, Ramana Gogula reads lines between songs (or is that rap?) which wasn’t very awkward in here. Or did I feel that way in contrast to the poor narration and vague storyline? 2-3 tracks were in deed pictured well, with nice art and costumes etc. These tracks are worth an ear and the good things about this  movie come to an end.

For Sumanth, it’s another attempt to play a mass hero, which I would say was not successful with all the class or ‘normal’ looks. He didn’t have that roughness or mass charm to fit in the role. Kriti is nice. She looked very comfortable on the screen. Apart from a very few ‘over-actions’ here and there, her performance is good. She has traces of Jayaprada and Anushka in a few scenes. Other cast, Trinetrudu (supporting actor), Tanikella Bharani, Sutti Velu were more entertaining than the lead roles, similar to Prayanam.

Technically it is a good movie. But, I guess the poor narration and storyline spoiled the game. DD (Sumanth) and Chinna (Trinetrudu) are childhood friends who grew up in an orphanage. Their lifetime goal is to setup a ‘pulihora’ center. They join goons, work with dons and invole in ‘collections’ and kidnaps to earn money for that. Surprisingly, they need 7 lakh rupees to start one! I wonder at what scale they were planning- they never mentioned going international! Pragathi (Kriti) enters their life when they kidnap her as part of their operations. She actually plans a kidnap herself with some police friends to extract money from her father, which she needs to free land for farmers in a village. That’s how the story goes, with no romance and chemistry on the screen.

Actually, there is one more good thing about the movie: a few one liners at regular intervals (from comedians). I’m sorry I forgot to mention this. This is the aspect which kept me awake all through the movie. I wish they worked on comedy a little more which could probably involve audiences a little.

Pista – movie review

 

Yet another Vishal’s movie. Well, almost.

The first half was very good with nice comedy and clear storyline. The second half is a little cluttered; if all the story threads were just concluded instead of starting new ones, I would have remembered the complete plot of the movie now. Actually the second half is what it makes a Vishal’s movie. Full action shots and fight sequences, powerful dialogues delivered with no punch that is needed, theen maar with same tamil mass beat – you get it. They made Shreya dance for teen maar as well 🙂

Vishal was his usual self. I haven’t watched his ‘Salute’ but I can compare to the others like ‘Pandem kodi’ etc. I would say nothing different from any of his earlier movies. Shreya was a hottie. A little more sensuous and glamorous than earlier may be. Again, other than being hero’s love, no special role or story behind the character. Seasoned comedians Ali and MS Narayana played their role too. Prakash Raj is the bad guy.

Actually, I think there was a problem with casting. Making a movie in Tamil and Telugu at the same time has its challenges. For the scenes they had to shoot again, few others were cast – who need more recognition than they received. Dharmavarapu subramaniam played a couple of minutes, just in one scene. Krishna Bhagavan and Srinivas (Idiot chinna) were treated the same way. Tanikella Bharani was just on screen with no weight to his role. It appeared that they had too much to show in less time.

Music is ok-ok. It’s Manisharma so obviously a lot of noise dominating the normal music and singers. The picturization of a few tracks was awesome though. Good experiments with costumes, colors, lights and massive sets. All the posters you see out there are from these song sequences.

All in all, movie was just ok. Nice posters and advertising though 🙂

Update:

A couple more noteworthy points for me:

  • It’s been a long time I watched a movie on the first day of release. We caught this one on Day 1, second show
  • My first movie in Andhra (Eluru)
  • We bought tickets in black spending twice the price for ‘box’ seats

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!

Piracy

I know a few people who write good lyrics. These works are far better than the ones that are being currently accepted into movies. But, I guess it takes more than talent (money? Or blood relation?) to get into the “industry”. Yes, that is the term used for the movie making community. We approached a few people for a “chance”. All of them wanted to use the script for their use. If it makes its way to some movie or the other, they would claim it as their work and we get nothing. Leave alone money, not even the name! If this keeps going, we get paid a minimum amount, say a couple of hundreds for each song or so. (And yes, never do we get the fame!)

DVDThat is all the inside story which they assume people outside are unaware of. The other side, which I am more interested in is, the “industry” being against piracy. They want all the viewers in the theaters or buy original disks only. We will also be rewarded if reported piracy. It’s surprising to hear from people who are more often than not, corrupt and selfish, to talk about the topic. They need a revolution against a piracy. They need “value and respect” for the [so called borrowed] talent in the industry.

I would say I have no respect for the industry which has no respect for authentic talent. Now, if you have any good prints of the movies out there, please let me make a copy!

Few lines from ‘Yogi’

I couldn’t help listening to the song from telugu movie ‘Yogi’ this evening in the cab, on my way to office.

(Telugu)
yogi_nayantaraOrori yogi nannu korikey ra…
Ororo yogi nannu namiley ra…
Orori yogi nannu kudipey ra…
Orori yogi neelo kalipey ra…

Danni eam meaning lo artham chesukovalo artham kaka chastunna… That too it is in Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM listener’s choice lo no. 2 anta… ade, janalu sms lu pampi maree ennukuntaru choodandi, aa type! aa dhairyam tho vinnanu… ademo ala undi… Tarvatha telisindi indulo heroine kuda Nayanatara ani (Vallabha tho shock ichindi ee maha thalle!)

Rasi, padi nanduku vallani analo, Nayanatara type E antha anukovalo, no 2 ga pettina FM fans ni analo, vinnana nanne anukovalo artham kavatla… 🙁

Bad time buddy!