Friday, June 20, 2008

Ready





Ready Reviews



The tagline of the film is 'Deenikaina'. Ram and Genelia are the lead pair. Sreenu Vytla who gave two big hits with 'Dhee' and 'Dubai Seenu' is the director. Ram has just two films to his credit so far but he has already acquired the image of a good and stylish actor.


Story :
Chandu (Ram) is from a big joint family of RS Brothers.he is fresh out of college and falls in love with a girl(none other than heroine) who is passing in a Vehicle. Pooja(Genelia) is the only daughter of NRI Chalasani Prasad (Naga babu). She returns to India after the sudden death of her parents in an accident.Her Uncles( Kota Srinivasarao, Jayaprakash Reddy) are factionists and has a rivalry to each other .They had eye on Pooja's Rs.100Crore property and want her to marry their only sons.Chandu's friend Google Gopi (Ravi Varma) is in deep love with a girl who is about to marry and Chandu want to unite the lovers.Instead of Gopi's lover ,Chandu kidnaps Pooja.Chandu takes her to his home and gradually she falls in love with him.Her uncle Pedhinaidu(Kota Srinivasarao) finds her and takes her back to Bellary.How Chandu gets his dream girl forms rest of the story..


Highlights:


What any one expects from a Srinu Vytla's film?Good Comedy!right? Ready has loads of it .Srinu Vytla this times comes with a fully loaded Family entertainer in the lines of Ninne Pelladatha & DDLJ. He has a good script and great lineup of actors(Ram, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Dharmavarapu, MS Narayana, Jayaprakash Reddy, Kota..and the list goes on) and the result is ..as you expected. Though there isn't much story the screenplay(Gopi Mohan,Kona Venkat) is very good,So are the dialogues(Kona Venkat). Ram performed with ease,Genelia looks pretty.Brahmanandam steals the show as McDowell Murthy. Technicalities ( Camera - Prasad Murella,Editing - MR Varma)are adequate.


Sidelights :


Nothing much to say ..Songs( both music & picturisation) could be better.Etc.,

Etc.,Navadeep& Tamanna appered in guest roles


Cast: Ram, Genelia, Brahmanandam, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Nazar, Chandramohan, Navdeep, Tamanna, Sunil, Venu Madhav and others


Production: Sravanthi Ravi Kishore


Banner: Sravanti Movies


Music: Devi Sri Prasad


Direction: Srinu Vytla


Release date: 19.06.2008


Public Talk :Bagundhi. An enjoyable movie.


Industry Talk: ManchiHit


Rating : 7/10



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dasavatharam







Cast
Kamal Haasan in ten roles as Rangaraja Nambi, Govind Somaya, Avtaar Singh, Balaram Naidu, Christian Fletcher, Shingen Narahashi, President George W.Bush, Vincent Babru Vahan, Krishnaveni Paati, Kalifulla Khan, ASP Ragavan.
Asin Thottumkal in dual roles as Kothai and Andal.
Mallika Sherawat as Jasmine.
Jayaprada as Ranjita singh
Napoleon as King Kulothunga II
Nagesh as Sheik Mukhtaar (Kalifulla's Father)
K.R.Vijaya as Mehar (Kalifulla's Mother)
Raghuram as Robin Roy
M.S.Bhaskar as Broadway Kumar
P.Vasu as Jaa.Raghavandra (Jaa.Raa)
Rekha as Meenakshi
R.Soundarajan as MLA
Sandhana Bharathi as Jaa.Raa's Brother-in-law
Akash as Inspector Bharath
Rajesh Toleti as Dr.Sethu
Charan as Q
Chakri Toleti as Ram
Sanjay as Sureh
Ann as Yuka
Vayapuri as Prabhu
Chitty Babu as Ekambaram
Kapilan as Kapilan
Ramesh Khanna as Doctor
S.V.S.Kumar as Kothai's Father & Sahasranaman
Erode Soundarajan as Henchman

Dasavathaaram

Dasavathaaram is a forthcoming Tamil feature film starring Kamal Haasan, directed by K. S. Ravikumar, who with Dasavathaaram, pairs up with Kamal Haasan for the fourth time. Haasan acts in ten different roles, breaking the record for an actor's portrayal of the most different characters whilst Asin Thottumkal in a dual role and Mallika Sherawat also play lead roles in the film. The film, which has been under production since mid-2005, has Himesh Reshammiya, popular bollywood music director, as the music composer and Venu Ravichandran as the main producer. The movie has been talked about ever since it was announced. The film, made with a budget of 165 crore (1.65 billion) Indian rupees, is all set to be released on June 13, 2008.

Movie Review

Dasavathaaram as the name it self indicates portrayes Kamalhasans 10 different characters starting from 12th century to the current modern civilization.Rangaraja Nambi a brahmin preist,a strong believer of Lord Vishnu in the 12th century stood firm against bad strategies of King Kulo thunga Chowla who ruled the country on that time.As a result of that Nambi got death punishment from chowla. Nambi tied along with the statue of the Lord Vishnu has been sent in to ocean. The next phase of the story begins in the modern civilization.Kamal is doing 9 different characters in the modern civilization,all with a connected story line.The historical story of Nambi and the statue of Lord Vishnu has a significant importance in this movie. Dasavathaaram as the name it self indicates portrayes Kamalhasans 10 different characters starting from 12th century to the current modern civilization.Rangaraja Nambi a brahmin preist,a strong believer of Lord Vishnu in the 12th century stood firm against bad strategies of King Kulo thunga Chowla who ruled the country on that time.As a result of that Nambi got death punishment from chowla. Nambi tied along with the statue of the Lord Vishnu has been sent in to ocean. The next phase of the story begins in the modern civilization.Kamal is doing 9 different characters in the modern civilization,all with a connected story line.The historical story of Nambi and the statue of Lord Vishnu has a significant importance in this movie.



Sunday, June 8, 2008

Krishna







Krishna

Cast: Ravi Teja, Trisha, Mukul Dev, Sayaji Shinde, Jayaprakash Reddy, Dandapani, Chandramohan, Brahmanandam, Sunil, Chitram Sreenu, Venumadhav, M.S. Narayana, Sudha, Sana and others
Banner: Lakshmi Narasimha Visuals
Producer: B. Kasi Viswanatham
Screenplay and direction: V.V. Vinayak
Presenter: D.V.V. Danaiah
Story and dialogues: Akula Siva
Music: Chakri
Cinematography: Chota K. Naidu
Editing: Gauthamraju
Art: A.S. Prakash
Lyrics: Chandrabose
Action: Ram-Lakshman


Krishna Movie Review

The Power of Indrakeeladri

The combination of Ravi Teja and V.V. Vinayak have created Krishna, a good comic and action-filled entertainer. Producer Danayya comes up with another hit after Desamuduru.

Krishna (Ravi Teja) is an M.Sc. Computer Science gold medallist. He is so good-natured that he gives up his job in favour of another poor young man who needs a job desperately. Krishna, residing in Vijayawada with his brother and his family, roams aimlessly with his friends, when he comes across Sandhya (Trisha) at the Kanakadurga temple and instantly falls in love with her.

He follows her but she does not accept his love. Kirhsna then follows her to Hyderabad. Sandhya is the daughter of a builder (Sayaji Shinde). The father refuses to accept Krishna's love for his daughter. The reason for this is that a dreaded gangster Jakka (Mukul Dev) is also after his daughter. Jakka wanted to kill her, but falls for her beauty and is determined to marry her.

The father tries his best to keep his daughter out of the reach of Jakka and his goons. Krishna hatches a plan to take on Jakka and finish him off so that he can marry Sandhya.

Performance-wise, Ravi Teja comes on top once again, showing great ease in action as well as comedy scenes. His comedy timing is very good. Brahmanandam and Ravi Teja literally carry the film on their shoulders. Trisha lends her glamour to the film and is also good in the dance number. Jayaprakash Reddy plays the role of the villain's uncle to perfection. He also does some comedy. Sayaji Shinde's role is very brief. Sunil, M.S. Narayana and Venu Madhav add their bit to the comedy in the film.

The film is a thoroughly enjoyable fare on the whole.


Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ontari






Ontari


Cast: Gopichand, Bhavana, Rajiv Kanakala, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Sayaji Shinde, Asish Vidyarthi, Ajay, Sunil, Ali, Naresh, Raghubabu, Supreet Reddy, Chitti, Rajitha, Indu Anand and others.
Banner: Ee Taram Pictures
Producer Pokuri Babu Rao
Story, screenplay and direction B.V. Ramana
Presented by Pokuri Rama Rao
Cinematography Sarvesh Murari
Music Manisharma
Art Venkateswara Rao
Editing Gauthamraju
Action Vijay
Dialogues Marudhuri Raja

Ontari Movie Review

Gopichand's Ontari, from Eetharam Films, the same banner that gave films like Ranam and Lakshyam, is a mass entertainer, the type that Gopichand is well known for.

The story is about the happy family of Muddu Krishna (Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao) -- his wife, three sons, two daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Vamsi Krishna (Gopichand) is the youngest of the three brothers. Rajiv Kanakala, an MLA, is a childhood friend of Gopichand.

Gopichand falls in love at first sight with Kanaka Mahalakshmi (Bhavana), an orphan studying B.Sc. at a women's college. He keeps meeting her, posing as a CBI officer, creating comic situations. Bhavana also come into contact with his family members but does not know that he is part of their family.

The younger brother of the villain tries to tease Bhavana and Gopichand thrashes him up. Ashish Vidyarthi, the villain, is very angry and hatches a plan to take revenge. The engagement of Gopichand and Bhavana is about to take place at Annavaram when Ashish Vidyarthi kidnaps Bhavana. Gopichand tries to rescue her but is backstabbed by his dear friend Rajiv Kanakala. Bhavana dies after the villain's brother rapes her.

But Gopichand is not a normal person now. He is suffering from visual hallucinations and thinks that Bhavana is very much with him. He sets out to take revenge on the villains for raping her. Gopichand succeeds in his mission, only to realize that Bhavana is no more. Gopichand now becomes 'Ontari'.

Gopichand does a great job both in the actions scenes as well as romantic scenes. He shows his fighting skils once again. Bhavana give him able company with her cute looks and neat performance. The rest of the star cast, including Ashish Vidyarthi, Sayaji Shinde, Raghu Babu and others, are okay. Music is also okay. Comedy by Sunil and Ali is average.

The film runs smoothly in the first half but slackens a bit in the second. The suspense is often a bit confusing. It appears the director lost his grip on the subject at times.

However, it is good to see Gopichand turn into a bankable star. The film will be a feast for mass audiences.

Ontari is an above-average entertainer.

John Appa Rao 40 plus







John Appa Rao 40 plus
Cast: Krishna Bhagawan, Simran, Sayaji Shinde, Benarjee, Jeeva, Melkote, Ali, Raghubabu, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao, Maruthi, Gauthamraju, Prabhakar, Ruthika, Apoorva, Pavala Shyamala and others.
Banner: Black and Eight Act
Written, directed and produced by: Kuchipudi Venkat
Cinematography: V. Gopinath
Music: Kiran Varanasi
Editing Naveen
Action Ram-Lakshman
Choreography Shankar, Babu Yadav


John Appa Rao 40 plus Movie Review

Kuchipudi Venkat has attempted to make a different film with a fresh concept, so naturally, the film does not exactly fit into any template. The film, touted as a comic entertainer, has much violence and ends up as a film on terrorism.

Appa Rao (Krishna Bhagawan), a fashion designer, stays in Visakhapatnam and runs his garment stores with the help of some friends. He delays his marriage due to family problems. He is now 40 plus when he finally decides to marry but now finds it very difficult to find a suitable bride.

At this time enters Pravalika (Simran), who gets a costume designed by Appa Rao and is most pleased by the same. She offers to take him to the UK to set up a designer store. Appa Rao is by now living with her and thinks her invitation as a sort of a green signal, meaning she is interested in marrying him.

But we learn that Pravalika is actually doing all this for a dreaded ISI agent named John alias Mushtaq. John is the prime accused in a bomb blast case at the Rythu Bazar in Mehdipatnam in which hundreds of innocent people were killed.

She plans to take Appa Rao to Hyderabad and get him killed, then use his passport and visa to smuggle the dreaded terrorist out of India. Why is she doing all this? Does she succeed in her mission? This is the suspense element and should be watched on the big screen.

Krishan Bhagawan plays a dual role in the film. He plays a bachelor of 40 plus and gives a mature and realistic performance in this role. His role as a dreaded ISI agent Mushtaq however, is not very convincing. The dubbing for this role is also poor.

Simran look good in some scenes but she may not be accepted by fickle audiences as a heroine, who may have already cast her in the image of a character actor. The rest of the star cast are average. Even though the film boasts of several comedians like Ali, Venu Madhav, Raghu Babu, etc. the comedy is just rib-tickling.

The director has made the film in such a manner that the audience is not sure if it isg a comedy film or a film on terrorism.







Gamyam



Gamyam


Cast: Allari Naresh, Sharwanand, Kamalini Mukherjee, Ramesh Rao, Brahmanandam, M.S. Narayana, L.B. Sriram, Vidyasagar, Abhishek, Giribabu, Vijaya Chander, Hema, Sweta Agarwal and others
Story, screenplay and direction: Radha Krishna (Krish)
Banner: First Frame Entertainment
Producer: Saibabu Jagarlamudi
Presents: Bibo Srinivas
Co-producers: Tammudu Satyam, Y. Rajeev Reddy
Camera: Hari Anumolu
Music: E.S. Murthy,Anil R
Editing: Shravan Ketikani
Background Score: E.S. Murthy
Art: Rajiv Nair
Dialogues: Nagaraju Gandham
Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitaramasastry, E.S. Murthy
Action: Ram-Laxman
Choreography: Suchitra Chandrabose, Swarna, Prasanna

Gamyam Movie Review

Gamyam is a refreshingly different entertainer. The film breaks the long list of mediocre and flop films that have been hitting the screen since January 2008 with the exception of Ravi Teja's Krishna.

The film is about the life of Abhiram (Saravanand), the rich and spoilt son of a multi-millionaire. He leads a lavish and carefree life with no love or sympathy for the poor and the underprivileged in society.

He comes across a beautiful doctor Janaki (Kamalini Mukherjee), an orphan who loves the poor and serves them. She is interested in social service. Abhiram manages to become her friend. But when it is about to turn into love, Janaki learns about Abhiram's hatred for the poor.

She leaves him and goes away. Abhi now goes in search of her. He meets Gaali Seenu (Allari Naresh), a petty thief who steals bikes but is good-natured at heart.

The two set out in search of Janaki. During their long journey, Abhiram sees true life and the sufferings of people. Seenu dies unfortunately when he is caught in the crossfire of an encounter between naxalites and police. Abhiram, now a changed man, finally meets Janaki; she now accepts his love and the film ends on a happy note.

The performance of Allari Naresh is the highlight of the film. He also does a lot of comedy and brings laughter in the theatre.

Saravanand has improved, but there is still much scope for him to improve. Kamalini's role is brief but she does a neat job, making a good impact as a kind and compassionate girl.

Music is average. The dialogues and photography are impressive. Debutant director Radhakrishna does a commendable job with this thin storyline. The film is a refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill love stories, so worth watching.



Bommana Brothers - Chandana Sisters






Bommana Brothers - Chandana Sisters



Banner Siri Cinemas
Cast Allari Naresh, Krishna Bhagawan, Farzana, Rithima, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Jayaprakash Reddy, Tanikella Bharani, L.B. Sriram, Jeeva, Prabhakar, Subbaraju, Venumadhav, Benarjee, Dharmavarapu Subrahma
Screenplay and direction Srinivasa Reddy
Production Ammi Raju
Music M.M. Srilekha
Lyrics Bhaskarabhatla


Bommana Brothers - Chandana Sisters Movie Review

Srinivas Reddy specializes in comedy movies like Tata Birla, Madhyalo Laila and Yamagola, which were pretty good commercial hits.

Allari Naresh and Krishna Bhagawan are the Bommana Brothers, thieves by profession, along with their parents (Tanikella Bharani and Kovai Sarala). Their antics include cheating a bank manager, then getting caught; but thanks to their father, they escape the clutches of the police.

Once, on one of their thieving sprees, their attention is caught by a photo of Mani (Farzana) and Siri (Rithima), pretty daughters of a businessman. The Bommana siblings snoop around and find that Chandana Mohana Rao (Kota Srinivasa Rao), their father, is the owner of a prosperous cloth business.

Mani is devout and Siri is soft-hearted, rendering help to the physically-challenged and the outcasts of society. Armed with this information, Bommana Brothers set out to get their quarry - the innocent sisters, Mani and Siri, and find a place in their hearts. After much pretense, the Bommana Brothers win the hands of the Chandana Sisters in marriage.

Once they are married, the thievery doesn’t stop; they cheat their father-in-law and take away his wealth. Of course, when the sweet sisters come to know of their husbands’ cheating nature, they turn their minds to teaching them a lesson.

Do the Bommana Brothers reform? Can the Chandana Sisters forgive their husbands and take them back? Watch the movie to find out.

Naresh and Krishna Bhagawan prove their experience by excelling in their roles. Farzana and Rithima provide eye candy, very sweet and glamorous. Dharmavarapu, Jayaprakash Reddy and Jeeva lend superb support to the main characters. Kota Srinivasa Rao dons his father’s role with his usual aplomb. Tanikella Bharani and Kovai Sarala as the Bommana parents give extra flavour to the story. The song and dance sequences by Naresh and Farzana are done very well.

Adusumilli Vijaykumar has captured the beauty of the foreign locales and the romantic sequences. Veligonda Srinivas’ dialogues sparkle now and then, with a few ‘punch’ dialogues. The director has tried to stretch the comic scenes with the result that the spirit goes out and some scenes bore you rather than entertain you. By making the script pithier, the movie could have delivered a lot more laughs.

The songs give you a déjà vu feeling, and some old songs like ‘Sri Ramadasu’ and others have been used as props for the story continuity.

Overall, a good time-pass entertainer.




Michael Madana Kamaraju






Michael Madana Kamaraju

Banner Silver Screen Movies
Cast: Srikanth, Prabhudeva, Sunil, Charmee, Asha Saini, Naga Babu, Kavitha, Venu Madhav, Brahmanandam, Abhinayasri, Kota Ali, Kondavalasa, Kovai Sarala
Cinematography P. Vasu
Music Chakri
Director Nidhi Prasad
Producers M. Venkataramana, Yogesh Patel, Raju, Praveen


Michael Madana Kamaraju

Nidhi Prasad is a few films old, inspite of which he seems to get confused with the storyline. Michael Madana Kamaraju is the title of an old Kamal Haasan comedy classic. But this movie has only the title in common with the Kamal cult classic of 1991.

Prabhudeva, Srikanth and Sunil play the 3 characters, Michael, Madana and Kamaraju, supported by Charmee and Mayuri. The film is billed as a different, but unexpected love story.

The hero Madan (Srikanth) and Kamaraju (Sunil) are cousins, who attend a fashion show in Goa where models from across the country participate. Archana, a fashion designer, showcases her clothes on some Vizag models. Madan meets Charmee and hires her for his company.

Meanwhile, Kamaraju is bowled over by Mandira (Mayuri aka Asha Saini) and follows her to Hyderabad. Madan reveals his views on love, mainly that it is a waste of time, an infatuation created by the body for the mind, to Archana. Predictably, after a while, Madan loses his heart to Archana, but cannot tell her as his ego gets in the way. Kamaraju, to trick Madan into confessing his feelings, prints a fake wedding card of Archana’s wedding to a man called Michael – with Prabhudeva’s photo enclosed.

Madan gets really depressed; at this juncture, he meets Michael (Prabhudeva) accidentally. When Michael, who has lived by his wits all his life, realizes the situation, he sets about trying to win Archana’s heart, more so because her father, Nagababu, is worth 100 crores.
Michael makes all efforts to win Archana’s hand in marriage; how Kamaraju and Madan foil his plans, reuniting with their girlfriends, makes up the rest of the movie.

Srikanth has given a good performance as usual. Sunil is fantastic with good comic timing and is comfortable in the song sequences also. Charmee has shown that she is a good dancer as well as being able to emote very well.

The first song is visually pleasing and has been picturised on Sunil; Prabhudeva has proved that he is one the best choreographers South of the Vindhyas when he has choreographed a Telugu classical dance with westernized steps. The rest of the songs are average.

Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, Venumadhav and Ali have given effortless performances though the dragging tempo has played havoc with a good storyline. Many characters just walk on and off the screen leaving the audiences wondering what the character has to do with the overall story.

Chakri’s music hardly inspires and the background score is just average.
Cinematography is above par and Silver Screen Movies have delivered production values as required.

The movie is held together by the comedy – a good entertainer.

Bhale Dongalu






Bhale Dongalu

Cast: Tarun, Ileana, Jagapathi Babu, Charmi, Pradeep Rawat, Mallikarjuna Rao, Brahmanandam, M.S. Narayana, Sunil, Venumadhav, Narsing Yadav, Sudha, Sana, Hema, Annapurna
Banner: Sri Lakshmidevi Productions
Producer: Sakhamuri Panduranga Rao
Screenplay and direction: Vijaya Bhaskar
Camera: Jagan
Music: K.M. Radhakrishnan
Editing: Marthand K. Venkatesh
Dialogues: Abburi Ravi
Lyrics: Veturi, Bhuvanachandra and Chandrabose


BHALE DONGALU MOVIE REVIEW

After a hit like Nuvve Kaavali, Tarun and Vijayabhaskar reunite once again in a remake of the hit Hindi film Bunty aur Babli, a morale booster for the yet-to-succeed Tarun.

The son of typical middle class parents (Chandramohan and Sudha), Ramu (Tarun) wants to become a businessman, while his father wants him to land a steady, decent job. Ramu solves his problem by running away from home.

Meanwhile, Ileana, a business magnate's daughter, also runs away from home, as she dreams of becoming a model but her grandmother wants her to get married.

Tarun and Ileana meet on a train going to Visakhapatnam. They are cheated and lose their luggage and money. Therefore, they resolve to cheat others to survive, later graduating to bigger items like expensive jewellery.

While going to Hyderabad in search of richer victims, they run into a cute child suffering from kidney failure and decide to pay for her treatment.

Their modus operandi in Hyderabad is leave their signature 'Romeo and Juliet' in all their crime scenes. They steal from Veerraju (Pradeep Rawat), a local goonda without being aware of his identity. Now he's hunting them down. Even DCP Yugandhar (Jagapati Babu) is chasing Romeo and Juliet.

Now the hero and heroine want to retire from their hazardous life of cheating and start an honest business. They also provide rupees nine lakhs for the treatment of the poor girl with kidney failure, whom they had met on the bus to Hyderabad.

The suspense of the film lies in anticipating what happens next. Will the two con artists, the partners in crime, go scot-free or will they get caught and punished?

The film has been scripted well and is a laugh-fest, though much of the movie defies logic. That's the hallmark of a good entertainer! Tarun has good comic timing, having honed his skills over the years. Ileana, has carried her role very well without exposing, appearing in a variety of costumes. Jagapathi Babu as the DCP has carried his role with his usual style.

K.M. Radhakrishnan's music has a couple of foot-tapping songs with good choreography. The action scenes are done with style.

Charmi, Pradeep Rawat, Mallikarjuna Rao, Brahmanandam, M.S. Narayana, Sunil, Venumadhav, Narsing Yadav, Sudha, Sana, Hema, Annapurna are the others in the cast.

This movie is a big career boost for Tarun.

JALSA








JALSA

Cast Pawan Kalyan, Ileana, Parvathi Melton, Kamalini Mukherjee, Prakashraj, Mukesh Rushi & Brahmanandam
Direction, Story, screenplay, dialogues Trivikram Srinivas
Producer Allu Aravind
Music Devi Sri Prasad
Action Peter Haynes
Camera Guhan, Rasool
Presented by Allu Ramalingaiah
Banner Geetha Arts


JALSA MOVIE REVIEW

Trivikram Srinivas (of Athadu fame) entered Tollywood as a story writer. He excelled in dialogue writing and when he became popular as a writer, he turned director and got the chance to direct Mahesh Babu.

Producer Allu Aravind chose Trivikram to script and direct Jalsa with Pawan Kalyan in the lead, to be produced under Gita Arts banner. Jalsa was surrounded with hype right from the muhurat to create high expectations with audiences and Pawan Kalyan's fans. Now, coming to the storyline:

Son of a poor farmer (Pruthvi), Sanjay (Pawan Kalyan) lives in a village, which has no facilities, not even potable water. His brother dies of heart disease and Sanjay's parents commit suicide after their crop fails.

To take revenge against society, young Sanjay joins the Naxals as a courier. When most of Sanjay’s cadre is killed in an encounter, he helps a minister to escape from a landmine blast. Sanjay is apprehended by a police officer (Prakashraj). He surrenders and decides to reform.

He joins college and falls in love with the SP's daughter Indu (Kamalini Mukherjee). But the SP isn’t convinced about Sanjay and gets Indu married to an NRI.

Then Sanjay meets Jyotsna aka Joe (Parvati Melton) and her sister Bhagmati aka Bhagi (Ileana). Both lose their hearts to Sanjay but Sanjay snubs Joe. So Bhagi tries her luck and succeeds in winning his heart. History repeats itself when Bhagi's father refuses to approve of Sanjay as a son-in-law.

Sanjay beats up the son of a factionist and land mafia leader Damodar Reddy (Mukesh Rushi), thus becoming his enemy. Sitting in jail, Damodar Reddy oversees his criminal empire with the help of his right hand Sreenu (Tanikella Bharani).

Now comes a twist in the tale. How Sanjay vanquishes his enemy and and wins the girl forms the climax. So watch and enjoy!

Pawan Kalyan has made the film lively from beginning to end with his good performance and good comic timing. His make up, costumes and acting are similar to his earlier films Tholiprema, Khushi and Bhadri.

For a change, Ileana appears in a deglamourized girl-next-door role, in which Trivikram has given her scope to perform with chirpiness.

Parvathi Melton is overpowering next to Pawan Kalyan, providing the oomph factor. Kamalini has a wink-and-you-miss-her role. Mukesh Rushi has performed with style. Prakashraj is so-so as Kamalini’s father. Brahmanandam’s comedy is average.

Technically,music is the major highlight. It is the first time Devi Sri Prasad and Pawan Kalyan have come together with good results. The audio was a chartbuster since its release. Mahesh Babu’s voice-over is another highlight.

Though the storyline written by him is good, director Trivikram Srinivas could have exploited the screenplay better. He maintains the humour as well as the love story neatly through the firs half but the long dialogue that continues into the second half slows the tempo; some scenes could have been shorter.

songs choreography is average. Action scenes are stylish but reminiscent of Pawan’s earlier roles.

The film has had an average opening. The director has been able to satisfy Pawan’s fans to a certain extent with music, dialogues and climax.


PARUGU



PARUGU


Cast Allu Arjun, Sheela, Prakashraj, Poonam Bajwa, Sunil, Srinivasa Reddy, Prithvi, Chitram Sreenu, Dhanraj, Subbaraju, Jayaprakash Reddy, Raju, Jeeva, Jayasudha, Ali, Kalpana, Rajitha, Ragini, Delhi Rajes
Direction, story, dialogues and screenplay Bhaskar
Producer Dil Raju
Co-producers Sireesh and Lakshman
Music Mani Sharma
Presents Anitha
Lyrics Sirivennela Sitaramasastry, Chandrabose, Ananta Srireem
Dialogues B.V.S. Ravi
Photography Vijay K. Chakravarthy
Editing Marthand K. Venkatesh
Art Anand Sai


PARUGU MOVIE REVIEW

Bhaskar came up with a beautiful film, Bommarillu, about the relationship between a father and his son. Parugu is Bhaskar's second film and the 'second film' sentiment seems to have got him too, meaning this is not as good as his debut film.

The story is about a rich landlord Neelakanta (Prakashraj) and his two daughters Subbalakshmi (Poonam Bajwa) and Meena (Sheela). Subbalakshmi elopes with her lover, Babu, just a few minutes before her marriage. Neelakanta is furious and asks his helpers to round up all of Babu's friends. Sunil, Chitram Seenu, Srinivas Reddy and Krishna (Allu Arjun) are then locked up in an out house.

Neelakanta learns that Krishna is the one who has helped his daughter to run away and seek shelter. Neelakanta takes his gang in search of his daughter. Krishna loses his heart to Neelakanata's younger daughter - Meena. Meena finally succumbs to Krishna's charms. After Neelakanta catches Subblakshmi and her husband, he is shocked to learn that his daughter doesn't want to return and in fact, warns him not harm her husband.

Neelakanta returns home and plans to perform the marriage of his second daughter Meena. Again, he learns just a few hours before the marriage that she too is planning to elope with her lover, Krishna. Does Krishna take advantage of the situation and elope with Meena? Can he empathise with Neelakanta? Watch the move to find the answers.

Allu Arjun has worked on his acting prowess in enacting serious roles and his dancing skills are good. Prakashraj brings out the feelings of a father let down by his daughters with élan. Poonam Bajwa has almost no screen space and Sheela beautifies the movie effectively. Comedy by Sunil and gang is just average; the music is good and so are the production values and editing. The slow pace of narration and the predictable ending are the weak points. Paragu is entertaining, but falls short in comparison to Bommarillu.

Bujjigadu Made In Chennai









Bujjigadu Made In Chennai

Cast Prabhas, Trisha, Sanjana, Dr. Mohan Babu, Sunil, Ali, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Jayaprakash Reddy, Raja Ravindra, M.S. Narayana, Ajay, Subbaraju, Brahmaji, Qayyum, Pragati, Supreet, Rajesh, Ahuti Pras
Story, dialogues, screenplay and direction Puri Jagannath
Producer K.S. Rama Rao
Banner Creative Commercials
Music Sandeep Chowtha
Cinematography Shyam K. Naidu
Action Vijayan
Editing Varma
Art Chinna
Released on May 22, 2008


Bujjigadu Made In Chennai Movie Review


Puri Jagannath finally gives hero Prabhas something to smile about. The film should finally end Prabhas' dry run at the . Puri Jagannath, with consecutive hits Desamuduru and Chirutha under his belt, has directed Prabhas in the lead role. Prabhas' great performance should now set him firmly on the path to bigger hits. Bujjigadu Made In Chennai, means exactly that. It has been shot mainly in the now defunct Binny Mills, parts of Ennore and other parts of Chennai. This is the third film in which Prabhas and Trisha appear together after Varsham and Pournami.

The story is pretty simple. Bujji and Chitti are school-going children living in Visakhapatnam. Chitti gets angry with Bujji over some trivial issue and tells him that she will not speak with him for 12 years. If Bujji can stick to it, then she will marry him.

Bujji leaves home and settles in Chennai, becoming a goonda and big Rajnikanth fan. The producer has capitalized on the fan following that Superstar Rajinikanth has among both Telugu as well as Tamil audiences. With this in mind, the hero's accent has traces of Tamil coupled with East Godavari region slang. After the stipulated 12 years, Bujji (Prabhas) comes back to Visakhapatnam in search of his love. But he learns that Chitti (Trisha) is now in Hyderabad. Bujji also comes in contact with the gang of Kota and his sons. He is offered one crore rupees to kill Shivanna (Dr. Mohan Babu), a rival of Kota.

Bujji agrees to do the job and comes to Hyderabad. He is now in search of Chitti as well as Shivanna. He tries to kill Shivanna, but is grievously injured while fighting with him and his goons. But Shivanna takes a liking for Bujji, takes him home and gets him treated.

Predictably, Shivanna turns out to be Chitti's brother. He learns that Bujji is actually the person that his sister Chitti has been waiting for since 12 years. But Shivanna pleads with Bujji not to reveal his identity to Chitti. Why? Does Bujji agree to this condition? What happens next? That forms the crux of the story.

Popular detective novelist, Madhubala has provided the script. The film is an out-and-out Prabhas show. He gives a good account of himself in all the departments - acting, comedy, dance, fights and style. Trisha looks cute and glamorous. Mohan Babu could have done better but was restricted by the script.

Sanjana is okay. The rest go about their roles in a routine manner. Puri Jagannath's son Master Aakash and daughter Baby Pavitra make cameo appearances. The music is average while the camera work is outstanding. One song devoted to Prabhas' fixation with the Superstar has many references in Tamil. This song captures the mood of the carefree hero, who has come to watch Rajinikanth's moviefirst-day-first-show. Two new voices, Mark Lazaro and Anaida, have sung the 'Thalaiva' number that is a mixture of Telugu and Tamil lingo. The peppy lines were written by Bhaskarabhatla RAVI Kumar. Fight master Vijayan has composed very outstanding fight sequences with Prabhas and other junior artists.

The film is average but should please Prabhas' fans immensely. Puri finally gives what Prabhas has been desperately looking for - a vehicle to showcase his acting skills.



KANTRI








KANTRI



Cast NTR Jr., Hansika Motwani, Tanisha, Prakashraj, Asish Vidyarthi, Mukesh Rishi, Sayaji Shinde, Murali Sharma, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmaji, Raghubabu, Subbaraju, Satyam Rajesh, Dharmavarapu Subrah
Presents C. Dharmaraju
Producer C. Aswini Dutt
Story, dialogues, screenplay and direction Meher Ramesh
Cinematography Sameer Reddy
Edting Marthand K. Venkatesh
Music Mani Sharma
Banner Vyjayanti Movies
Released on May 9, 2008

KANTRI MOVIE REVIEW

The hype and publicity of the latest Jr. NTR starrer raised the expectations of audiences and fans alike, who expected NTR to come up with a big hit after Yamadonga. But the director has come out with an average entertainer, with story and screenplay that are not outstanding.

The film is about injustice done to the family of a rich, kind landlord (Mukesh Rishi). His son returns from the US to do some good for his village. He plans to set up a sugar factory and generate employment for the villagers. But, assisted by Ashish Vidyarthi, a back-stabbing family helper Potha Raju (Prakashraj) kills all the family members and escapes, taking with him the 100 crores (kept aside to set up the factory), but leaving behind his wife and young son.

Potha Raju (PR) soon creates a huge underworld empire. He makes about 1,000 crores by printing counterfeit currency and other illegal activities.

Kranthi (NTR) is an orphan. He stays in Premalayam with other orphans. Kranthi joins PR’s gang after helping them in some fight with another rival gang run by Sayaji Shinde. Kranthi meets Varalakshmi (Hansika Motwani) and falls in love with her at first sight. PR comes to India to settle some scores with his rival. During this visit, he learns that Kranthi is actually his son. So PR now shows affection towards his son and sidelines Ashish Vidyarthi. Ashish's daughter Tanisha is also in love with Kranthi. But Kranthi says that he loves only Varalakshmi. Ashish now walk out of PR’s gang and joins his rival Sayaji Shinde. Kranthi tricks PR and manages to grab all his property.

The film is an NTR show all the way. He is easily the best dancer around and he is also very good in the fight scenes. Prakashraj once again proves why he is the preferred choice for villain. Hansika fills the glamour role very well. The rest of the characters are strictly average. Were their talents downplayed so that NTR Jr. could shine better? You decide after seeing the film.

Music and songs are good. The first half is fairly good but Meher Ramesh incorporates too many twists and sub-plots in the second half of the film. NTR fans are sure to enjoy the film and confirm again that he is a chip of the old block.

Pandurangadu




Pandurangadu


Starring Balakrishna, Sneha, Tabu, K. Viswanath, Dr. Mohan Babu (special appearance), Balayya, Prasad Babu, Sameer, Sunil, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Ali, Anant, L.B. Sriram, Jr. Relangi, Brahmanandam, Jenny,
: Siva Parvati, Sana, Archana (Veda), Suhasini, Meghana Naidu, Y. Vijaya, Apoorva, Sireesha, Bhargavi, Neethu and Baby Kavya
Screenplay and direction
K. Raghavendra Rao
Producer K. Krishnamohana Rao
Banner R.K. Associates
Story and dialogues J.K. Bharavi
Camera Jayaram
Editing Srikara Prasad
Music M.M. Keevarani
Released on May 30, 2008



Director Raghavendra Rao, who has created many great commercial entertainers has also made devotional and period films like Manjunatha, Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu. These gave him the reputation of a great director of good historical movies, as well as a mass director.

Darsakendrudu K. Raghavendra Rao's latest offering is the remake of the N.T. Rama Rao classic, Panduranga Mahathyam. But the remake has given more focus to Pundareeka's life.

The opening scenes establish how Pundareeka (Balakrishna) hails from a family of Krishna devotees. Pundareeka is the only black sheep in the family, who does not worship Lord Krishna. He whiles away all his time in the company of women of loose morals.

Lakshmi (Sneha) is an orphan who is brought up by Balayya, a priest in a small village. Lakshmi is a great devotee of Krishna. One day, Krishna appears in her dream and tells her that she should marry a person named Pundareeka who stays in the neighbouring village.

Lakhsmi goes in search of Pundareeka and proposes to him. But he rejects her proposal, saying that he would be happy to spend some nights with her if she so desires but marriage is out of question. But Lakshmi keeps praying to Lord Krishna and hopes for divine intervention.

Pundareeka meanwhile come into contact with Amritha (Tabu), a prostitute. He falls for her charms and spends all his time in her company. Lord Krishna now intervenes and makes Pundareeka marry Lakshmi. But Pundareeka continues his wayward life even after marriage.

Finally, Pundareeka loses all his wealth and property to the machinations of Amritha and her mother. His family members and he leave their ancestral home and he roams around aimlessly. At this juncture, he comes into contact with a holy man (Dr. Mohan Babu) who reforms Pundareeka. The rest of the story is how Pundareeka attains moksha.

Balakrishna comes out with an impressive performance. He is very good in his role as Krishna and even reminds us of his late father N.T. Rama Rao in appearance and dialogue delivery. He is okay in his second role as Pundareeka, though his makeup could have been better.

Senha plays the devotional girl to perfection. She also looks and acts her part with effortless ease. Tabu, as Amritha the prostitute, sizzles and portrays her part to perfection. K. Vishwanath does his role with natural ease. Dr. Mohan Babu is very impressive in his short cameo of just a few minutes. The role of Narada, played by L.B. Sriram, is demeaned by cheap dialogues. Music by Keeravani is a big asset for the film.

The film has more hot romance than devotion, which detracts from its devotional aspect. The first half is just average. The film picks up only after Pundareeka meets the holy man (muni) and is reformed. The climax is also too long by today's standards.

The family audiences (for whom the film is intended) may not enjoy the film because of the excessive dose of romance; Tabu's revealing historical costumes and the double meaning dialogues will also drive away family audiences.


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