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Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam February 20, 2009

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Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam could have been just another feel good family entertainer on the lines of Dil Raju’s uber-successful flicks – with the underlying thread this time being separated parents. This part is built around the usualĀ  boy-meets-girl and boy-trying-to-win-over-girl’s-father stuff. What makes it stand out is however is the effervescent lead pair of Siddharth and Tamannaah who complement each other so well – something you hardly seen in Telugu mainstream cinema.

The film is mostly lighthearted and even if Brahmanandam’s act happens to be the one which doesn’t impress relatively; still watching him in that hilarious “Geethanjali” gag suffices for it. Venu Madhav actually gets a better role as the hero’s sidekick. Prakash Raj, Ramyakrishna and Nazar are fine as usual. Another thing you’ll take home is the music by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. It’s a wonderful score and the picturization of the songs is the icing on the cake. The title track is extremely catchy but the one I absolutely loved is the “Subramanyam” number. In terms of pure content there is hardly anything new about this film but the extremely good packaging and other factors combined make it a cool watch.

Apart from the film itself, I was much impressed with the really nice poster campaign – don’t get to see such things too often. Siddharth is in top form though it must be a cakewalk for him to do such roles now. Tamannaah might have a slightly subdued role but she always makes her presence felt – finally an actress who can be given a meaty role to handle and who is not called Genelia. The producer and director go by the names Bujji and Dolly but thankfully their work isn’t as frivolous.

On the whole, KIKK is a fun-filled outing – go for it!


Nenu Meeku Telusa? October 13, 2008

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Aditya (Manchu Manoj) suffers from an amnesiac condition which triggers complete memory loss after a night’s sleep. As days pass for Aditya the viewer isn’t quite sure if the person suffering from this condition is the hero or the director. At the end, there doesn’t seem to any improvement as far as the hero is concerned; the director shows symptoms of recovering but it is already too late.

Nenu Meeku Telusa? is a classic case of how to ruin a nice concept. Aditya goes through a daily routine guided by his own recorded voice. There are only two other people who know about his condition. One of them (who happens to be his uncle) gets killed and circumstantial evidence points to Aditya. How does he get out of this mess? The films starts off quite promisingly and the daily routine of Aditya is very believable too. Then progressively irrelevant and boring scenes start popping now and then. Despite many inconsistencies and flaws, things still look good at the intermission. But like I suggested before, writer-director Ajay Shastri seems to have no clue of where to begin shooting after a night’s sleep. Sorry to say but what starts out as one of the most interesting films of this year will have no trouble finding its place in the list of worsts.

Ajay Shastri (credited for story, screenplay, dialogues and direction) has to take the blame for all of it. Manchu Manoj is the only redeeming factor of this film. Depsite not having a hit ever, there have been good things written about him. This is the first film of his I am seeing and I found him very impressive. Unlike his elder brother (who has been promoted more by his family until now), he is an absolute natural. As Aditya, the believability he brings to the role is worth a mention. He is completely at ease with comedy and action too. There’s an eloborately choreographed eight minute long foot-chase sequence though marred unnecessarily by the use of still/slow motion shots just to prove that there is no double being used. Like most things in the movie it is absolutely irrelevant to the plot but still something to take home from the ruins.

Riya Sen is alright but Sneha Ullal as an IPS officer is truly – as Brahmanandam would exclaim – a “What the Frock!” case of miscasting. Ms. Cutie with her stock expressions would find it hard to convince you that she’s capable of killing a mosquito and here we are supposed to accept her as an IPS special investigative officer!!! If this were a far better film then Brahmanandam could have added his “Barmani” to the list of his most memorable roles. No matter how inconsistently it’s handled, he still make you laugh the moment he says “What the Frock!” along with the hilarious expression/sound he makes.

A couple of songs are good while the rest don’t work. The camerawork with a huge overdose of still shots and slow-motions are quite distracting. A bout of merciless editing might make the film better but not enough to make one like it. To quote Brahmanandam once again – he literally ends the movie with a final “What the Frock!” and so do the viewers.

Ready June 22, 2008

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Two back to back hits in a year followed by a couple of major filmmakers imitating your style. What better way to follow it up with another winner! Sreenu Vaitla does just that with his latest offering Ready.

The film begins like every other Telugu flick nowadays – hero helps heroine escape….both fall in love while on the run from the girl’s factionist family…..hero plays “mind games” to make it all work out well. The first half doesn’t really make much of an impression with the mandatory songs and action sequences overwhelming the comic parts. Sunil is the only one here who brings in the laughs in this part with his hilarious portrayal as the effeminate classical dancer. Vaitla returns with a bang in the second half once our hero’s “mind games” begin.

No prizes of guessing who steals the show from everyone again….looks like most of the audience were aware about this through the early reviews/word-of-mouth; hence the overwhelming response to Brahmanandam’s entry as “McDowell Murthy”. If you thought he was great in “Dhee” and “Krishna” lately, you’ll love him much more here. And the humor generated around him is also quite innovative rather than centering around simply being harried by the hero. His expressions in a few scenes are priceless! Another guy who stands out here is that fat kid who always gets a cameo role in all of Vaitla’s films (couldn’t figure out his name). In this film, he has a full length role and does a great job of it. Interestingly, Ready doesn’t feature the trademark Sreenu Vaitla “drunk guy bashing up his oppressors” scene….quite a sacrifice!

Ram and Genelia are fine but they get nothing new to do and are completely eclipsed by the comedians in the second half. Devisri Prasad’s tunes are good but except for the first and last songs, all the rest act as speedbreakers. The film is 3 hours long and quite a bit of the first half – especially the fights can definitely be trimmed away for good. Ready is a much more accomplished effort from Sreenu Vailta compared to his previous flicks and it shouldn’t be a surprize if it turns out be the biggest hit of this season.