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Mahanati

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Journey of a movie ends on how audience experience it! ~ Savvy
 
Mahanati, a good tribute to late legendary actress Savitri. Biopics are made to bring up things that otherwise are not known to a common man. Some are true and others ‘may’ be dramatized. It’s hard to know the truth so the story line shown in the movies live forever.
 
The story, narration and presentation, are good. It is someone’s vision, goal and ambition. NagAshwin you win. However, please do consider this feedback.
 
1) Focus was given MORE to make the heroine a look-alike of Savitri ; same with other characters too. Intent was to take us to those days, but I felt make-overs were bit much
2) Vijay D.has to understand the concept of “flexible actor”. What does it mean is changing the diction, looks and showing a bit of acting to justify the character. God bless his dialogue delivery! Being a period movie, his accent didn’t go well to the environment the movie was in. In addition, he looked more stressed and nervous than ever. Lol. He has to come out of ArjunReddy attitude else he would end up as a Model, just a MODEL. Retrospect time, buddy. I am still struggling to find commonality so that I can like him for his acting. 🙂
3) Telugu is simple but not easy to pronounce. Language was not justified rightly
 
Mahanati is a good movie. Not a Maha movie. Give a visit to this movie, to appreciate the Team and to have reminiscence of yesteryear actress.
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Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Telugu

 

Black Panther

The Movie: Black Panther

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Caption:  Fascinating and Interesting

Savvy’s Rating: 4 / 5

Zephyr: Story, narration and actors

Brush off: None I could think of

 Savvy’s Rede:

Movies are someone’s brainchild. When an Idea is presented through one’s mind to big screen, if not expressed well, entire ambition sees no light.

It’s on movie makers to hunt for right scripts and make movies. Passion for movies, love for acting and unending determination to bring entertainment to the world is something you can see in this movie.

Generalizing all Hollywood movies are par excellence in terms of technology, graphics and animation usage, is wrong.

I am impressed is not enough to talk about this movie. All I can say is, just watch and enjoy.

Story in a nutshell:

This movie is about evolution of a specific race over a period. The time machine takes you smoothly – back and forth – from the past to the present to give you a glimpse of an African race, super hero powers and save the world attitude.

What I liked is, they didn’t show Super Hero as undefeated. In this movie,

Super Hero can lose a battle

Super Hero can get defeated in a fight

Super Hero can seek help of others

Super Hero is one amongst us

Hey, in the end, we all are humans. Understand colors in humans, don’t see them. Eyes can cheat! ~  Savvy
What worked well:

  1. How the movie is presented with unbelievable brainy script.
  2. The Director putting his best foot forward to show the narration on screen amazingly
  3. The added advantage is the Writer and the Director is same. It’s like a mom knows how to dress up her baby well
  4. African dances, beliefs, humans and their attributes, traits of being a King are very well shown

Savvy’s Punch:

Movie buffs, rejoice the grandeur of this good movie

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheartheart– Entire cast and the crew

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2018 in English, Movie Reviews

 

Bharat Ane Nenu

The Movie: Bharat Ane Nenu

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Caption:  Change starts with YOU, not with them!

Savvy’s Rating: 4 / 5

Zephyr: Super star, good story narration, and a feast to audience

Brush off: Heroine and her girl gang conversations are so monotonous. Super star is bigger than these silly dialogues. In addition, one or two songs can be worth editing.

Savvy’s Rede:

What if:

  1. Elephants fly
  2. Peace exists
  3. Selfless takes priority over selfishness
  4. People do gel well
  5. Reality is far from worrying
  6. You sit and relax and enjoy “ideal” situations in the world for 3 hours

This movie subtly slaps common man to wake up and help the Country to grow little by little.

How this movie is different from others? At every given situation, in the movie, it shows public opinion, good and bad. Yes, it’s all cinematic but it’s so close to real life that you would recollect friends and family who have constructive, and opposing, opinions. You see two sides of the coin.

Also, it brings out the fact that how the thought process changes if political leadership is given to people who have right skills and deserve the seat.

Story in a nutshell:

It’s a highly aspirational movie where an educated youth is given the biggest responsibility of leading Andhra Pradesh State by becoming the Chief Minister.

Story, direction, and performances came together to make this movie remember for a long time.

What worked well:

  1. Very smooth flowing story
  2. Meticulous direction
  3. Flawless acting by Super star
    1. Icing on the cake: Mahesh looks exactly like his dad (Nata Sekhara Krishna) in few frames especially when he puts moustache on
    2. Few dialogues do give goosebumps like first time delivery of “Bharat Ane Nenu” dialogue, stopping a journalist not to interrupt in his 2 min speech

Savvy’s Punch:

Savvy Certified. Watch it NOW!

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheart – Entire cast and the crew

heartheartheartheartheart – Super Star

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2018 in Telugu

 

Rangasthalam

The Movie: Rangasthalam (A Stage to perform)

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Caption:  Rangasthalam is not a movie, it’s an EMOTION!

Savvy’s Rating: 4 / 5

Zephyr: Everything!

Brush off:

  1. Very lengthy movie that might test the patience of few audience
    1. Editing can be done on death scenes, scenes with Rangamma, couple fights, and an item song
  2. Humble request to DSP. I respect your talents as a Music Director. Please do not sing most of your songs. Sometimes, it doesn’t connect well. I remember, RP Patnaik, did the same mistake during his heydays. I really wish Lyricists have a RIGHT to select Singers to give life to their lyrics

Savvy’s Rede:

What did I saw last night? I am still in awe and can’t come out of the trance. I saw the painting of passion on a colorful screen. I saw love for the art on a colorful screen. I saw newer version of Tollywood. New flow of changing thoughts on how to take movies without compromising on “Business” aspect.

I saw artistes, not their backgrounds.

I saw a big stage of entertainment.

I was restless.

I was shocked.

I was happy.

I was in pain.

I was in love.

I hated to hate.

I felt injustice.

Finally, I emerged as a Winner with Justice.

I didn’t want to come out of the village.

I want to be there for some more time.

I want to revisit.  Rangasthalam haunts me still. 

Story in a nutshell:

A remote small village. 6 key characters. 3 hours of roller coaster of emotions, performed, err lived, by artistes. Everyone gave their best, leaving no openings to complain. It’s a teamwork setting up each other for a success.

I don’t want to divulge much as it’s worth watching on screen.

What worked well:

  1. Songs:
    1. Chandra Bose has done a tremendous job in penning the songs. Take time to listen and understand the lyrics. Not an easy task to give simple yet meaningful lyrics. Only spoiler is DSP got excited and sung them (I didn’t like though). Rahul Sipligunj is a head turner with title song. God bless his talent
    2. Few selective folklore songs that were hummed in the background through out the movie connects with Telugu audience very well. Good selection of these songs and appropriate placement in the movie
  2. Choreography:
    1. Prem Rakshit is not new to the industry but his dance steps in this movie are indeed new, unique and catchy. Unless one is a good dancer, these steps won’t get life. Ram Charan just owned them
  3. Story / Writing:
    1. Good story line with sensible connections
    2. It has love, crime, politics, and superior quality of human selfishness
    3. Few dialogues are thoughtful that support the theme
  4. Artistes:
    1. Ram Charan: Let me be honest, I was one of the dissatisfied audiences of Ram Charan movies earlier. Had a feeling that his silver spoon background had made him not to concentrate on the quality of his movies. Huh, since Dhruva, he really making people like me, change our minds. There’s no fear of his dad’s success baggage, there’s no fear of judgments from people, and there’s no fear of failing himself while trying something new. He’s reborn as an artiste. He’s ready to perform and be in this industry. He’s ready to make his own mark and entertain. Loved his performance
    2. Jaggu Dada: Do you think only Wine gets better as it ages?  🙂 His screen presence, these days, gives a kick to the audience
    3. Samantha, Anasuya and Prakash Raj: Made their marks by giving justice to their roles
  5. Art and other departments:
    1. Village settings were real and puts a long lasting impression on the audience. Be it, President’s house, or crops or village huts etc.

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheart– Entire cast and the crew

heartheartheartheartheart – Ram Charan

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Telugu

 

Katama Rayudu

The Movie: Katama Rayudu

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Caption:  Just the name is enough

Savvy’s Rating: 3.25 / 5

Zephyr: An entertaining movie ; Director handled PK well.

Brush off:

  1. Shruti Hassan looked different and unrecognizable (compared to her previous movies) ; her costumes in all songs were disastrous
  2. Obvious glitches like 1) when the kid is missed at the temple, why can’t family call her and fretting bad whereas Katama calls her to play hide and seek ; 2) didn’t have proper closure of Radia and his son’s story
  3. Wonder why all brothers were asked to have beards and only Katama is clean shaven; this ended up other brothers looking stale and older in front of Katama
  4. Many fighting scenes and some are real barbaric
  5. Not a fan of showing JanaSena logo in the movie. Suggestion to PK: keep movies and politics separate. It gives clarity to YOU and People. Else there comes a day where people don’t vote if they are miffed up with your flop movie ; they boycott your movie, if they are unhappy with your political career. You will be in catch22 situation. Oh btw, you are creating this situation, dude!  😉

Savvy’s Rede:

A movie must be embraced and loved by all, if it stands by its primary motive which is to provide entertainment. Katama fits the bill.  

Story in a nutshell:

Remake of Tamil movie, Veeram, but customized to enhance political aspirations and enlarge commercial image of Pawan Kalyan. It’s a treat for fans and a good entertainer for rest of the audience.

Movie starts off with 5 aged brothers with no aspirations of marriage. Of which, elder brother is treated as God. As it revealed, 3 of his brothers are secretly in love.  It reminds you of “Peddarikam” movie. Before one could jump into conclusions, things change as the story moves along. Katama is known for his ferocious handling of enemies and compassion for poor and the needy. There comes a love interest in his life by name Avantika, who’s is a fan of nonviolence. As the love tryst getting serious, Katama’s enemies list is growing.

Whether Katama leaves his violent behavior? Whether Avantika accepts Katama as he is or expects him to change for her? What happens to Katama’s enemies? Is there any story behind Katama’s life? Watch the move onScreen to get answers.

What worked well:

  1. I have immense respect for the Directors who handle big heroes, especially PK. Kishore Kumar Pardasani (aka Dolly) got most out of PK in a controlled manner. You would see PK’s performance to the point showing varied versions of Katama like mature version, silly version, and romantic version 
  2. I loved watching PK in a love proposing scene. His eyes, more than his body language, were perfectly captured / set to express the love. My fav scene from the movie
  3. Supporting characters have given their genuine performance. Of all brothers, my vote goes to Ajay. He just outdid his character ; Rao Ramesh has done tremendous job but sadly his role was not fully justified and left unfulfilling
  4. Few songs are good. I liked “Emo Emo” written by Ananth Sriram
  5. Veeram was a super duper hit in Tamil. Betting on a remake, with PK as the Lead, is a safe bet. Can’t ask more. Producers and Distributors are happy. I have a feeling that this movie will continue to rake the profits. Let’s see if Bahubali 2 can stop Katama

Savvy’s Punch:

Watch it with your friends and family.

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheart– Entire cast and the crew 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Movie Reviews, Telugu

 

The Ghazi Attack

The Movie: The Ghazi Attack

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Caption:  Patriotic war against Pakistan

Savvy’s Rating: 3.5 / 5

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay, Cinematography and Actors

Brush off:

  1. Tapsi’s role
  2. Too much dramatization on under water missile attacks by Pak and S-21 saved from those
  3. No clarity on communication loss on the ship

Savvy’s Rede:

Patriotic movies have faired well mostly, especially where Indians win over Pakistan. Ok, I know what you are saying. I totally understand Saif’s movies – Phantom or Agent Vinod –  didn’t do well. Sometimes, it’s the content that drives the success not too much commercialization. You know what I mean!!

These days whenever movies are done, at least one party is not happy and sues the movie crew. In order to avoid any inconveniences, the film started off with a lengthy disclaimer covering fiction, dramatization, no resemblance of any characters dead or alive, etc. Smart move, huh!

I agree to a point that there was indeed more drama in the story, however, it still can be called as a decent flick. One could see hard efforts put in by the team to make this movie a success. Except Rana, none of the characters come from star studded image. The theme is what brought all of them together.  Including Rana, everybody got a good opportunity to be part of this movie (purely my opinion).

After “Leader”, Rana’s engaging performance is felt in this movie. Looks like he should stick to “Arjun” as screen name. Superstition you see. 🙂

This movie certainly calls for commendation for thinking of recognizing Indian Marine team. Army, Navy, Marines and anyone – from any Country – who saves the motherland and the borders are praiseworthy. I am always up for movies that are made on unsung heroes.

Story in a nutshell:

Ghazi attack is a mission by S-21 submarine to save Vishakhapatnam (India) from Pakistan’s attack. It takes audience to 1970 Indo-Pak era. Politics, pressure, internal conflicts, Country’s image, unwanted enmity, collective team spirit, patriotism, and finally ultimate success is what shown very well. Don’t miss wonderful screenplay and cinematography.

What worked well:

  1. Screenplay is thrilling and engaging ; audiences’ emotions run high along with characters
  2. Cinematography and graphics are flawless
  3. All characters have justified their roles beyond the expectations

Savvy’s Punch:

Watch it with your friends and families.

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartHalfHeart– Entire cast and the crew

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Hindi

 

Gautamiputra Satakarni

The Movie: Gautamiputra Satakarni

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Caption:  A Hero is reborn through a motion picture

Savvy’s Rating: 5 / 5

Zephyr: The movie itself and the efforts of those who are involved in this great masterpiece

Brush off: Repetitive use of war zone sequences but can be ignored totally 

Savvy’s Rede:

War is a progeny of power. A victory calls for bloodbath and so does the loss. The thirst for power is not always for greed though. And a War gives us not just a Winner and a Loser. During this crisis, Heroes emerge too. A Hero is a common man with uncommon vision. A Hero who thinks beyond personal benefit. A Hero who adopts people beyond his family. A Hero who grows with an ambition to make the world a better place to live. 

Didn’t we learn, few sacrifices are acceptable to benefit the bigger number!?!?

This movie certainly makes a few to read more about Gautamiputra Satakarni and Satavahana Rulers related history.

Story in a nutshell:

It’s a story of a Satavahana Ruler from 2nd Century  (see wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautamiputra_Satakarni) who wished for a boundary-less, wealthy kingdom. HIs name is Gautamiputra Satakarni means son of Gautami whose name is Satakarni. It appears like all his successors had their names recognized by their mothers. It was a privilege given to Mothers and their unconditional motherhood. He had defeated greedy kings for the welfare of the people. His aim is to have seamless developments and unity under his rule.

This movie has a time machine that takes you to view the pain of wars, life during ancient times, physically strong men as soldiers, their fate in the war zone, manual war equipment, greedy invasions, entertainment in that era, etc. It’s like you putting on virtual reality glasses on to go through various emotions.

What worked well:

  1. Impressive homework on the Ruler that had resulted in effective story building bringing to surface unknown historical facts, architecture and civilization
  2. Equally impressive Screenplay to project on screen the story as per the script and bringing many forgotten characters alive
  3. Outstanding Art and Cinematography that complements Director’s vision ; they are simple, flawless and inter-knitting to the story
  4. Brilliant – seamless – Graphics that adds to the grandeur of the story
  5. Commendable and thoughtful Music that fits the timely flow
  6. Telugu language has command and its demand is de-glorified over the years. Punchy and impactful dialogues given to key characters were indeed laudable and shows the experience and knowledge of the language by the Writer
  7. Daring decision of the Hero to do this highly prestigious and risky role and carrying it gracefully throughout
  8. Bold action of the Producers to make a movie on a Telugu Ruler in this generation
  9. This movie is a Director’s baby where in everything was presented to the audience in an engaging way without digressing from the aim of the movie i.e., bringing Gautamiputra Satakarni, the forgotten hero of Telugu, into our lives. It appears like all characters were Director’s actors. No traces of loose ends or under quality at any given point, despite this movie made in short span. Yes, few passionate teams can make classics in 73 days. This movie will be in the Tollywood’s timeline forever and it deserves that respect

Savvy’s Punch:

Savvy Certified Movie. Watch it with your friends and families.

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheartheart– Entire cast and the crew

Review written by Bharathi-putrika: Savvy (భారతీ పుత్రిక సావి)

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in Movie Reviews, Telugu