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Katama Rayudu

The Movie: Katama Rayudu


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


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


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: 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



The Movie: Dhruva


Caption:  Solid enemy to a perfect villain

Savvy’s Rating: 3.50 / 5 (because of solid story)

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay, and Actors 

Brush off: N/A

Savvy’s Rede:

Humans seek thrill. Some by killing people and other by killing emotions. There is another set of people who seek thrill by inviting problems into their life. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Like special people, we get a rendezvous with special stories too. Forget about acting, where audience fall in love with the talents of the writer.

Dhruva, remake of Tamil hit flick “Thani Oruvan”, should be appreciated for the creative story in the recent times. The writer mentions about how Hero picks his target over routine reverse pick. A solid foundation in the characters, a gripping narration of the story and perfect ending are the assets of the story.

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Dhruva is an intelligent Police Officer who always want to reach to the roots of evil system to destroy it forever. An eccentric mind who always sees something extra than the normal ones in any situation. Dhruva with his friends bursts a girl trafficking gang when they are still undergoing Police Training. After taking the charge as Police Officer, he comes across a road side murder which looks as a mere chain snatching crime initially. Dhruva works in the background the details of the case and finds that Sidharth Abhimanyu is the main villain who’s doing many illegal activities in the guise of a scientist. He is also related to the trafficking case.

Dhruva wants to counter back Sidharth Abhimanyu in 8 possible ways so that his underworld is collapsed for good. Dhruva’s thought process in identifying right enemy to deal with and Sidharth’s fascination for Dhruva and his efforts to beat Dhruva’s moves is something to watch on screen. It’s like two giants head-butting and only one will emerge as a winner. It appeared like film crew has taken extra care not to have flavors of a remake and yet deliver a hit. And they achieved the goal. 

Arvind Swamy is very appealing and impressed with his acting, charm and the smile. Surprisingly, Charan has shown improved performance in this movie. His dedication is shown explicitly. He tried more to prove himself and reassure Tollywood that he’s here to stay to give sensible movies in future.

What worked well:

  1. Story is the hero of the movie
  2. If not Arvind Swamy, Jagapathi Babu would have been the perfect match. Wonder what makes Tollywood to import actors, when we have our own talent. Hero’s friends were given meaty roles. Navdeep as one of the friends has given a good show. Posani outdid his character
  3. Dialogues are good at times. Like “our capacity is known by the enemy we pick”, “what would you do alone by killing all of your people” etc.  
  4. Songs are good and hummable

Savvy’s Punch:

You can comfortably watch once. Paisa Wasool.

Savvy’s Hearts:

hearthearthearthalfheart– Story and the Team


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Posted by on January 8, 2017 in Movie Reviews, Telugu


Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu

Disclaimer: You may miss your parents and there will be sudden urge to call them or spend time with them

The Movie: Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (Wheatish complexion and Average build)


Caption:  Life with capital L for Love, Lost, Lessons and Live!

Savvy’s Rating: 4 / 5

Zephyr: Story and Screenplay

Brush off: N/A

Savvy’s Rede:

Humans run on gratitude. Pay it forward and Pay it back are some of the avenues to release the emotional baggage. Bondages, emotions and feelings are part of a family. Society taught us family first and parents are next to God.

Without parents we are nothing. The responsibility and respect is shown more to parent by giving them elevated place in our lives. However, this is again relative. Depending upon the monetary and social status, or gentlemanship or family environment, not all parents get to enjoy all perks or divine halo treatment.

One thing for sure, every person is deserved to be treated with respect.

“Godhi Banna” brings to light the fast paced work culture, disease stricken parent, responsibility shunning, reduced empathy, missing family time and increased focus on personal time (selfishness). When surroundings (society) are thriving on similar traits, it is very tough to figure out if one is doing anything wrong. Nobody is at fault.

Do we learn the value of people or things only when we lose them? Possibly!

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Venkob Rao is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. His son Rakshit is a busy professional. Since his disease, things are not same in the lives of Venkob Rao and Rakshit (Hero). Rakshit’s work schedule is very hectic and unable to take care of his father, he joins him in a rehabilitation center.

Venkob Rao is getting older and is doing silly things due to memory loss. Rakshit gets embarrassed by his father and almost talks with zero patience. He gets frustrated by his father all the times. Rakshit spends no time in understanding his father’s condition. On top, Rakshit believes that it is the responsibility of the Rehabilitation center to take of his father. Rakshit almost transfers his responsibilities – as a son – onto a Center and feels that Center has to take of his father well because he is paying them well. Rakshit strongly believes that he MUST attend his work calls as the work is helping him to earn money to treat his father. Initial scenes between the father and son where Rakshit is totally given up on his father and feel him as burden is heart wrenching.

One day Rakshit takes his father for a quick outing. Due to an emergency work call, he drops his father outside of the Rehabilitation center and rushes off to work. Venkob Rao disappears from the entrance of the gate and meets a goon (Ranga) and his friend. The journey with the goons is very fascinating. Venkob Rao thinks Ranga as his son Rakshit and starts giving life lessons and words of wisdom. The goon doesn’t know about Venkob Rao’s disease. Initially, even Ranga wants to get rid of Venkob Rao, however, the latter keeps coming back to him. Scenes between Ranga and Venkob Rao makes you teary eyed.

When Rakshit learns about his father missing, he feels guilty. He along with doctor Sahan starts searching for his father. During this search process, Rakshit recollects all the good times he had with his father, his childhood, golden memories with his parents, and what he is missing in life currently. He hates himself for becoming a robot and not spending time with his family (dad).

The goon, who’s with Venkob Rao, rewinds his life and how he got into wrong path. He changes his mind and wants to lead a normal life.

Father missing. Rakshit learns what he has been missing in life. Ranga learns what he missed in life. Will Rakshit ever meet his father? Will Ranga goes back to normal life? Will Venkob Rao ever get to meet Rakshit? Is there any love blooming between Ranga and the doctor? Watch it on screen.

What worked well:

  1. Story – a gripping story to remind people of their values and priorities
  2. Anant Nag as Venkob Rao gave an award winning performance. Some scenes like eating food with no knowledge of what’s happening around, no reaction when people are losing their temper, hugging Rakshit as if nothing happened makes you laud his performance
  3. Vashista as Ranga is a promising actor. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for this guy
  4. All supporting characters are set well to make this movie a hit

Savvy’s Punch:

You will be impressed. 

Savvy Certified. Watch it.

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheartheart– Story, Venkob Rao

heartheartheartheart– Casting 


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Posted by on January 8, 2017 in Kannada, Movie Reviews


Manyam Puli

The Movie: Manyam Puli (Hero of the village)


Caption:  Natural with wild fragrance

Savvy’s Rating: 3.25 / 5

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay, and Jagapathi Babu

Brush off:

  1. Kamalini Mukherjee had laughed less. Her naggy wife character had made her to make faces all the times
  2. Namitha’s character was abrupt

Savvy’s Rede:

God made everyone for a purpose. At the same time, he put a “max limit” for each species and sent them to the world to survive with basic instincts. For humans, there are no terms and conditions. They possess instincts of all species in them. They can be as wild as Tigers and as simple as cows. The trait that differentiates a man from an animal is the Heart. The compassion that evokes to help peers in distress.

Manyam Puli is as straight-forward movie as the famous fable “a king had 7 sons”. However, the gripping screenplay on showing a predictable story line for 2 hours is worth watching. The movie talks about misunderstandings, compassion, family, love, cruelty, wilderness, adventure, heroism and in the end good winning over evil.

I sometimes wonder, how people live and die in one place. The only thought that’s keeping them stick to the place is the attachment. This movie brings out those subtle emotions well. For example, hero expressing to go back to the forest even though he’s doing well in the new place.

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Manyam Puli – a Malayalam dubbed movie with the name PuliMurugan – is about a child (Murugan) who lost his mom at the birth of his brother and dad to a Tiger. The village where he lives is frequently attacked by Tigers resulting in many people losing their lives. In his teenage itself, he kills the tiger that had killed his father. He becomes Hero of the village technically the savior.

Murugan’s world has his wife and daughter, his brother and 2 of his best friends. He loves to help villagers by killing the tiger although his wife doesn’t support him. When Murugan agrees to kill a tiger then there’s no look back. Fights between a tiger and a man is shot very well.

Story gets interesting, when Daddy Girija (Jagapathi Babu) is introduced. His team comes to Murugan’s village with a pretense to develop a Cancer medicine using the weed (Marijuana). Murugan’s brother is promised a big job if he helps to get the weed from the forest. Murugan agrees to help them as he knows the forest well. In the meantime, Murugan has to leave the village with his family as the Forest Police Department wants to arrest him for killing endangered species (tigers). Murugan goes to the city and works for Daddy Girija.

While working for Daddy Girija,  Murugan understands that the weed (Marijuana) from the forest is not for a good cause. During a fight to save his brother, Daddy Girija’s son gets killed by one of his henchmen. However, Daddy Girija believes that Murugan had killed his son and he is after Murugan to take the revenge.

The climax gets more exciting. Murugan comes back to his village and accepts to kill another tiger that’s bothering the village men. Daddy Girija is in the village to kill Murugan and he hurts Murugan’s close friends to make the things worse. Now, Murugan has two species to handle, one in the form of a human and another in animal.

Was Murugan able to kill the tiger and the villain? What happens to Daddy Girija in the end? Is worth watching on screen.

What worked well:

  1. Engaging screenplay with shots around tiger killing, daddy Girija’s scenes, and introduction and climax of the movie
  2. Jagapathi Babu stole hearts with his looks and the screen presence
  3. Forest life was shown beautifully

Savvy’s Punch:

You can comfortably watch once.

Savvy’s Hearts:

hearthearthearthalfheart – – Entire team of the movie

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Posted by on January 8, 2017 in Dubbing, Malayalam, Telugu



The Movie: Bicchagaadu, Bichagadu (The Beggar)


Caption:  Who’s a beggar, people with no money or no compassion?

Savvy’s Rating: 4 / 5

Zephyr: Story is the HERO of the movie

Brush off:

None I could think of.

Savvy’s Rede:

We humans may forget to breathe but don’t miss to judge people. We judge people based on their work, their looks, their status, their dressing and the list goes on.

Changing the topics, the same human gets onto his knees with the word “mother”. Mother is next to God and portrayed in the most sanctified manner in Indian movies.  Conflicting emotions by same person. 

It’s like good and evil sides on the same coin.

This is exactly what this movie brings to its audience. Colors are good to watch but not in humans!

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

“Bicchagadu” movie is a Telugu dubbing of the Tamil flick – Pichaikkaran. Per Producers, this movie is based on a real story.

It’s a story of a wealthy son, the Hero, of an established Mills. He’s rich, handsome and responsible. He is raised by his mom who taught him ‘humanistic’ values.  She is loved by all her factory workers, friends and family equally.

At some point, she meets with an accident in the factory and goes into coma. Her son gets worried and wants to do anything to save her mom. At this juncture, a saint saves Hero’s life and tells him that if he vows to be a beggar for 48 days then he might save his mom’s life. He should not share his vow to anyone and should not break the rules not even a day. During his disguise, he meets a girl and falls in love.

Will the Hero be successful in saving his mom? Will his lady-love accepts a beggar to be his boyfriend? What happens during those 48 days? You should watch the movie to have all your questions answered.

The screenplay is well knit with mother sentiment, comedy and love equally. You will involve in the movie throughout. No commercial traces, majority is shown in a subtle way.

What worked well:

  1. Engaging story and the screenplay
  2. Casting did their job well, no complaints at all. The Heroine is cute
  3. All through the movie, you will see punchy dialogues and emotional scenes
    1. There’s this scene where the Heroine tries to give the Hero some money. He rejects that money up front. Then the Heroine says, “would you take the same money as alms?” .. that scene is very impactful
    2. Not too much motherly emotional diarrhea. Everything is in limits

Savvy’s Punch:

Simple movie. Worth spending your valuable time on this movie.

It’s on YouTube:

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheart– Story, Producers for a good movie

heartheartheart– Casting


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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in Movie Reviews, Telugu