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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

 

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

 

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

 

Dhruva

The Movie: Dhruva

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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

 

Manyam Puli

The Movie: Manyam Puli (Hero of the village)

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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