THE Bahubali !!!

I am not sure of superlatives to describe the grandeur experience titled as “Bahubali : The beginning “ . Its probably an experience i have never felt on a big screen . There were times when i watched 300 or gladiator or Benhur but this is something special and more importantly natively different. Its probably a perfect match to Hollywood’s grandeur and Indian cinema’s tales and story telling .This film was weaven like childhood chandamama stories and comic books and showcased on a canvas where it was what a normal person can imagine . After the film , there is only one thing which everyone might say “ Bow to Rajamouli for his vision and execution “ .

BahubaliOne cannot miss such extravaganza on an Indian screen. Rajamouli known for his larger than life characters in the movie has taken this to many levels high .One cannot be nothing; but be in awe of Prabhas’s Bahubali intelligent and physical strength, Shrewdness and Ruthlessness  of Rana’s BhallalaDeva , Regalness of Ramyakrishna’s Sivagami, Loyalty of Satyaraj’s Kattappa, Beauty of Tamannah’s Avantika , Irreplaceable Nazar’s Bijjaladeva and  Subdued anger of Anushka’s Devasena characters . Music by MM Keeravani is probably the biggest asset closely followed by VFX . Never before on an Indian screen was such a idea was constructed to such close perfection.

Spoilers below :

1The goosebumps start when Sivagami calls “Parameshwara “  while asking to save the child ;  raises a level when Bahubali lifts SivaLinga and places under falls ;   gets a fast tempo when the avalanches start and Bahubali- Avantika escapes in a James Bond style , moves on to another level of cinematic experience when a living king gets his statue erected with crowd chanting his rival’s name loud & reverberating , makes the heart rush when Katappa takes Bahubali foot on his head , pumps up when Sivudu screams “Nenu evarini ” , gets us stuck to the seat watching the war strategies, war weapons, war commands , takes us to the battlefield with Bahubali and Bhallaladeva , ends only when the stamp of SS Rajamouli appears on the screen.

Ramya Krishna reminded Neelambari of Narasimha and did a one level above performance with “ Ide naa maata, Naa maate Shaashanam “ . Rana cannot be acknowledged in words and we cannot even think of anyone who can does this character so awesomely ferocious . That two glances Anushka gives when katappa calls her mad and when crowd chants Bahubali are enough to make her impact in the film. Tamannah sizzles as the warrior princes and gets us awestruck when she starts pushing the sword into solider’s heart  I dont know how can one portray Bahubali with so intensity and so subtlety as Prabhas can . There cannot be words for this performance .

VFX made sure our fantasies are as fantastic as possible with background music backing the vision so awesomely that we are in a different world and traveling in a universe called “Bahubali “ .

There are some moments in movie where you cannot stop applauding the storytelling craft of the director and gets enthralled in being part of an experience never before. No one else can put an item song in such a film making it so beautifully choreographed, that tight moment you know when Bhallaladeva leaves the rope but that cannot be the end  , that second you know if Bahubali kills Kalakeya , story would be too plain , that subtle humour between Bahubali and Bhallaladeva which can go wrong and many like that

War scenes makes you revere the film with the weapons you can only imagine , strategies you can only envision and action sequences choreographed like you cannot even think of. And he made it to draw inspiration from lots of things we know ; having Devasena captured like Sita and not giving up hope  , Kalakeyas as some kind of Rakshasas (Or as Wildings from Game of Thrones ) , Bhallaladeva as ferociously strengthy as Ravana or Dhuryodhana , Kattappa as ever obedient Bheeshma (or as slave warriors of Game of Thrones ) .

Rajamouli has ensured people be interested and wait with more excitement for next installment by having the unthinkable twist at the end .

Jai Mahishmathi !!! Jai Bahubali !!!

“Manam”dari lo #ANRliveson

Telugu cinema chachipotundi anukuntunna ee tarunam lo ,  Manam laanti oka ageless, timeless cinema teesina Director Vikram ki, manadariki ichina Akkineni kutumbaniki naa paadabhivandanaalu .

Asalu ilaanti idea raavatam ento, ee idea execution ki Akkineni family oppukovatam ento, eppudu lenanthaga Akkineni chaitanya kooda kummeyatam ento, Nagarjuna tana moosa cinemalaki dooramga oka chikkanaina chakkanaina cinema cheyatam ento gaani, idantha Telugu prekshakula punyam, Telugu kalaamatalli adrustam . Ee punyam aa punyapurushidiki aarti ivvatam kanna goppadi ledu.

This has to be the best performance of Nagarjuna ,just a notch less than  Annamayya. Such movies make a complete actor. Initially i was a little apprehensive of Shriya pairing up but that flashback episode cant be made more perfect. That marriage scene where Shriya jumps onto Nagarjuna has to be the best scene of the movie and can watch movie once again just for this one scene.

 

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The idea of rebirth of parents and children trying to get their parents together is such a lovely idea and has been presented in such a novel fashion that cant believe this is a telugu movie. The thought of interchanging their names for reel life is such a excellent gesture and +10 marks just for that thought. The confrontation scenes between ANR and NagChaitanya and the scenes where all 3 are present gives you some unknown cinematic pleasure.

ANR just makes screen larger than itself and there cant be a better tribute to the legend than this film. Samantha has rocked the first half with both the variations in character and Nagarjuna has excelled in both roles. There is no doubt that there cant be a better actress than Shriya in emoting with eyes. Nag Chaitanya has matured himself by leaps and this will definitely change his prospects. Cameo by Akhil covered what would have been the missing perfect portrait.

 

The use of clock tower and symbolism of 14 Feb with similar incidents keeps the cinematic values alive. Music and BGM made sure film is not being overboarded and felt lengthy and brought soothing nature to a wonderful effort. Screenplay has been top notch and this movie has to win award especially for screenplay.

I only wished that there were no paranormal memories to bring Samantha and NagaChaitanya together and there could have been an interesting thread . And just wished there would have been less costly vehicles instead of Audi , BMW and a suzuki superbike clashing in climax 🙂 Its heartening to see such costly climax as a car lover . Nagarjuna –NagChaitanya scenes were a little irritating but were compensated with an excellent story thread of Nagarjuna-Samantha.

This movie will be remembered until there is Telugu cinema just like a Mayabazaar, Gundamma katha , Shankarabharanam etc . No words can justify this effort and this better tribute except #ANRLivesOn.

Proud to be a Telugu Cinema goer and Thanks for this film.

 

PS-  This is from one of the blog of  a movie journalist .

Someone rightly said, ‘Manam isn’t a movie, it’s an emotion.’ I can’t help but smile at that statement. As a movie, it doesn’t really hook you into believing that miracles happen. But then it transcends everything – doubt, consciousness and soul. That’s the emotion which triumphs in the end. In this case, the film which is playing in your mind is different from what you see. And that’s a clear sign that it has transported you into an alternate reality where you begin to explore what you have lost and why life is the only true miracle.” 

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First of all, hatsoff to Sukumar and Mahesh Babu for believing in this kind of film making and for all the people who helped make it to a reality. An action thriller with a psychological  disorder angle  is probably the most riskiest movie genre i am aware of. Sir,you have succeeded almost in getting it right in shape. I still remember the goosebumps when i watched Shutter Island or any of Bourne series. The interval bang feeling was same. For the first time, i started thinking and engaging my brain while watching a Telugu movie.

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If only this movie was made in Hollywood, it would have been given rave reviews by people who are criticizing it now. I suggest to dub this movie trimming some parts and release in English. This will get more audience and gets the appreciation its worth. People who believe Telugu movies should be about 1 hero, 2 heroines, 3 dialogues each for them, 4 fights, 5 comedy scenes and 6 songs should avoid this movie at any cost.Do not watch it as a Telugu movie , Watch it as a Movie.And most importantly this movie needs some patience and concentration like some of the biggies of Hollywood. This is not even expected from a Telugu movie which marketed itself as a regular potboiler of action, revenge drama.

The interval bang performance is probably the best interval bang i have seen in Telugu movies.Such a cool composed matured performance from Mahesh and he has leaped ahead in his acting prowess with this. The build up given till Interval episode was outstanding . This itself deserves to be made into a movie. The confusion with hallucinations was handled very pretty well. I should appreciate the guts of a director starting the movie on a very serious note . The fight where Rowdies put knife on heroine was exemplary and one of the best action choreography. Of course Goa episode was slightly lagged , but it was needed to put the point through till the interval.The Bank episode was expected and could have been curtailed a little.

Technical values and production extravaganza were top notch and people dont like the movie too dont contend with this fact. BGM was excellent and cinematography was extraordinary. There are too many interlaying threads in the movie and director managed to conclude almost all. I am proud that we have such a director in Telugu Cinema.

For Fans, Mahesh performance would be remembered for ages. Okkadu, Athadu, Pokiri, Khaleja, Dookudu and Nenokkadine would be his top performance roles.Iam glad that he is taking such risks and encouraged Directors and film makers go beyond the boundaries.The single frame of Gautam and Mahesh running would be a treat for all his well wishers.

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The way that title credit prop was used to interlink with climax is incredible. The way the parents are revealed in the end is probably the most cinematic thing i have seen in Telugu Cinema. First half is mind blowing and puts your gray cells to work . The use of psychological disorder concept for some scenes is mindblowing for any film making enthusiast.The twist of who really are THE TWO is another gem in the movie.Second half was too many twists . The preclimax encounter with Nazar was riveting and best of Mahesh-Nazar chemistry.

Ofcourse, this movie suffers with Making-it-look-like-a-Telugu-Masala syndrome and cannot escape its clutches. Interval bang is one measure of Telugu movies and this looses grip just after interval. The songs are not even required at places and many think that getting rid of Villains is THE END which this movie bursts the cloud .  Movie can be made into two parts ideally.This is a perfect recipe for a mini series. Twists are too many and audience can loose grip over movie if not convinced with one.

Thanks Sukumar, Mahesh and 14 Reels.

PS- I remember seeing Hans Zimmer name in Music section. Can someone clarify what is his contribution or was i hallucinating 😛

PPS- Some pun below.

 

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The Devils are Back !!!

My Review–cum-Rating-cum-Analysis-cum-Criticism of #AttarintikiDaaredi

Trivikram cinema elaa vundi ani adagadam Avivekam !!!

Pawan Kalyan ela chesaadu ani adagadam Amaayakatvam !!!

Samantha saree lo entha baagundi ani adagadam Sillythanam !!!

There are two hurdles if you want to watch a Pawan Kalyan movie on first day. First, you need to get tickets . There are celebs and even actors in that film couldnt get tickets. Second, you need to be in a theatre which can make you watch full screen and understand the dialogues especially when the movie is of MatalaMantrikudu Trivikram. You know what iam talking about .Yes,about the high flyers and the screams .Even the Prasads Multiplex is not an exception for this Power phenomenon. Atlast, got the tickets and watched it. “Aa kicke Verabba”

First of all hatsoff , to all the Power fans who put extreme restraint in not watching the pirated print which came out .Only PowerStar can pull such an openings even half the cinema is out in advance. “Bayatapadindi Breakfast maatrame , Full meals full screen meede”

Chetilo katti undi eduruga Champalsina manishi unnadu , ainaa champakapovadame Maanavatvam ( from Jalsa)

Net lo print undi, Nalabai nimishaallo download autundi  , ainaa Naalugu rojula taruvaata theatre lo Choodadame Pawanism

Caution : Spoilers ahead !!

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The best unnoticed part of Trivikram movies is that Casting is perfect and that actors do it with more ease than any of their previous films.Boman Irani debuts in telugu and who can do the “Devil is Back” scene with that eye winking so elegantly as Boman Irani . Welcome Sir to Telugu Cinema. Who else can pull off the ‘Atta’ character with so much completeness as Nadiya and who else can fit the bill so brilliantly as Kota Srinivasa rao as Siddappa to give that rustic look. Pranita , like a beautiful Bapu Bomma and Samantha , so mesmerizing in that saree and so hypnotic in that song “Ninnu Choodagane” . A tailor made role for Pawan Kalyan and he pulls off movie on his shoulders with so ease that he brings out all his emotions of Tholiprema,Tammudu and his rusticness of GabbarSingh and his elegance of Badri and Jalsa.”Oka Gaddam geesukunna Simham , Oka gaddam geesukoni simham kalisthe …  “

Writing and execution of script was top notch and the scenes of PawanKalyan joining as driver and pre-interval revelation discussion were great. I dont want to reiterate the heartwarming Climax as the best in career of Pawan Kalyan. The scene where Nadiya asks to fill up full tank and Pawan Kalyan taking keys without any hesitation which was used to bring out the interval point, satisfied the critic in me.”Prekshakula Staayini Penche Darshakudu Trivikram”  . Dialogues are as usual thought provoking and spell bounding.

The attapur baba with Kevv Keka parody takes the  front benchers to screendancing   and Ahalya Amayakuralu with Katamarayuda song episode takes the movie to the peaks. Music and BGM are like the soul of this film and Deva devam song in background when hero enters the house is so traditionally apt.Editing of flashback is so picturesque and drove movie whenever needed.That fighting of Rajini style jelled well with the situation and i think only Pawan Kalyan can do that. Thanks for reminding the 90s,80s movies once again .

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That scene where Gaganapu song starts and Pawan Kalyan and Mukesh Rushi walks oppositely was so brilliantly taken and that scene where Nadia mentions that family members are dead and Pawan kalyan walks out , only Nadiya watches Sidhu; just Brilliant taking Just before interval, when Nadiya says if these things are planned, you are bad and watch Pawan kalyan histronics change ; Excellently orchestrated. That moment when Nadiya asks Pranita and Samantha to get dressed better and Nadiya dances in joy; splendid to watch.  .In the entire movie, Pawan kalyan doesnt argue with Nadiya . And special thanks to Trivikram sir for having two intro songs which gets amplified with telugu words usage.I actually found out word by word meaning of KatamaRayuda, Deva devam and Gaganapu song . I believe “Narthana shouri means Shiva Thandavam ”

But Guruji, why did Pranita hug/flirt with Pawan Kalyan when she is not in love with him and couldnt Samantha be a little serious when her marriage with Siddappa son is announced.Even though he is mega business magnet, making railway station empty in 15 min is a little overboard. – . My complaints also include that  BASCAR Brahmi could have come on to pitch a little earlier and given more time like in Julayi. And why on earth did the cutest episode of Bava-Maradalu end so soon.  🙁  “Alternate ideas lekapothe criticise cheyakudaduroy ” antaara guruji .. aithe wokay.”

“okka koorala uppu ekkuvaindani Bhojanam cheyadam maanestaama , migata avakaya, guttonkaayi,payasam aasvadistaam” 

“Family mottam kalisi Cinema choodalante cinemaaalu leni eerojullo ,  generations kalisi choodagala cinema teesinanduku Trivikram gaariki; thana image ki oka family entertainer tho  kooda meppistunna  Pawan Kalyan ki , Shatakoti shataabhivandanaalatho , Oka Abhimani “

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