Ram Kandireega Review | Kandireega Movie Review

Kandireega

Kandireega Review Rating: 3/5
Banner: Sri Sai Ganesh Productions
Cast: Ram, Hansika Motwani, Aksha, Sonu Sood
Music: Thaman S
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Director: Santosh Srinivas

Story:

Seenu (Ram), who didn’t even complete his graduation comes to city with an aim to complete degree. But he falls for Shruti (Hansika) at the first sight and comes to know that she is facing problem with a thug Bhavani (Sonu Sood), who wants to marry her against her wish. Seenu confronts Bhavani and a challenge from Bhavani gives an opportunity for Seenu to win Shruti’s love. One Seenu gets over Bhavani, he falls into a bigger problem called Rajanna (Jaya Prakash Reddy). Rajanna’s daughter Sandhya (Aksha) loves Seenu at first sight and asks her father to get her married to him. Now, Seenu has to use his brains to get out of this problem as he knows that sheer muscle power isn’t enough to get over Rajanna.

Analysis:

Kandireega is a routine fare in which the protagonist can beat hundreds of goons at will. When a problem arises where he can’t just flex his muscles, the protagonist falls on mind games and tricks to fool the villains. This is the success formula that was used in many films like Dhee, Ready and to some extent in Brindavanam too.

The first half races ahead with not much story. Director filled the film with good comedy and entertaining elements to keep the audience interested. However, the film goes overboard towards the interval, where the hero does fight after fight to prove his strength to both villain and heroine. Things gets settled when the hero starts to use his brain. Few characters in the film take absolute U turn in this hour and makes this a laugh riot.

Even though the scenes and characters that we see on screen are familiar, we won’t complaint as the movie entertains to the maximum. Director did well to keep the audience focused with few screenplay tricks and made the better use of most of the star cast to inject comedy. There are times where the director tries too much to make it a comedy caper but it is covered by the performances.

If this film has a better audio and better looking heroines it would have worked out better. Compromise on few things may affect its prospects. Nevertheless Kandireega works due to the funny moments and ample entertainment.

Performances:

Ram is energetic as usual but gives a feeling that e\he is talking and doing so much for his frame and age. Director should have toned down action part and massy dialogues to make this character more believable. Hansika is on the heavier side and looked elder to Ram in few scenes. She is not at all pleasing in few scenes. Aksha did well with the Telangana accent but she too suffers bad looks in this movie.

Sonu Sood character has two shades in this film. He is brilliant and perhaps the hero of this film. In some frames he looked handsome and fierce than Ram. Jaya Prakash Reddy is good in a routine role. Raghu Babu is okay. Brahmanandam rocked in one scene. Rest of the star cast did well within limitations.

Tehnicalities:

Dialogues are good in comedic scenes but could’ve been better in the conversations between Ram and Sonu Sood. Music by Thaman is not up to the mark. Except Champakamala… none of the songs have repeat value. Andrew’s cinematography is fine and so is the editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. He should have trimmed it as it lasted for almost 2 hour 45 minutes. Production values are okay.

Debutante Santosh Srinivas did well to make his debut count. He can handle commercial entertainers with panache. He also has a good sense of screenplay which comes handy in long run.

Plus Points:

– Sonu Sood’s performance
– Ram energy
– Comedy

Minus points:

– Goes overboard in action sequences
– Deja vu feel in the film
– Music
– Hansika

Final Word: This Kandireega’s sting is Sweet and Fun!

Box office predictions: Dhada’s dismal show will benefit this movie at the box office. Dearth of good Telugu movies in the recent past would also help the course. Kandireega should be a winner all the way.

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Dhada Review | Dhada Movie Review

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Dhada Review Rating: 2.25/5

Banner: Sri Kamakshi Enterprises
Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Kajal Aggarwal, Brahmanandam, Samiksha
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Producer: D. Siva Prasad Reddy
Story, Director: Ajay Bhuyan

Story:

Vishwa (Naga Chaitanya) and Rajeev (Sriram) are brothers who love each other very much. Vishwa who is an adventurous guy falls for a multi millionaire’s daughter Rhea (Kajal). Rhea’s father (Mukesh Rushi) fixes her marriage with a billionaire. Meanwhile, Vishwa saves a girl from a gang of thugs which in turn affects the multi crore business of human trafficking run by RD (Rahuil Dev) and Kelly (Kelly Dorjee). RD starts to hunt for Vishwa and then the movie ends on an expected noted after the director throws in few twists and turns.

Analysis:

Dhada has the style, grandeur, capable star cast and excellent technical crew, but what it lacks is a solid script. The plot itself is a very familiar and uninteresting one. Even the screenplay isn’t engaging at all. Right from the word go, the movie tests the audience patience and turns torturous with each passing minute. Director has gone for all style little substance kind of film, which doesn’t appeal to any section of audience.

The richness in the film and the exotic visuals are the only saving grace. Even the characters are under developed and due to that an able star cast gone wasted. The film drags and drags on in the second hour that few audiences in the auditorium lost patience and started booing. The last half an hour is extremely unbearable as the director tried his level best to make things interesting. Dialogue writer’s inefficiency added to the woes.

Music is not bad and not good either. None of the songs were picturized well too. Awful makeup of Kajal didn’t help the proceedings. On a whole, Dhada is a pretty badly made film with crores of money spent by the producer on absolutely nothing.

Performances:

Naga Chaitanya tried to prove himself as a good mass hero. But he needs to wait for some more time to look old enough to take up such roles. His diction is so bad in few scenes in alright at times. He can’t pronounce few Telugu words perfectly and that is not a welcome sign for a Telugu hero. He worked a bit on his dances and fights. He is just okay with them.

Kajal’s role looked like as if it was written after Titanic heroine’s role. She did fine as a damsel in distress. But the makeup and styling of her not at all good. She looked awkward with that barbie doll kind of hairstyle.

Rahul Dev’s character is not properly etched. Kelly Dorjee is typecast yet again. Sriram looked weak and uninterested throughout the film. Sameeksha switched to character roles with this film. Brahmanandam did everything possible to make the audience laugh but hardly succeeded. Ali too is wasted and so are the comedians who did few cameo appearances.

Tehnicalities:

Dialogues by Abburi Ravi didn’t have the necessary zing. His work ranged from ordinary to hopeless in this film.
Music by Devi Sri Prasad is standard. None of the songs have the repeat value. Background score is not so great. Cinematography is slick and probably the best of the technical departments. Editing is not up to the mark. Production values are rich.

Director Ajay Bhuyan can make a film stylishly and that is what the impression you get on him after watching Dhada. He needs to work on various departments to call himself a director.

Plus Points:

– Richness and visuals
– Slick cinematography

Minus points:

– Weak script
– Poor direction

Final Word: Dhada for audience and also the buyers!

Box office predictions: It should open good due to lack of watchable Telugu films in the recent past. But the film didn’t have a single plus to survive at the box office. Lot will depend on tomorrow’s release Kandireega.

Dhada A letdown…
Naga Chaitanya Misses his Hattrick……..

Naa Peru Shiva Review | Naa Peru Shiva Movie Review

Naa Peru Shiva

Naa Peru Shiva Movie Rating: 2.75/5

Starring: Karthi, Kajal Aggarwal
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Producer: K.E.Gnanavelraja
Director: Susindhran

Naa Peru Shiva Review: This film is the dubbed version of Tamil movie Naan Mahaan Alla. Directed by Suseendran, this film stars Karthi in the lead role. Naan Mahaan Alla is a decent performer at the box office and the same producer, KE Gnanavel Raja who produced it in Tamil dubbed in to Telugu on Studio Green banner. Karthi is fast growing Tamil hero in terms of dubbing market in Tollywood. With Yuganiki Okkadu and Awara, he got a decent fan base in AP too. Read on Naa Peru Shiva details in this review.

Story:

Shiva (Karthi) is a middle class guy who is waiting for a job opportunity. He loves Priya (Kajal Agarwal) whom he meets in a marriage. She too falls for him but their love is not approved by Priya’s father. As per his wish Shiva takes up a job in a bank. Everything goes fine for Shiva until a group of college kids plans a murder attempt on his father. Why are they after Shiva’s father, what happens next is to be seen on the screen.

Analysis:

Director Suseendran made a successful debut in Tamil cinema with Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu, which was later remade in Telugu as Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu. In this film Suseendran dealt with an urban based story which has romance, entertainment, family sentiment and crime blended in it.

First half of the film races along at a brisk pace with lots of good comedy. Karthi is the source for all the fun in the first half. However, the movie takes an unexpected turn in the second hour and slowly turns out to be a crime thriller. There is so much edge of the seat stuff in the second hour despite few slow patches here and there.

The protagonist character too takes a huge turn towards the finale. Last twenty minutes in the film has a high dose of action. It is difficult for anybody to handle such script which runs along various genres and shifts from one to another at a rapid pace. Director handled the film very well until the penultimate scenes. However, the conclusion leaves you wondering with a ‘how could that happen?’ face!

Director should have ended the film with hero seeking the revenge. Adding that one last scene is absolutely unnecessary. Also the antagonists that are supposed to be teenagers looked like they were in their mid twenties. Choosing an apt star cast who perfectly resembles the age might have left more impact on the audience.

This film is for matured audience and the violence in this duly deserve an A certificate. So kids should stay away from this film as there is ample footage of drug usage and crime in it.

Performances:

Karthi is simply superb as Shiva. He did a marvelous job in the first hour with impeccable comic timing and he is equally menacing in the last fight. His brother Suriya who is a terrific actor needs to work out to look perfect for each role but Karthi is gifted with a flexible body with which he could easily switch genres.

Kajal Agarwal is cute. She has very little to do in this film. She is hardly seen in the second half. Two among five villains will leave an impact. Jayaprakash, Raviprakash, Soori and others did well within their limitations.

Technicalities:

Dialogues are crisp. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is good. His background score is the life for this film. Madhi’s cinematography is another plus point. Kasi Viswanath’s editing is crisp. Only fight composed by Anal Arasu is breathtaking. Production values are very good.

Director Suseendran’s plot may not appeal to everyone but he shines as a director. Only complaint about his work is he kept the core content till the climax and he had to hurry to wrap up things in that time. Had he given enough time for the hero to go on a rampage, masses would have lapped it up.

Final Word: Naa Peru Shiva is a slick film with weak ending!

Box office Verdict: Naa Peru Shiva opened huge and it shows Karthi’s growing craze in Andhra Pradesh. This film might face tough competition from straight Telugu films Dhada and Kandireega which are lined up for release in next week.

Sega Review | Sega Movie Review

Sega

Sega Review Rating: 2.5/5
Banner: Manadesam Movies
Cast: Nithya Menon, Nani
Music: Joshwa Sridhar
Producer:Ashok Vallabhaneni
Director: Anjana

Story:

Karthik (Nani) and Vishnu (Karthik Kumar) are two friends who come from a poor background. All is well for them until Vishnu falls head over heels for a call girl Vani (Bindu Madhavi). She is in possession of Karthik’s pimp father and Karthik agrees to do a drug deal with him on a condition that he will free Vani from the business. Karthik doesn’t like the idea of drug dealing but agrees to do it for his friend. Things go out of these commoners hands and they face terrible situations. How they get over the problems is what sums up Sega.

Analysis:

Most of the Tamil directors these days are trying to make films with the backdrop of North Madras. There are ample films made with the same template that consists of two common guys, romance, a huge problem and the redemption/solution. Anjana’s story is neither different nor her screenplay is path breaking. Except for the reason that this rustic film is made by a female director, there is nothing special or worthy of Sega.

The film unfolds at a leisure pace and the point of view narration makes the narration confused. When the questions are answered in the second half, the shock factor is missing due to sluggish direction. Everything is extremely predictable that makes Sega an uninteresting watch. Director failed to build the romance and friendship bond which are vital for this subject for the audience to get emotionally attached with it. When Vishnu and Vani love faces a sad end, audience wouldn’t feel the pain as the buildup is not good enough.

Gangsters and their antics are weak making Sega weak on the action department. There are two annoying old characters (Nithya’s father and Vishnu’s caretaker) that will get onto your nerves.

The film is sound on technical front and there is nothing special about the script and performances. Sega might appeal to for the audiences who are looking for a break from the run of the mill movies. But even they will come out disappointed!

Performances:

Nani did well within his limitations. Like all he characters in this film, he had not much scope to show off his skills. He is a good actor and there is one scene where he shows concern over his injured girlfriend. Superb! Karthik Kumar’s performance seems loud to Telugu audience. Muthu Kumar as Nani’s brother tried his best to excel in the key role. With all due credit to him,  a better actor would have made a world of difference to this film. Jennifer as Ammaji is bad. She didn’t suit the role of Godmother at all. The pimp looked wicked enough but failed on the performance side. Nithya Menon and Bindu Madhavi had little scope and they did their part well.

Tehnicalities:

Music by Joshua Sridhar is impressive. Three songs are good and the background score is Okay. Om Prakash’s Cinematography is very good. He  establishes the rustic side of life in Chennai very well. Anthony’s editing is alright. Art department is up to the mark too.

Director Anjana is a good technician but lacks the skills to make a taut crime thriller. She needs to sharpen her script writing skills to become a successful director. Her efforts are to be commended for making a masculine film when she could always play an escapist with candyfloss film in the name of being a female.

Plus Points:

– Music
– Cinematography

Minus points:

– Weak plot
– Poor Narration

Final Word: Sega – The Heat is Never on!

Ajay Devgan Singham Review | Hindi Singham Movie Review

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Movie : Singham

Rating : 3.5/5
Cast Ajay Devgan, Kajal Agarwal, Prakashraj
Music : Ajay Atul
Direction : Rohit Shetty

Singham Hindi Movie Review Fast and Furious

Tamil blockbuster Singam starring Suriya speaks Tamil. Known for his angry young man roles, Ajay devgn plays the male protoganist. A honest sincere police officer. The movie was a big hit in Tamil. Can it repeat the magic in Hindi. Also this is Kajal Agarwal’s first venture as heroine in Hindi. Check out what the movie is all about.
Story
Set in the backdrop of Shivgad, a small village on the border of Maharashtra and Goa, the movie chronicles the story of an honest and diligent cop Bajirao Singham (Ajay), who fights against injustice and prejudice with his own ethics and principles. However, Singham’s life turns around with the entry of powerful criminal-cum-politician Jaykant Shikre (Prakash Raj). The destiny brings Singham and Shikre in front of each other challenging Singham’s morals and beliefs. Shikre, who rules Goa, leaves no stone unturned to make Singham’s life a nightmare. But it’s Singham’s supportive girlfriend Kavya (Kajal Aggarwal) and his tryst with late Rakesh Kadam’s family makes Singham realise the importance to bring a change in the system and eradicate the root cause Jaykant Shikre, by not going against the law of force, but by being a powerful part of it
Performance
Ajay Devgn carries the film to the winning post. His passion and the way he brings an ordinary regular larger-than-life hero character alive on screen is awesome. Much recently he was doing comedy films. Now he has gone back to his familiar territory – action. All is awesome and amazing with him. Kajal Agarwal oozes glanour and appears skimpily in song sequences, but does a decent job. Prakashraj as baddie plays the role he enacted in the original.He oozes right energy and is impressive.
Technicalities
Rohit Shetty has done an commendable job. He has made enough changes in the script to suit Hindi audience without disturbing the story. The songs by Ajay – Atul are peppy and racy, while Dudley’s camera captures action scenes well. Steven H Bernard’s editing makes the movie more crisp. The script is racy and rivetting. Due credit should be given to the director for making it in a rivetting manner.
Analysis
Singham is a refreshingly native script for Hindi heartland. It has action, romance and humour in right mix. The fiery dialogues make the movie engrossing. Ajay has also beefed up for his role in the film and will be seen flaunting the six-pack abs in the movie.
Box Office verdict
It is a movie that would make it big at the box office. It would surely make it big in B and C centres. With curious south audience want to see how Ajay devgan has stpped into Suriya’s shoes, people in south would also throng cinema-halls.

Nanna Review | Nanna Movie Review

naana

Cast: Vikram, Nassar, Anushka
Music: G.V.Prakash
Producer: Mohan Natarajan
Direction: Vijay

Nanna Review Rating: 3/5

Story:

Krishna (Vikram) is a mentally disabled person who has a five year old daughter Vennela (Baby Sarah). One day Vennela’s granddad comes and takes her away from Krishna and tells that Krishna can’t bring her up on his own. A junior lawyer Anu (Anushka) takes up Krishna’s case and she has to face a very big lawyer (Nazar) to win the case. Does Krishna and Anu succeed to get back Vennela or not is the rest of the story.

Analysis:

This story is inspired from Sean Penn’s I Am Sam movie. But the story is brilliantly changed to the local nativity and sensibilities. Earlier Ajay Devgn did this movie in Hindi as Main Aisa Hi Hoon. However, Vikram still comes up as a winner with his extraordinary performance.

First half of the film is completely dedicated to develop the father-daughter bond. Every scene is cute and heart warming in the first half. Despite the slow pace of the movie it still manages to keep the audience interested. Director did his best to make this an arresting drama by throwing in various twists here and there.

Second half of the film is very good. Suddenly the pace picks up and the movie races ahead. Anushka and Santhanam did well to make this part entertaining. Court scenes are good although few defy logic. The film gets heavier as it reaches the climax and the best part of Nanna is definitely it. Last scene in the court touches you and leaves you with a lump in the throat. Most of the audience can’t help but cry in those heart touching scenes where the father and daughter just speak to each other through signs.

The ending of Nanna is brilliant too. It is the best solution for it and we walk out of the theatres with heavy hearts. Nanna is not for masala movie lovers and people who walk in to the theatres with a can of popcorn.

Performances:

This is definitely one of the top performances of Vikram. His antics as a mentally retarded man are superb. You won’t see Vikram in few scenes. We will get a feeling that he is really suffering with that disorder. Hats off to the great actor. Also his makeup and costumes deserves special applause.

Anushka comes up with a winning performance. Her character is innocent yet sincere. Santhanam brings in few laughs with his one-liners. Nazar is at his very best. Amala Paul didn’t have much scope. Watch out for his expressions where he is left dumbstruck in the climax court room scene. Priceless. Everyone did their part very well and the little kid Sarah is so confident.

Tehnicalities:

G.V. Prakash Kumar’s music is good. Background score is an asset. Nirav Shah’s cinematography is another plus point. Editing by Anthony is good but could’ve trimmed a bit in the first hour. Dialogues are simple yet beautiful.

A.L. Vijay takes a very tough subject and handles it so well. It has the danger of falling under heavy sentiment zone but Vijay made sure that it is entertaining and engaging. He handled the sentiment scenes so well that anyone should feel the pinch of it. Kudos to Vijay!

Plus Points:

– Vikram’s performance
– Story
– Climax
– Background score

Minus points:

– Dragged a bit in the first hour
– Very slow paced

Final Word: Nanna is a winner!

Box office predictions: Nanna opened to weak collections but will surely pick up with the mouth talk. This film should do well in Telugu and excellent business in Tamil.

Final Verdict:

Watch out for Vikram!

Kanchana Review | Kanchana Movie Review

kanchana

Banner: Sri Sai Ganesh Productions Pvt., Ltd.
Cast: Lawrence, Lakshmi Rai, Sarathkumar, Kovai Sarala
Music: Thaman S
Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh
Direcor: Lawrence Raghavendra

Kanchana Review Rating: 2.5/5

Kanchana Movie Review – Muni 2 Review – Kanchana Rating, Telugu Movie Review, Muni 2 Tamil Movie Review: Ragahava Lawrence who has proved his mettle has director once again comes up with a horror flick. This is Kanchana, a sequel to his film Muni. Despite Muni’s failure he came up with Muni 2, why? Find out the details in Kanchana Review…
Story:

Raghava (Lawrence) is a happy man who is leading life with his small family. He is feared of darkness and ghosts. One day he plays cricket in a burial ground and that time the stumps which were hit into the ground accidentally hits the dead body that was under the mud. Ragahva unknowingly carries away those stumps which have blood stains on them. With those stains ghosts come into his house and starts doing all scary things. Finally they settle in Raghava’s body. From then on he behaves in a peculiar manner and when they comes to know that there are three ghosts in his body. One of it is Kanchana (Sarath Kumar). Kanchana was a hijra who feels that they too should have equal rights along with the other genders. Kanchana gets killed brutally and his spirit uses Raghava to avenge his/her death.

Analysis:

Kanchana’s basic plot is similar to that of Muni. Here the ghost changes from a mass leader to hijra. Lawrence tried to include sentiment into this horror drama through Kanchana’s character. However he took too much time in character establishment. This is a three hour long movie and that is a big minus for a horror/thriller genre movie. The screenplay drags on and on and tests audience patience. The crux of the movie is limited to last half an hour and the rest is nothing. Lawrence’s attempt to do a complex character is suicidal. Any other lead man with good acting capabilities would have done wonders to this film.

People who have seen Muni will find this movie similar to it and hence the fresh appeal is completely missing. Lawrence said that he made this film to rectify the mistakes he has done in the first part. He brought in a strong actor in Sarath Kumar and also added some sentiment factor to it. Other than that Kanchana is not better than its predecessor in any way. There are elements which would please the masses and they should lap this film to make it a hit.

Performances:

Lawrence is a total miscast in this film. He didn’t suit the character at all. He hardly can emote and doing a role which has multiple personality disorder like thing is so much to ask for himself. Only his dances were good and there is nothing new in those dances too. Lakshmi Rai’s role is confined to songs and she tried to sizzle as much as she can. Sarath Kumar’s role is limited. It would have been good if he had given more screen space. Only his performance stays with you.It is a big challenge for a heftily built man to do the role of hijra and Sarath Kumar stood up to the challenge. Kovai Sarala and Deiva Darshini did well in their respective roles.

Tehnicalities:

Thaman’s music is not appealing. It has Tamil flavor and won’t appeal to Telugu audience. Background score is good though. Cinematography is an asset to this film. Lighting schemes are eerie and scares you big time. Art department did a good job too. VFX and CGI work is up to the mark. Production values are fine. Technically Kanchana is a sound film.

Lawrence exhibited his skills as a director in parts. Some shots are really good. He should stop acting to become a good director. Also his writing is poor and lacks logic. He should come up with more intelligence in writing scripts.

Plus Points:

– Cinematography
– Background score
– Sarath Kumar

Minus points:

– Lawrence performance
– Dragging screenplay
– Weak storyline

Final Word:
 Kanchana – A ‘horror’ film with a ‘horrifying’ performance from the lead man.

Box office predictions: Kanchana was bought for just one and a half crore rupees says the trade reports. It would be profitable to everyone in Telugu. We have to see how Tamil masses receive this film.