Khaidi and Shatakarni – Quick Thoughts

This is not a review. There is no point writing reviews for these two movies because you know you are gonna watch them anyway.(Plus Ravi has reviewed Shatakarni here already). This post is just a few stray thoughts that sprung to my mind while watching these movies.

And of course, spoilers galore – especially for Gautamiputra Shatakarni. You have been warned. Continue reading

Naannaku Prematho: Sukumar’s Almost There

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The overwhelming feeling after watching Sukumar’s last movie Nenokkadine was that of frustration. Frustration that he was brave enough to forego a big bang climax fight and settle for Hero sitting and pleading with the villain, yet felt compelled to include an “item” song in a pub in London; Brave enough to make his Hero cry for love of his parents, yet couldn’t escape shoehorning an unconvincing romance into it. Nenokkadine was a movie that wanted to be intelligent yet didn’t dare enough. When the movie failed spectacularly, I half expected him to do a safe venture this time. But Sukumar surprised by sticking to his guns yet again. But did he dare enough this time?
Yes, and no.

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Romancing History – Florence

 

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Take 200 years of art and history. Cram it in a city roughly the size of Rajamundry. That is Florence for you. Tucked away in the Tuscany region of northern Italy, this town grew into the cultural nerve center of Europe from 14th to 16thcentury. During those centuries, either by providence or by design, Florence birthed and nurtured towering figures of science and arts. This is the town Da vinci began his career as artist. This is the place Dante had a love-hate relationship with. These are the streets Michaelangelo walked through.  And it is the final resting place of Galileo. Florence is a giant open air museum, with every street brimming with history, every square offering a story, if you are willing to listen.  Continue reading

ఏ దేశ చరిత్ర చూసినా… : Thoughts on ‘Kanche’

kThe truth is obvious to anyone who even skims through the pages of history; the story of humankind is the story of fences we built among ourselves. Right from the time we were hunter-gatherers to the time we became space explorers, we have become adept at giving fancy names to these fences and even come to revel in them. Tribe, nation, religion, ideology, race, caste – the markers of our identity also became the markers of the invisible(and sometimes very much visible) boundaries. No place on earth, no civilization is exempt from this. This universal truth is what Krish tried to explore in his latest directorial venture ‘Kanche’. Continue reading

Romancing History – A Travelogue Of Paris

As anybody remotely familiar with me can attest, I am not an active, ‘take life by its throat and suck its essence’ kind of guy. Like Dhoni on Day 4 of a test match on a dull pitch, I let things drift away too often. So when a quarter-life crisis hit me and made me realize I am wasting away my time watching stupid comedy news shows on Youtube, I surprised myself by taking a decision to do something more. And even more bamboozling was the fact that for once, I actually followed up on that decision.

The view of the tower at dusk is out of this world.

The view of the tower at dusk is out of this world.

I decided to travel to the places I have always wanted to see. Places of great historical importance. And since I am Grinch, who detests any form of human interaction in the physical world, I have to do it alone.

Thus began my preparation for my solo trip to Paris, Florence and Rome.

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The voice of Bhallaladeva – An alternative history of Bahubali

The first shot of Bahubali is the map of the world its characters inhibit. In what is probably a first in Indian cinema, a fictional language is created for the tribal warriors that appear in the latter part of the movie. The inspiration of Game of Thrones in both decisions is undeniable. Yet, I wish the movie has imitated the wildly successful book / TV show in another crucial aspect: The complexity of its characters. Barring Kattappa, and possibly Shivagami, all of its characters are completely two dimensional. Continue reading

A Love Letter to Telugu Dubbed Hollywood Movies

Before I grew up and became a snob who scoffs at Telugu cinema and started writing smart-ass reviews making fun of them, I was a kid in love with the same cinema. And like any other kid, I loved my movies full of adventure and action. But sadly ( no disrespect to Chirus and Balayyas of tollywood), there are only few ways you can beat up a bunch of ugly goons before it gets repetitive and predictive. Continue reading