GoutamiPutra Satakarni – Desam Meesam Tippudaam!


A non-Telugu friend accompanied us to the screening of Legend in Prasads Imax just to experience the first day first show madness. He knew people here are crazy about movies, but when the crowd started shouting ‘Jai Balaiah, Jai Jai Balaiah’ in the interval, he was completely flabbergasted. I still remember the moment he turned to me with wonder in his eyes. If only he was here in Hyderabad now and had come with me to Goutamiputra Satakarni, he surely would have run away. The kind of mania that Balakrishna’s 100th movie is generating is unprecedented.

When I heard Krish was directing Balakrishna’s 100th featue, I thought it was a mistake. Krish’s sensibilities as a director are completely different and Balakrishna’s fan base and his manner of acting are miles away. When the trailer came out, I loved the lines in the background – Saranama, Ranama – so beautifully written, I thought. When I was walking in to the movie today, I still had my misgivings. But when I walked out, I did so without any complaints. Goutami Putra Satakarni (GPSK) lived up to all the expectations and the hype. Continue reading

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

Lion’s Theatrical Trailer 2: A Review. Or Not.

Lion’s Theatrical Trailer 2: A Review. Or Not.

Well, well, well. What have we here?

The second trailer of Lion, which is basically yet another:

1. Balayya movie
2. Tollywood movie with 1 hero and 2 heroines
3. Tollywood movie with 1 ageing (heavily aged, actually) Telugu hero and 2   heroines, neither of who is from Andhra Pradesh
4. Tollywood movie with 1 ageing (heavily aged, actually) Telugu hero and 2 heroines, at least one of whom is less than half the hero’s age
5. Tollywood movie with 1 ageing (heavily aged, actually) Telugu hero and 2 heroines, both of whom are singing youthful songs with truckloads of background dancers
6. Balayya movie with the kind of blood and violence that can only mean good news for the ketchup industry
7. Telugu masala movie Continue reading