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Had Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) been released a few years it would’ve made major ripples everywhere. The Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi’s film has everything going for it – an emotionally charged independence story, dazzling star cast starting with the one-and-only Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapathi Babu, Sudeep, Anushka Shetty and others – unfortunately it falls just a bit short of becoming Tollywood’s Veerapandiya Kattabomman due to a pastel screenplay. The film’s story is about Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) was one of the Polygars in Kurnool district, Rayalaseema Region of Andhra Pradesh in the 1840s. He rose up against…

Out of a simple incident, Malayalam cinema is famous for making an enjoyable comedy, and they succeed where others fail by resisting the temptation to spice things up. Janamaithri (2019) is one such film with an unbelievably plain story. As part of a citizen reach out exercise, Kerala Police decides they will offer a cup of hot black tea (kaṭṭan cāya aka കട്ടൻ ചായ) to all vehicle drivers during the night on all highways. In one police district, a set of halfwit police compels a car driver to drink a cup, the hot tea works as a laxative and he…

Saaho (2019) is a grand film, resembling a Hollywood production, even Mumbai city comes out as rich-looking as Dubai.  The efforts of the entire team, particularly around the action sequences and special effects are clearly visible, and for that, the film deserves a mention. Prabhas has done his role well. There are plenty of other actors, including Arun Vijay, Mandira Bedi and Murali Sharma, unfortunately, none leave a mark. The heroine Shraddha Kapoor just managing to dazzle the audience with her bright costumes. What starts as a master-conman vs police flick, quickly descends into a hotchpotch screenplay with too many…

 “NO”. No means no! Pink (2016) has been in my watchlist for a long time. With the release of Tamil version Nerkonda Paarvai, I had to watch the original and I did it this week. I liked the film, the casting of Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang was perfect. Though the film was about an important topic, of the safety and respect of women’s individual rights and preference, it stands out for not being preachy or judgemental. Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and the team hit hard on stereotypes that are common with Indians – on women…

When India’s ISRO successfully launched a probe (MOM) to the “red” planet in 2014 it made history – it was the fourth space agency to reach Mars, the first country to do so in its maiden attempt, and, it did this in a fraction of cost compared to others. I got intrigued. The movie Mission Mangal (2019) is a cinematic take on the people behind that mission which made India proud. I have been generous with my MangoIdiots rating of a “Ripe” for things the film didn’t have: including lengthy family dramas, love duets, soap opera style treacheries, and, little…