• Movie Review

    Sundari (2021)

    Sundari (2021) is a Telugu drama featuring Shamna Kasim aka Poorna and Arjun Ambati. It is available on Amazon Prime Video and gets a ‘Raw’ rating. The film follows the life of a young bride hailing from a village, married hurriedly to a software engineer in Hyderabad after the hero falls in love after the first sight of her. Transplanted to a new environment, with no support system or family to comfort her, she is faced with solving an impossible situation in her own way. The story is not a new one, we have seen variations of it in Indian cinema and World cinema, but Sundari handles it in a…

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    Super Over (2021)

    Super Over (2021), the Telugu film by Praveen Varma released on Aha has an intriguing premise. It was about the huge sums of money and the crime network operating in illegal cricket betting in India. I guess it was inspired by the IPL betting scam that was uncovered a few years ago. The film starts well, unfortunately, the plot loses strength in the middle and we couldn’t wait for the whole thing to get over. Because of this, what should’ve got a ‘Ripe’ in our mangoidiots score gets only a ‘Raw’. Naveen Chandra as Kaasi comes as a youngster with a huge family debt to take care of. He is…

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    Jathi Ratnalu (2021)

    Jathi Ratnalu (2021) is a Telugu comedy that tickles you. It is about three young men, friends, from a small town in Telangana coming to Hyderabad to make it big, instead, they get caught in a political conspiracy. The film had a weak screenplay, no logic whatsoever & no heroism, yet you are left feeling good at the end. For being a joyous film that makes you laugh in many places, it gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Available on Amazon Prime Video. Naveen Polishetty as Jogipet Srikanth, Priyadarshi as Sekhar, Rahul Ramakrishna (from Arjun Reddy) as Ravi fit perfectly to the role of the three close friends who are…

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    Naandhi (2021)

    Naandhi (2021) is a Telugu drama about an undertrial prisoner who is fighting to prove his innocence. While the story didn’t say anything new, the way it has been put together and couple with fine acting by Allari Naresh as the protagonist and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as the defence lawyer brings the story to life. The film certainly hits you hard with the real sufferings the undertrials in India face due to crooked cops and delays in the judiciary. The film is available on the Aha streaming service and gets a Ripe rating on the Mangoidiots scale. The first hour was about the sufferings of Surya Prakash, who is an undertrial…

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    Oh! Baby (2019)

    Oh! Baby (2019) is a must-watch film to celebrate this festival season. All of us dream of becoming young again, in this film which has been adopted from the Korean film “Miss Granny”, that’s what happens. How a 70-year-grandmother “Baby”, played well by veteran Lakshmi, receives a Lord Ganesa talisman, that transforms her to a 24-year-old lady (Savitri) played brilliantly by Samantha. With her new-found youth, she gets to relive her life on her own terms with none of the constraints she had in her first life. Unfortunately, getting all that you had ever dreamed of can have unintended consequences and how Savitri handles them is the climax. I watched…