• Movie Review

    Cinema Bandi (2021)

    What happens when a few villagers find a high-end digital camera and decide to make a movie? This interesting plot gets explored in Cinema Bandi (2021). Director Praveen Kandregula has cast the lead actors aptly and they bring the characters to life, yet the film fails to keep you engaged after some time. The Telugu comedy is available on Netflix and gets a Raw rating. In a remote village near the Andhra-Karnataka state border, lives a hardworking autorickshaw driver Veerababu with his family. After spotting a camera left behind in his auto, he gets smitten by the cinema bug and decides to shoot one with the help of his friend…

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    Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020)

    After watching stylish star Allu Arjun‘s performance in Pushpa (2021) I watched his earlier film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020), a Telugu action drama that was a super hit.  Unabashedly this was completely a formula film with a dare-devil yet kind-hearted hero, there is mother’s sentiment, duet songs and fights for every twenty minutes. Yet, it was enjoyable. Available on Netflix, it gets a Ripe rating. The story is as old as Indian epics. Out of greed, the hero’s father, a manager for a super-rich family, switches his newborn boy baby with his owner’s baby. As expected the rich boy, though growing up without wealth, exhibits all attributes of a Bollywood hero…

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    Climax (2021)

    Climax (2021) is a Telugu murder mystery. While the mystery was obvious from the beginning the satirical humour throughout the film was enjoyable. Had the director focused on developing a better screenplay, this movie could’ve been more engaging than it turned out to be. Available on Amazon Prime Video, it gets a Raw rating. Vijay Modi is a billionaire staying in a 7-star suite to hide from his creditors, one day he says he sees a young lady and invites her to his room, for a gift of Rs 1 crore. The next day he is seen brutally murdered. Rajendra Prasad as Vijay Modi is impressive, he has brought out…

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    Pushpa: The Rise (2021)

    Allu Arjun starring Pushpa: The Rise (2021) had received a lot of coverage in the last few months, the two songs featuring Rashmika Mandanna and Samantha Ruth were the talk of social media for weeks. Reading the one-liner that it was about Red-Sandalwood smuggling I thought it will be yet another mass hero, masala film which shows the ruthless hero to be a saint even though everything he does is illegal – it was exactly that, but surprisingly the predictable screenplay was highly engaging and I liked it. Award-worthy performance by Allu Arjun. The film available on Amazon Prime Video gets my Ripe rating. Even though he comes only at…

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    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…