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Posted by harino1 on July 28, 2008
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Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008
Nithin, who entered the films with ‘Jayam’ had a couple of hits to his credit. However, he started tasting failures successively. He was off the screen for some time and tried to make a come back with ‘Aatadista’ but that too proved a failure. As some of his contemporaries are making attempts to attract the audiences with six-pack bodies, he too made use of his leisure time to tone up his body. RR Movie Makers, which brought out a message-oriented film like ‘Samanyudu’ had come forward to produce a film with the same director and this time, Ravi C Kumar prepared a story with land mafia in the backdrop. Naturally, when the hero fights with land mafia, should have the muscle power too and the six-pack body was expected to come in handy for the role. But the director miserably failed to run the film with a good tempo and the haphazard and chequered screenplay spoiled the dreams of Nithin, who kept high hopes on success.
Vijay (Nithin) is an unemployed graduate who wants to become a police officer. He loves his parents (Tanikella Bharani and Sana) very much. In order to get him married, Vijay’s father posts his details in a matrimonial website. Looking at the details Janaki (Mamata Mohandas) loses her heart to him. In the city, there are two land mafia gangs run by Devaraj (Asuthosh Rana) and Pandu (Supreet). Once Devaraj attacks Pandu and severs his hand and the latter craves to take revenge against Devaraj. Vijay has two good friends (Shashank and Duvvasi Mohan). Once Vijay’s friend applies for personal loan, and Janaki being a bank officer visits his shot for inspection and happens to see Vijay there. In one of the gang wars, Devaraj’s follower dies in the hands of Pandu’s men and the gang enforces a bandh. A crime reporter (Sindhu Tulani) who was covering the event notices Vijay thrashing one of the gang members who were forcing the bandh. He comes to his rescue in police station. They become good friends. But Vijay’s friend falls in love with her. At this juncture, Devaraj grabs a vast land in Sitarampuram in which Vijay’s father also owns a plot. The land grab shatters the hopes of many but no one could dare to question Devaraj. Now, Vijay and his friends decide to set the things right and teach a lesson to the land mafia in general and Devaraj in particular. How they taught a lesson to Devaraj forms part of the climax.
As far as performance, Nithin though appeared with a six-pack body, really failed to stand upright to meet the expectations of the audiences. It is not an exaggeration to say that the director failed to elevate his image as he could not etch the hero’s character well. No effort was made to elevate the heroism of Nithin in any scene. None of the action scenes were choreographed in a stylish and fitting manner. But for the fight with Ajay, none other fight is impressive. Shashank, who played the second fiddle and the sidekick of the hero, was also unimpressive. There is no proper weight in his role as well. Mamata Mohandas, who played the role of a bank official, has neither filled the glamour slot nor had any scope for performance. Sindhu Tulani is okay in her role as a TV journalist. The only impressive performance in the film was from Asuthosh Rana. However, his character resembles the performance of Prakashraj. Comedy by Brahmanandam, Ali, Krishna Bhagawan, Ravibabu failed to impress the audiences at all.
Chakri, who gave memorable tunes for many films, miserably failed to give any lilting tunes in the film. None of the songs are worth listening and in the absence of proper music, their picturisation was also miserably failed. Camera work by Vijay C Kumar and editing by Krishna Reddy are okay. Fight masters Ram-Lakshman failed make use of the six-pack body built up by Nithin with poor action choreography. Though the director chose to say something on land mafia, he failed to correlate the different elements and failed to present them properly. The director completely failed in mixing several elements like action, sentiment, love and above all the gang wars of land mafia. He could not establish the love between both the pairs led by the hero and his friend. The climax was also quite poor. It appeared quite cinematic as a don, who runs the biggest land mafia, gets kidnapped by an ordinary young man and reveals everything on his own without using his mind. Once again, the director tried to show the government departments as corrupt which is unbecoming on the part of a good banner. Moreover, the film lacked the entertainment values as well.
Director Ravi C Kumar, who had brought out a blockbuster like ‘Samanyudu’ did a shoddy job in this film with improper planning, rubbish screenplay and bad mix of different elements. He failed to do justice to any of the scenes and made the film very boring with no interesting twists nor good movement of the movie. One can happily avoid watching the film as it has no trace of entertainment either through comedy or from actions scenes.
Cast: Nithin, Shashank, Mamata Mohandas, Sindhu Tulani, Asuthosh Rana, ‘Allari’ Ravibabu, Ajay, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Duvvasi Mohan, Supreet, Krishna Bhagawan, Nuthan Prasad, Ranganath, Tarjaan, Narsing Makkala, Devadas Kanakala, Kadambari Kiran, Vizag Prasad, and others.
CREDITS: Lyrics – Chandrabose, Action – Ram-Lakshman, Editing – KV Krishna Reddy, Camera – Vijay C Kumar, Music – Chakri, Presents – K Atchireddy, Producer – Venkat, Story, screenplay and direction – Ravi C Kumar.
Banner: RR Movie Makers
Released on: June 27, 2008
Posted by harino1 on May 14, 2008
Though producer Aswinidutt maintained a low profile during the shooting of ‘Kantri’ and tried to maintain some privacy, the audiences in general and the NTR fans in particular kept good expectations on the film, in view of the recent blockbuster like ‘Yamadonga’ from the hero. Meher Ramesh, though made his debut in Telugu as director, with this film, had good working experience by associating himself with Puri Jagannath. Moreover, he gave two hit films in Kannada, the remakes of Telugu films ‘Andhrawala’ and ‘Okkadu’. But it was proved that doing a film with a hero with certain image was not that easy and the director belied the hopes of the audiences as well as NTR, who wanted repeat the success history.
Kranti (NT Rama Rao) is an orphan and brought up in an orphanage called Premalayam. He is ready to do anything for his friends and for the orphanage. Once he helps the gang of Pothu Raju popular as PR (Prakash Raj), a mafia don in India, who runs the show by from Bangkok. The activities in India are being looked after by Seshu (Asish Vidyardhi). Later, Kranti joins the Seshu gang and used to do the job even if before it was assigned to him and wins the confidence of PR in Bangkok. PR invites Kranti to Bangkok to settle scores with some of his rivals there and he does the job neatly. At this juncture, Kranti loses his heart to Varalakshmi (Hansika). Once, Kranti demands Rs 10 lakh to Seshu, and the latter refuses. Then Kranti parts with PR gang. Learning this, PR comes to India to set the things right and warns Kranti to surrender but the latter refuses. Then PR holds the children of the orphanage in hostage, which forces Kranti to meet PR. During the encounter, PR comes to know that Kranti is his son. PR, who doesn’t have sentiment till that date, gets bitten by sentiment bug and wants Kranti to stay with him. After a few turn of events, Seshu’s daughter Priya (Tanisha) comes to India and falls in love with Kranti. Though Seshu and PR ready for an alliance, Kranti refuses it. This leads to differences of opinion and PR and Seshu gets separated. Seshu, who eyed the property which amounts to around Rs 1,000 crore, joins hands with PR’s rivals. Is Kranti really the son of PR? What is the relationship between PR and Kranti? Will Kranti was able to escape from the crooked plans of Seshu? What is the background of Kranti? Did Kranti was able to teach a lesson to PR? Why he wanted to take revenge? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.
Of course NTR gave an impressive performance all through the film and took the entire responsibility to make the film worth watching at least to certain stage. Prakash Raj too is good in his role and did justice to his character. Asish Vidyardhi is okay in his role. Hansika, though filled the glamour quotient to the possible extent, the excess and unnecessary make-up spoiled her beauty. She could not show any of the feelings in her face nor she could do justice to her role and she needs to improve her body language extensively. Mukhesh Rushi though appeared in the beginning and at the climax is okay in his role. There is nothing much to talk about any other characters. Subba Raju once again got a good chance to show his acting talents. Though the comedy by Raghubabu is okay, the comedy track penned for Sunil is atrocious and failed to appease the audiences.
Regarding the technical side, music by Manisharma is good to listen, but their choreography is in very poor taste. But for a couple of songs, there is nothing to talk about choreography. Action scenes by Stun Siva are stylish. However, after losing weight, NTR’s powerful punch in action scenes looked a little cinematic. Camera work by Sameer Reddy is average, while Marthand K Venkatesh should have further sharpened his scissors to trim the fat in the film. The major minus point in the film is the poor narration by the director. Meher Ramesh failed to establish the characters in a proper manner. None of the villain character had any seriousness and all of them evoked laughter. It is very sad that the director, despite heavy star cast and notable faces as villains, failed to utilise any of them.
If some one needs advice on the film, he should keep in mind that he should go to the theatre without any expectations. Though the first half has some interesting scenes, the second half is completely boring and the twist in the climax also failed to impress the audiences. In the absence of a gripping story and powerful screenplay, the impressive performance by NTR and Prakash Raj proved futile. As a whole, the film might be treated as just an average flick and only time could prove how the audiences would receive the film.
Cast: NT Rama Rao, Hansika, Tanisha, Prakash Raj, Asish Vidyarthi, Mukhesh Rushi, Sayaji Shinde, Murali Sharma, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmaji, Raghubabu, Subbaraju, Satyam Rajesh, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, Benarjee, Krishna Bhagawan, MS Narayana, Jayaprakash Reddy, Ahuti Prasad, Brahmanandam, Sunil, GV, Narsing Yadav, Ali, Srinivasa Reddy, Hema, Master Bharat Kumar, and others.
Credits: Music – Manisharma, Cinematography – Sameer Reddy, Edting – Marthand K Venkatesh, Presents – C Dharmaraju, Producer – C Aswinidutt, Story, dialogues, screenplay and direction – Meher Ramesh
Posted by harino1 on February 10, 2008
What do you look out for in a Renji Panikkar flick? Especially when the hero is donning khaki? A film that entertains more with dialogues than with activity.
An action thriller which doesn’t showcase much physical action. A protagonist who single-handedly takes on the vicious nexus of politicians, the mafia, high-ranking police officers and street goons. A hero who is hands-on with media reports and political scandals and delivers punch-lines. A hero who is upright, for whose dedication dear ones pays, sometimes even with their lives, leading to a no-holds-barred hunt for the bad guys.
So you are here in familiar territory, complete with all the Renji Panikkar regulars in ‘Roudram’. Here, the difference offered is definitely Mammootty, who is teaming up with the director in the role of a police officer.‘Roudram’ offers all the regular fare identified with this genre. However, for die-hard fans of the genre, this two-hour-forty-minutes flick is partially entertaining, if not riveting.
The one reason ‘Roudram’ may not work is that the movie’s framework is too similar to the template of Panikkar’s previous hit ‘Bharatchandran IPS’. The story is all about Narendran, an honest ACP, who has the guts to take on the corrupt system, fulfilling his father’s wish (he was also an officer who died during an operation). Narendran — popularly called Nari — is offered a case to work on, directly from the Chief Minister’s office: a case of the murder of Kambilikandam Jose, a drug dealer.
As usual, the protagonist, with the support of S P Thomas Antony and DIG Shihabudeen lays siege against the corrupt elements of the department like ACP Joy and even the IG Balagopal, who have their dirty interests in the case.
The CM, through opening an investigation of a petty drug dealer, is trying to check the growth of a drug mafia group that may pose a threat to the government. But as Nari goes hunting down the tracks, more and more people associated, gets killed by the evil-doers. And in the final showdown, the CM’s office too finds Nari too dangerous to be given such a case which has got its repercussions on the government’s fortunes. And in the final showdown, the CM plans to call an end to the investigations. How Nari succeeds to trace out and extinguish the threats forms the rest of the film.
The overall treatment of the movie is pegged to the last decade’s potboilers, with a potpourri of various ingredients ranging from drug mafia to corruption in the administration. The direction is also not so commendable as Renji seems to have been more involved with writing bombastic dialogues, than to create any novelty in scene realization or narrative techniques. But the one reason it may work is Mammootty’s excellent performance that makes you root for this larger-than-life protagonist. He has really got himself into shape for this one, trying to get into the minute details of the character. The audience is spared the high-voltage non-stop dialogue delivery that is characteristic of Renji Panikker heroes. Saikumar as mafia king Sethu, Rajan P Dev as DIG Shihabudeen,Vijayaraghavan as Appichayee and the rest of the cast are in their usual castlines, even airing the same type of dialogues they are expected to do. Newcomer Manju as Nari’s wife Prabha, looks good have not much to do.
The technical departments including the editing by Don max and the cinematography by Sanjeev Sanker gels with the theme. If the pace set in the first half was maintained post-interval too, ‘Roudram’ would have become a really good thriller. The rather tame climax and some slackened post-interval portions hamper the film’s overall flow.
The second half downers notwithstanding, ‘Roudram’ is a mostly taut action that will bank heavily on the Mammootty factor to get things going at the box office.
Posted by harino1 on December 30, 2007
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