Sunday, September 26, 2010

Music Review: Khaleja music is mediocre fare!

Trivikram, Hero Mahesh and even Mani Sharma were probably basking the Athadu glory and in an attempt to bring out something similar, end up brining in a run-of-the-mill fare at music and songs. Pretty mediocre stuff. I am sure however, Trivikram has got much better cinema in place with gripping screenplay and his trademark dialogues. Anticipated much better music for this much-awaited movie from the Tollywood’s best director-actor duo. While I hope these songs get better as we listen more, it’s a matter of fact that Mani Sharma messed it up! Listen songs here...

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Pilche Pdevulapaina: Starts with praise to Nandalala, probably all the heros are doing some Krishna fare this winter, and gets slow at times and has feel to suggest that the heroine submits herself to the protagonist in this number.

Sada Siva: Starts like a chant but soon translates in a trance-providing hum, with English lyrics interspersed with occasional high-note drums, the song gets your attention soon.

Boom Shakana: This is an example of how the team could not come of the Athadu glory, trying to make something to similar to those popular numbers, this comes out with a good opening lyrics and the song slows down so much I could not like it despite of listening to it 10 times. Maybe it takes some more time, or is a loser number!

Makathika: Average number and somehow sounds a medley of familiar songs.

Taxi Taxi: This has variety lyrics written around Taxi nuances, and the tune is a mixed rap with mechanical tunes, probably to suggest a taxi on the frames.

Sunday Monday: Another common place assortment of familiar Manisharma songs. Mani, Please give us a break!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Music Review: Brindavanam music simply rocks!

If the cinema itself, and if NTR himself  fails to draw the audience to the theaters when the movie releases, the songs will. For sure will. First-rate songs by Thaman are true to please masses and classes alike…everyone will like every song. With lot of repeat value, the music and sound track is a big asset to this soon to be released movie...Listen Brindavanam songs here...

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Chinnadoi Vaipu: With a potential to form the theme song, this mass song rightly has Sukhwinder, Baba Sehgal and Geeta Madhuri sing to a chorus which is loud. The lyrics suggest this to be a song when both the heroines appear on the screen. Hence the hero, I am sure will be willing to rock, and the song is apt for the situation. Geeta Maduri’s tone best suits such songs.

Wanna wanna be with you honey (Nijamena): This is an absolute delight to hear, with class overtures to this song while a constant rendition of Jazzy drums in the background keep up the mood. The music varies as the piano experiments with soft singing to high notes tapering off, and no one else would have been a better choice than Karthik and Suchitra

Evvarevaro (Yuvukula Manasaina, Maghuvula Pogaraina): I guess this to be an introduction to the hero, with college going girls and guys descripbed

Veedu Tuntaroodu: Geeta Madhuri with her husky voice declares the hero to be a Tuntarooduuuu…maybe the Krishna in the brindavanam

Krishnudu Vachadura: The happy song usually found in all the big hero movies announcing how the hero has come and brought festivities to the community. This one absolutely rocks with Kay Kay (my favouroite singer) taking lead along with the others….it has all the ho-ho and ha –ha of the hero’s home coming with rocking music.

Oopiraage: The protagonist is hurt and forlorn and keeps cursing love in this number. You have such songs in all movies now-a-days, with a tune that immediately suggests sadness! No originality here Thaman!!

Nachale(Mojjarey Mojjarey): Baba Sehgal’s nasal rendering of this song with shake-your-leg kind of Punjabi music and some Hindi lyrics is letting me guess this would be in a pub set in a Dhola-re-Dhani kind of setting

Sureede Sureedhe (Eyi Raja): When all the singers are tried out why leave Shankar Mahadevan, and why leave Shreya Ghosal, and why leave a chance to squeeze in another mass number. This time the hero is a blazing Sun whose looks and walk are glorified! Eyi Raja!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Komaram Puli

Genre: Action, Social

Koppireddy’s Tag Line: The fearless, socially responsible, duty-minded cop

Rating: 2.5/5 (Dont go if you can't tolerate action, social kind of movies and hate Pawan Kalyan. But then ask yourself...Did you not appreciate academy award winning action movies that had mindless action sequences and you said "Super" just because some hollywood bigshot made it?)

Analysis: If you missed the genre, look back up and read again. Its an action flick, mind you, I repeat its an action movie. And some of social responsibility. Since audience are used to mindless entertainment and masala genre movies, the production team and director probably had to rope in some romance, songs and all that masala, which looks artificial. So putting all that aside, and keeping you expectations normal and with no pre-conceived bullshit in your mind and like you watch a Hollywood action flick and say “Wow, What a movie” when Mat Damon jumps from a sky scrapper or Denzel mindlessly pumps bullets into the opponents, if you can watch this movie too, it’s a good action movie (not a great one though, probably because audience does not give a chance for action movies in telugu, only a Hollywood superstar can do all incredible stunts, is it?). The same people who would keep shut for actions scenes from the departed or the training day here go all ga-ga and criticize the movie from frame 1, unfortunately. I happened to watch it in a foreign location where the same people would watch the same incredible stuff with a wow, when delivered by a hollywood team, were laughing and cribbing even before something happened on screen as though they have watched it a 100 times!

I should say its a bold attempt to make an action movie with powerful action scenes and gripping dialogues on an important social issue. Whereas people talk about doing something for the society and how police should raise above all the corrupt practices, what do they do? At least the producers, directors here made a movie, knowing pretty well that the average telugu movie-goer would not like one like this. The hero took a bold step keeping aside fears of a flop, making a movie for people who want nothing else but same old masala woven around romance and clich├ęd-beyond-repair comedy by the same mockers all the time!

The artwork, costumes, music, background score, dances, action scenes and dialogues are a plus. Screenplay is shoddy and Editing is below par, which mars the movie. Better story should have been selected for similar genre.

S J Surya failed as a director bigtime, made a real mess of the screenplay and its shows that he is a neophyte at making such movies. Probably it applies to all directors from Tollywood when it comes to action clicks, which are in  nascent stage.

Performances: Pawan Kalyan deserves all credit for his excellent performance, stunts, some cool costumes and most importantly the dialogue delivery. Though you find it a bit swift, it gels with the situation except when he breaks into Telangana accent. Some might find it preachy but then look back at the genre…you will realize it to be apt. But for God’s sake, you don’t have to come to a movie with expectations because the hero did not release a movie in 2 years, or with reviews from a friend who talks only negative things and nothing else. Pawan lived all his fantasies as a cop, holding guns, wearing waist length bullet proof jackets etc... in the movie, which is refreshing to watch for us too!

Nikesha Patel’s freshness lends credibility to her role as a suitor who finally marries the cop, all in a dramatic style. Her budget of 15 lakhs, 40 thousands to flatter the hero as told by her in one scene only goes up, to marry him and to get him into bed, which gave scope to some Ali-comedy too, but it was an attempt to please the hungry audience only. Similarly,  songs were knit around these.

Manoj Bajpai as Salem, the antagonist was good, but could have been better. Maybe, a directorial glitch!

Nasser as the confused police and Charan as the bad police are both good too.

Saranya, as the hero’s mother was a good choice for the role.

Story: A mother raises a son to be a police who in turn forms a team called Puli, to put an end to unheard and neglected complaints from the people, in an attempt to make the police system more effective. He succeeds to some extent when he takes it head-on with Salem, the don with connections in the international mafia. The same don happens to be the killer of hero’s father who happens to be a cop too and the reason for his mother raising him to be a cop. How, he discovers about the history and how he puts and end to Salem, forms the rest of the story.

Puli team’s use of technology leaves you wondering what it is, but I feel its no exaggeration if you read in papers about what Hyderabad police is now a days equipped with.

The best dialogues come pre-climax when he addresses the media in a gun-salute ceremony to the deceased police. He talks about how watching incidents happen everyday have become entertainment for people and money-makers for media, and hence how we all turned insensitive to crime…

If you are in a mood to watch an action flick and ready to hear some patriotic, social lines you should watch it…If you want some masala, its chipped in too…but please keep your expectations low and don’t go around cribbing about what Pawan has done after 2 years break!