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Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava - Honest Movie Review

While writing this review of director Trvikram Srinivas’s latest outing ‘Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava’ (ASVR), I chanced upon his Wikipedia page. The introduction says, “Regarded as the "wizard of words" Trivikram's craft is known for its high dose of comedy, fast-paced repartee, farcical situations, escapist themes, and comedy thriller plot lines involving action, emotion, courtship, family and marriage.” Except for the farcical situations, he lets down his audiences on every other aspect.

Set against the backdrop of two warring villages in Rayalaseema, ASVR is the story of Veera Raghava Reddy (played by Junior NTR) spearheading his clans fight against Basi Reddy (played by Jagapathi Babu). They call this ‘Aidu rupayala godava’ (5 rupees fight) and hand it over to their progeny, who find it easier to stick swords into each other than solve this dispute for once. But Veera Raghava Reddy, moved by his grandmother’s (played by Supriya Pathak) rants, decides to take on his opponents with non-violence. Now, this is a novel idea, where unlike the usual mass entertainers, the male protagonist is not shown as the macho and masculine savior. A comical version of this theme was seen in S.S Rajamouli’s 'Marayada Ramanna', where the protagonist does not fight against a bunch of goons.  Trivikram uses his trademark dialogues with rhyme and rhythm, to act as a weapon that Veera Raghava uses to win over his opponents, apart from the generous use of daggers and swords. To trigger his change and affect his conscience, a haughty, arrogant and bubbly Aravinda (played by Pooja Hegde) enters the scene. She casually drops her pearls of wisdom, which Veera Raghava picks up to pave his plan of action ahead. Again, instead of just being the arm-candy or add glamor, this role had a great potential. More recently, Anushka Sharma played a similar support and trigger to the male lead, as Mamta in ‘Sui Dhaaga’. But, again, the writing lets down the character of Aravinda. Despite being the titular role, Aravinda is reduced to just being a caricature, with no weight.

It would be a sin to look for logic in a mass entertainer and we Telugu audiences love them for the lack of it. But, Matala Mantrikudu Trivikram overburdens his audiences with heavy dialogues, filled with puns, alliteration and rhyme. There is a scene where the lead characters converse at a café and I cannot imagine any normal couple conversing in the language that they use. Like in his previous dud, 'Agnyathavaasi', Trivikram overdoes the same trademark dialogues to the extent that it becomes a painful bore! The mood of the movie is set in a very gritty and serious space like Trivikram’s blockbuster ‘Athadu’ or the more recent action drama ‘Rangasthalam’. But, ASVR is not engaging or gripping like either of them. The lack of depth in the characters, along with the over-bearing dialogues, clubbed with a run time of 2 hours and 45 minutes, seem like an extremely tiresome experience.

The only saving grace here are the performances. Almost every actor cast in the main and supporting roles, gets the Rayalaseema accent on point. While most of the supporting actors are decent in their roles, a praise-worthy performance comes from Jagapathi Babu, as the main antagonist. Playing a rugged and rustic version of his character from Rangasthalam, Jagapathi Babu uses his menacing eyes and evil face to create a gruesome villain and delivers well. Pooja Hegde, apart from looking pretty and complimenting Junior NTR well, gets some cute moments amid choppy dialogue delivery. Sunil, making a comeback as the sidekick, is utterly wasted, as he neither gets to do comedy nor drama. But, it is Junior NTR, who plays Veera Raghava with such conviction, that you try to remain invested in this otherwise insipid tale. Being able to pull off a mass character with élan is no mean feat, and he is charismatic at that. Using a calm and restrained demeanor, reminiscent of Mahesh Babu from Athadu, his hard-work and efforts are clearly visible in his performance. Unfortunately, he is let down by poor writing, screenplay and dialogues.

From ‘Nuvve Kavali’ to as recently as ‘A Aa’, Trivikram has always been known for his brilliant dialogues, with some of the finest gems in movies like ‘Nuvvu Naaku Nachavu’, ‘Manmadhudu’ and ‘Jalsa’. Watching ASVR reminded me of Srinu Vaitla’s ‘Aagadu’ – another director known for his witty one-liners, who bored his audiences to death with an overdose of bland dialogues. Not sure if it is Trivikram’s complacency or lack of vision, but ASVR looked like a tale from a tired and disinterested story-teller. Trust me, I seem as disinterested in writing this review as he seemed to be while making this movie.

My Rating – 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

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S.S. Rajamouli's Upcoming Film with Jr. N.T.R and Ram Charan Tej Announced!

The speculations and rumors have finally come true and yes, Tollywood's Mega Director, the creator of 'Baahubali' himself, S.S. Rajamouli is doing a film starring Young Tiger Jr. N.T.R and Mega Powerstar Ram Charan Tej and the popular producer D.V.V. Danayya is backing up the project.

Taking social media by storm, #RRR went viral last night, as the production house officially announced the film on their YouTube channel with a teaser video. Check it out!

RRR meaning Rajamouli, Ram Charan, and Ramarao will be a special film for the Tollywood Film Industry as Rajamouli is riding off the success of his blockbuster film 'Baahubali' whereas N.T.R and Ram Charan have been on a roll lately. Hopefully, this film will be mega success just like the other Rajamouli films that he directed in his entire career.

A Movie News Report by Team JFMF | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Pooja Hegde to Star in Jr. NTR's Upcoming Film!

Launched late last year, the upcoming film starring Jr. NTR and Trivikram is all set to go on the floor very soon and there have been many speculations about the female lead of the film. Early reports suggested that Anu Emmanuel, who was last seen in Trivikram’s 'Agnyaathavaasi', is being considered along with Shraddha Kapoor and Pooja Hegde. But pushing all the rumors aside, the production house of the film confirmed on Twitter that Pooja Hegde ('DJ' and 'Oka Laila Kosam' fame) will be the lead actress.
 
Here's the tweet: “It is our absolute pleasure to welcome aboard @hegdepooja as the female lead opposite our young tiger #NTR @tarak9999. @MusicThaman will be scoring scintillating tunes for #PSVinod 's meticulous visuals. Shoot will commence from April, 2018.”

The actress also confirmed the news by replying, “Extremely happy to be on board ..looking forward to work with @tarak9999, Trivikram sir and the rest of the super talented team.. Gonna be great.”

This is the second project Pooja has bagged in the last few months. She will also be part of Mahesh Babu’s and Bellamkonda Sreenivas' upcoming films and also will be seen in a special number in 'Rangasthalam' which stars Ram Charan Tej and Samantha Akkineni.

“Be assured to see NTR in a very interesting character and the team has been heavily guarding information with regards to the role in the film. NTR will undergo an image makeover and the team is yet to zero in on a look.” revealed a source while speaking with a leading portal.

A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Nannaku Prematho - Movie Review

Verdict - "A captivating and a well-written thriller."

Sukumar is a director with tons of intellect. His proficiency in writing an exhilarating screenplay with great dialogue is admirable. But he lost his credibility to a limited extent when "1: Nenokkadine" failed regrettably at the box office and fell short as a commercial success. Apparently, the anticipation for Nannaku Prematho is sky-high not only because Jr. NTR's diverse look, but also to get the drift of what Sukumar does next.

With only a few days left in his life, Subramanyam (Rajendra Prasad) narrates his appalling past life and his callous rivalry with Krishnamurthy (Jagapathi Babu) to his three sons. Traumatized by hearing the events occurred in his dad's life, Abhiram (Jr. NTR), the younger son of Subramanyam decides to finish his dad's rivalry with Krishnamurthy by making him go bankrupt in 30 days.

I've complained for many years now on the subject of Tollywood and established heroes, not taking too many risks to make a diverse film that is respectable for a viewer to watch. And after watching Nannaku Prematho, I certainly felt dumbfounded and I should appreciate the producer of the film BVSN Prasad, director Sukumar and Jr. NTR for taking the risk by making a non-commercial thriller that enhances the content throughout the runtime.

Even with a non-specific revenge plot, Sukumar managed to impress me as a viewer with his adroit screenplay and adept dialogue that is appropriate for a thriller. But during the 168-minute runtime, they're  many plot holes and irrational things that happen which are easily ignorable if you watch the movie with an open mind.

From his look to his character, it is a total overhaul for Jr. NTR as a performer and he never failed to impress as the major lead of the film. Jagapathi Babu's commendable performance, Rakul Preet's dazzling screen presence raised the bar in the movie to a laudable level. And Devi Sri Prasad's stellar music and the background music were also praiseworthy. 

Overall, despite being a comprehensive revenge thriller-drama with juvenile flaws, it is Sukumar's splendid screenplay, dialogue, and Jr. NTR astounding performance that kept the film alive. Tollywood deserves more similar thrillers like this, and I applaud the complete crew behind this film for trying something different.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #13 (Temper)

Puri Jagganadh's - "Temper"

Positives:
1) NTR and Posani's performances
2) Story and Dialogues

Negatives:
1) Romantic and Comedic aspects
2) Generic Villains

Plot: In a society occupied with corruption, the movie narrates an imperious tale about Daya who's dream is to become a debased police officer and aspires to become a symbol of venality.

Analysis: Jagganadh's nonspecific storyline and few compelling dialogues held the movie really well without turning into something wearisome. But, for the most part, the movie did suffer in few aspects of romance and comedy, which really felt out-of-place. 

Performances: Playing a role of a desperado, NTR's distinct performance as an arrogant heel was completely mind-boggling which elevated the movie to a whole new level.

Verdict:  Overall, Temper is a watchable movie for NTR's performance all alone, but the thought-provoking theme of the movie felt significant and deserves a single watch.

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a watch!)| -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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