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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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Pooja Hegde to Star Opposite Prabhas in Her Next!?

Last week we reported that 'Mohenjo Daro' star Pooja Hegde has bagged the lead actress role in the next N.T.R - Trivikram film and it is safe to say that she has carved a niche for herself in the Tollywood cinema with many top producers queuing up for her schedule dates.

According to recent reports, it seems like Pooja has been offered yet another major role in a major film and to further blow your minds it is opposite to the Young Rebel Star, Prabhas. 

Prabhas is currently busy shooting 'Saaho' and is in discussions to sign another project with filmmaker Radhakrishna. Few sources say that the makers have locked Pooja Hegde and even during a recent media interaction, the actress has herself confirmed that she is working with Prabhas in her next.

A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | 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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Mohenjo Daro - Movie Review

Verdict - "A bummer from the bygone era!"

Set in the ancient years of the Indus Valley Civilization, Mohenjo Daro is a fictional story about a small town merchant Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) who visits the city of Mohenjo Daro with which he contrives a strange magical connection in his dreams. Upon his arrival, he instantly falls in love with Chaani (Pooja Hegde) who belongs to a high-class community and continues to strike her attention every time. Finally, after learning about his emotional past which links to his parents, he decides to rebel against the evil leader Maham (Kabir Bedi) and elects to bring the city back to its previous glory. 

On the positive side, the film had a few things to offer especially the impressive background score by A.R. Rahman which blended into the story line superlatively. Also, the production design and the action and dance choreography felt authentic without being over-the-top. But, if we keep up a little attention to the detail, they're many little illustrative errors throughout the film that didn't qualify to the prehistoric culture. Yes, I'm partly referring about the expertly trimmed beards and the trendy hairstyles.

Moreover, my biggest concern about the film was the sluggish traditional storyline. It doesn't delve into anything new and keeps us jaded for the entire runtime. Two hours and thirty-five minutes of nothingness in addition to few lazily written characters made the film uninteresting to watch.

Hrithik Roshan's performance was one of the major perks of the entire film, his trait, mannerism and the appeal that he brought to the screen was downright amazing which is easily noticeable in every single scene. Pooja Hegde looked beautiful for the most part, but the inexperience in her acting ability was visible mostly during the emotional scenes. Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh were menacing as the bad guys, but the lack of character development affected their presence in the movie.

In the end, Mohenjo Daro didn't have a lot to offer except for Rahman's inspiring score and Hrithik's bona fide performance. The story would've been a lot more unorthodox other than being generic similar to many other historic films.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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