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Shamanthakamani - Movie Review

Verdict - "Misses on Being a Better Film!"

Directed by Sriram Adittya and starring Rajendra Prasad, Nara Rohit, Sundeep Kishan, Aadi Saikumar and Sudheer Babu in the lead roles, the plot of Shamanthakamani revolves around a stolen five crore Rolls Royce vintage car and in one way or another all the lead characters in the film were trapped in the same web that eventually leads us to the whereabouts of the stolen car. 

First off, Tollywood is known for its crowd-pleasing multi-genre commercial films, they're always a safe bet for the producers to invest and honestly, the trend of making a bad commercial film is getting over-saturated these days with one or two films in a month failing at the box office miserably. Following the success of experimental movies like Pelli Choopulu and Kshanam last year, director Sriram Adittya made the right choice to stick to a particular genre and not worrying about commercializing the film. He believed in his script and his crew to carry the movie forward and for that reason, I gave major props to Mr. Adittya.

Now, dedicated only to a particular genre (which is an Action Thriller in this case), the storyline has to be seamless to make an enjoyable 120-minute film. Although Adittya added few twists and turns to the storyline in the third act, the first two acts of the films were slightly on the downside. He executed the film remarkably, he made sure that all the five leads had equal importance in the film, the camera work was unique and creative, the background music by Mani Sharma was on point but in regards to the storyline of the overall film, it felt a bit dreary at times.

Overall, Shamanthakamani had everything going in its favor except for the storyline that had its own issues until the third act. I'm a big fan of experimental films and they're very much essential for the industry moving forward and Shamanthakamani is a decent example (like Vedam) that a multi starrer experimental film will be appreciated by the audience if executed right.

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

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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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