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Mahanati / Nadigaiyar Thilagam - Instant Movie Review #40

Nag Ashwin's - "Mahanati / Nadigaiyar Thilagam"

Positives:
1) Keerthy Suresh
2) Story and Screenplay
3) Direction
4) Production Design
5) Cinematography
6) Music
7) Performances

Negatives:
1) Subplots

Introduction - Directed by Nag Ashwin, who's responsible for one of the best films of 2015 in Yevade Subramanyam, Mahanati is a biographical drama based on the controversial yet heartening life of Savitri garu, one of the most celebrated and exceptional female actresses of the 50's, 60's and the 70's in both Tollywood and Kollywood film industries. The storyline follows the journey of Savitri from her childhood to get married to her sweetheart Gemini Ganesan and later spoiling her health and relations with her family after getting addicted to alcohol.

Analysis - Now, making a biopic is a tough task, the research, and the execution have to be spot on cause you don't want things to go south when presenting the life stories of one biggest lady superstars. Nag Ashwin, did a fantastic job directing the film and the screenplay (excluding the sub-plots) was well written. The film's objection was to make us love, care and feel for the protagonist's character and it delivered on that level cause I didn't find a single person in the theatre without a teary eye. The technical aspects of the movie, cinematography and production design also deserve a notable appreciation. Also, the music and the background score by Mickey J. Meyer was outstanding and matched the film's vibe remarkably.

Performances - Now, portraying Savitri garu and her character accurately is one giant obstacle or even casting the right actor to represent the character is also a huge task. With that being said, Keerthy Suresh was phenomenal to a point where I believed that I was watching Savitri garu on-screen. Her ability to transform into this character who has a multitude of variations has to be appreciated and she carried her role perfectly. She is one of the reasons why the movie worked out so well. Her co-star Dulquer Salmaan along with the supporting cast, Samantha Akkineni, and Vijay Devarakonda also did their best in their respective roles.

Verdict - Overall, Mahanati is an incredible, emotional, thoughtful and a well-illustrated biopic of one of the most beloved actresses of South Indian Cinema and this film did the best it could to display her love for humanity, acting, and movies. So far, without a doubt, the best film of the year.

My Rating - 4/5 | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks
An Instant Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Yevade Subramanyam - Movie Review

Positives:
1) Cinematography
2) Dialogues
3) Music
4) Performances
5) Story

Negatives:
1) Editing
2) Screenplay

Plot: Straight off after completing masters in business administration Subbu (Nani) is an ideal professional with a clear-cut ambition and goals set in his life. On the other hand, is his best friend Rishi (Vijay), a jovial and a heartwarming person who lives his life to the fullest without any boundaries. 

Eventually, Rishi reminds Subbu about their childhood pact about travelling to the Himalayas together and visit a place called Dudh Kasi. Will Rishi's wish come true?

Analysis: Firstly, I love experimental movies which at least try to be distinctive, unique and heartwarming. I'm glad that the crew including director Nag Ashwin and actor Nani proved that a movie can be entertaining without the generic and the comprehensive formulae, it totally took place in a different world with an offbeat storyline and intention. 

When you're telling a unique story, the execution should be spot-on and peerless. Here's what I felt, in the second half when the movie is trying to advance its storyline, the delivery was stale, most of the scenes were not concluded and moreover it felt very abrupt. As a result, the emotion in those scenes was dry as a bone, I never felt convinced and there's a lot of room for improvement. It could've been better.

Performances: Nani entertains throughout the movie, he had his own unique alluring presence and when he's on-screen, he lights up the atmosphere instantly and makes it delightful to watch. Malavika Nair along side with Vijay Devarakonda were entertaining and enjoyable with their welcoming characters and I never felt that I'm watching a rookie on-screen.

Verdict:  Overall, Yevade Subramanyam is a refreshing ride and is a complete opposite of all the stereotypical movies we usually get. If you're ready to accept a unique movie with few noticeable flaws, I certainly recommend you go watching it with your friends and family.

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

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