Dhamarukam movie review

The problem with genres in Telugu cinema is that there exists a template for every genre. The same is true for the so-called ‘Fantasy’ or ‘Socio-fantasy’ genre too. The premise for these movies is established in the beginning and the audience are all waiting for the good to prevail over the evil.


Dhamarukam, a movie that has faced problems from the time the makers announced a release date. After postponements and public humour, the movie’s prints did turn up at the theatres today. The ticket counter people themselves were perplexed at the multiple postponements. In fact, yesterday when I asked them as to why the internet booking wasn’t opened for the movie, they replied saying they weren’t sure if the prints would come.


Once you get to see the movie, you would be surprised that the amount purported to have spent on the movie was actually spent. The CG work on the movie is nothing to write home about. What makes you sit through the movie is dashing Nagarjuna.


The director, Srinivas Redde (yes, that’s the name), has handled the comedy scenes with panache but it is towards the end of the movie that he fumbles. He can’t be alleged with not paying attention to detail. The child who played Nagarjuna’s  character in childhood has a tattoo on his right shoulder that Nagarjuna sports in real life.


As mentioned earlier, the voice of Ravi Shankar and the presence of Anushka create a feeling of déjà vu for the movie.


Nagarjuna, as has become the norm looks extremely handsome and doesn’t look like a 50+ man. Credit to him that in the song ‘Nesthamma’, which is similar in picturisation to Gundello Emundho in Manmadhudu, he doesn’t look like he has aged a day from that movie. What is undesirable in the performance is constant reference to mass. We aren’t used to listening it from Nagarjuna. One wonders what it was in the script that Nagarjuna got attracted to and nodded his approval


Anushka, sleep walks through the role and it is evident in many scenes. The scene where she drags the chariot, she is required to be radiant at the very least but she looks sleepy and dreary eyed. It can be said in the character’s defense that she was coming after having performed an operation, but the character she plays and the body language has no relation whatsoever


Ravi Shankar, plays the principal antagonist and shines in the role. He is the person in the movie mouthing lengthy and twisted dialogues. At no point does one feel that his performance graph is dipping. Based on this performance alone, we can expect to see him in more roles in the days to come


Prakash Raj,  does what he normally does- deliver a solid performance


Rest of the cast performed well in the short duration that they appear for in the movie


All in all, a movie that needs all the star power of Nagarjuna to steer it to safety. Considering the fact that the movie went over budget, it remains to be seen if people take to the movie. I feel it might garner the initials but wouldn’t be categorised under blockbuster category in the long run



Superman or Bradman of 2012?

Who averages 1022 in Test cricket this year, every time he crosses 100? Who is the player having a conversion rate of close to 80% in scoring centuries? Who is it that has broken the record of Bradman and Ponting today by scoring an unprecedented 4th double ton in the calendar year?


The answer to all of the above is Michael Clarke, the captain of the Australian Test team. From the time he has been made the captain, he has been contributing with the bat. The century in the final test in Sri Lanka, where Australia conceded a 163 run lead remains fresh in the mind. His batting in that innings was of such top quality that not a single run came off the edge (outside/inside) of the bat.


Then came the century at Cape Town. People remember it as much for the stroke play as for the examination of his technique against shorter ball by Steyn. Today too, in the initial phase of his innings, he was subjected to the same treatment by the same bowler. Steyn came back with the same questions, with Clarke on 98 this time. For added menace he went around the wicket. What was surprising was the fact that they abandoned that line of attack way too early.


While he had his problems against Steyn, he took a particular liking to Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. There were two shots that he played off Morne Morkel that will stand the test of the time. One, a leg-cutter pitched on the off stump that Clarke lofted over mid-off for a boundary. It was the execution of the stroke that can impress any purist. He stayed rooted to the crease, standing tall and with the upper body leaning forward he lofted an inside-out drive over the mid-off fielder. The next shot that will remain in the memory is the on-drive of the final ball of the over in which he creamed five boundaries. With minimal follow through, it was a sight to behold.

Apart from the short ball test, there was a probing spell that was bowled to him by Kleinveldt post that blitz after lunch. He induced three edges, all of which flew to the boundary, that Kleinveldt was unlucky not to get a wicket of. There was one appeal in du Plessis’ over that Smith didn’t refer. If he had, Clarke would’ve been dismissed as the replays found him to be in line with the stumps when the ball made contact with his pad.


37-3. 84-3. 40-3. 55-3. These are the scores that Clarke has come in and scored double centuries (a triple) from. If he had Cowan & Hussey for company in the last test, this time around it was Warner & Hussey.


His treatment of Tahir would have bought some semblance of smile on Bryce McGain’s face. The problem for Steyn & co, is that its not over yet