Attharintiki Daredhi movie review

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The brief for a superstar is always simple- use his/her aura to the fullest. Pawan Kalyan is a superstar and his aura has been used to make, what looks like a superhit movie. What has been a heartening development in this year, is the fact that the reigning superstars of the Telugu Film Industry have both acted in family oriented movies. It helps that the superstars come out of the comfort zone to act in movies in genres that are fast disappearing.

Have you ever noticed that a certain director gets the best out of certain actors. Trivikram, certainly has that effect on Pawan Kalyan. There is a certain joie de vivre to the characters that Pawan Kalyan plays in Trivikram’s movies. Be it Jalsa or this movie, there is a certain fluidity to Pawan Kalyan that’s seldom seen in other movies. Is it because he trusts the director or is it the fact that most of his previous blockbusters have been remakes and hence the scope for improvising becomes minimal?

A welcome change in Pawan Kalyan has been his brilliant dialogue modulation from his previous movie, Cameraman Ganga tho Rambabu. If you notice him closely, the body language in a few scenes takes us back to the days of Chiranjeevi, especially in the scenes and dances where feminine actions are involved.

His dialogue delivery is crucial to leave the desired impact on the audience. He excels in delivering the brilliant lines penned by Trivikram. He is equally at ease while delivering the dialogues laced with emotion in the climax as he is while delivering lines like “Floodlights lo dagudumuthallu adinattu undhi”

Samantha doesn’t have the conventional heroine role in the movie. There are very few scenes between the lead pair that contain the romance that we have gotten used to over the years. Be it the way she expresses her love to him or be it the apprehension in marrying him, she comes across as a loveable girl. Her appearance in the entire Chitoor trip episode is one of the best that a heroine has ever looked in the recent past.

Praneetha doesn’t have a role that she can remember in a few months’ time from now. Her appearance in the song ‘Bapu gaari bommo’ is the only thing she might remember with fondness over time.

Brahmanandam is another person who has that impeccable timing in comedy with Pawan Kalyan and that comes to the fore in the scenes that he has with him. The Ahalya Amayakurallu drama and the entire ‘fake baba’ drama bring the house down. It won’t be overstatement to say that his chemistry with Pawan Kalyan is on par with his chemistry with Ravi Teja and Nagarjuna.

Boman Irani, Nadia, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Mukesh Rishi do what is expected of them- perform well in the scenes given to them.

A special word for Rao Ramesh as he seems to be blessed with a voice that can do wonders to the dialogues given to him, maybe an inheritance from his father. He impresses everyone with his performance in the first half.

Finally to Trivikram then. He handles the subject on hand with ease. The dialogues flow freely from him and people complaining that his dialogues, off late, have been lacking the punch of yore would do well to concentrate a little bit more on the dialogues. His handling of the script and the superstar on hand tell us that he is going to be around for a long, long while to come. He gets to Pawan Kalyan to dance, deliver dialogues with aplomb, display the intensity in his eyes and emote brilliantly. He also knows what the fans want as he gets Pawan to perform his characteristic swipe of his right hand on the neck many times in the opening song

PS: The song sequence ‘Ninu Choodagane’ has to be one of the best song sequences shot in the recent past. The crowd, where I saw the movie, came alive at the point where Pawan say ‘Let’s dance, ya!’

Verdict: It has blockbuster written all over it and rightly so

 

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Rush movie review

rush_ver12_xlgWhen you watch a bio-pic you expect the director to peel off every layer of the personality of the person in focus. The beauty lies in how a director actually does it. Credit then, to Ron Howard that he shows us both the facade and the personalities of the racing drivers, Niki Lauda and James Hunt

 

If you follow the F1 season’s religiously then it must be a no-brainer for you that these both were in contention for the 1976 F1 World championship. If you are not, Ron Howard takes you on a trip that shows the battle between these drivers without demanding the nous of a F1 follower.

 

Daniel Bruhl, portraying Niki Lauda, goes through the whole gamut of human emotions in the role and comes up trumps. There are a lot of scenes that bring the best out of him. Be it the anxiousness while wanting to beat the clock with the vehicle designed by him, be it the disdain with which he puts down the Ferrari car, be it the trepidation with which he explains his wife what happiness means to him or the single mindedness to get back to the track in the face of a life threatening injury. Though we see him as a cold-blooded, calculating driver, we are also taken into the world where he is fearful; fearful of things going the wrong way again.

 

Chris Hemsworth, portraying James Hunt, has the easier role on paper. He is supposed to be the eye candy and he does a bloody good job of it. Beneath the veneer of a happy-go-lucky person lies a man craving for the adulation of the world, which Niki Lauda keeps reminding him of. Through his character we see the inner struggle of a man who has to prove to himself that he is the best. And he is willing to push the barrier for that desire. From the ritualistic pre-drive vomiting routine to him facing a barrage of questions from the waiting paparazzi with a humorous façade, Hemsworth makes us believe that this was how Hunt would’ve been. While Daniel Bruhl had a reference point in Niki Lauda, Hemsworth had none. He had to go by instinct and also what he heard from others.

 

The movie has a lot of scenes, which are worthy of applause on their own. The director needs to be commended for stringing all these scenes together. A few scenes that catch the eye and keep you glued to the seat are:

 

The first interaction between Niki Lauda and James Hunt

The meeting between Hunt and his to be wife, right from the point where Hunt is visualising the drive

The scene where Lauda asks the mechanics about specifics of the car and how to make it better

The scene where Lauda’s would-be wife offers him a drive back and refuses to believe that he is a race driver

The press conference at the Italian grand prix on Niki Lauda’s return and Hunt’s response to a question asked by a reported

The final scene where Niki Lauda and James Hunt meet at a hangar

 

Any mention of the movie would be incomplete without the brilliant and thoughtful dialogues and also the music by Hans Zimmer

 

Verdict: A must watch regardless of your interest in F1