Akhil movie review

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Khaleja, a movie released 5 years ago had a scene where Shafi portrays a character with utmost devotion to Mahesh Babu. When Shafi takes a bullet before the climax, he smiles before he dies. He utters the following words before he dies, ‘Neredu pandu lanti Kallu. Choosanu Saamy, chaalu saamy.’

After almost 5 years, Akhil, who plays an eponymous character in Akhil, has a similar scene in the movie. The scene neither had the brilliant acting nor the gravitas seen in Khaleja. The entire movie gives you that feeling. It has the requisite ingredients, but doesn’t quite make the cut.

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Vinayak’s last two movies, by design or by co-incidence, were movies where he was launching debutants. Bellamkonda Srinivas and Akhil were the heroes he launched. Akhil wouldn’t want to and won’t tread the path that Srinivas travelled on. His father will ensure it.

Debut films are tough to handle. You have to weave a script and screenplay around the fact the hero debuting can do everything under the sun. In those attempts we see Akhil fighting, dancing, trying his hand at comedy and going intense when required. While Akhil ticks the most boxes, he would certainly improve in the areas as time goes by and he gains experience.

It is shocking that Vinayak chose to direct this film as it would be second time that he would have to don the kid gloves and the end result is a movie that lacks sense, direction and depth. If the brief to him was to project Akhil and forget the rest, then he has done it well.

It almost seems from the movie that he didn’t pay enough attention to it as much was required. Even in a movie like ‘Heart Attack’, ironically a movie in which the producer Nithiin acted, they had the continuity of locations and were not wrong technically. The movie shows South African flag on top of the van when it’s clearly mentioned that they were based in Congo. These are mistakes that shouldn’t have been made.

It was said that the movie was postponed because of poor CG work in the climax. Going by what we see, we have to think that the makers didn’t bother to see other parts of the movie. It beats me why they chose to use CG work when they shot in exotic locales. The CG work was very poor in these sequences and also the introduction fight sequence.

It is actually a little disappointing to see this movie from a director who made movies like Aadhi and Tagore in the past. Though nothing he does can undo the fact that he was brilliant with those movies, it would suffice to say that the future won’t be promising if he continues in the same way

During the audio function of the movie, Vinayak said he wanted to make a movie with Mahesh Babu. Going by his choices from the past, he would be mortified to see this movie and the chances of the combination seem rare in the near future.

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Debut of children of superstars place undue pressure on the children. They are expected to be everything that their superstar fathers are and more. One thing that Akhil shines is in dances. It would be an exaggeration to count him among the best, but for a person in his first movie, he is brilliant with dances.

Every actor making his debut would want to shine in all departments. They choose movies that might allow them to shine but they are insipid. Few very people have bucked that trend. The names that come to my mind are Rana and Varun Tej. Akhil doesn’t belong to that category.

What Akhil has is presence and he seems to use it well. There are a few things that would need a lot of working on. It is easy to see why a superstar like Mahesh Babu took special interest in him

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The less said about Sayesha Saigal the better. She has nothing to do and you take pity on her because the character she plays is underdeveloped and should never be played by anyone. Though there are other characters they don’t have enough screen time to be spoken about.

In the future when Vennela Kishore does become a comedian of note, he might count this movie as one of those movies where the baton was passed from Brahmanandam.

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Verdict : A director’s failure. It’s difficult to see how he made the producers splurge on this movie and above all how could he convince Nagarjuna with this script?

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Kanche movie review

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If you have graduated in Andhra Pradesh, there are high chances that the ugly snake called ‘Casteism’ would have reared its head at one time or the other. That probability would exceed by notches if you happen to stay in a hostel.

The casteism is, at once, the greatest and the lowest types of segregation at a hostel. Lowest because it starts with being a North Indian or a South Indian.  Greatest, because groups are made on the basis of castes and that segregation is actually huge.

That reminds of a hilarious incident from college. So, one caste dominated in our college and the college was segregated on the basis of that caste and anti-caste (anybody not belonging to the majority caste had to owe their allegiance to this group). Because the segregation itself was based on castes, the anti-caste itself had many sub-groups. One such group was named ‘Kobra’, because the constituent castes never had people to fight as one group, but as a combined group gave them power and a say.  I will leave it to your imagination as to the constituent castes of that group.

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Tollywood suffers from an affliction.  An affliction that’s called ‘inspiration’! If there’s a blockbuster, a lot more movies will weave their tales similar to that of the blockbuster. If you have some connections and want to divert from the path often taken, you will be hailed as a ‘different’ director, regardless of how well made the movie was.

Krish, the director of this movie belongs to the latter category. He debuted with a good movie – Gamyam. It was a good movie and found box-office success as well. His next two movies were, Vedam and Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum. Both the films had their drawbacks. Somehow, with these two movies, it felt as if Krish was thrusting the ‘feel good’ factor on us.

Kanche, doesn’t suffer from those illusions and makes its point clearly. A lot of credit can be given to Krish for juxtaposing World war sequences and the caste divide in a village. The allegory that divide exists everywhere and human beings should remain human is brought out brilliantly in a few sequences – it helps that he had an able actor in Srinivas Avasarala to carry out some of the scenes.

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It has already been said that Krish makes movies different from the run of the mill. That doesn’t automatically qualify as a good movie. In fact, Vedam and Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum began well and petered out towards the end. Why? Probably the lack of clarity in the director. While Vedam didn’t veer from the ‘I -want- it- to- be- called- a- good- movie’ syndrome, Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum had veered so much from the what he wanted to say.

Krish can probably claim that he has come of age with Kanchi. There are no diversions from the subject. It’s laudable how he magnifies the problem at a village level to the world at large. An indicator of how well he has developed as a director is seen in how he peels the story before us. While in other movies, they would be called Interval bang, pre-climax twist and etc, here it appears as a part of the story and hits us hard.

He shot the war sequences well and the kind of narration he has in the movie is good. Once you see the movie, you would feel that the casting was perfect in the movie.

The movie would have ended up as an average fare if not for the dialogues. Some of them, when heard properly, ask of you to go on a soul-searching trip. Sai Madhav Burra has climbed a few rungs of the ladder with this movie.

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While it would be premature to judge the acting capabilities of Varun Tej from the couple of movies he has acted in, his choice of scripts is laudable. He has come some way from Mukunda. While he had a place to hide behind Rao Ramesh in Mukunda, he has nowhere to hide here. He is out in the open and acquaints himself well.

Pragya Jaiswal, in her debut movie in Telugu, will have a reason to be disappointed. While her character itself is raised to the pedestal, she doesn’t have a lot to do in the movie. The makeup she had in the movie is something that will elicit laughter than appreciation.

Gollapudi Maruti Rao has got a good role after Rowdy Fellow and does well. Nikitin Dheer acted well as the antagonist in the movie. Srinivas Avasarala is the one who provides comic relief as well as philosophical undertone to the movie. In a scene where a native lady saves them from the Nazi forces shows the spectrum of Srinivas Avasarala as an actor and the ability of Krish as a director

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Verdict : A good movie which deserves more reach what it has. A movie that tells us that a good product will always be on hand if everyone associated with the movie strives for it

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