Raarondoi Veduka Choodam review

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There was a time when author-backed roles were few and far between. We have come far from those days. Every actor/actress (rather, hero/heroine) these days aspires to star in one film where they have the author-backed role.

The thing with such roles which makes people crave for the them is the fact that the entire story revolves around them. When we scratch the surface, the author-backed role always needs a role that runs parallel to theirs, but isn’t given the same level of importance; like Konkana Sen in Wake Up, Sid, like Shahid Kapoor in Jab We Met. Closer home; Raghuvaran in Suswagatham, Nagesh in Tholi Prema. This generally happens because the actors in the parallel help prop the film up when the actors in the author-backed role fall into a tedium.

Raarondoi Veduka Choodam doesn’t waste much time in establishing who has the author-backed role. It’s clear from the time titles roll.  After a little while into the movie, the grandmother drills the granddaughter about the sort of a groom she has to marry. She does, but after applying a patch to those Quixotic claims.

The obsession that Telugu Film Industry has for directors with hits running in their recent past filmography is legendary. So, it wasn’t a surprise that Nagarjuna chose Kalyan Krishna, who directed his previous blockbuster. Added to this was the fact that it was a home production venture. Probably all these added up to Nagarjuna proclaiming that the movie would be a blockbuster (one of the two blockbusters he had promised to his fans; one for each of his sons).

Rakul Preet, in the author-backed role was an extension of her Venkatadri Express self: referring to herself and her emotions in third person. Yes, she has hits, but she hasn’t quite reached a level where her acting capabilities are extraordinary. Her preparation/ her willingness to submit to director’s imagination does show as she cracks the look part of her character. Her expressions at times, seemed off-touch or a tad too late. The good thing about her portrayal is that she isn’t too far off the mark. Probably the next time she bags an author-backed role, she might want to do it in a comfort zone.

Naga Chaitanya does something that he hasn’t attempted before: a gregarious role. From what we have seen of him from his previous movies, he seems to perform well when he has to strip himself of his ego. He does the same in a scene in 100% love and does the same in a sequence here. He excels in the scene and has also carefully built his screen presence. He needs to continue doing the same: keep experimenting with different roles.

One thing the director, Kalyan Krishna, does well is to get the casting right. One thing he doesn’t: overcrowding the movie. There are so many characters in a blink-and-you-will-miss roles.

Jagapathi Babu, Sampath and a host of other actors are all good in the roles given to them.

Verdict: There’s not much you are going to miss by missing this  movie

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Manam movie review

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While speaking at the Manam Sangeetham function, Nagarjuna said, “My father made his debut in 1944. It means that he was involved with the film industry for 70 years. The Movie industry has been in existence for 100 years (sic)”. The statement didn’t hit the nail then, but it did when I was watching the movie. I saw Mechanic Alludu in 1993. 21 years later, I was watching Manam. The man in question- Akkineni  Nageswara Rao acted in both the movies. The energy levels did certainly decrease, but the passion towards his craft didn’t.

 

This movie was the most awaited in Telugu Film Industry. The primary reason being there were three generations of the same family acting in the same movie- the second time this has happened in the movie industry in India. Vikram Krishna, bore the burden of an Atlas and delivered!

 

The song “Edhi Prema” sung by Hari Charan, has the lines, “Kani Penchina maa ammake, ammayannu ga. Nadipinchina maa nanakke, nannayannu ga”. These lines capture the mood of the movie brilliantly. If we sit down to narrate the movie to someone, it might not have the same effect on him/her as watching the movie would. When you listen, a lot of the sequences might appear contrived but while watching the same on the screen, it might tug at your heartstrings.

 

Nagarjuna had the meatiest of the roles in the movie and was brilliant. His chemistry with Samantha was crackling. Shriya Saran was the designated heroine for him and their episodes were shot brilliantly, especially the parts where Shriya plays the deglamourised part. Is it even possible to make Nagarjuna look anything but glamorous? The parts with Samantha are some of the best in the movie and as mentioned before their chemistry was crackling. It is entirely down to the vision of the director that the scenes looked brilliant on the screen.

 

Naga Chaitanya has the next meatiest role in the movie. He has improved a lot and looked the part in both the roles he played in the movie. His chemistry with his grandfather and father can surprise a lot of us. He looked so at ease while performing with them that it was surprising. Hope this movie will act as a springboard for him to better roles in the future. It looked as if he had a blast shooting for the “Piyo Piyo re” song. Probably Ram Gopal Varma summed it up the best for him

 

Samantha has appeared in what is her best performance to date. She is good in her parts with Naga Chaitanya and brilliant in her scenes with Nagarjuna. It would take a lot from her to eclipse this effort of hers in her upcoming movies.

 

Shriya also performed well in both the roles and the entire marriage episode with Nagarjuna has to be amongst the best scenes in the movie.

 

ANR has the least role in the movie, but leaves you impacted the most. Most of his dialogues in the movie have a profound feeling to it . If there are three generations of the family in the movie, am sure there are four generations of a family watching the movie. That, in a nutshell, encapsulates what ANR means to the Telugu Film Industry. As the promotion of the movie said, ANR lives on.

 

Anoop Ruben gave good audio for the movie and his BGM was also very good. Harshvardhan wrote some very good dialogues for the movie. They both were the ideal foils for the captain of the ship, the director. When you see the movie, you would realize the attention to detail that the director paid. There is a sequence where Naga Chaitanya draws anklets on a monkey on the wall. It serves as a perfect recall from what had happened earlier. We have earlier been witness to attempts where we were introduced to jargon like chaos theory, butterfly effect and such terms. Here they used the words ‘Cosmic Balance’, and it is easy to interpret the idea as the director made it easy for us.

 

Amala and Akhil make guest appearances in the movie. It would be criminal to call Akhil’s part as a guest role as the makers themselves said that it was the debut of their ‘Sisindri’. Let it be said that Akhil looks the part of a hero and probably has the best introduction scene of any scion from any Indian film industry

 

Verdict: It’s a top effort by the director backed by spectacular performances by the cast

 

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