Release Date : Mar 24,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 29 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Northstar Entertainment Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan Direction: Kishore Kumar Pardasany Screenplay: Kishore Kumar PardasanyStory: Siva Music: Anup Rubens Background score: Anup Rubens Cinematography: Prasad Murella

.Veeram might not have one of the best storylines, but it was a movie that targeted a set of audience and was made to satisfy them. One of the main reasons the flick clicked was majorly because of Ajith Kumar’s screen presence.

Pawan Kalyan is someone who has his own style of acting and mass factor and without an iota of doubt, you could say that Powerstar would do complete justice to a script such as this, even without seeing his performance. That is the consistency of the actor over the years. Having said that, let’s see how well the film as a whole has worked?

A hot-tempered guy (Pawan Kalyan) with 4 younger brothers, who falls in love with a soft, kind-hearted girl (Shruti Haasan). But to gain the love of the woman, he should never again resort to violence but that’s not going to be easy especially when the girl’s family is in danger. Does he manage to tackle the baddie at the same time not letting his love life fall berserk? This is the story of Katamarayudu. The core theme of Veeram has been retained, but the director has kept the screenplay as fresh as possible from the original Tamil version.

Even Pawan Kalyan’s characterisation has been sketched quite differently from Ajith in Veeram. Here it is stiffer and subtle. They have taken special care on the romance part which is laced better and dealt more logically. The segment where Pawan falls in love with Shruti Haasan looks interesting, mainly because it shows Pawan Kalyan in a different shade – a subtle, fun, graceful and shy side.

Katamarayudu has enough potential to be presented as a no-holds-barred entertainer with some crowd pleasing dialogues and plenty of action scenes. Pawan and Ali complement each other as well and they manage to break the movie into laughter with their wisecracks. Shruti is just another pretty face in the movie and has absolutely nothing to do other than look pretty and dance gracefully. Coming to the songs, a couple of them work while a couple of them slow the proceedings.

The first half of the film goes largely on a lighter note with enough romance and comedy but the second is more mass driven and offers some old school template action sequences. It gets a little boring towards the end. One feels the 2nd half was a little loosely dealt.

BGM, fight scenes, and romance are the major positives but had the screenplay been tighter in the second half, Katamarayudu would have been a perfect crowd-pleasing treat for Pawan Kalyan fans. Director Kishorekumar Pardasani had earlier worked with Pawan Kalyan in Gopala Gopala and has earned the name of a maker who is adept in dealing with emotional elements. In Katamarayudu, the emotional elements are better dealt with than the mass elements. If it had been the other way round, the film may have clicked better.

Verdict: Another usual mass masala action film backed by Pawan Kalyan’s towering screen presence



( 2.5 / 5.0 )



Release Date : Feb 10,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hour 24 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Mahesh Reddy Cast: Akkineni Nagarjuna, Anushka Shetty Direction: Raghavendar Rao BA Screenplay: Raghavendar Rao BA Story:Raghavendar Rao BA Music: MM Keeravani Background score: MM Keeravani Cinematography: Gopal Reddy Editing: Gautham Raju

Om Namo Venkatesaya is a devotional musical film that talks about the life journey of Hathiram Bhavaji. He is a devotee of Lord Venkateswara and lived his entire life preaching what he believed. Nagarjuna plays Hathiram’s role. The film adds up to the list of his devotional films such as Annamayya, Ramadasu and Shridi Sai.

Before we talk in detail about the movie and the pros and cons of it, we are making it clear that it is not a commercial film that goes by the grammar of usual Telugu film. It caters to a set of devotional fans and the family audience who are devotees of Lord Venkateswara.

Nagarjuna delivers another solid heartwarming performance. His emotions look real. He is the backbone of this biopic, and if not for him, the film might not have conveyed what the director intended to. Anushka makes use of the screen time given to her. Though there is nothing special about her role, she does what was expected. Saurabh Raj Jain portrays the role of Lord Venkateswara and he has done a convincing show.

Om Namo Venkatesaya is a typical old style Telugu film directed by legendary filmmaker Raghavendra Rao. We would say, he was saved by the performance of Nagarjuna. The film deviates a little bit now and then, especially during the early parts. Why is there a glamour song in a devotional film? That was totally uncalled for. There were hardly any fresh scenes in the movie. One of the major drawbacks would be the character sketch of the villain. An overbeaten and outdated style antagonist do not help the proceedings. It has a very simple story and would have been better had it been a little shorter. Many scenes are repeated, and so are many shots.

MM Keeravani lifts some of the emotional scenes through his music. Though the songs could sound stereotypical and old school, the target audience would not have anything to complain about. The BGM is very effective and it is the soul of the film. Visuals, on the other hand, are tacky. Though there are a couple of good VFX work, the overall CGI part is below average.

The film is not for the current generation masala movie buffs but for the elderly audience who enjoy old school devotional films.

Verdict: A performance driven devotional film that would satisfy its core targeted audience!



( 2.25 / 5.0 )



Release Date : Feb 03,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hour 23 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Sireesh Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Nani Direction: Trinadha Rao Nakkina Screenplay: Prasanna Kumar Bejawada, Trinadha Rao Nakkina Story:Prasanna Kumar Bejawada Music: Devi Sri Prasad Background score: Devi Sri Prasad Cinematography: Nizar Shafi
Dialogues: Prasanna Kumar Bejawada Distribution: Dil Raju

Love stories, especially when served with a pinch of family emotions and bonds, never fail to delight the audience. Nenu Local is one such love-family drama, or at least the intent of the filmmaker is to provide a film of that kind. It is a tug-of-war between love and family; what to choose when faced with a choice and who will compromise, or would there be a mutual understanding. It’s a concept that’s been on for generations and will go on for all that to we know.

Babu (Nani) is a happy go lucky boy who takes his life as it comes. He is someone who doesn’t care about the future but enjoys every minute that it has got. He meets Keerthi (Keerthy Suresh) in an unexpected circumstance and immediately falls in love at first sight. He takes the old route, follows her, and even joins college to get in touch with her. Keerthi, on the other hand plays the typical father’s girl, someone who shares everything with her dad until she falls in love. Babu somehow manages to impress Keerthi but not her father who is looking for a more settled son-in-law. To marry Keerthi, Babu has to convince her dad but to do that; he needs to change his attitude. Will he or will he not? If not how will he change the perspective of Keerthi’s father is all Nenu Local about.

What is so annoying about such scripts is the climax part. It all ends the same way. A carefree youngster who holds on to all his emotions within himself only to explode in the climax. Had he been a little more sensible to clear people’s doubts then and there, wouldn’t things be a lot easier?

Though you hardly get anything new or refreshing from the romance portion of Nenu Local, what works in favour of the film is the comedies that keep on coming. Nani is in total control and at ease with his dialogue delivery and funny one-liners. He is a ‘pakka’ all-rounder, be it comedy or, action or sentiment or style or love, Nani is so smooth in handling all these. Keerthy Suresh, on the other hand, has underplayed her role. She has been a little expressive in her previous films whereas here, Keerthy has toned herself down to suit the character. Another convincing performance indeed. Among the supporting actors, Posani Krishna Murali and Thulasi have made their screen time count.

Here is one film Devi Sri Prasad has tried to come out of his comfort zone and try something different. Though the songs are not addictive, it serves the purpose. His background score is effective, but you get a deja vu of some of his previous works.

Overall, Nenu Local is a movie that you will enjoy for its comedies and only for that. The screenplay does drag along a bit. Some of the scenes are a little too dramatic and should have been a part of 90’s films.

Verdict: An old-fashioned love and family tug-of-war story saved by its humor



( 2.5 / 5.0 )



Release Date : Jan 11,2017 Movie Run Time : 2 hour 27 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Konidela Production Company Cast: Chiranjeevi, Kajal Aggarwal Direction: VV Vinayak Screenplay: VV Vinayak Story: AR MurugadossMusic: Devi Sri Prasad Background score: Devi Sri Prasad Cinematography: R. Rathnavelu

Khaidi No 150 is a Telugu social action entertainer which happens to be the remake of Vijay’s blockbuster hit Kaththi. In spite of being a remake, Khaidi No 150 has a colossal level of expectation as it marks the comeback of Megastar Chiranjeevi.

Chiru is someone who redefined the term MASS in Telugu cinema. He is such a power packed performer who could fit into any kind of roles that he is asked to do. When someone like him who is getting back to the silver screen after many years, you definitely need a strong and powerful story that could cater to wider section of the audience. What better than Kaththi could satisfy this purpose?

Has Chiru outdone Vijay? We are definitely not going to go there. It is like comparing apples and oranges. Megastar is 62 with close to 40 years of acting experience. He definitely does not look like a 62 year old man. He has given it all, be it the dance moves or dialogue delivery. It is nice to see the boss is finally back.

The film offers a well-judged balance of vigorous action, fun filled moments and  intense social drama. It manages to shift sensitively from fun mode moments to intense action mode. But the main problem here is that the social angle gets diluted because of the mass and comedy scenes. The climax looks hurried and could have been much better. The film runs just below 2 1/2 hours and you hardly find a scene without Chiranjeevi.

Few footages from the original version have been reused. But where Khaidi differs from Kaththi is the comedy portion. Inclusion of Bramanandham’s character comes in as relief to the play. VV Vinayak has infused comedy wherever it can be applied but on the other side few intense scene have also been spoilt by some slapstick comedies. Though it evokes laughter, one feels such things bring down the intensity of the core plot.

Songs along with Chiranjeevi’s dance steps are a treat to watch. BGM is powerful but tunnel scene and coin fight sequence could have had a more catchy RR. Fights and dance moves have been choreographed well keeping Chiranjeevi’s image and age in mind. Kajal makes no impact what so ever. She only comes for the songs and hardly has any scenes to showcase her acting skills.

Verdict: The boss is truly back!



( 2.75 / 5.0 )