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Movie: Rowdy Rathore
Cast:Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
Ronnie Screwvala, Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music:Sajid Ali, Wajid Ali
Rowdy (Akshay Kumar) is a petty thief who gets the thrill out of duping people. He is ill-behaved and cares a damn for anyone. But one day his life gets jolted when a young girl claims Rowdy is her father. Stunned by the claims, Rowdy decides to figure out the truth. During investigation, he finds out that the girl is IPS officer Vikram Rathore’s daughter who is his twin brother. But before they could bond, Vikram gets killed by underworld gangsters with Rowdy as a witness. Shocked and deeply sad, Rowdy decides to step into Vikram’s shoes and avenge his death. Rest of the story follows Rowdy’s ways of bringing Vikram’s murderers to book.
Budgeted at Rs. 40 Crores (approximately), Rowdy Rathore is the Hindi remake of Telugu film Vikramarkudu. Directed by Prabhudeva, the film is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and UTV Motion Pictures and has Sonakshi Sinha in the lead opposite Akshay. Undoubtedly, Rowdy Rathore has some of the big names attached to it. Though the story isn’t out-of-the-box and to some extent illogical, it will all depend on the way it has been presented. As far as promotions are concerned, Rowdy Rathore enjoyed both good and bad publicity. The first look trailer of the movie got a lot of good response.
They also came up with a unique idea of launching the music of the movie in a chawl. If we talk about bad publicity, the crew of the film was almost kicked out of a historic location in Hampi for not having accurate permissions. All in all, publicity for the movie was apt. Coming to the actors, Akshay’s moustache and garish look in the film as Rowdy works for the character, his action skills were never doubted by anyone and so, it will be a treat for all fans of the genre. On top of that, Akshay promises it will be raw action, another reason to check the movie out. His ‘Don’t Angry Me’ is already on everyone’s lips which make for good recall value.
This is Sonakshi Sinha’s second movie and we hope she has more to do in the film than just look pretty. Overall, Rowdy Rathore has the potential to set the cash registers ringing provided it delivers what it promised – raw action. But you won’t know until you see the film that releases on June 1. And don’t forget to come back to FilmiTadka for the complete unbiased movie review of Rowdy Rathore this Friday.
Movie: Love Recipe
Suhail Karim, Rani Agrawal, Vrajesh Hirjee, Atul Parchure, Sanjay Narwekar, Avantika Kamat, Suzanne Bernert, Manoj Joshi, Upasana Singh, J Brandon Hill, Dawood Khot, Darshan Jariwalla...
Noor Bano Khot
Music: Sameer Phaterpekar
Tia (Rani Agarwal) is in love with a DJ Rahul Kher (Suhail Karim) but she is afraid to introduce him to her father, a retired I.G of Police (Manoj Joshi) who is bitten by the bug of patriotism or 'Hindustaniat' as he prefers calling him. To top it Tia's brother Pappu (Vrajesh Hirjee) is in love with a firang Roza (Suzanne Bernert) but again is scared to introduce her to his Hindustaniat preaching father. Amidst all this enters another enters the head of an international terrorist Carlos that's chopped off by a blundering cop Govind (Sanjay Narvekar) who is on a desperate look out for it. How the cut head makes everybody's head (including that of the audience) spin if what follows from the rest of the plot.
When you see a film like Love Recipe you actually wonder where all did the film go wrong, was it the actors? Or the director who couldn't extract their performances and lead a film somewhere? Or the script and screenplay writer who wrote such a shoddy piece of work?
Filmmaker Amol Shetge brings together a deplorable storyline with an equally uninspiring narrative and a very tacky approach towards filmmaking.
Resultant? You find it hard to even sit through the film. The entire farcical gimmick of the cut head in the film is so tackily handled that you really turn into a self-pity mode for enduring some sham such as Love Recipe.
Known faces like Vrajesh Hirjee, Upasna Singh, Manoj Joshi and even Darshan Jarivali either sleepwalk through their roles or annoy you no end.
While the other actors should straight be sent to acting academies.
The songs are shot in a tacky manner, the look and costume design work is zilch so you actually have people wearing orange blazer over red pants, or a shiny suit in excess heat or worse still a diamond studded guitar for a pendant!
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Cast:Ram Charam Tej, Tamanna, Ajmal, Mukesh Rushi, Dev Gill, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Nassar, Parthiban, Venu Madhav, Ravi Babu, Srinivasa Reddy, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Thagubothu Ramesh, Ali, Brahmanandam
Music: Mani Sharma
Director: Sampath Nandi
Producer: NV Prasad & Paras Jain
Raj (Ram Charan Tej) is called as betting Raj because of his obsession for betting. James (Ajmal) is his betting enemy. Raj wants 20 lacs for the surgery of his adopted father. James is ready to offer 20 lacs as betting amount if Raj woos and wins over Chaitra (Tamanna). Chaitra is the daughter of a billionaire Bellary (Mukesh Rishi) The rest of the story is all about how Raj makes Chaitra fall for him and the troubles that follow.
Ram Charan has proved himself as a terrific man for the masses with his first two films. He has chosen a safe and time-tested mass script this time. He is excellent with dialogues, dances, fights and mannerisms. You can find a lot of references to Gharana Mogudu in his mannerisms.
Tamanna has a weighty role in this movie and does justice. She has danced with amazing fluidity. Ajmal (Rangam fame) plays an important role and he is good. Mukesh Rushi is routine. Brahmanandam’s comedy is partly okay. Ali’s cameo is nice. Parthiban is very good as the father of hero. MS Narayana is a miscast for the role of hero’s adopted father. The sympathy factor will not work out if you cast a comedian for role of a patient with critical illness. Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao did an important role.
Story of the film is in an old-format. There are a couple of interesting screenplay twists in the second half. Director Sampath Nandi chose this film to be a tribute to Chiranjeevi’s early 90’s films (Gharana Mogudu, Gang Leader etc). If you look at hero’s entrance scene, he gives away winning money to friend sister’s studies. In Gharana Mogudu, hero gives away winning money to hero friend sister’s marriage (chelli nikka pakka). When the purpose is to make a film as a tribute 90’s films, you can’t expect the direction to be fresh and new. Sampath made sure that there are fun elements in the first half and surprise elements in the second half.
Cast: Aadi, Shanvi, Rajendra Prasad, Vennela Kishore, Ahuti Prasad, Chinmayi Ghatrazu, Harsha Vardhan, Anchal, Rahul Dev, Paruchuri Gopala Krishna,
Music: Anup Rubens
Director: B Jaya
Producer: BA Raju
Akash (Aadi) and Kittu (Vennela Kishore) are friends. Lovely (Sanvi) and Lalli (Chinmayi) are friends. Kittu and Lalli become facebook friends with celebrity profile photos. When they are about to meet in real, Akash and Lovely go to the meeting pretending to be Kittu and Lalli respectively. The rest of the story is all about how they fall in love and how they face the problems following that
Aadi who has proved to be a good dancer with his first film has come a long way from there. Aadi is spontanious with his acting in casual scenes. His dialogue delivery is good and ability to perform stunts is commend-worthy. The light beard and light mustache added to his look (compared to thick mustache and clean-shaved beard in his debut film. Sanvi is alright as an actress. Vennela Kishore is like a second hero in this film and he carried the entire first half with his impeccable/improvised comedy timing. Chinmayi G is entertaining with her Telangana dialect. Rajendra Prasad is good as a protective father, there is something wrong his character sketch. Ahuti Prasad’s character is something similar to that of one he played in Kotha Bangaru Lokam film. Paruchuri Gopala Krishna is good as a crooked politician. Master Prem is cute.
Jaya’s work in this film is sophisticated. She handled the first half well where you need to get the characterizations and nuances right to set the plot properly. The way hero’s characterization developed is good. However the twist in the second half doesn't work. Screenplay looks good on paper and it works fine in the first half, but the second half screenplay doesn’t get elevated as certain episodes should have been done in a more arresting way. On a whole, Lovely is a better film from Jaya compared to her previous outings. Music by Anup Rubens is definitely an asset to the movie. All songs are shot and choreographed well. Dialogues by Shyam Manohar are mostly good. There is humor and understanding of contemporary world in it. Cinematography by Arun Kumar is nice and is rich in colors. Editing is fine in first half, but a bit abrupt towards climax. Production values by RJ Cinemas (BA Raju) are very good.
Cast: Raviteja, Tapsee Pannu,Brahmanandam, Bullet Raja,Prabhu, Jayasudha, Raghu Babu, Kaikala Satyanarayana, Sushant Singh, Avinash and Others
Music: Vijay Anthony
Producer: Burugapalli Sivaramakrishna
A mediocre tale, the story begins at Yamalokam where the new Yama (prabhu) takes over from his father (satyanarayana) and since he wants an experienced person to assist, he orders the senior Chitragupta (m s narayana) to stay back. Chitragupta who dreams of going to heaven and enjoying with Apsaras reluctantly stays back and decides to teach a lesson to the new Yama. He finds an answer in Bullet Raja (Ravi Teja), a small time thief who creates a riot if he is accused of something he didn’t do.
Making a wrong calculation, Chitragupta reduces the lifespan of Bullet Raja and gets him to hell. Bullet Raja who falls in love with Shweta (taapsee) and dreams of a good life discovers Chitragupta’s plan and creates ruckus. Yama gives him the choice of entering the body of home minister to correct his mistake. What happens after that forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with a familiar concept and though the presentation was different, the narrative was not upto the mark. The dialogues were average, the script was mediocre and the screenplay was good in parts. Background score was suitable but not one song was appealing. Cinematography was effective and editing was just average. Costumes were apt. The best part of the film is the art department and the graphics. Ravi Teja is the life and soul for this film and he went out of his way to bring life into it. Taapsee looks sweet and she gave the required glamour feast. Sayaji Shinde, Sushant Singh, Raghu Babu, Avinash as villains didn’t do much. Brahmanandam comedy was average.
Movie: Gabbar Singh
Cast:Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Hassan, Abhimanyu Singh, Suhasini, Nagineedu, Ajay, Tanikella Bharani, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Gayatri Rao, Ali, Rao Ramesh, Brahmanandam, Giridhar, Fish Venkat, Malaika Arora Khan (SA) etc
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Director: Harish Shankar S
Producer: Ganesh Bandla
Gabbar Singh (Pawan Kalyan) comes to a village named Kondaveedu and there he gets in the way of politically influential goon Siddhappa (Abhimanyu Singh). Due to Gabbar Singh, Siddhappa’s political plans and dreams get shattered and he seeks revenge. What happens between them is the crux of this story. Besides, there is romantic angle to it in the form of Bhagya Lakshmi (Shruti Haasan).
Story of this film is so simple and formulaic. So there’s nothing to rave about on that front. Gabbar Singh is about attitude of the lead man. Well, who can show attitude better than Pawan? He simply rocked the screen. His fans are going to have a blast for sure.
Harish Shankar did many changes to Dabangg script and most of his changes work. Screenplay is super racy in the first half and moves at a decent pace in the second hour. First half is filled with humor all the way. It breezes off in no time and the mood at interval point will be ecstatic.
Second half is good too, but drags a little bit in the penultimate scenes. Finally a happy ending and everyone would come out with a smile on their face. Gabbar Singh is a complete film that will cater to all the sections. Especially, fans will be mighty pleased to see Pawan Kalyan in full blown powerful role. Antyakshari scene in particular had the audiences in splits.
Performances: Pawan Kalyan does one man show from start to end. He simply steals the show whenever he is in the frame and whoever might be with him. Pawan’s punch dialogues will bring the audiences repeatedly to the theaters. This time Pawan Kalyan tried to please his fans and common audiences with few dance moves. Nice! Shruti Haasan is cute and she performs pretty well. Beautiful! Abhimanyu Singh is sensational and Suhasini adds the sentiment that will appeal to female audience. Ali, Brahmanandam and Jaya Prakash Reddy are hilarious in few sequences. Ajay did a meaty role. Kota Srinivasa Rao excels. Everybody has put in their best efforts. Great!