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Tere dil mein meri saanson ko panaah mil jaye.Tere ishq mein meri jaan Fanaa ho jaye.

What do you do when
1) are a young and emerging director with decent success making romantic comedies and want to try something out of the box?

2) you are an ace actor who just had a super (that was not only thought provoking but also a rousing commercial success) and want to flaunt you new hairstyle?

3) you are a very famous actress with numerous awards to your name, just had a kid and want to announce your arrival in the industry?

4) you own one of the most successful in the country and want to touch a few issues rather thatn using your tried and tested hit formula?

5) You are a script/dialogue writer who just stumbled upon hidden book of ‘Shayari’ and want to try it on the unsuspecting ‘junta’? (If I find the guy, I’ll break his wrists)

Ans: Yes there is a common answer to all the 5 above questions and that is:

“You make

The whole NRI junta is goin gaga over this new hindi movie to hit the shores. here are a few questions that may zip past your head:

1) Is it worth all the hype?

2) I heard that it has something to do with terrorists, so is it in the same league as ‘‘?

3) Aamir Khan was fantabulous in RDB, does he weave the same magic here?

4) Kajol looks great will she sweep the awards this time round as well?

5) I loved Kunal Kohli’s previous films, so is it even more snazzier n hep? It’s got my fav pair in it, so phuleeez mayur temme!

6) Man! Yashraj movies are always a treat to watch so what’s in store for us this time?

7) The ‘shayari’ in that ‘‘ song was awesome so do we look forward to great shayari packed powerful dialogues?

8) Terrorism obviously points towards kashmir, so the cinematography and scenes must be great right?

9) Yashraj films hasn’t had any big love-saaga after ‘‘, so is has the ‘merchant of love’ let another cup winner from his stables?

10) The posters and other online resources indicate big names in the , so can we expect scintillating cameos?

Ans: Again all the above questions more or less have the same answer and that is:


It really pains to see when you have all the ingredients of a great movie right from the lead pair, support cast, director, production house, music, lyrics and the extensive media promotion bolstered by the internet. But then what is this moron whining about? You just named all of them!

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the 21st century. Generally movies are made around someting we call the STORY! We were so busy gathering requirements that we forgot the principal ingredient! It’s like you’re baking a cake, have a dozen cookbooks by your side, you get a fancy apron and chefs hat, you have eggs, sugar, color everything. Then you notice that u’ve forgot the flour!

It was a pain to watch almost everybody but the pair and the mom-dad pair reduced to no-roles. If the Shayari didn’t bore you then the like bomb trigger sure will. We have so much technology with millions been thrown into making movies and all you can do is rip the plastic of a deodorant and parade it as a trigger? The movie takes you around delhi but in the process shows that getting into the just needs an emotional sardar! Poor potrayal firstly and secondly the Rashtrapathi Bhavan? C’mon playing could be more exciting. Then we the worlds most lenient parents who are ready to marry their blind daughter to a guy whose name the don’t know forget meeting him!.

Then you have , somebody plz temme wat is she doin there lookin like snoopy? I’m not a and i believe that most female agents kick ass, but this surely was the worst you could get.
Then the climax, god almighty plz save us. Hollywood has turned the savitri way when was brought to life from the jaws of death(read my previous posts) in and here you give Kajol a gun and let her shoot her hubby? Oh ya I completely forgot you can comeback after 5 years and yor girlfriend will forgive you, marry you and let you be the father of her son!

The worst is yet to come. You have two helicopters over the snow without a single flake of snow flying and some weird graphics as the baddie crashes. The final nail in the coffin was when Kajol shoots her hubby and then cries over his body and says(gear up)….. I LOVE YOU

Sadly it proves once again that in bollywood starpower prevails all. Poor camera work, no storyline at all, wasted support cast, wasted guest appearances, excessive shayari and a lot more, all overshadowed by a fantastic lead pair. The movie collects 32 crores worldwide in week 1 and this post will seem meaningless now….

ladies and gentlemen we never learn!


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June 28, 2006 at 8:41 pm

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So dark the con of man…….

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Friggin awesome!

The power of story telling is what keeps the audience guessing at every moment. I give a iguana’s ass to the morons that feel its corruptin faith, sacrilegious my foot, to hell with those who feel that it’s against the very values we stand by. Forget psychedelic background score, forget the cute as , forget the suave as , Sir as frag everything that isn’t right. It’s time to sit and celebrate the sheer brilliance of story telling and watch like a three year old how the plot unfolds.

O, Draconion devil!
Oh, lame saint!

There are many great books, but they fizzle out when made into movies. Cinema is a very powerful medium and probably the most powerful. And when such a medium is used to pass the message that the very values we stand by could all be a farce, it hurts the ppl who preach them. The reviews seem biased and tis obvious many people don’t want it to sweep across lands. People are trying to keep audiences away but that wil not be the case. Books make you visualise, but when the visuals are thrust upon you, one tends to realise that such a thing could really happen.

When god becmes a mortal and is said to have a normal man-like life, people wil question all the things they blindly believed and followed earlier. Faith is at question now as sucha thing could have been possible. Though only a work of fiction it cites historic work that gives your brain cells some activity.

Gnostic writings do suggest that may have a point, and this is what I found in the .

There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.

and more

They said to him “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Savior answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.

Nobody can tell that if there really existed any relationship with , or any of the numerous terms used in the book/movie. But surely everybody must agree that Brown is a wily fox that has brought this serpent to bite our bossoms.

Wathched the movie back-to-back continuously. No other movie has recieved such respect from a so-called-out-of-this-planet-movie-critic.

The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits.
The blade and chalice guarding o’er Her gates.
Adorned in masters’ loving art, She lies.
She rests at last beneath the starry skies.

The book came in 2003 but the name has been associated with me since ninth grade(1998), strange but true! It is paradoxically inexplicable and intriguing.
maxdavinci is really proud that he’s training to be a cryptologist, probably it was destiny. The movie is only a sign, probably this is why he came here……

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May 20, 2006 at 11:03 pm

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meeshan yimpassibal dhree

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*this post has a strong mallu flavor with no intended malice*

The movie begins with ‘Ethanesan nayar'(Mohanlal) a peace loving kathakali artist who often goes away on dance performances with his troupe. The truth is that under his pot belly is a strongly guarded secret, he is part of a secret agency that was established by the great king ‘Swathi thirunal‘ in the 1800’s. Their mission should they choose to accept it is to protect the sanctity of the temples of Kerala.

His girlfriend Srivalli Kutti(Meera Jasmine) is a ayurvedic doctor who always treats patients like her own kin. One day when they are having a party at home (not to forget a Arabic/Bhangra mix song sequence to please the viewers in gelf) Ethanesan gets a call to rescue a female agent Akhilandeswari Kutti(Trisha Krishnan) who has been kidnapped by a ruthless gang. For old times sake (we again cut to another song sequence where we show training and one side love from the female agent) Ethanesan accepts the mission and sets out with his team to find her.

Here we introduce his teammates Paramasivan Chettiyar(Suresh Gopi) a frnd who has been with him on previous missions, Radhakrishnan Nambiar(Vineeth) and Seethamahalaxmi(Yana Gupta, well we want some non-mallu glamour as well). They locate Akhilandeswari in an unused ‘nendrapayam’ (large Kerala banana) chips factory that resembles the RedFort on 26th January! As cool as ever Ethanesan dodges bullets, bombs punches a few goons, floats in the air(at this point of time there are cheers and whistles in the lower stalls, u know the Rs.10 guys) and reaches the agent. He frees her and the team escapes in a tractor. They are now followed by a faster tractor that runs a V8 engine n so we have a tractor chase sequence in a paddy field at night. In the midst of this wannabe action sequence the female agent pops out due to a detonated bug that was implanted in her head in the villain’s lair.

We’ve had enough of non-stop action so we now have a sad song as Ethanesan cries for his one time apprentice who is now dead in his arms. We constantly switch the camera back and forth as Ethanesan recalls the times with her, as he does the customary closing of eyelids. And with the cinematic license I have, we allowed Ethanesan to light her pyre as he was her friend and well wisher at the agency. Here we end the song with Ethanesan in a dhoti and bare-chested by the riverside with the ashes of Akhilandeshwari in his hands and revenge in his eyes.

Chalo now let’s cut back to the agency where the chief Kesavan Namboodiri (Mamootty) is all mad about the wasted mission where the team recovered nothing and also lost the agent. We try to show negative shades for Mr. Namboodiri here and that adds spice to the plot. Ethanesan receives an empty envelope from Akhilandeswari with an encoded invisible message. Ethanesan finds out that our villain Murugappaswamy (Prakash Raj) is after something called ‘Appukuttans hand’. What and why are what make up the crux of the movie and even a novice director like me won’t tell u more.

To avenge the death of Akhilandeshwari, Ethanesan sets out with his team on a self initiated mission to find Muruguppaswamy and the secret of ‘Appukuttans hand’. They plot to kidnap Muruguppaswamy at the Guruvayoor festival and chalk out an exhaustive plan. Here we show Ethanesan scaling the walls of the temple and mingling with the crowd in the guise of a temple ‘namboodiri’. Now Muruguppaswamy performs a kathakali dance every year before the procession. Ethanesan’s team use hi-tech gadgetry and using Paramasivan’s make-up skills Ethanesan dons the kathakali of Muruguppaswamy. What follows next is slick camerawork and song in the praise of the lord. Muruguppaswamy is lured by the seductive Seethamahalaxmi and this is when the switch is made. An explosion takes place in the temple as our team whisks the villain away.

Now Ethanesan tries his best to interrogate Muruguppaswamy and extract details of ‘Appukuttans hand’ but our bad guy only swears to inflict pain on Ethanesan. As Muruguppaswamy is being escorted to the agency headquarters by Ethanesan’s team, the convoy is ambushed and the baddie escapes. Prakash Raj and Mohan Lal exchange glances as the camera swerves back and forth between their eyes, not to forget the techno type background score that’s constantly blaring. This is where we have the intermission…..

Now for the remaining audience who dared to step back into the hall we continue from where we left of. Akhilandeswari’s message speaks of a traitor in the agency and warns Ethanesan to be prepared. In the meanwhile Ethanesan’s saucy girlfriend is kidnapped from the ayurvedic centre and Muruguppaswamy demands ‘Appukuttan’s hand’ as ransom. Ethanesan has 48 hours to get ‘Appukuttans hand’ and save his lady. Back in the office Kesavan Namboodiri is furious for an unauthorized mission and takes Ethanesan in, on the grounds of conspiring with Muruguppaswamy. This is where we try to show the negative shades of the chief and make the plot even more intriguing. Ethanesan’s immediate superior Unnikrishnan (Naseer) gives him the impression that his haunch about Kesavan is true and the chief and our villain are brothers in crime. He also tells Ethanesan that ‘Appukuttan’s hand’ is in Sikkim. Ethanesan makes a breathtaking escape from the agency full of the best keralites. Well this is when our Rs.10 guys jump with joy as the hero escapes from such a heavily guarded agency, the guys in the upper stalls are shocked but then they realize that it’s a mallu movie and such things are expected.

Focus now shifts to Gangtok, Sikkim as the team plans a way to get into the building that houses the piece of shit everybody in this movie is after. In what proves to be the best stunt of the movie, Ethanesan tucks up his pot belly and performs a pendulum type stunt as he jumps on to another building without any padding or safety. The guys in the lower stalls are tearing the seats in joy as their idol defies physics, but the balcony audiences slowly begin to realize that this isn’t any slick agent flick but a knee-level dhoti type masala show. Still they manage to suppress their anger as every soul in the hall awaits the breath-taking stunts within the building when Ethanesan is going to steal ‘Appukuttan’s hand’. This is the moment of truth, this is the moment 1000’s of fans have been waiting for, this is the scene people have paid for, and this is it!

This is where we hit them hard, a super twist! We don’t show them what they want to see. We pull our hero in and out of the building even before you could say ‘Bhagawane!’ Ha Ha how does that feel suckers? I know I’m too good. Let’s finish the movie for the people who are still sitting in the hall cajoling their girlfriends. So now Ethanesan has ‘Appukuttans hand’ and is speeding towards the villains lair where Srivalli is held hostage. Ethanesan finds himself near an abandoned garage when a car pulls over, the driver asks him to take a drug and sit in the backseat. As expected Ethanesan drinks the drug, goes drowsy, passes out and wakes up all tied up with Muruguppaswamy in front of him. Srivalli is also tied and gagged as Muruguppaswamy keeps asking for ‘Appukuttans hand’, even though Ethanesan handed over the shit he stole. What follows now is a series of arguments as Muruguppaswamy puts a gun to Srivalli’s forehead. In a fit of rage he pulls the trigger and bang! Here I bring in shrieks, Ethanesan yell that is slowed down to give that booming ultra slow effect. Time for a sad song as scenes cut across Ethanesan’s head, we make it a sad duet with Yesudas and Chitra while we Ethanesan recollects the fun times with his bride to be.

After the teary eyed song it’s time for a final twist, as Ethanesan is staring at his dead wife in comes his superior and pulls over the mask which reveals that the dead lady is actually Muruguppaswamy’s P.A and not Srivalli. Unnikrishnan now breaks the ice by narrating how he and Muruguppaswamy compromised to benefit each other. Muruguppaswamy’s mafia connections and Unnikrishnan’s access to top secret info made their alliance fruitful for both. Akhilandeswari came to know of this and therefore they conspired to kill her. Ethanesan was setup for the whole movie as he and only he could retrieve ‘Appukuttans hand’. Now that the whole plot has been revealed we allow our hero to break the ropes and beat the hell out of Unnikrishnan, he then tries to find his beloved Srivalli.

Since it’s a so-called action flick we show Srivalli tied up and surrounded by a few goons as our hero needs a last chance to flex those muscles. After beating up the baddies as he begins to untie his girlfriend’s ropes, his head begins to swerve with shooting pain. Enter out fat villain and he punches a hapless Ethanesan who can only shriek for the pain in his head. Turns out that Muruguppaswamy planted a similar bug in Akhilandeswari’s head as well and that explains her death. So we let our villain throw our hero on tables, though glass panes etc. Finally when he is about to really kill Srivalli, our hero gathers all his energy and has just enough to pounce on the villain, grab his pistol and sink it into his heart!

Ok we almost forgot bout the splitting headache, so Ethanesan asks Srivalli to put power chords on either side of his head and hit the switch thereby short circuiting the bug! There is mild response from the Rs.10 guys as even they begin to find it absurd. So Srivalli does as told and viola! Ethanesan conks out! Yes sir, you have to believe your eyes! A bruised and battered Unnikrishnan hobbles towards ‘Appukuttans hand’ as Srivalli shoots him between the eyes. She then places Ethanesan’s head on her lap and wails in disbelief, well almost the same feeling in the hall only that the reason is slightly different. She curses the gods for taking Ethanesan away and challenges their authority.

In what turns out to be a digital masterpiece, Srivalli breaks into the last song of the movie as she questions the goddess for taking away Ethanesan’s life. We shift the camera from Srivalli to a temple atop a hill and back. Then as we focus on the temple we keep tilting the camera back and forth to give a dizzy effect. Then there are strong winds followed by thunder and lighting. To sum it all up the bells in the temple go crazy and there is that full devotional fervor that is coming from Srivalli’s prayers. As the song reaches its end and the playback singer hits the high notes the tremors in the temple increase, so do the bells, the wind is unstoppable, lighting is striking like crazy and the goddess is now beginning to feel Srivalli’s anger. In a guest appearance Ramyakrishnan as the goddess with bloodshot eyes does a brief ‘tandav’ and then falls on the floor unable to bear the tremors and the power of Srivalli’s love.

From the ‘trishul’ comes a Jyothi(flame) that travels all the way to Ethanesan’s heart and breathes life into him. Ethanesan coughs and wakes up to find himself in Srivalli’s arms. Her love for him conquered death everything else had to bow before the power of her love. A jolt of lighting strikes the garage as the goddess (Ramyakrishna looking gorgeous in a saree) appears and blesses them.

Enough of family stuff so I let the lead pair break into one sultrier beach song, with 100 babes in scanty clothes and bare-chested hairy men. This is supposed to be an item song and will try to hold the remaining audience in their seats for a little longer. To heat things up we end the song with the pair making love and hope to invite some whistles from the crowd.

For a happy ending we show Kesavan Namboodiri apologizing to Ethanesan for suspecting his integrity and offering him a higher position which Ethanesan declines. Kesavan adds that if Ethanesan stays back he’ll tell him the secret of ‘Appukuttans hand’. Ethanesan laughs away as he carries his bride across the hallway and we close the curtains. Aspirin, pain balm, and hankies are available at the exit.

Some hunk from Hollywood some Cruise guy has bought the rights to make it in English, I wish him luck but then a mallu movie is always a mallu movie, can’t work the same magic elsewhere.

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May 19, 2006 at 10:34 pm

First movie in KC…….

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Saturday night was awesome as we went for the screening of the telugu blocbuster ‘Athadu’.

The movie is brilliantly taken and scores heavily on the cinematography, stills and costumes. The screen characters look ultra cool and that sets the tone for the whole movie. A lot of parts of the movie have a sepis background and grainy effect that work wonders. Camera work is very slick and the director(Trivikram) stands out with his work.

Apna hero Nandagopal a.k.a Nandu(Mahesh Babu) is a contract killer who lets his work speak. His partner plans the escapes and that also is handled with a lot of finesse. They are hired to shoot a politician but not kill him. As it hapens in all movies before apna hero takes aim the guy is shot in the head and khatam kahani. In come graphics as a tanker blows up and Nandu jumps onto a train from a building.

In the train he meets an idiot who tells him his jeevan kahani and that he is goin home after 12 yrs. The cops kill this new fellow givin him only 7 mins screen presnce. So apna hero goes to that guys village under his name
(Parthasarathy a.k.a Parthu) and as expected meets the heroine Poori(Trisha), her family, dadaji etc. As it happens in all movies he falls in luv wid her, and starts 2 like the family, motherly love etc etc.

So finally he helps that family wid their land prob, some goonda prob and even a marriage! Meanwhile he gets a chance 2 smooch Trisha twice, sing songs in super clothes, break a wall, and beat up a few goons. SO after all this routine cinema stuff enters our police guy, Prakash Raj. Once he finds that nandu isn’t parthu we have routine sad family scenes of betrayal etc. But instead of running away apna hero comes back n confesses and asks the family to forgive him. They for a change praise him n ask him 2 clear the blame on his name.

Till now the movie was awesome with Trisha lookin as fresh as ever. Now we are introduced to scenes that might remind you of ‘Face Off‘, ‘Sin City‘ and as all southie movies have begun using ‘The Matrix’. So our hero defies gravity, dodges bullets, kisses fire and shoots over 50 goons. In a final tussle with his partner who betrayed him as expected the bad guy dies. He then frames the politician who hatched the plan and offered Nandu’s partner to betray him.

But all ends well and its a refreshing experience, esp whistles and shrieks and first row yelling. All this in KC! For most of the movie it appeared to me that i was watchin the movie in some Hyd cinema hall.

If u have been then thank you for reading…

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September 4, 2005 at 6:12 pm

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That’s one word to summarize the whole 3hr experience.After the debacle of Boys shakar has gone back to doin wat he does best, i.e make big budget message-oriented movies.

Gentleman, Indian and Mudhalvan were about a society rife with corruption, Anniyan is about how procrastination is plunging our society into an irredeemable abyss. Anniyan, seen through the eyes of a Brahmin lawyer, asks us to take a look at what procrastination has done to our country.And it has taken all the audacity and ability of Vikram and the boldness and brilliance of Shankar to come up with this mesmerizing magic. At one level, it is just masala and mass entertainer.But the duo, like master magician, keeps you focused on the marvel of the moment rather than on the essential trick of it. Vikram’s sterling skills and Shankar’s spunky expertise seem made for each other.

It is very clear that Shankar has learnt from the debacle of Boys. He goes back to his strength — taking a social theme, spicing it up and serving the perfect commercial fare. To make it error-proof, he ropes in one of Tamil cinema’s most bankable stars and extracts an impressive performance. Vikram plays three distinct characters and Ambi is, by far, the best. Vikram is perfect as the meek Brahmin. Only, today, you can go knocking at every door in every street of Triplicane and Mylapore and you still won’t find anyone like that.

The film is out and out Vikram’s. As Ambi, as Remo and as Anniyan, this amazing actor is just that — amazing. He changes into these roles with the same ease and style of ramp models changing into clothes. His acting skills need no new underlining. It has been good.

Harris Jayaraj’s music is a major asset to this spectacular drama. All the songs that sounded good on the audio album, sound even better on screen.

The extravagance and the agreeable opulence in the backdrop add to the visual richness of the film. If it were lavender fields of Australia in Boys, then it is Tulip fields of Amsterdam here. The movie also stars Sada, Prakash Raj, Naseer and Vivek but Vikram overshadows all of em.

The technical work, like in most Shankar’s film, is astounding. The graphics effects are amazing, And what do you say of Shankar? To have thought of a film on such a scale in itself is a marvel, and to make it all work is simply stunning. His technical acumen has never been in doubt. And he also knows how to tell a gritty tale. The picturization of songs, always a highlight in his films, have reached a new high in this one. Though the film is long by normal standards, Shankar’s success lies in the fact that you realize that only when you come out of the theater. In the seats, he makes you stay riveted.

My only prob was the fight sequence which looked good in the wachowski brothers film didn’t quite fit here. But hey, its not guys like me who help the movie run. Movies run due to the 16 times INR 10 ticket guy rather than the mayb twice INR 40 guy.

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June 20, 2005 at 7:38 pm

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Crowdpuller ho tho chiru jaisa!!!!

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I was just reading the newspaper this morning and i couldn’t believe my eyes, coz ‘Shankardada MBBS’ just finished 50 days at the box office! This is like wow for a movie that was worth nothing if not for the man they call chiranjeevi. I rarely watch telugu movies, the reasons for which can be found here. Yet i watched this movie out of utter curiosity for his fans and to understand how it feels like to watch a first day first show for a chiru movie.

Basically we had no plans to go but that day some of our staff were on leave, so we guys grouped in the canteen. Some of them punched a few numbers, all of us pooled in some cash and before i knew i was in a theatre in sangareddy with a huge cutout of the megastar staring at me. The environment was rhetoric with a lot of banners, and people haggling for tickets. We soon found our guy who handed us our tickets and i better say we were damn lucky. I was dumbstruck just by lookin at the preparations, i later found out that the banners belonged to the numerous fan groups. There was this one crazy guy who scaled the 20ft cutout and garlanded his star. there was another guy waiting for his turn with a milk packet in hand, I was like wat the **** is going on? Luckily he was stopped by the numerous other fans, thank god! Getting into the theatre was another big problem luckily the owner found us being the only decent looking people around, so he showed us in through the exit(funny eh?).

The inside looked like a battle field with papers strewn all over. My friend told me that they have a benefit screening at 6:00AM for the fans which lasts upto 10:30AM. Even the aisles had those white plastic chairs to accomodate more junta. I was like what do we do in case of any emergency? This was my first time in a theatre like this and i wanted to get back home alive. I was way too excited for all that stuff and was eagerly waiting for the show to begin. The movie starts with the banner n stuff, but people r alreay out of their seats! If this was the haalath in the balcony imaine the plight of the people in the lower stalls! The movie starts very much like apna Munnabhai MBBS but well u can make a masterpiece only once rite? All the charecters are not well cast except for the title role. So this guy srikanth makes his entry as ATM a.k.a any time murder(circuit was a zillion times better). I believe he is better known for his so-called funny films featuring the husband-wife angles(my previous post!). Poor guy doesn’t have a clue as 2 handle the three pronged chaku n just shakes his wrists vigorously.

The song that come wen the titles appear is somewat like the ‘subah ho gayi mammu’ song n the only non-mass song, which is also incidentally the only listenable song in the whole movie. We have paresh rawal as the principal Dr.Ramalingeshwara rao, often referred to as lingam mavai by apna hero. Nothin wrong with paresh, he is a different class apart but his voice has been unnecessarily dubbed. I’m told that he has earlier acted in telugu movies with his original voice. He tries his best but the dubbing is pathetic n fails 2 recreate the magic of Dr.Asthana. Then there is apni heroine bollywood-discard sonali bendre, strange how all these bombay rejects hit big time down south! She was ok but wat peeved me the most was her outrageous outfits. In those mass songs it may b ok but in an hospital u just cant wear skin hugging garments with plunging necklines even if u r the dean’s daughter. Then there is this comedian called venu madhav who i’m told is a superb guy, but in this movie he was reduced 2 a punchin bag with silly lines. The remaning of the cast was also not worth a mention. Then there was this another mumbaiya siren called anjala zhaveri, i googled her name 2 get a brief description. She was another big time flop in mumbai but has churned out hit with a lot of heros here in hyd. She was that ‘aishwarya aayi’ song in the hospital n mind u even this 1 was not that bad.

I was shocked wen i saw a villian in the movie and fight scenes defying gravity n prolly every other law of physics!
1) There is this scene where our hero is playing marbles n sees the goondas reflection behind him so he hurls the marble at the wall in front of him and ducks as the marble rebounds n hits the goonda behind him! The goonda falls a few feet away on impact!

2) Then in a scene where apna shankardada is playin gilli-danda n ATM is in trouble so he juggles the gilli on his feet(like pele would do with a football!) n hits it hard. The gilli travells parallel 2 the ground n between the legs of atleast 20 goondas b4 apna ATM kicks it with his boot , n the gilli hits the goonda tryin 2 strangle him.

3) Another sequence where shankardada kicks the seat of a bicycle which travels like a boomerang b4 hittin a goonda.

Now the songs. Well not much 2 say but pure mass stuff. They can be rated as mass, masser, massest! Same ol’hing with 50 ppl in same uniform behind our hero, n a same number in scanty clothes behind our heroine. Sonali is prolly pregnant coz her tummy was awkwardly protuding in those skin huggin garments! Then there was this song “kaanchanamala” on the lines of the ‘dekhle’ song. Cabaret n flesh were just an excuse as this dame(she was in the ‘hawa mein udtha jaaye’ song by bombay vikings) wanted 2 exhibit her waistline n thighs at every possible moment(yuck!).

The paralysed person charecter is played by a kid n was not bad.Suprise suprise! the cancer patient doesnt die of cancer but frm spurious drugs manufactured by our villian with the help of a few docs. So the cops cum 2 arrest our dean n shankardada seeks revenge by beating the hell out of the villian! there r empty capsules strewn all over, glass containers broken at the drop of a hat n chiru bhai doin revolutions in the air while kickin the goons. It was like watchin the diving events at the olympics!

Finally the only saving grace was the antics of shankardada n his literal translations of popular telugu idioms. I remember one in particular ‘in front there is crocodile festival’ which evoked thunderous laughter frm the audience. I’m not good at telugu n so don’t know these idioms. Yet he was a few notches above the rest n carried the movie entirely on his shoulders. His on screen presence, dialogues, dance etc just right up there. This is ample evidence of the fact that such a mindless rip-off on munnabhai MBBS completed 50 days, n all the credit goes 2 chiranjeevi.

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Written by maxdavinci

December 4, 2004 at 10:49 pm

Posted in phillum, Review