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Mazaa

Banner  KVR Movies
 
Cast  Vikram, Asin, Pasupathi, Manivannan, Murali, Biju,Vijay Kumar, Vadivel & others
 
Dialogues Sriramakrishna
Cinematography  Balasubramanian
Stunts Vijay
 
Producer Rockline Venkatesh
 
Screenplay & Direction Shafi

Hari Prasad develops a sort of tug with Seeta (Asin), Rayudu's daughter. But, it later develops into love, after Hari Prasad ties the nuptial knot by force due to certain circumstances. Though Rayudu settles for a deal and agrees to accept his son-in-law, his brother-in-law is against the movie. He enters the scene and tries to put the seed of animosity between Hari Prasad and Pasupathi – the orphan-friends. How they overcome the hurdle and how the story ends on a happy note forms the climax.

Performance

Though Vikram did well, there is a feel that this sort of role is not suitable to him, considering the non-seriousness of the subject and characterization. Pasupathi too displayed nice histrionics. Manivannan's role as a childless dad has some funny shades.

Asin looks deglamorised in parts. She lacks proper footage connected to the story. You can well say she is limited to romance-making and silly tugs with the hero.

Murali's performance in a villainous cast is adequate, while the one who did the villainy in the climax as Murali's brother-in-law has exhibited some freshness in the genre.

Vadivelu's comedy sounds forcible often.

Vijay Kumar appears as a retired government official, who is debt-ridden in the hands of the villain.

Technical Details

First of all the title “Mazaa” does not match the movie. You have no proper story or plot. A remake of Malayalam film (directed by one and the same director) – “Tommanam Makkalam” did evoke a lengthy expectation for this Diwali, but has evaporated suddenly thanks to non-seriousness in the subject. Screenplay is traditional and boring. Direction is flat.

Cinematography by Balasubramanian is average. Interestingly, he won widespread accolades in the industry for his job with the same hero in the film “Sivaputrudu”.

Dialogues are average.

Music by Vidyasagar is not up to the mark. There is no punch in songs as well.

Major drawback is that though it is intended for bilingual release, much prominence is given to Tamil, as some scenes where you have Tamil tinge (like letters or sign boards) are retained. Hence, it clearly gives a feel that it is only a dubbed version.

Stunts department by Vijay is adequate.

Insufficient handling of comedy is another drawback

Gazini

Banner  Leo Entertainments Private Limited
 
Cast  Surya, Asin, Nayanatara, Pradeep Rawat and others
 
Presentation  Allu Arvind 
Music Harris Jayaraj
Producer B. Madhu
 
Story, Screenplay & Direction AR Murugudas
 
Performance

Surya did a great performance. Gym and color tanning made him scary on the screen – as he gets ready for a chilling revenge drama. Similarly, he looks handsome in the other part of the movie, rocking all the way to entertain the audiences. He dealt stunt sequences in style.

Asin is an exact fit for Surya, considering the storyline. However, one finds that her role is similar to that of the heroine in Gharshana (Tamil hit Kaka Kaka), who becomes a victim of the villains. She is impressive in romantic sequences.

Pradeep Rawat played the villain Lakshman. After performing a grand job in “Sye” and “Badra” and “Chatrapati”, he suffers a little bit in this movie as his role gives the feel – it's half baked.

Nayanatara has put on lot of flesh and turned a flabby figure. But, she has proved her acting skills in a big way.

All other characters have carried out their roles to a perfect finish, barring little exceptions now and there.

Technical Details

Ghajini is on the whole a complete copy of an independent and low-budget American movie “Memento”, with a sporadic mix of “Fugitive” (our Telugu movie Criminal). But, stylish taking and native adaptability have become major plus points to the movie.

Screenplay is superb in the first half, while gets routine and expected in the second half. AR Murugudas, who gave a sort of ultimate boost to Vijayakanth in his “Ramana”, has provided the much-required masala to the youth in this action-drama with lot of romantic anecdotes, glamour and expectation. Certainly, he made it a gainful endeavor for its producer.

Music by Harris Jayraj has gained an important role in popularizing the film and the same is justified on the screen.

Cinematography by R.D Rajasekaran, choreography by Raju Sundaram and Editing by Antony combined has brought the control factor to Ghajini.

The stunt sequences by KanalKannan are splendid and certain camera effects have come out well.

Pluses
Good dubbing work
Excellent handling of the first half
Cinematography
Song sequences
Surya's performance
Handling of flashback scenes
Attempts of the hero to recollect the past.

Minuses
Loose Screenplay in II half
A seemingly half hearted attempt by the director how or when to end the movie
Nayantara's flabby figure
Half baked villain character
Weakening of the story in the second half, but for gripping climax.
Amnesia is an overused subject in the films.
Striking absence of the comedy in the second half.

Paandu

Banner  Sri Keerthi Creations
 
Cast  Jagapati Babu, Sneha, Madhu Sharma, Sayaji Shinde, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, MSN, Krishna Bhagawan, Venu Madhav, Kondavalasa, Raghubabu, Jyothy and others.
 
Dialogues Vegnesa satish
Music Mani Sharma 
Cinematography  Sankar Kanteti
Stunts Ram Lakshman
 
Presentation M Padmaja 
Producer ML Kumar Chowdary
 
Screenplay & Direction Devi Prasad
 
Performance

Jagapati Babu as usual did a neat job. He displayed the much required prowess in his role as a stubborn man who does not care for any risk.

Sneha's performance comes as an asset to the movie. Unlike routine heroines, she holds a meaningful footage in the movie and the story revolves round her. Her climax dance is superb.

Madhu Sharma's supporting role is convincing, though has certain extra scenes.

Sayaji Shinde as villain is impressive. His elevation from a juvenile criminal to a street rowdy to a politician comes as a satire. Showing him as a ruthless villain with good taste for painting and music has some variety.

Venu Madhav steals the show with his comedy. Kondavalasa's role as one who is addicted to “Yoga Asanams” is hilarious. Dharmavarapu acted as brother-in-law to the villain and comes out with his typical witty role, equally supported by Krishna Bhagwan as lawyer.

Technical Details

Story is straight and simple without any flashbacks, but somehow traditional. Screenplay is equally balanced in the first and second halves, with little boredom. Director Devi Prasad does not disappoint the audiences and at the same there is nothing much to speak about the direction.

Songs are above average and music by Mani Sharma passes off unnoticed, but for thumping beats at the climax.

Stunts by Ram Lakshman are nice. This department is handled without any unwanted scenes. The stunts come situational and are done straight and plain.

Comedy is good and serves as good support to the movie.

Other departments are okay.

Seenugadu Chiranjeevi Fan

Banner: ASR Creations
Cast: Akula Vijay Vardhan, Adin Khan, Maansi, Nagababu, Ravi, Sivaji Raja, Venu Madhav, MS Narayana, LB Sriram, Jyothy, Abhinaya Sri & Surekhavani
Art: KV Ramana
Cinematography: K Rajendra Prasad
Dialogue: Poosala Venkateswara Rao
Editing: Nandamuri Hari
Music: Siva Kakani
Thrills: Nandu
Story, Screenplay & Direction: Poosala Radhakrishna.

Anjali falls in love with Seenu and she loses her eyesight due to the colors he threw on her eyes during holi festival. Seenu consults Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust and gets a personal assurance letter from Chiranjeevi. When Seenu wants to tell this good news, Swati is found practicing shooting in a local mela. When Seenu confronts Swati why she lied to him, she tells him that she wants to take revenge on him for being the cause of the death of her guardian and her fiancée Kumar (Ravi Prakash). Later on Kumar returns to Anjali saying that he is still alive. Seenu also realizes that Kumar is a cheater and he is marrying Anjali just for the sake of money. The rest of the story is all about how Seenu exposes Kumar.

Artists Performance

Debutant Akula Vijay Vardhan is pretty average in looks. He needs to improve in terms of histrionics. He has shown some ease in dance departments. Heroines Adin Khan and Maansi are also average. Nagababu did a special appearance his real self in the climax of the film. Kota is neat in the role of pampering grandfather. Ravi is good as Kumar. But he seems to be confined to the slot of fiancée of heroine in most of the films he did recently. Venu Madhav's comedy as Aparichitudu is partly good.


Technical Departments:

Story of the film is bit contrived. The name and posters of Chiranjeevi is used as the backdrop. Screenplay of the film is uninteresting. Direction is mediocre. Music is mainly aimed at the masses as all the songs are fast-beat ones. Background music is so so. Photography of the film is average.

Analysis: First half of the film is mediocre. The second half is not up to the mark. The basic story of the film is unconvincing. Too much emphasis is given on the heroism elevation than consolidation the story content. On a whole, Seenugadu Chiranjeevi Fan that is mainly aimed at luring Chiranjeevi fans disappoints.

Meenakshi

Banner: Eeswar Art Pictures
Cast: Kamalini Mukherjee, Rajeev Kanakala, Amit, Siva Krishna, Preeti Nigam, Rambabu, Ali, Kavitha, Draksharamam Sarojini
Cinematography: VN Suresh Kumar
Editing: Nagi Reddy
Music: Prabhu
Lyrics: Sri Harsha
Story, Screenplay & Direction: T Prabhakar

Meenakshi's uncle falls seriously ill and she needs 5 lakhs for his surgery. She gives a bold paper statement that she would marry whoever donates her 5 lakhs. Sanjay (Amit) - a lonely Telugu NRI from USA helps her out. He visits her and falls in love with her. Nandu comes back to Meenakshi by pleading innocence. The rest of the story is all about whom Meenakshi marries - Nandu or Sanjay?

Artists Performance

Rajiv Kanakala enacted his role with lots of ease. His image suits well for these kinds of characters. Kamalinee Mukherjee is good. But her make-up, hair-do, dubbing etc did not suit her. She was also captured in wrong angles by the cinematographer. Amit is OK, but his body language did not suit the role. His get-up is also bit awkward. Siva Krishna is over-dramatic as maternal uncle of Meenakshi. Comedy by Ali and Rambabu does not appeal. Preeti Nigam and Kavitha are adequate.


Technical Departments:

Basically the story of the film is a triangular love as the heroine has to choose between the lover who she misunderstood and the man who helped her financially. The story of the film is clichéd, but for the paper advertisement part. Direction is very old-fashioned. Screenplay is sloppy and the narration is rather slow. Music of the film is not up to mark. Same is the case with cinematography.

Analysis: First half of the film deals with the background of Kamalinee and the love episode between Kamalinee and Rajiv. The second half deals with the triangle between the girl and two men. People do have certain amount of curiosity about heroine oriented film coming from Nandi award winning actress Kamalinee Mukherjee. But, Meenakshi disappoints a lot.

Vennela

Cast: Raja, Sharwanand, Parvati Melton, Bramhanandam, Mohit (Flavors fame), Ravi Varma, Achyuta Rama Rao, Shalini, Madhu, Kishore, Sunil, Chris Peters, Vuka and others
Music: Mahesh Shankar
Cinematography: Raja Ratnam
Lyrics: Deva Katta, Ravi Varma
Choreography: Raju Sundaram, Nobul, Nixon
Editor: Kola Bhaskar
Production Desginer: Tushar Unadkat
Executive Producer: Haranath Policherla
Makeup&Hair: Anjali Talcherkar
Written and directed by: Deva Katta
Producers: Ravi Vallabhaneni, Sachi Pinagapani, Chalapathi Mannuru


Artists Performance

The best thing about histrionics departments in this film is that all actors tried to be as natural as they can be (except for veterans like Brahmanandam). Raja is cool as post graduate student with dreams in his eyes. The friends' gang is also good. Kishore who did the role of Khadir has got tremendous comedy timing and ease at histrionics. Parvati Melton looks more cosmopolitan than a Telugu girl. She is pretty good in histrionics. Sharvanand has got an important role in this film. He is OK as maniacal lover who turns into psycho. Brahmanandam's comedy as restaurant's owner with fake documents is good. Ravi Varma who made his debut as villain has got intensity in his performance and screen presence. He would go to places with right kind of characters in the future. Achyuta Rama Rao who did the role of cook had some comic part to play. Shalini is adequate.

Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: Story of the film is not strong enough to make a feature film. Debutant director Deva Kaushik succeeded in narrating first half of the film entertainingly with no story in it. However, he could not handle the second half well where the entire plot opens up. Screenplay of the film is adequate through most of it is predictable. He can do good films if he can develop good story sense. He is not afraid to experiment as we see lots of weird comical scenes that were successfully handled.

Other departments: Music of the film is a definite plus point with Mahesh Shankar scoring foot-tapping fast beat songs as well as neat melodies. Rerecording of the film is also good. Cinematography by Rajaratnam is good though the lighting in the film is inadequate. Dialogues are adequately laced with humor most of the time. Editing is ok. Production values of the film are good.

Analysis: First half of the film is entertaining. Second half is a let down. Plus points of the film are comedy and music. The negative points are weak storyline and weak second half. The director has the capability to do good films if provided with good script. Though there is good amount of laughter in the film, the main ingredient of love (from heroine's perspective to both heroes) is not convincingly dealt. There is no justification for the title Vennela.

Mahanandi

 Cast: Srihari, Sumanth, Anushka, Suman, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Vijaya Ramaraju, AVS, Kovai Sarala, Venu Madhav, Lakshmipati, Subbaraju, Sridhar, Mahesh, Madhu, Prasanna Kumar, Lahari, Abhinaya Sri, Alphonsa & Kausalya
Story: Polur Ghatikachalam
Dialogues: Swamiji - Vijay
Music: Kamalakar
Lyrics: Gurucharan, Bhaskarabhatla, Chirravuri & Eeswar Teja
Cinematography: Vasu
Stunts: Kanal Kannan
Editing: Nandamuri Hari
Art: T Nagendra Prasad
Screenplay - Direction: V Samudra
Executive Producer: Hari Kumar
Producer: Anasuya Devi


Shankar (Sumanth) is an orphan who is raised by Swamy. Shankar acts as the body guard of Swamy and protects him all the time. Nandini (Anushka) is the sister of Swamy. Swamy settles the marriage of Nandini with the son of Nayar (Kota). Nandini tells Shankar that she loves Kumar (Sai Kumar) and seeks his help in marrying him. While leaving Nandini keeps a written message to Swamy that she is in love with Shankar and they are going to get married.

This letter creates rift between Shankar and Swamy. Swamy becomes inaccessible to Shankar and wants to seek the revenge. Meanwhile, Nandini reveals to Shankar that she is in love with him. Bhaskar wants to take the advantage of the rift created between Swamy and Shankar. The rest of the story is all about how all ends well.

Artists Performance

Srihari dominated the entire proceedings of the first half where as Sumanth got lots of footage in the second half. Srihari donned a two-pronged role that has action episodes with the rivals and sentimental scenes with sister. Srihari is excellent in his histrionics. Sumanth is perfect as the loyal man. His performance in hospital scene and challenging Bhaskar scene is of top class and has tremendous mass punch. Anushka is beautiful. Suman donned the role of cop who tries to convict the male leads. Kota Srinivasa Rao is OK in the role of an opportunist.

Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: The backdrop for the story of the film is inspired by blockbuster faction films. The story has good commercial point. Direction by Samudra is good in parts. But he could not get the scenes stitched in a smooth way. The screenplay of the film is tentative most of the times. Narration of the film is little contrived.

Other departments: Cinematography by Vasu is good. Dialogues by Swamiji - Vijay are heavy most of the times. Fights by Kanal Kannan are partly good. Melodies scored by Kamalakar are good. However the fast beat songs does not make much impact. Editing of the film would have been smooth. The graphics work and color grading were not handled well.

Analysis: First half of the film is OK. The second half slows down due to uneven handling of love episodes and the conflict between the friends. Plus points of the film are performances of Srihari and Sumanth. The negative points are overdose of fights and heavy dialogues. This film has scope to do well in B and C centers by attracting masses. This film opened with fabulous openings.

Sri

 Banner: Sri Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures
Cast: Manoj Kumar M, Tamanna, Sukanya, Giri Babu, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, Benarjee, Nagababu, Devaraj, Brahmanandam, Ahuti Prasad, Sunil, Rajesh, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, Mallikharjuna Rao, Jeeva, Krishna Bhagawan, Khuyyum, Seeta, Subhashini & Mohan Babu M (Special appearance)
Rachana: Satyanand
Music: Sandeep Chowta
Dialogues: Kona Venkat
Cinematographer: Arun Kumar
Fights: Stun Siva
Lyrics: Bhuvanachandra, Suddala Ashok Teja, Kula Sekhar & Bhaskarabhatla Ravi Kumar
Choreography: Kalyan, Shankar, Ashok Raj & Ahmad Khan
Editing: Gowtam Raju
Art: Srinivasa Raju
Screenplay: Gopi
Story - Direction: Dasarath
Producer: Lakshmi Prasanna

Artists Performance

Manoj performed really well in this film. With this film he has shown that he is capable of doing great stunt sequences. He did some risky shots too. His dialogue delivery that resembles that of his father Mohan Babu is an asset to him. However, he needs to shed some weight look more appropriate. Tamanna is cute and did considerably well for a first timer. The finishing touch to Brahmanandam's character as Ghazal Nagaraj is hilarious. Raghubabu's comedy in second half (akin to that of his character in Bunny) gives us a lot of relief. Devaraj is good as villain. Mohan Babu gave a special appearance in the flashback episode. He is an absolute delight to watch his uttering his typical dialogues as a baddie turning into a good man.

Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: Story of the film is an amalgamation of old faction stories. Dasarath who has know for family oriented soft films like Santosham and Sambaram attempted his hand at faction like Sri. His direction is good in parts. Screenplay of the film should have been smoother. The establishment of love between main leads was not affectively handled. However director shown some versatility in keeping action and comedy elements blended towards the latter part of the second half.

Other departments: A couple of fast beat songs by Sandeep Chowta is good. Song choreographed by Ahmed Khan (inspired by Shaggy's) is impressive. Dialogues by Kona Venkat are average. A couple of fights composed by Stun Siva are remarkable. The interval fight is going to be the highlight of the film. Cinematography by Arun Kumar is good. Visual effects are impressive.

Analysis: First half is slow. Interval bang is impressive. Second half runs fast. The plus points of the film are performance of Manoj and fights. The predictable plot of the film does not leave anything fresh to the viewer. The screenplay should have been better. This film has got good craze due to nice promos and generated very good openings (more than 200% compared to Manoj's first film Donga Dongadi on the first day).

Aaru

 Banner: Gemini Film Circuit
Cast: Surya, Trisha, Ashish Vidyardhi, Vadivelu, Kalabhavan Mani, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Aiswarya, Rajkapoor, Bobby, Aryan
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Priyan
Dialogues: Shashank Vennelakanti
Stunts: Rocky Rajesh
Editing: VT Vijayan
Art: Kathir
Choreography: Kalyan & Shobhi
Story - screenplay - direction: Hari
Producer: Gemini Film Circuit

Artists Performance

Surya is good in this mass role. He appeared more appealing in terms of dressing in the second half compared to the first half. Trisha donned a routine heroine character. She is cute. Asish Vidyardhi is dreadful as villain. Kalabhavan Mani went overboard while playing the role of cop. Jaya Prakash Reddy is adequate as Tamilian. Vadivelu offered some relief with his comedy, thanks to the voice of Brahmanandam.

Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: Story of the film is a routine revenge drama. Director Hari is capable of doing the plots of revenge with mass orientation. However, he could not succeed in establishing the thread of love between hero and heroine in a convincing way. Screenplay of the film is average. The director failed to establish the characters in impact-making way. Narration of the film is pretty slow.

Other departments: Music by Devi Sri Prasad is average. Puttunta Puttunta and Choododde songs are good. Dialogues by Shashank are adequate. Photography by Priyan is fair. Stunts by Rocky Rajesh are neat in the second half. Production values by Gemini Film Circuit are good.

Analysis: First half of the film is boring. Second half is better. Surya and Trisha are the plus points of the film. The main drawback of Aaru is Tamil nativity and Tamil mass elements. There is lots of violence in the film. The mass elements in the second half might attract the front benchers from B and C centers. On a whole, Aaru coming after Ghazani does not live it up!

Jai Chiranjeeva!

 Banner: Vijayanthi Movies
Cast: Chiranjeevi, Bhumika Chawla, Sameera Reddy, Arbaz Khan, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Rahul Dev, Brahamanandam, Tanikella Bharani, MS Narayana, Sunil, Venu Madhav, Pingpong, Sameer, Kondavalasa, Uttej, Sudha & Sujitha
Story - dialogues: Trivikram Srinivas
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: Venu Gopal
Art: Anand Sai
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Choreography: Chinni Prakash, Raju Sundaram, Lawrence, Brinda
Action sequences: Alan Amin and Vijay
Costumes: K Sushmitha
Line Producers: Swapna Dutt & Priyanka Dutt
Executive producer: K Sai Baba
Screenplay and direction: Vijaya Bhaskar K


Artists Performance

Chiranjeevi: Chiranjeevi is in his elements again in this film by playing it to the galleries in comedy department. 70% of the scenes involving Chiranjeevi are dealt in humorous way. The way Chiranjeevi performs while kidnapping Sunil, making bakra out of Brahmanandam and church marriage scene is just perfect. His portrayal of affection towards his niece in flashback episode is also good. Dances performed are satisfactory.

Others: Sameera Reddy is the glamour doll of this film. She is nice and did Shakeera trademark dances. Bhumika Chawla who enters into the film in the second half plays a pivotal role. But her characterization is passive. Arbaz Khan is adequate as villain. Rahul Dev and Jaya Prakash Reddy are OK. Pingpong gave a commendable performance in an author-backed role of Rasool. Sunil is entertaining as innocent son of Jaya Prakash Reddy. Brahmanandam's episode in USA is nice. Tanikella Bharani as visa agent is hilarious. The child actress who did the role of niece is extremely cute. Venu Madhav is adequate.

Technical Departments:

Screenplay - direction: Vijaya Bhaskar is known for directing films that blend love, humor and sentiment in the right proportions. For the first time he has dealt with revenge story in this film. But the comedy in the film is given lot of footage. Screenplay should have been better. Though the comedy is entertaining, the purpose of the lead man taking revenge was not projected in an effective way. The divine intervention aspect and parallels to Ramayana are also not well established.

But his style of cooking up scenes laced with humor is intact. The following episodes in the film put you into splits

    1. Ten Downing Street pub humor
    2. Comedy episode in Delhi Public School
    3. Sunil kidnap episode
    4. Comedy of Marriage in Church
    5. Brahmanandam in USA

The following episodes are impressive in terms of sentiment

    1. Flashback episode
    2. Hero caring for the girl suffering as child labor
    3. Pingpong episode

The following films seem to have inspired certain scenes

    1. Payback: Phone bomb planted by goons is being cleverly used by hero to assassinate them.
    2. Fatal attraction: Boiling a puppy.

Story - dialogues: Story of the film is pretty strong one if emotions could be brought out in an effective way. Dialogues by Trivikram have his trademark punches and sensible humor. The way he makes lighter vein comedy out of seemingly general things is excellent.

Here are a couple of scenes that shows how Trivikram plays with words and situations to generate neat humor

After rescuing a lady in the train
Hero: Emi Chaduvutunnavamma
Girl: Swathi
Hero: Bandi lo kaadamma, ballo!

While going to USA in Hyderabad airport
MS Narayana: Eevida evarandi?
Chiranjeevi: Maa Aavida
MSN: Mari eevida evaru? Frienda leka neighbora?
Chiranjeevi: Naaku kaboye pellam
MSN: Abbo nuvvu Americalo vundalsina vaadivi!
Chiranjeevi: Avunu. Akkadike Veltunna.

Other departments: Music by Mani Sharma appears better on screen compared to listening on the audio tape. Cinematography by Venu (NVNV fame) is OK. Production values by Vyjayanthi banner are good.

Analysis: First half of the film is satisfactory with entertainment. There is lag in the second half. Sunil, marriage and Brahmanandam episodes are dealt well in the second half. Climax should have been handled better. The plus points of the film are Chiranjeevi and comedy dialogues by Trivikram. On the flipside, the main revenge objective of hero was not efficiently projected. We have to wait and see how Jai Chiranjeeva! fares at the box office!

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