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Nireekshana

Seetharam Prasad who is the writer of Suryam is directing this film, Music director is Sreelekha and Photography is by Sarath. Sridevi (daughter of Manjula) is paired with Aryan Rajesh in this film.
Suresh Productions had launched Aryan Rajesh with the film Hai. Hai was directed by his father E.V.V. Satyanarayana. Rajesh proved himself as an actor in his second film Leela Mahal Centre. He established his image as a hero with his latest flick Evadi Gola Vadide. Rajesh has done a few Tamil films also. Evadi Gola Vaadide, a slow starter turned out to be a hit. Initially Seetaram was to handle the story department only but the producer felt that he could handle the direction part too. Recently at the 50th day function of Evadi Gola Vaadide D Ramanaidu said, "When Sridhar ventured into this big budgeted film with a small star cast, I thought he was taking risk as both producer and distributor. But I am so happy for him that the film did great at the box-office. I wish that Sridhar makes my film too successful."
Sreedevi has two Telugu films to her credit - Eashwar with Prabhas, and Ninne Ishta Paduthaanu with Tarun. The film is a comedy based romantic film. If this film clicks then it will be a hat trick for Aryan.


Anukokunda Oka Roju

Charmy: The character of Sahasra is the best role etched for any heroine in the recent years. Charmi acted sans make-up. She fit in her role effortlessly and gave an extremely natural performance. She wore long skirts throughout the film. Sunitha's dubbing adds more strength to her characterization.

Sashank: Sashank made his debut as one of the four youngsters in Aithe. Later on he acted as gang leader in Sye. This is his 1st film as solo hero. He played the role of righteous cabbie. His characterization too is very strong. He impresses everybody with faultless portrayal.

Jagapati Babu: Jagapati's character in this film is going to be a sweet surprise. He did the role of a suspended cop who unveils the mystery by collecting the clues. He also has a softer side where he tries to impress up on heroine. His role in this film would be another unforgettable cameo in his career like that of Anthahpuram character. Jagapati Babu is definitely an asset to 'Anukokunda Oka Roju'. However, Jagapati carrying juice packs with him throughout the film appears more like an advertisement to 'Real' brand.

Others: Narsing Yadav grabbed a memorable role in this film. He did the role of a typical Government employee who tries to pick up roles in stage theater and cinema fields. Harsha Vardhan (of Amrutham fame) is hilarious with the portrayal of a tuition teacher who entertains with his funny English. He has got terrific comedy timing and right expressions that generates subtle humor. Pawan Malhotra has a pivotal role in this film and he is just great. Ravi Prakash is good. Amit, Pingpong and Kaushal are adequate. Pooja Bharati fits the bill as fast going girl. Baby Roopika is impressive.


Technical Departments:

Story: The director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti should be commended for coming up with another authentic and original idea for Anukokunda Oka Roju. A major incident happens to Sahasra at the beginning of the film followed by series of murder attempts. A cop gathers all the clues and tries to uncover the mystery.

Screenplay - direction: The first best thing about direction of this film is characterizations. Each and every character in this film is carefully etched with a definite purpose. Each and every character makes an impression on you and all the characters are somewhere linked to the main story of the film. Screenplay of the film is good. Telling the flashbacks with the little clues obtained and slowly unwrapping the mystery makes the audience keep guessing all the time. There are certain seemingly unnecessary scenes in the first half. When you watch the second half, you would realize how those scenes are well connected. However, the narration of the film is pretty slow. A crispy narration would have done wonders to the film. At the same time, the director made sure that there is an element of interest in every scene he narrated.

Dialogues: Dialogues by Gunnam Gangaraju are excellent. The dialogues written for all the characters are sensible and measured ones. The way he plays with English words for the dialogues written for Harsha Vardhan's character is hilarious.

Music: Music by MM Keeravani is excellent. All the songs in this film are situational and have proper lead scenes corresponding to those songs. These songs form the part of narration of the film. The way 'righto lefto' song is cut rightly in two flashback episodes corresponding interrogation is interesting. "I wanna swing' song has got pretty good visuals. However, the songs Needalle & Evaraina Choosuntara are so good in audio that the corresponding scenes and picturization of these songs on screen fall a little short of expectations. The background music and rerecording of the film is good.

Stunts: Stunts composed by Ramana are very natural and realistic. He used the objects we find in our surroundings as weapons to fight in most of the stunt sequences. It is a kind of relieving to see that neither wires nor graphics used for action sequences.

Other departments: Cinematography by Sarvesh Murari is good. There is brownish tint to the film. Editing is adequate. Choreography by Nixon is sensible with out tapori steps and pelvic thrusts. Artwork by Ravinder is good. Casting of the film is appropriate. Production values by Just Yellow Media are appropriate to the story chosen.

Analysis: First half of the film is entertaining with good amount of comedy and lots of unsolved questions. Second half starts off good and tempo goes down a bit as the actual climax approaches. The plus points of the film are original story idea, sensible direction, realistic approach, music, action sequences and well-measured dialogues. The minus points are slow narration (which leads to bit of boredom at times) and handling of climax. On a while, Anukokunda Oka Roju is a good film that should be watched and appreciated by all the sensible Telugu film lovers for its original concept and realistic approach. This film would have nice run in A centers. The run in B and C centers depend on how masses embrace the tantric involvement in the climax.

Jagapathi

Charmy: The character of Sahasra is the best role etched for any heroine in the recent years. Charmi acted sans make-up. She fit in her role effortlessly and gave an extremely natural performance. She wore long skirts throughout the film. Sunitha's dubbing adds more strength to her characterization.

Sashank: Sashank made his debut as one of the four youngsters in Aithe. Later on he acted as gang leader in Sye. This is his 1st film as solo hero. He played the role of righteous cabbie. His characterization too is very strong. He impresses everybody with faultless portrayal.

Jagapati Babu: Jagapati's character in this film is going to be a sweet surprise. He did the role of a suspended cop who unveils the mystery by collecting the clues. He also has a softer side where he tries to impress up on heroine. His role in this film would be another unforgettable cameo in his career like that of Anthahpuram character. Jagapati Babu is definitely an asset to 'Anukokunda Oka Roju'. However, Jagapati carrying juice packs with him throughout the film appears more like an advertisement to 'Real' brand.

Others: Narsing Yadav grabbed a memorable role in this film. He did the role of a typical Government employee who tries to pick up roles in stage theater and cinema fields. Harsha Vardhan (of Amrutham fame) is hilarious with the portrayal of a tuition teacher who entertains with his funny English. He has got terrific comedy timing and right expressions that generates subtle humor. Pawan Malhotra has a pivotal role in this film and he is just great. Ravi Prakash is good. Amit, Pingpong and Kaushal are adequate. Pooja Bharati fits the bill as fast going girl. Baby Roopika is impressive.


Technical Departments:

Story: The director Chandra Sekhar Yeleti should be commended for coming up with another authentic and original idea for Anukokunda Oka Roju. A major incident happens to Sahasra at the beginning of the film followed by series of murder attempts. A cop gathers all the clues and tries to uncover the mystery.

Screenplay - direction: The first best thing about direction of this film is characterizations. Each and every character in this film is carefully etched with a definite purpose. Each and every character makes an impression on you and all the characters are somewhere linked to the main story of the film. Screenplay of the film is good. Telling the flashbacks with the little clues obtained and slowly unwrapping the mystery makes the audience keep guessing all the time. There are certain seemingly unnecessary scenes in the first half. When you watch the second half, you would realize how those scenes are well connected. However, the narration of the film is pretty slow. A crispy narration would have done wonders to the film. At the same time, the director made sure that there is an element of interest in every scene he narrated.

Dialogues: Dialogues by Gunnam Gangaraju are excellent. The dialogues written for all the characters are sensible and measured ones. The way he plays with English words for the dialogues written for Harsha Vardhan's character is hilarious.

Music: Music by MM Keeravani is excellent. All the songs in this film are situational and have proper lead scenes corresponding to those songs. These songs form the part of narration of the film. The way 'righto lefto' song is cut rightly in two flashback episodes corresponding interrogation is interesting. "I wanna swing' song has got pretty good visuals. However, the songs Needalle & Evaraina Choosuntara are so good in audio that the corresponding scenes and picturization of these songs on screen fall a little short of expectations. The background music and rerecording of the film is good.

Stunts: Stunts composed by Ramana are very natural and realistic. He used the objects we find in our surroundings as weapons to fight in most of the stunt sequences. It is a kind of relieving to see that neither wires nor graphics used for action sequences.

Other departments: Cinematography by Sarvesh Murari is good. There is brownish tint to the film. Editing is adequate. Choreography by Nixon is sensible with out tapori steps and pelvic thrusts. Artwork by Ravinder is good. Casting of the film is appropriate. Production values by Just Yellow Media are appropriate to the story chosen.

Analysis: First half of the film is entertaining with good amount of comedy and lots of unsolved questions. Second half starts off good and tempo goes down a bit as the actual climax approaches. The plus points of the film are original story idea, sensible direction, realistic approach, music, action sequences and well-measured dialogues. The minus points are slow narration (which leads to bit of boredom at times) and handling of climax. On a while, Anukokunda Oka Roju is a good film that should be watched and appreciated by all the sensible Telugu film lovers for its original concept and realistic approach. This film would have nice run in A centers. The run in B and C centers depend on how masses embrace the tantric involvement in the climax.

Aparichitudu

Aparichitudu (Vikram) is the one that comes from hell to punish all those people who Ramu desists. He uses the punishing techniques used in Garuda Puranam (a mythological book on punishments in Hell) that gives reference to kind of punishment meted for each and every kind of sin committed. He leaves certain clues behind for the cops to find out.

Ramu loves his neighbor Nandini (Sada). But she feels that Ramu is too good a guy to share her life with. She wants a cool guy. Remo (Vikram) is modern hipster who impresses Nandini and makes her fall in love with her. A couple of cops (Prakash Raj and Vivek) are in search for the murderer. The rest of the story is all about what connects these three different characters - Ramu, Remo and Aparichitudu.

Artists Performance

Vikram: Vikram is just tremendous. Vikram has three different get-ups in this film as Ramu, Remo and Aparichitudu. He has shown complete variation in expressions and body language of each and every character. His histrionics in interrogation scene in which he seamlessly transforms into characters of Ramu and Aparichirudu is awesome.

Sada: Sada is good as neighbor of hero. She played the role of typical girl-next-door teenage girl who has her views about love and relationship. She is voluptuous in 'Naku Neeku Nokia' song.

Others: Vivek is good as buddy of hero. Prakash Raj excelled towards the climax of this film. The roles of Kalabhavan Mani and Saurabh Shukla are pretty small ones. Tanikella Bharani dubbed the voice of Nedumudi Venu. Nassar is adequate for the role of psychiatrist.


Technical Departments:

Story: This year seems to be getting flooded with films that deal with MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder). We have had couple of films (Chandramukhi & 10 The Strangers) already in the last couple of months. This film is based on the concept of Garudapuranam, which says that those who commit sins should be punished. This story also has a social angle about why India is not developing in spite of having abundant natural and human resources.

Screenplay - direction: Director Shankar who has come up with terrific screenplay for social message oriented films like Gentleman, Bharateeyudu and Oke Okkadu could not succeed in coming up with a gripping screenplay for this film. His direction - especially in second half - is good. Shankar's strength lies in conceiving extraordinary confrontation scenes. This film has got only one such scene (interrogation scene between Vikram and Prakash Raj). The main drawback on the film is hero giving punishment of death to people who have done small mistakes. Trying to control the behavior and civic sense of fellow citizens by instilling fear does not sound convincing.

Music: Music by Harris Jayaraj is adequate. The songs in first half do not score well with audience as the narration and situations are not good enough. However fast songs - Remo and Neeku Naku Nokia - are good. The last song of the film (Randaka Randaka) is excellent. The director painted bridge, roads, hillocks and vehicles with flowery designs.

Dialogues: Dialogues of this film are partly good. Too much of pristine Telugu is used even for regular chitchat. Sada's justification of her not taking the bus molestation seriously by uttering 'Idi urbane lifestyle kosam middle class people chese tyagam'.

Other departments: Cinematography is excellent. Artwork is of high standard. Action sequences by Peter Hynes in the second half are good. Especially the fight with Prakash Raj and the other cops. The usage of words like 'Gundiga lanti Gunde dana' and 'Puvvulathone banam vese Pulan Devi nuvve jaana' in the last song is good. Editing by VT Vijayan is ok. The production values of Oscar Films banner are extraordinary.

Analysis: First half of the film is bit boring. Second half is better. Last 30 minutes of the film is good. This film needs a serious trimming, as it's excessively lengthy (beyond 3 hours). The concept of Multiple Personaly Syndrome is well explained by comparing it to how drunkards behave. Shankar who excelled himself in all the films he has done so far could not mix the elements of social gaffes, mythological connection (Garuda Puranam & Aparichitudu), cops' trail, psychological angle (MPD) and love track in an appropriate way. This film also scores less on entertainment (especially comedy) aspect. If you compare Aparichitudu with the films done by Shankar in the past, you would get disappointed. If you keep that expectation aside, it is not a bad film. You may watch it.

Oka Oorilo (modalaina premakatha)

Artists Performance

 Tarun enacted the role of an irresponsible youngster effortlessly. Saloni looks good in traditional attire of langa and voni. Her histrionics are good. Raja gave a matured performance. Sunil is hilarious as servant of Tarun in the first half. Brahmanandam sprinkled good humor with his cameo. Murali is good as the baddie in the first half. Chandra Mohan, Naresh, Ramaraju, Nirosha and Yamuna are adequate.


Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: Story of the film has a different point in it. Most of the scenes in the first half are pretty poetic. It requires very tight screenplay and smooth handling of emotions to narrate such a delicate story. Narration of the film is pretty slow and screenplay is not good. Direction of the film is OK in parts.

Other departments: Major asset of the film is cinematography by Arjun Jana. Ramesh Varma’s poetic thoughts and luster locales added to the brilliant cinematography in the first half. Music by Devi Sri Prasad is good. However, the songs are not properly placed in the film. Dialogues written by V Suresh Babu and Swamy are good in parts. The funny one-liners are well written. Lyrics by Anant Sreeram are worth commending. Editing of this film is not crisp. Production values are good.

Analysis: First half of the film is OK. The interval block is good. The second half is a letdown. The plus points of the film are good comedy in the first half and photography. The minus points are screenplay and lack of feel. When one selects such a tender story, it is very much important to establish the emotions. The emotions in this film are not established well.

Naa Oopiri

Artists Performance

 Naveen gave a commendable performance as innocent man and the man suffering from schizophrenia. This is the most challenging character for Naveen in his entire career. Sangeeta has done a terrific job as the housewife. Her character in this film is probably the second best in her career after Sivaputrudu film. Anjana is good in looks, but mediocre in histrionics department. Sudha has a very vital role in this film where she unveils mystery. Baby Abhinaya and Master Viswanath did well.


Technical Departments:

Story: Story idea of the film is brilliant, though it appears like inspired by Hollywood flicks. We have a film like A Beautiful Mind that is dealt with schizophrenia. The climax twist of the film reminds us of the 'out-of-the-box-thinking' climaxes of 6th Sense and The Others.

Screenplay and direction: The first thing we observe in this film is the passion with which the director told the film. It needs guts and dedication to choose such subject and try to stick to the subject without deviating for commercial aspects. The direction of the film is good in parts. Screenplay is OK. The narration is very slow.

Other departments: Music by Deepak Dev is OK. There are a couple of good melodies. Cinematography by Krishna is decent. Dialogues by Poosala are average. Suresh Urs's editing is adequate. The producers should be commended for accepting such a delicate storyline.

Analysis: The first half of the film is neat. The flashback episode is pretty aesthetic. The second half of the film is not dealt well. The last 20 minutes of the film is good during which the real twists come in. The ending of the film is heart touching. The director should be given a pat on his back for his passionate work. At the same time, this film is not executed well enough to appeal to an average moviegoer. A few scenes in this film are not narrated in a convincing way. You may watch this film at your leisure for the nice storyline it posses.


A Film by Aravind

Artists Performance

Rajiv Kanakala is excellent in the role of Arvind. His histrionics are natural. Rishi is competent for his character. Mona Chopra is OK. Ghazal Srinivas did a pivotal character in this film. His dialogue delivered added the necessary mystery to his character. Madhu did well as the role of housekeeper. Mallikharjuna Rao is adequate.


Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: The basic story plot of the film is interesting. But the point in climax is unappealing. Sekhar Suri definitely had the necessary spark in him as the director. The way he narrated the first half without much story shows his grip on screenplay. However, he could not sustain the interest in second half. The chase scenes, mystic killings in the first half are dealt with dexterity. However the following points were not convincing enough -

1. The misunderstandings creeping in between Aravind and Rishi (more so because they are close buddies from the childhood).
2. The connection between the story in the script and the mysterious lady killer is not established.
3. Though the appearance of the writer in the interval looked interesting, he played passive role in second half. If the scenes in the scripts are coming alive, then why can't he tell what would happen later so that they could avoid it being happened.
4. Heroine would be passive (in stead of explaining) even when people try to kill her during the climax.

Other departments: Cinematographer Ramesh Krishna has done a very good work. The chase sequences in the first half are terrific. He used natural night light for the entire second half. Music by Vijay Kurakula is good. He had a beautifully choreographed song in first half. Artwork of the film is also good. Production values of the film are appropriate. Debutant producer Sridhar Rao should be commended for choosing different genre of film in stead of going for routine formula film.

Analysis: First half of the film is interesting. The second half is bit boring. The plus points of the film are director's taking in the first half and photography. The minus point of the film is climax. This film runs for almost 2 and half hours. It is difficult to narrate a horror story for 2 and half hours. Director should have made the film for less duration. You may watch this film for it's first half.

Kanchanamala Cable TV

Artists Performance

 Srikanth is good as the cable operator. He imitated Chiranjeevi at times and it all appeared pretty natural. Debutant Lakshmi Roy is a disappointment. Sunil is good as assistant of Srikanth. Satyanarayana and Annapurna are adequate. Among the gang of comedy villains, Krishna Bhagawan is better. Venu Madhav is adequate. Allari Subhashini did a respectable role in this film.


Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: Debutant director Pardha Saradhi came up with an interesting story idea. But he could not support it with logical screenplay. Screenplay of the film is inadequate. Direction is not up to the mark. Narration of the film is sloppy. The following points in the script sound unconvincing -

1. Mother (Annapurna) not able to recognize that the girl who entered her house is fake Kanchanamala.
2. The live coverage of events in climax.

Other departments: Music by KM Radha Krishna is decent. A couple of songs hold your attention. Lyrics by Veturi are excellent. Cinematography by Poori is adequate. Dialogues by Marudhuri Raja are good, but director could not get the comedy timing and punch right while canning the film. Editing by Srikar Prasad is OK.

Analysis: First half of the film is mediocre. The second half is a letdown. The plus points of the film are music, lyrics and a few comedy scenes. The minus points are screenplay, direction and heroine. On a whole Kanchanamala Cable TV disappoints.

Rendella Taruvatha

Three youngsters who did the lead roles were adequate. Heroine Sriji has bit of similarity to that of present-day heroine Sangeeta. It's nice to see character actor Sarath Babu in Telugu films after a long gap. Melkote has got the lengthiest role of his career in this film. For the first time, he did the role of villain. He mixed his type of comedy that comes out of his peculiar accent very well.


Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: The basic storyline is about how three youngsters prove their innocence after being charged with a kidnap accusation. The leading scenes in which the youngsters get their first assignment are interesting. There is bit of freshness in the first half. However, the direction has gone completely out of track in second half. The screenplay in climax gets confusing. However, it is nice to see a protégé of R Narayana Murthy doing a film that is not of red (viplavam) type.

Other departments: Music of the film is good. Cinematography is adequate. Dialogues by Anant are OK. Editing by Mohan Rama Rao is average. Artwork of the film is commendable.

Analysis: First half of the film is OK. Second half of the film is boring. The climax of the film is very badly handled. The plus points of the film are fresh thoughts in the first half and the music. The minus point is the weak second half. There is no relation between the story of the film and the title 'Rendella Taruvatha'.


Satti

Prabhu Deva is at ease in the role of a good hearted innocent youngster. There are a couple of sparking steps in the 1st song of the film. The way he performs in the first mock fight of the film is worth an appreciation. Laila over-did her role and the dubbing by Savita Reddy suited her. Neha is adequate. Prakash Raj is fine as the cold-blooded villain. But seeing Ravi Shankar dubbing his voice is annoying. Murali is fine as upright person. Baby Kalyani steals the show. Mouli is appropriate as the worrying father and the millionaire businessman.


Technical Departments:

Story - screenplay - direction: The basic storyline is interesting. However the execution of the story is bad. The story meanders from one aspect to another aimlessly. Screenplay of the film is shabby. Direction is not up to the mark. Narration of the film is boring most of the times.

Other departments: Music by Vidya Sagar is adequate. One song of the film is good. But, that tune was already used for Radhe Govinda song in Indra film. Photography is average. Editing is just OK. Dialogues are mediocre. Dubbing standards of the film are not adequate.

Analysis: This film is a Telugu dubbing version of a Tamil film titled Alli Thandha Vaanam that was released in 2001. It does not make sense to dub an unappealing Tamil flick into Telugu after a gap of 4 years. The first 15 minutes of the film is good. The rest of the film is boring, expect for occasional good moments by Prabhu Deva. On a whole, it is a badly made film.


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