TELUGU REVIEW

  • 'Romance' review: This Telugu film is a cheap version of love August 3, 2013

    Cast: Prince Cecil, Dimple Chopda and Manasa Director: Swami Rating: 2 out of 5 If you strip down love to its cheapest form, you get this lowbudget flick that starts off as a lighthearted entertainer, but eventually turns bitter due to constant use of cuss words and double meaning undertones. Attaching a...
  • 'Routine Love Story' Review: It's entertaining November 24, 2012

    In an honest effort, director Praveen Sattaru presents a love story, true to its title. It depicts that all love stories go through the same phase before eventually reaching the conclusion. Known for his offbeat presentation, Sattaru scores with his latest offering exclusively because he manages to weave a story,...
  • 'Lucky' Review: This Telugu film is irksome November 3, 2012

    'Lucky', which is loosely based on US romantic comedy 'What Women Want', is a disappointing affair not worth either your time and money. Neither is the film as humorously quirky as the original, nor has any elements that can engage throughout its running time. Lucky aka Lakshminarayana, a misogynist, works...
  • Telugu Review: Vennela 1 1/2 is disappointing September 21, 2012

    After watching the trailers, most of us did not expect anything more from Vennela 1 1/2 than low brow comedy. What came as a surprise was that the film did not pack a sensible story that might have made us sit through the haranguing second half. There is a character...
  • Telugu Review: 'Life Is Beautiful' looks unrealistic September 15, 2012

    'Life is Beautiful' is like watching the 2012 version of 'Happy Days' with extended running time and characters so similar to the latter that you walk out of theatre in utter disappointment. Running almost close to three hours, one should be blessed with a lot of patience to sit through...
  • Telugu Review: 'Shirdi Sai' is well executed September 6, 2012

    The incarnation of Nagarjuna into Shirdi Sai Baba comes as a breath of fresh air for his fans and Sai devotees alike. Far different from regular cinema with cliched performance, runofthemill storyline, director K Raghavendra Rao's 'Shirdi Sai' takes you on a spiritual journey of selfactualization, purity and sanctity. Unlike 'Annamayya'...
  • Telugu Review: 'Srimannarayana' makes no sense September 1, 2012

    If you go to watch 'Srimannarayana' expecting an intellectual side, you will be in disappointment. As the story moves forward, you will realise that the gutsy young chap (Balakrishna) fights impossibly, murders miserably, talks funnily, dances at the drop of a hat in the presence of one or both the...
  • Telugu Review: 'Devudu Chesina Manushulu' is bad August 16, 2012

    Two lessons for us: 1. We should learn how to try to sell a movie from BVSN Prasad. He said that there is an invisible story behind the nostory in 'Devudu Chesina Manushulu'. 2. We should learn how not to tell a story from PJ. Two points about PJ's newfound...
  • Telugu Review: 'Julayi' is lacklustre August 10, 2012

    In Jalsa the hero loved the two daughters of the cop because of whom he (the hero) had joined the 'jana jeevana sravanthi'. It required some sense of humor to enjoy the humour Trivikram had put into the story. There is no such difficulty while watching 'Julayi'. It is because...
  • Telugu Review: 'Naa Ishtam' works for Genelia March 25, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Naa Ishtam'; Cast: Rana Daggubati, Genelia D'Souza, Harshavardhan Rane, Nasser, Brahmanandaam, Ali, Raghubabu; Director: Prakash Tholeti; Producer: Paruchuri Kiriti; Composer: Chakri; Camera: Venkat Prasad; Rating: ** 'Naa Ishtam', which is Rana Daggubati's first fulllength commercial film with fights and dances, suffers from same inadequacies seen in big budget commercial...
  • Telugu Review: 'Nuvva Nena' is enjoyable March 18, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Nuvva Nena'; Cast: Allari Naresh, Shriya Saran, Sarwanand, Vimala Raman, Brahmanandam, Raja, Ali, Srinivasa Reddy, Kovai Sarala and others; Director: Narayana; Producer: Vamshi Krishna; Cinematographer: Dasaraathi Sivendra; Composer: Bhims; Rating: Allari Naresh and Shravanand, the jodi of Krish directed 'Gamyam', teamed up for the wholesome entertainer 'Nuvva Nena'. If...
  • Telugu Review: 'Mr Nookayya' is Manoj's game March 11, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Mr. Nookayya'; Cast: Manchu Manoj, Kriti Kharbanda, Sana Khan, Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, Ahuthi Prasad, Raja and others; ScreenplaywriterDirector: Ani Kannerghatti; Producer: DS Rao; Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja; Rating: ** 1/2 Young actor Manchu Manoj's new film 'Mr. Nookayya' could have been a good timepass popcorn film if director Ani...
  • Telugu Review: 'Ishq' is a feelgood movie February 26, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Ishq'; Cast: Nitin, Nitya Menon, Ajay, Sindhu Tholani, Nagineedu and Ali; Producer: Vikram Gaud and Sudhakara Reddy; ScreenplaywriterDirector: Vikram Kumar; Cinematographer: P.C. Sriram; Composer: Anoop ReubensArvind Shankar; Rating: *** Telugu actor Nitin shot to fame with Teja directed 'Jayam' and thanks to the success of the film he was...
  • Telugu Review: Ravi Teja's 'Nippu' is a letdown February 19, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Nippu'; Cast: Ravi Teja, Deeksha Shet, Rajendra Prasad, Brahmanandam, Srikanth, Mukul Deve, Pradeep Rawat and Krishnudu; Producer: Y.V.S. Chowdhary; WriterDirector: Gunashekhar; Composer: S. Thaman; Camera: Sarvesh Murari: Rating: ** Telugu film industry star Ravi Teja's films are neither pretentious nor have any semblance of a convincing story line to...
  • Telugu Review: 'Love Failure's a treat to watch February 19, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Love Failure': Cast: Siddharth, Amala Paul, Suresh, Ravi, Balaji, Surekha Vani, Vignesh, Sri Ranjini, and Pooja; Director: Balaji Mohan; Composer: S. Thaman; Camera: Nirav Shah; Rating: *** Actor Siddharth's maiden production venture made under the banner of Y Not Studios is a wellmade movie with a good breezy narration...
  • Telugu Review: 'SMS' is good time pass February 12, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'SMS'; Cast: Sudhir Babu, Regina, Vennela Kishor, Chanti, Priyanka, Hemanth and Rohini; Director: Satya Tatineni ; Producer: Vikram Raju; Composer: Selva Ganesh; Camera: Chitti Babu; Rating: *** 'SMS' is a remake of Tamil film 'Shiva Manasulo Sakthi', which was made with new faces and did well at the box...
  • Telugu Review: 'Bodyguard' is an entertainer January 15, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Bodyguard'; Cast: Venkatesh, Thrisha, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Prakash Raj, Saloni, Subbaraju and Ali; WriterDirector: Gopichand Mallineni; Producer: Bellamkonda Suresh; Camera: Sam K. Naidu; Rating: *** After being successfully made in Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada and Tamil, here comes the Telugu version of hit film 'Bodyguard'. The Telugu remake with Venkatesh...
  • Telugu Review: 'Businessman' is a must watch January 15, 2012

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Businessman'; Cast: Mahesh Babu, Kajal Agarwal, Prakash Raj, Shayaji Shinde, Nasser, Dharmavarapu Subramaniam, Brahmaji, Bharat Reddy, Raja Murad and Jahangeer Khan; WriterDirector: Puri Jagannath; Producer: Venkat; Music Director: S.S.Thaman; Camera: Shyam K. Naidu; Rating: *** The magical combination of charismatic hero Mahesh Babu and director Puri Jagannath has come...
  • Telugu Review: 'Sri Rama Rajyam' is a must watch November 20, 2011

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Sri Rama Rajyam'; Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Nayantara, Akkineni Nageswar Rao, Srikanth, Brahmanandam, K.R. Vijay, Murali Mohan, Master Tanay Teja and Master Satvik. Producer: Yalamanchili Sai Baba; Director: Bapu; Dialogue Writer: Mullapudi Venkata Ramana; Music Composer: Ilayaraja; Cinematography: P.R.K Raju; Rating: **** Octogenarian director Bapu has been described as one...
  • Telugu Review: 'Madatha Kaja' has nothing new October 2, 2011

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Madatha Kaja'; Cast: Allari Naresh, Sneha Ullal, Jayaprakash Reddy, Ali, Dharmavarapu Subramanya and Vennela Kishore; Director: Sitarama Raju; Producer: K.K. Radha Mohan; Music: Vasanth; Rating: ** Telugu film makers are weaving the same type of stories and remixing the content of films already released. They end up making silly...
  • Telugu Review: 'Dookudu' is a Mahesh Babu film September 25, 2011

    Hyderabad: Film: 'Dookudu'; Cast: Cast: Mahesh Babu, Samantha Prabhu, Parvathy Melton, Sonu Sood, Sonia, Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, M.S. Narayana, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Dharmaavarapu Subramanyam, Shaaji Shinde and Nazar; Director: Sreenu Vaitlaa; Writer: Gop Mohan; Producer: G. Ramesh Babu; Camera: K.V. Guhan; Music: S.S. Thaman; Rating: *** 1/2 'Dookudu' was much awaited...
  • Telugu Review: 'Brindavanam' is old wine in a new bottle October 26, 2010

    Family entertainer! Arent we all familiar with this word? The Telugu film industry has seen plenty of such movies in the past. A family entertainer is supposed to be a film that has something in it for everyone in the family. But then the term family entertainer is a misleading...
  • Telugu Review: 'Brindavanam' is old wine in a new bottle October 26, 2010

    Hyderabad: Family entertainer! Arent we all familiar with this word? The Telugu film industry has seen plenty of such movies in the past. A family entertainer is supposed to be a film that has something in it for everyone in the family. But then the term family entertainer is a...
  • Telugu Review: 'Khaleja' fails to pack a punch October 13, 2010

    Finally, Mahesh Babu is back on the silver screen after a gap of nearly 3 years.Running after the goons and delivering the knockout blows with his trademark glare, Mahesh Babu teams up with ace director Trivikram Srinivas (who gave him a career defining movie with Athadu in 2005) in Khaleja....
  • Telugu Review: 'Gaayam2' lacks the feel of 'Gaayam' September 14, 2010

    Do you remember the young raw Jagapathi Babu playing the local don in perhaps what has been his best role till date? Does Urmila Mantondar shaking her leg with Uthej in that unforgettable Nizam Pori song come to your mind? Can you recall Kota Srinivas Rao delivering a superb performance...
  • Nothing really special about 'Happy Happy Ga' September 1, 2010

    Happy Happy Ga is the story about Santosh (Varun Sandesh) who just like any other hero in a Telugu love story, is in search of his true love right from the first frame of the movie. Santosh runs a company called Cartoons that help celebrate special occasions in peoples lives...
  • 'Don Seenu' is a disappointing, routine flick August 14, 2010

    Seenu (Ravi Teja) is a big fan of Amitabh Bachan and adores his movie Don right from his childhood. He is so inspired by the Don character that he calls himself Don Seenu and puts a permanent tattoo of the same on his hand. When Seenu grows up, he aspires...
  • 'Maryada Ramanna' emerges a winner July 27, 2010

    What do you expect when a director like SS Rajamouli who has made powerful movies like Magadheera, Simhadri, Chatrapathi and Vikramarkudu claims to make a totally different film? What do you expect when the director chooses to make a movie with a comedian instead of his regular action heroes like...
  • 'Jhummandi Naadam' doesn't quite reverberate July 12, 2010

    Balu (Manchu Manoj) is a youngster who aspires to be a great singer. He leaves his village after challenging a rich landlord who insults him and his parents. Captain Rao (Mohan Babu) who also lives in the same colony hates Balu and believes that he reflects the modern, confused young...
  • 'Pappu' is childish and clichd July 1, 2010

    Pappu (Krishnudu) is an overweight, unlucky guy who doesnt get anything right. He considers himself to be smart and intelligent while the rest of his friends and colleagues find him very funny and dont spare any chance to pull his leg. Pappu's boss Banerji's daughter, Radha (Deepti) starts working in...