Ti Saddhya Kaay Karte? – Been there…. Seen that !

ti-sadhya-kay-karte-trailerIn Cricket, when a batsman doesn’t show any foot movement yet produces a boundary, commentators often use the term ‘Stand & Deliver’. The flamboyance is not needed; what matters is the end result. Highly efficient ones can save their energy and score runs with minimalist efforts. A profitable deal !

The latest Marathi movie ‘Ti Saddhya Kay Karte’ is one such productive creation. Popular director Satish Rajwade is back with light hearted tale and he delivers the point well in groove.

Of late, Marathi silver screen has seen multiples of teenage love stories. Some are figment of imagination, some inspired from real-life events. The formula is bit worn out. It’s the presentation of same concept that really helps Rajwade enterprise to make it lovable film to watch. The TSKK is told over three life-stages of Anurag & Tanvi – As kids, teenagers and well-settled adults. The narration flows back and forth engulfing viewers every now and then. It makes you nostalgic with the references of childhood pranks, friendship vows and innocent exchanges. What differentiates TSSK from the cult is it’s unusual ending. ‘He’ and ‘She’ do not unite; they continue living their lives happily as before. Writer/Director do not comment or preach about unfulfilled dreams but rather take a very pragmatic take on reality still keeping the flavor of romance intact.

Positives

(1) Pace & Plot are buttery :

Satish has placed it just right. Though spread over 20-25 years timespan, he has avoided any kind of drag and redundancy in scenes. Rather events are snapped back a little to create a flowing stream of story. Also, it keeps any surprises, twists and melodrama at bay.

(2) Cogent actors giving justice to roles :

All actors delivered what was expected out of them. Hruditya & Nirmohi were fantastic as little Anurag & Tanvi. Abhinay, son of legendary Laxmikant Berde, has shown some promising talent in his maiden film. Super-Star Ankush Chaudhary has underplayed himself. Tejashree Pradhan coming out of her long exile gave a pleasant portrayal. She is terrific in intensely emotional scenes.

(3) Aarya Ambekar baby-steps in acting arena :

The main reason for me looking forward to this movie was debut of our own Aarya Ambekar. Entire Maharashtra and India is well aware of her singing prowess. (Read my old blogs on her birthday here :The Angel Beat ! and समईच्या शुभ्र कळ्या). Having seen her majestic journey from a girl-next-door to top notch singer, I was curious to see how she fares on big screen. Pretty Aarya was a treat to watch. She has long way to go and will certainly learn more tricks of trade from active veterans in coming projects. In TSKK Aarya did have the pivotal role and weightage from author which she lightened up with sincere efforts. Very nice !

(4) Zee Promotion :

Zee TV and Zee talkies had left no stone unturned to spread the word and take the movie buzz to the last each section of the viewers. Marketing and PR seem to have done brilliant job in maintaining the curiosity, gloss and offering while promoting the film.

Shortcomings

(1) Shadow of TV Daily Soaps :

For some reason, the script has constructed few scenes alike daily serials. With a generous run-time of 2 hours 7 minutes, Satish had ample opportunities to forge more cinematic elements. He, however, chose to undertone it. Interactions among characters could have been more trivial and animated.

(2) Music failed to create magic :

Unlike Rajwade’s ‘Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai’ or ‘Premachi Goshta’, the TSKK could not derive monumental support from vocals and background music. The songs were hummed but none of it became memorable enough to be associated with film permanently. Apart from ‘something’ – sung exceptionally well both by Aarya and Vidit Patankar – other numbers are just fine.

(3) No conclusion :

Ultimate destination is unclear. While Protagonists take solace in treading their own lives, it’s somewhat confusing for audience to understand the emotional turmoil caused at first place. TSKK shies away from delivering a punch that was present in Rajwade’s earlier movies. Perhaps he wants to leave it to the audience imagination and interpretation.

***

Overall,

Sweet & neat lovestory swung in different dimensions of relationship. With unusual climax, TSKK can be considered as honest & tidy depiction. A one-time watch to pay tribute to hard-work put in by all.

Three starts out of five from me !

— Vikrant Deshmukh, Pune

ti-sadhya-kay-karte-marathi-movie-poster

Advertisements

Nenu Sailaja : Simplicity Repackaged !

main

Okay, there is particular template for certain Telugu movies –

He meets her. Love blossoms. Ouch… there is a family issue. He comes as savior. He goes to her home, resolves the conflicts, unites the broken bonds and annihilates bad people, if any. She is all over him again!

Template is chart-buster. You have Rom-Com nicely blended with family cinema. Sprinkle some action and you might get a triple sundae.. yummie, isn’t it?

Proof :  Attarintiki Daredi (Pawan Kalyan – Samantha)

Proof : AA… aa (Nitin – Samantha)

Recipe is time-tasted yet effective. Results are always guaranteed. ‘Nainu Sailaja’ is new entrant to this menucard. Audience is served a predictable sweet tale with different topping. But it’s to credit of director Kishore Tirumala to present it in delightful & interesting manner. Inspite of having straight cut story what sets Nenu Sailaja apart is the unfolding. Devoid of any melodrama, high octane action sequences or overt display of romance, NS narrates us how “he” wins “her” ultimate love.

Meet Hari (Ram) – a young, brazing person with sharp & witty brain. He has faint memory of childhood and particularly of a small girl in neighborhood. In his current state, though, he is without any companion. Accidently bumping into Sailaja (Keerthy Suresh), now a media professional, he falls for her. After few chance encounters both start liking each other. There comes the twist. Sailaja is that old childhood friend. And she has some hidden past that includes strenuous relations with her father (Baahubali fame Sathyaki). What Hari does to iron out all problems and emerges victorious, makes rest of the film.

Strengths:

(1) Keep it simple

As said earlier, Nenu Sailaja maintains the fundamentals right. Kishore, who is the script-writer as well, seems to be well aware of the non-fancy plot. He slowly yet delicately unleashes finer aspect of NS with lots of discrete and tiny nicer moments. Characters are well placed, just with right amount of screen presence. They stick to basics. Even the villains are not archetypically cruel. Somehow NS is successful in having gross underplay to the moving cinema-line.

(2) Ram’s efficiency

Tagged as action hero, Ram surprises us with toned down performance in Nenu Sailaja. Not having any smashing boxoffice hit in recent years would have caused this change. But Hari played by Ram is subdued, gentle, thinker & tender person. He gives full justice to the role and drives point home.

(3) Keerthy Suresh delivers fine

Debuting in Telugu cinema, this is perhaps the safest and convenient turf for Keerthy. Tamil audience is already aware of her acting skills; here portraying introvert & composed girl Sailaja, she has given benchmark performance. Emotions are kept in check and there is hardly any capital boldness in depiction. Keerthy has provided soothing and beautiful demeanor to overall movie. She will definitely be my next bet to watch for.

Weaknesses :

(1) No big detours

In a way it helps to keep storyline on track but Nenu Sailaja lacks edge of seat happenings. It’s absence of sub-plots and twists may appear lukewarm to typical mass spectators.

(2) Average Music

People were telling me that NS music is contemporary hit. When I heard the songs, it was bit disappointing. Devi Sri Prasad has crafted out some great music and this is certainly far from his best work. Apart from ‘Crazy Feeling’ song, I didn’t find anything worth appreciating in that album.

***

Overall,

It’s neat and nice attempt. The title was so much captivating that I perhaps expected a lot. Nenu Sailaja did give me ‘bit here and bit there’ moments. One time watch for crystal clear flow and at-ease natural acting.

3 starts out of 5 from me.

— Vikrant Deshmukh (Pune)

nenu-sailaja-telugu-movie-theatr

Kabali – The Sky and Mountain of it !

I am sure you would have been on one of those adventurous off-site trips, deep in woods. When you cross the maze and come out in different terrain, what you see the colossal sized mountain ranges. And at the look from your position, you see the sky touching it. You always wonder about the otherwise infinite sky to have itself lowered down to embrace the peaks… is it really the case?

first-look-posters-of-rajinikanths-kabali-unveiled-1

Charisma is still on after acting in more than 150 films, style quotient is damn high.. The opening credits “Super Star Rajanikanth – In & As Kabali” are more than enough to produce ear-deafening roar of whistles, claps and cheer from theater audience. At every gravity defying stunt or sulpheric dialogues, person next to me was going berserk. In the Marathi city of Pune, shows were running houseful and they all have gathered to witness a phenomenon – Rajani ! Did Kabali served them well? Yes and No….

The hype in social media and movie fraternity has already reached pinnacle before its release. Thanks to larger-than-life portrayal of superstar and some unprecedented advertising done by marketing partners like Air Asia. News of IT companies declaring Holidays for film release & mass booking of seats have set-up the perfect environment for a blockbuster arrival. When I entered the cinema hall located in all Maharashtrian suburb of Pune, the anxiety level was to the brim. All have come to be part of history. All were looking for a Magnum-Opus like Baahubali or atleast the nerve-wrecking Yennai Arindaal. Film started with signature Rajani entry and auditorium burst into loud screams. I was ready for gigantic roller-coaster… but perhaps I was hoping way too much!! After 2 hours and 39 minutes of whirlwind drama, Kabali couldn’t cast its spell on me. Nonetheless I enjoyed, it still falls short of all its expectations and benchmark of becoming a legendary stuff.

The Positives :

  1. Rajani Sir –

At the age of 65, he is running on full throttle. The panache is the heart of Rajanikanth’s filming career and he leaves no stone unturned to pour it in sumptuous manner. Kabali is full of his debonair and flamboyance while playing a role of old criminal boss in Malaysia. Though Kabali is the gangster, his character is having a grey shade with a strong family bonding, cultural values and even a tint of sociologist. I believe this is the first time Rajani Sir has experimented working with younger director like Pa Ranjith in recent time. He has given cent-percent in this depiction and reminds us why he is Thailaiva in Tamil Cinema.

  1. Set up in Malaysia –

Most of the film takes place in Kuala Lumpur and other parts of Malaysia. The socio-political and Geo-political settings are perfectly woven into the tale of road rage, drug racket, labor slavery and blood thirsty gangs of criminals.

  1. Radhika and Dhansika –

Despite of overwhelming ‘R’ factor, these two actresses have performed enough to have a worthy mention and impacting contributions in the story. Especially, Radhika, in her de-glamourised look, has secured her forte with apt expressions as Kabali’s wife. Dhansika is ravishing and gallant at same time. In polar personalities as contract killer and a daughter, she has matched Rajani Sir’s exuberance frame by frame.

  1. Background score and camera work –

G Murali’s cinematography is exceptionally brilliant throughout. Each fighting scene is filmed with aesthetic precision. Close-ups are too effective. Motion & still photography, both are that of top quality. There is not much room for songs but the background score by Santhosh is much powerful. Especially the music played in Kabali action scenes is fantastic.

The Negatives :

  1. Script –

Why on this earth Rajani and Ranjith chose this old mundane plot of aging gangster and family revenge? The tale has been narrated umpteenth occasion in cinemas for decades. There is nothing novel about the plot and the script is built on very brittle foundation. Rather, there is no nutritious content in the whole storyline to deliver to theatre audience. Everything is so predictable right from beginning; last punch is a twist but it comes in the game too late.

  1. Drag –

If script is stale, the pace at which Ranjith placed it is another downer. The film itself starts when kabali is released from jail after serving 25 years of sentence. Actions thereof are supposed to be forward looking. But maybe due to the demand of narration, film goes back and forth, revealing the flashbacks almost in non-consequential manner. Precious time and cruise is wasted here though the events are really significant to tell us why a common man became Kabali, the Don. In my opinion, second half drag could have been avoided to large extent. Family reunites are fine sub-plots but they are decelerating the overall journey. The tale could have been much more interesting, eye-catchy and edge-of-the-seat to establish kabali battles.

Conclusion :

Have you witnessed maestro Sachin Tendulkar in later days of his career when he was struggling to produce out gems on the ground? Kabali will give you the same feelings. When Sachin scored a century with enormous labor, you surely loved it and respected it. Some of crackling cover drives and silken flicks off the pad would have reminded you of his enchanting performances during heydays. Master is still a master! Rajani, undeterred by his growing age constraint, has sincerely devoted his energies in best possible manner. It’s a must-watch if you are ardent R-Fan. But don’t look for the old magic and sensational things the juggler has been doing since eons. The sky has tried to touch the mountain, for sure. It’s the viewer to decide if the panorama is fitting enough to reality.

My rating 3 out of 5 starts for overall commitments and grandeur…..     

ChSLHUZWUAEzbMi