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

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Nenu Sailaja : Simplicity Repackaged !

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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)

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Inji Idduppazhagi (Size Zero) – Better luck next time !!

Anushka Shetty to her movies is what Sachin Tendulkar was to Indian Cricket team…the lone savior, the single handed rescuer…the Hercules who lifted weight of entire Atlas on his shoulder – with a smiling face ! Or Lord Shri Krishna from our Indian mythological tales who upheld the monstrous sized mountain Govardhan just on his little finger !! She gives more than 100% in her every endeavor but sometimes “others” don’t match up, “others” don’t size up and “others” just don’t fall in place making the end result look dismal…. Read “Others” equals to sloppy script, lackluster direction, unenthusiastic starcast, ordinary music and more importantly failure to encash on Anushka’s charming performance !!

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“Inji Idduppazhagi” was one of the most awaited Tamil movie for me due to its off-beat storyline and untouched subject. There have been few movies in the past trying to showcase woes of fat people in our society. Their take was mainly comical but sympathetic. When I heard Prakash Kovelamudi is casting a film on obesity with Anushka in lead role, it was a thing damn look forward to!

I managed to get first day first show to see how it is delineated on screen. Theater was nearly 1/4th occupied. “Must be Friday, a weekday”, I murmured to myself “Also, who else will rush to see a Tamil movie in Pune so frantically?” I tried to logically reason it out.

Movie started dot on time and finished on time. In the pitch dark descending stair, my mind was screaming only one question “How can you waste it dude?”…. On high level, the movie is not even fully entertaining – leave alone blockbuster league Anushka is used to.. It’s okay to watch it once to admire her efforts though overall mixture is not cooked up well… Sigh ! this could have been an epic creation… what an easy drop !! Yes, the movie indeed has social message, it has the light humor and it certainly has clandestine glamor quotient… but then you need to assemble and package it efficiently to mesmerize audience.. I guess “Inji Idduppazhagi” fails to strike that bull’s eye…

The Goods :

  1. Needless to mention the queen of Tollywood, epitome of sincerity and hardwork – Miss Anushka Shetty…. Her commitment to character is phenomenal and she leaves no stone unturned to give full justice to any role. For bubbly, fat character of ‘Sweety’ in this film, she literally sized her up – adding whopping 20 KGs in three months.. I dare to any mainstream actress to pull off this feat. Not many artists can work outside their comfort zone whereas usually seen trait of Anushka is her willingness to experiment with different genres and out-of-box roles. She seems to have studied fat fraternity too well and with miniscule details. The ease with which she portrays chubby Chennai girl is commendable one. Facial expression is always been Anushka’s ace card with which she can induce miracles. Inji Idduppazhagi gave her loads of avenues to swamp the scenes.. barring one or two she succeeded largely. But hey, at the end of day, her hardwork will be recognized and recorded in history book associated with rather lame movie.. bad luck !
  2. Pair of Arya and Anushka is fabulous. We have already seen the ravishing chemistry between them in non-orthodox ‘Iraandam Ulagam’. Here, though Arya got only spoonful of presence and thin margin of delivery, the pair looked pretty awesome to me.
  3. The central theme and idea behind ‘Size Zero’ is very good. It was a raw diamond; a good jeweler could definitely have carved out Kohinoor out of it. Cinema highlights our society’s weird perspectives and treatments to obese people. Thought provoking and introspective take !
  4. Cinematography of Nirav Shah is outstanding with his magical lenses. His camera has captured the bright mood of movie in sublime manner. Chennai never looked so beautiful and his close-ups on Anushka & Arya are of praiseworthy quality. Watch ‘Kannaalam’ song for taste 🙂anushka-injiiduppazhaki7915-m

The Bads :

  • “Where is the Script John??” I can imagine Sherlock Homes asking his ally Dr Watson. Such a brilliant concept got weakened completely due to non-sparkling script. Entertainment industry thrives on fluid plots and attention-grabbing narrations. Inji Idduppazhagi not only lacks rock-solid script but misses amusement quotient due to non-creative unfolding.
  • Direction is dull, non-uniform and non-capable of obtaining maximum yield from ensemble starcast.
  • Music in this film is a big boner. ‘Yennai Arindaal’ was saved by fascinating compositions of Haris Jayraj. Here, M M Creem performs way par below his repute. Except one song, others are pale, mostly unwanted and sans any merit.
  • Climax and drag in second half of movie is major concern. The drama is slow-death, end is non-conclusive and on top of it nobody knows where whole story is drifting. In fact, this brittle post-interval plot really marred the enhanced aesthetics of Anushka. Her ultra-gorgeous looks and adorable diction gets lost in the feeble recital towards the end !

Overall : One time watch… don’t go with magical expectations… Recognize and salute labors of Anushka.. Poor Sweety must be feeling like Sachin Tendulkar whose team finally loses the match inspite of his blazing Century !!

– Vikrant Deshmukh (Pune)

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