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‘Skylab’ Movie review – Good attempt but a tedious watch

Skylab Movie review

Skylab Movie review

Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5


Set in 1979, What had happened in Bandalingampally village at the time of Skylab crash fear, is the theme of the film. It covers the lives of Gauri (Nitya Menon) a rookie journalist who was fired from a magazine, Anand ( Satyadev) a suspended doctor , Rama (Rahul Ramakrishna ) whose from a subedari family which rests on laurels


In July 1979 in real world there were reports that Skylab would be crashing down on Earth at an undetermined location. The rumors also stated that Skylab would fall particularly on Karimnagar district. Picking up on this interesting backdrop, debut writer director Vishvak Khandero made this film. Also, this film is produced and acted by Nitya Menon an impressive artist. This young director has succeeded in getting good art design, set properties to replicate the 1979’s rural ambience. The pristine telugu has been used throughout, the dialect also the team has got it right. The real incidents such as general public hiding in the temples, rich people going to bunkers and people leaving the area etc are covered in climax portions of the film but the fiction part of the story has three parallel threads of a rookie journalist Nitya Menon, a doctor Satyadev and Rahul Ramakrishna. This is where a better writing would have helped the film’s cause. Dora family of Gowri, the middle-class family of Anand and a Subedari family of Rama are realistic but the individual stories are where lack any depth, drama, conflict or emotion. Entire first half the director has tried to fill with subtle comedy but couldn’t succeed. On top of this, the slow-paced narration makes audience struggle to sit through. There isn’t a cinema material in the whole process. At the most, worth a try on OTT platforms.

In Pre-climax portions, where Gauri collects her village families’ wishful stories, the movie is pleasant and able to evoke some touching moments. Nitya Menon as Gauri is perfect fit, so is Satya Dev and Rahul Ramakrishna.

On technical side, Cinematography by Aditya is Good with cooler tints. Prashanth Vihari’s music is adequate. Young Director Vishvak is good in parts. Producers prithvi and nitya menon must be appreciated for a good attempt.


-Artwork of 1979 is nice
-Authentic village slang, Telugu vocabulary are aptly designed
-Pre-Climax portions are pleasant


-Attempted subtle comedy is boring
-Snail pace of the film tests patience
-Lack of emotional content

Verdict :

‘Skylab’ is an offbeat film that fails to leave an impression. The premise is an interesting one but not backed by engaging or creative story line.

Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5

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Awe review – Get AWEstruck by a free-spirited flick

Awe Movie Review

Awe Review , Rating

Telugu360 Rating 3.25/5

Spoiler free Story & Theme :

A chef, a couple who’re about to get married , a magician , a drug junkie , a wanna be time traveller and a woman are the key characters of this film. The screenplay initially appears similar to award winning film “Chandamama Kadhalu“ and few other similar concept films. The said screenplay of “Chandama Kadhalu “ is , as everyone knows , story is amalgamation of multiple individuals’ short stories narrated independently at the beginning , they meet at some point of their life travel and move forward for a common cause. But AWE is NOT that kind of screenplay on its entirety and is much more than that. The similarities end very soon in first half and are limited to only introduction of first four key characters. Once each character of #AWE is established, audience will feel that this film’s teasers are not just bait, but the it is indeed a different one.

AWE is a film that will split the audiences – the twists of its plot will either impress you or drive you crazy! Many out of the box films fail in convincing audience about their core concept, but that is where exactly AWE scores big. After building up enough curiosity with initial scenes, once the director discloses the “surprise factor”, many movies fizzle out but AWE arrests audience after revealing what it is about. The smartness of the script developers ( Scriptville ) can be seen in inserting Fish and Bonsai Tree characters into this otherwise serious story. Nani and Raviteja nailed it as Fish and Tree with their dubbing. The importance of Plants told by Raviteja in comical way sends the whole theatre into laughter.

A sexual disorder was sympathetically discussed. Another concept abusing girls by some of the near and dear was boldly discussed and it is kind of extension to #MeToo movement. However , slow narration is the major drawback of this film.

Writerand director Prasanth Varma brought in fresh energy to Telugu films. How on this earth was he able to conceive this idea for Telugu industry? Though he took cue from some Hollywood scripts, his work in customizing the script for Telugu audience is commendable. Mark A. Robin background score is superb and so is Karthi’s photography. Nani as a producer spent adequately wherever required. With the offbeat artwork, cool visuals this film got required hatke look.

All actors have performed well !

Highlights :

  • Everything about the movie is unconventional
  • Nani and Raviteja voiceovers for Fish & Bonsai Tree are similar to Hollywood animation movies
  • Social message about girl child Abuse
  • Social message on importance of Plants
  • Superb cinematography , background score and artwork
  • The medical reasoning on LGBT community
  • All artists’ performances

Negatives :

  • People who do not understand the concept in climax, will not get the movie at all
  • Magician thread is boring at times
  • Avasarala Srinivas thread should have been more understandable for common audience ( Of course it is difficult to detail the Time Travel in little time they have )
  • Concept will attract very limited set of audiences commercially

Verdict :

Awe is a truly different kind of film by many parameters with smart screenplay , unconventional concept , underlined social message and a shock value ! Not sticking to a specific genre , this film in itself is a genre – Out of the Box ! It may not be liked by all sections of audiences – but for those who want a change, who want a different film .. Go and get AWEstruck !

Telugu360 Rating 3.25/5

Cast & Crew :

Director : Prasanth Varma
Producer : Nani, Prasthanti Tipirneni
Music by :Mark K Robin
Cinematography : Karthik Ghattamaneni
Edited by : Goutham Nerusu
Production : Wall Poster Cinema
USA Release date : February 15th 2018
Language : Telugu
Starring : Kajal Aggarwal , Regina Cassandra , Nitya Menen, eesha rebba , murali sharma, avasarala srinivas , Priyadarsi

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Nitya demanding hefty remuneration for Sharwanand’s flick


Nitya Menen demanding hefty remuneration for Sharwanand’s flick

Petite and vivacious actress Nitya Menen has hardly got any films up her sleeve in Tollywood. The Janatha Garage actress is currently busy with a couple of Malayalam films and is also a part of Nani’s Awe. She is in talks for the second lead in Sharwanand’s upcoming flick in Sudheer Varma’s direction.

While there are reports that Nitya Menen has officially been signed up for the project, it is learnt that she is yet to sign the dotted line. Reportedly, she is demanding a hefty remuneration for this untitled film and the makers are thinking to rope in another actress in her place if she refuses to slash down the price.

A close source to the team revealed that the talks are currently on and we have to wait for a few more days to confirm if she is on board or not. Kajal Aggarwal has been confirmed as the main female lead in the film.

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