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Ra Ra Linga lyrical video from Skylab is full of nativity

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Even as Skylab is gearing up to hit the screens on December 4, its makers have released the Ra Ra Linga lyrical video. The folkish song aptly serves the purpose of raising expectations on the movie.

Running for 4.27 minutes, the video presents the lead characters of the movie in an interesting manner. There are some impressive scenes too. On the music front, the tune is catchy and the song is full of nativity.

The film features Nithya Menen as Gauri, a zamindar daughter-turned-journalist who is waiting for her big story. Then there are Satyadev as Anand and Rahul Ramakrishna as Subedar Rama Rao.

How the lives of these three different individuals join at a point- in the form of an alert that Skylab would fall on earth- is the idea behind the story. The trailer is a fun-filled one and raises expectations on the movie.

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Skylab trailer loaded with comedy and content

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Skylab directed by Vishak Khanderao has an ensemble of cast including Nithya Menen, Satyadev, Rahul Ramakrishna Tanikella Bharani, Vishnu Oi, Anusha and Tulasi.

Ahead of the movie’s release, the team has released the trailer. It features Nithya Menen as Gauri, a zamindar daughter-turned-journalist who is waiting for her big story. Then there is Satyadev as Anand a self-centric man. There is also Rahul Ramakrishna as Subedar Rama Rao.

How the lives of these three different individuals join at a point- in the form of an alert that Skylab would fall on earth- is the idea behind the story. The trailer is a fun-filled one and raises expectations on the movie.

The story of the movie is set in 1979 and revolves around the events that took place in Bandalingampalli when USA’s first space station Skylab fell to the Earth. Gauri, Anand and Ramarad are the main characters in this fun filled movie.

Prithvi Pinnamaraju has produced the movie along with Nithya Menon as the co-producer. Music for the movie is composed by Prashanth Vihari, cinematography is by Aditya.

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Rajamouli ropes in Nitya Menon for NTR

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SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus period film RRR, set in the backdrop of Independence era, has been grabbing the eyeballs of media and audience ever since it’s announcement. The makers have pulled off a casting coup of sorts by signing up NTR, Charan, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in the lead roles. Unfortunately, foreign actress Daisy Edgar Jones has backed out from the project citing personal reasons. The hunt for a new actress to replace her is currently on.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that Rajamouli has roped in highly talented actress Nitya Menon for a significant role in this project. Sources revealed that Nitya Menon will be seen as a village belle in this period film and she will be paired up with NTR who is playing Komaram Bheem. It is also clarified that she has not replaced Daisy Edgar Jones and her character is a completely different one.

This is going to be the second time, Nitya Menon is paired opposite NTR after Janata Garage.

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Nitya Menon finalized for Jaya Lalitha’s biopic

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Following the latest trend of biopics on political leaders and film stars, director JJ Priyadarshini has announced a biopic on iconic actress and political leader Jaya Lalitha. The pre production activities of this prestigious project are currently underway in Chennai.

According to the latest reports, talented actress Nitya Menon has been finalized to play Jayalalitha’s role. The film has been officially titled as ‘ The Iron Lady’ and Nitya will step into the shoes of Jaya Lalitha. Priyadarshini felt Nitya can justify the lead role because of her versatility and flair for acting mettle. L
Also, the fact that Nitya’s height and appearance have close resemblance to Jaya Lalitha is another reason for choosing her.

Impressed with the narration and character, Nitya immediately gave the nod. The regular shooting will commence from February next year. PaperTale pictures will bankroll the film.

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Mersal Movie Live Updates, Review

Mersal Review, Vijay Mersal Movie Review

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Final report : Mersal First Half is Good with commercial elements and message oriented . Second half is story based, flashback may gets you bored, again the climax is Good

Positives :

  • Vijay’s three shades are major highlight , he acted with ease
  • Grand first half Europe Visuals
  • Message oriented story
  • Atlee’ s direction

Negatives :

  • Cliched story in second half
  • Heavy Tamil nativity in flashback( For dubbing versions this is negative , but in Tamil it works )
  • Songs could have been better , They are just above average

Verdict : Mersal is appreciable film for its hard hitting take on medical system. Its a minimum guarantee film in Tamil , range depends on how dragged sentiment scenes would be received by audience

06:25 AM: A good climax fight , followed by Dr. Maaran speech. Again hard hitting dialogues on rotten Indian Medical System

06:17 AM: Atlee is now back to his elements . Vetri , Maaran Takes on villains

06:13 AM: Heavy sentimental vetrimaran story finally ends

05:53 AM: VetriMaaran Rural episodes are getting dragged on and on. Movie graph is going southwards

05:40 AM: Set in 1980’s Rural Tamilnadu , Flashback of VetriMaaran is lengthy

05:25 AM: Flashback opens , Vijay’s VetriMaaran role & getup is good

05:16 AM: S J Surya as Villain is perfect in this film

#Mersal Interval report : First half is Commercial pot-boiler laced with director’s take on current Corporate Medical System in India

Atlee played it well to the galleries in this otherwise not so great story line

Europe episodes , Stylish taking & Vijay histrionics and dual shades in the character appeal to the audience

Movie depends heavily on its second half.

05:00 AM: Lengthy scene exposing corporate hospitals’ fraud is predictable , overdose of sentiment !

With a superb twist #Mersal Interval !

04:38 AM: Samantha as Tara , TV anchor , Interviews Dr. Maaran

This interview discusses ” Medical System in India “. best scene in the film so far !

04:27 AM: After an interesting twist in the story, Dr. Maaran now back in Chennai.

Solo song will be liked by fans with Vijay’s trademark steps

04:18 AM: ‘ Macho .. ‘ song shot on Vijay Kajal is Class and good

04:10 AM: Kajal Aggarwal as Dr. Anu Pallavi looking beautiful, meets Dr. Maaran im europe

Vadivel one-liners are entertaining

03:58 AM: Main story opens as Vijay in Europe as Dr. Maaran; Scenes involving Tamil pride came out well !

03:45: AM: Movie opens with an Interrogation scene of Vijay. Thunderous response in theatre for Vijay entrance

03:35: AM: #Showtime Mersal

Tamil biggie Mersal, which has Vijay playing a triple role, is all set for a grand release today. All eyes are on this action entertainer because this is the first film after the Tamil Nadu government has revised the ticket prices after a decade.

Directed by Atlee, which is Vijay’s second collaboration with him after Theri, the film has Samantha, Kajal Agarwal and Nitya Menon as the heroines. Baahubali fame writer K.V. Vijayendra Prasad has assisted in the script work and screenplay of this film. AR Rahman has rendered the soundtrack.

After much ado regarding the completion of censor formalities, Mersal is all ready to take the box office by storm from today. Tamil trade circles are eagerly waiting for Mersal as they are in need of a much needed hit this season.

Let’s see if Mersal has the potential to revive the Tamil film industry or not. Here are the live updates followed by detailed analysis of the film.

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“Okka Ammayi Thappa” Review : Love & Crime in Traffic Jam

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Okka Ammayi Thappa Review,Okka Ammayi Thappa Movie Review

Okka Ammayi Thappa, Sundeep Kishan and Nitya Menon Starrer, is releasing on June 10th in India, and premiered on June 9th in USA. Produced by Anji Reddy, Okka Ammayi Thappa features Sundeep Kishan and Nithya Menen in the lead roles, with Ravi Kishan playing the role of the villain.The movie is being promoted as a romantic thriller with a twist, Nithya has given a superb performance and she is the biggest attraction for the movie. Hero Sundeep Kishan has high hopes on this movie which has been directed by debutante Rajasimha Tadinada. Let us see how this movie shaped up.

Story :

In a bid to free their jailed terrorist boss Aslam (Rahul Dev), a group of terrorists led by Anwar(Ravikishan) plots a powerful bomb on a flyover which is adjacent to Hitech city,Hyderabad. Their idea is to cause a traffic jam on the flyover and threat to detonate the bombs,blackmail the government to release Aslam. Krishna( Sundip Kishan)is a smart and happy go lucky young man who hangs out with friends.Krishna who is in pursuit of his childhood girl friend ‘Mango’,one morning casually goes out to withdraw money from ATM. On that ill-fated day, he along with Nitya Menon and thousands others get caught in the traffic jam(which is planned by the terrorist team) on the flyover . Rest of the story is about how terrorists attempt to execute their plan, how Krishna becomes part of the game, and how things unravel.

Analysis:

Story has all elements of bollywood thrillers like “A Wednesday”, but the execution is leaves lot to be desired. This kind of movies don’t require high budget, but need a tight screenplay and strongly need attention to the detail. In that aspect Okka Ammayi Thappa disappoints those who expect a decent thriller. The childhood love thread failed to create any emotion or feel. An attempt to insert a love story between two persons who stranded on a flyover has its serious limitations.As the story demands, watching the heroine sitting in a share Auto through out the movie is something that doesn’t work in commercial point of view.

While first half is below average, second half has its moments especially when scenes are woven around communal harmony. Pre-climax thirty minutes is engaging and apparently the crux of the movie.

It’s strange and disengaging to see people sitting in their vehicles for hours together. Had any such solid traffic jam occurs , people simply walks off down the flyover. Incident occurs at around 10AM and by 6PM , still people wait in their vehicles as if they stopped at a traffic signal.However, as late evening begins,the bomb detonation threat starts and then people cannot move around which makes sense. This core point should have been taken care. Comedy tracks rarely evoke laughter and the movie would have been better if comedy tracks worked well. Comedy is just insipid,reflected director’s poorest sense of humor.

Songs :

First song Kaav Kaav reminds Tattad Tattad song from Ranveer Singh’s Ram-Leela. Both Tune and choreography are seriously inspired from Tattad Tattad. Melodius song “Kottha KadhalE” is good on screen as well,Sundip Kishan looked his best in this song. Sarihaddhu Lopala is a montage song is adequate while hearing but on screen doesn’t appeal much. Dhruvam Dhruvam song preaches harmony between Hindu Muslim communities and a background song.

Actors :

Sundip Kishan who has a natural flair in acting fil the bill perfectly. However, in romantic expressions Sundip needs improvement.Nitya Menon has limited scope to act and for the duration of the movie sits in a auto. Ravi Kishan ,as Anwar, has gone overboard and is loud in a number of scenes. He got screen time on par or more compared to Sundip Kishan. Comedians Saptagiri, Prudhvi ,Tagubothu Ramesh tracks did not come out well and primarily irritating. Ali track in first half is slightly better.

Positives:

Sundip Kishan is natural acting
Communal Harmony preaching scenes
Couple of songs

Negatives:

Not so gripping screenplay
May be due to lack of budget,few character artists look irritatingly bad
Comedy has failed
Title has zero relevance
Love track should have been better

Verdict :

Okka Ammayi Thappa movie is supposedly a romantic movie interlaced with crime angle. With below average first half, decent second half this movie may be watchable only if you are a Sundip Kishan or Nitya Menon fan and have ample free time to kill. At box-office, movies of these genre have limited scope.

Telugu360 Rating : 2.25/5

 

 

Directed by :  Rajasimha Tadinada
Produced by  : Anji Reddy
Written by :  Rajasimha Tadinada
Starring : Sundeep Kishan Nithya Menen ,Ravi Kishan
Music by : Mickey J Meyer
Cinematography :  Chota K. Naidu
Edited by  : Gautham Raju
Production : Anji Reddy productions

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Suriya’s ’24’ Review : Brilliant but Boring At Times

24 Movie Review , 24 Telugu Movie Review

Touted as a science fiction thriller,’24’ movie stars Surya, Samantha and Nitya Menon in the lead roles. The intriguing posters and the stunning teaser have created a lot of buzz on the film. Directed by ‘Manam’ fame Vikram Kumar, music for 24 is composed by A.R. Rahman. Hero Suriya himself produced the film on 2D Entertainment banner, and also played three roles in this film. Released amidst much hype as VFX and graphical extravaganza film and initial social media euphoria, let us see what ‘24’ has to offer.

Story (Spoiler-Free) : 24 movie has a path breaking story that was never attempted on Indian screen. Dr.ShivaKumar (Surya) is a scientist whose research is to invent a hand watch that is capable of time travelling a person. When the research is about to be fruitful, Aathreya (Surya) who is a rich baddy and twin brother of Dr.Shiva tries to snatch the watch from Shiva’s laboratory. In that process Aathreya kills Shiva’s wife. Shiva with his infant baby tries to escape from the scene along with Watch. Chasing them, Aathreya kills Shiva as well, but before dying Shiva Kumar hands over the baby and watch to a lady in the train.

Rest of the story is how the kid grows as Mani (again Surya), finds the watch. Then a spectacular mind game between Mani and Aathreya unveils.

Analysis:

’24’ movie has very engaging script on paper but after converting it to a full length cinema and due to insertion of Surya-Samantha love track and other filler elements, the main plot got diluted and overall movie pace has slowed down considerably., Few scenes at the beginning are extraordinary. Art work for Dr.Shivakumar’s home, his laboratory, villain’s convoy and train tracks etc is fabulous. A different world has been established. Once the story forwards by 26 years, then things got slowed down until Aathreya strikes back. Director Vikram Kumar tried to create a different ambience and in that process lost the soul of the movie. Not only for Telugu audience, even Tamil audience might not see any nativity in the movie. Mani’s home and the colony set are very weird. This is where director Shankar scores. Shankar keeps the main plot simple and then and uses Creative/VFX and takes us to a different level. Vikram Kumar got the main theme right and has failed in auxiliary elements. Neither sentiment nor romance connects us emotionally.

Suriya has played all three roles with exemplary ease. As wheel chair ridden Aathreya, he exhibits his career best performance. Tamil heroes have penchant for donning 4-5 getup in a movie just for sake of it, but in this movie story is very apt for Surya to don 3 roles. Samantha got a limited role, nothing much to talk about her role. Ajay got Aathreya’s assistant roles and played well.

The way time travel concept has been explained to common man is good, but at some point we’ll get bored with repetitive usage of time freeze technique. Director’s brilliance is showcased in last 20 to 30 minutes of the movie, all the open ends are connected and time travel technique is aptly narrated. Vikram Kumar has showed finesse around time travel concept. Especially the scene when all characters move back to 1990 and re-starts the proceedings is dealt with great skill. This is not an easy task even for a seasoned director. He closed all the open ends properly. Out of 2 hour 45 minutes movie, approximately the 1 hour 15 minutes or so , while Aathreya is on screen, movie is OK. But rest of the 1 hour 30 minutes is boring

All three songs were shot stylishly and are great on screen visually, but again that visual marvel is not effective because of  lack of proper lead scenes or lack of chemistry between hero heroine.

A.R.Rehman’s background score is of international quality at times, but lack of BGM or dull BGM in few scenes made those already dull scenes more dull. Cinematographer S.Tirru has done outstanding job in producing slick visuals

Positives:

Suriya as Aathreya
Bold story
Excellent visuals in songs
Brief VFX work initially
Climax

Negatives:

Lack of nativity
Samantha’s family irritates
Lag in both halves

Verdict : This is neither a Sci-Fi thriller nor a VFX movie. ’24’ is a slow paced family drama with a backdrop of time travel. Time travel part has been etched very well brilliantly, rest is just OK. You may watch it once with patience, that too go without any expectations around VFX. Initial social media euphoria may not withstand, and at Telugu Box-office it may struggle to recover the moolah, considering the upcoming biggies.

Telugu360.com Rating : 3/5

Banner: 2D Entertainment
Star Cast: Suriya, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen and some others.
Edited by : Prawin Pudi
Music: A. R. Rahman
Cinematographer : Tirru
Story & Director : Vikram Kumar
Producer: Suriya
Release date: 06.05.2016

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