Archive | June, 2014

AUTONAGAR SURYA (2014) – TELUGU

27 Jun
This automobile lacks its basic ingredient of ignition itself, the spark plug.
There is so much fire sprawled in the film, but suddenly this fire does not have a spark that would encourage me. The starting titles go through fire, there are lot of vehicles blown in fire, men are set on fire, yet it seems so lacklustre. 
Deva Katta took a well worked out story that was in movies since the age of “On the Waterfront” (remade as Ghulam in Hindi) of 1950’s and added nativity and a load of action and more of unwanted songs to make this a Telugu film that has a certain format. An introduction of hero, well placed fights, an emotional backdrop that drives heroes motives, and even a routine comedy side-kick and a hero-heroine thing to bring the so-called romance. What I believe is that, he forgot to add that one-thing that makes a film a good film, that is the vision and voice of a director himself. 
Sticking to safeguards, makes this film run of the mill affair and does not make it stand out. This film has nothing that was great and yes I agree most of the stuff was mediocre yet I would not be surprised if this film is embraced by Telugu audiences. 
If I dig into the technicalities I find huge flaws, the production design was too lackadaisical and listless. The director did not even bother to take care and back date the film aptly. The film is completely lethargic in editing, songs come and go for no reason, the fights are too heavy when they could have been more subtle. The climax is so hurried that I thought the villain was built up well just to be wasted in the end. Veterans like Tanikella Bharani and even Brahmanandam are under used. 
The biggest challenge I found was to bear Naga Chaitanya for nearly 3hours. That is one heck of a task and indeed one of the toughest when you are bound to seat in a movie theater facing him in your face. There is some serious problem with this guy. He makes awkward face as if biting his teeth unnecessarily, his eyes do not show any emotion and his body language is too plain, it seems as if his body below the neck is unresponsive. I wish he pulls up his socks and learns some serious skills in acting if he has to carry the film on his own shoulders.
I must primarily say that I am not an average Telugu audience but rather an aficionado who is passionate about films, watch different kind of films and derive pleasure in varied stories and aspects of film making itself. Thus, I can say that I am not the right one to review Telugu films as I find most of them annoying. Yet, I dare to review hoping for a change and the best part is I still dare to review my rather too critical reviews too. 
This was pure average film as per me and for those who thought that this film was good, I have no comments but will admit that perhaps, I am too critical. A 1/5 for this, just for some good dialogues which are actually wasted in the attempt to please the masses and pass off as a commercial film.

दुनिया-ए-हुस्न-ओ-इश्क़

27 Jun
ऐसा नज़ारा आपने  दिखाया कि  सोचते है हम, 
ये हकीकत है या ख्वाब है 
ऐसा नशा आपने चढ़ाया, कि अब जान गए हम 
दुनिया-ए-हुस्न-ओ-इश्क़ का आप ही शबाब है 

प्यार की रेखा

27 Jun
प्यार करना जानते है पर प्यार को पाना सीखा नहीं 
प्यास नहीं हूँ, या फिर प्यार का  भूखा नहीं 
फिर भी जी रहा हूँ उनके लिए जिन्हे आज तक देखा नहीं 
नहीं मिले तो भी गुज़ार देंगे  ज़िन्दगी, मानकर यही 
की हमारी हाथ में प्यार की रेखा नहीं 

लफ्ज़ खोगया

27 Jun
लफ्ज़ खोगया हूँ, जीने का इरादा भी रूठ गया है 
मौत भी आज़मा नहीं सकता, उससे वादा जो टूट गया है

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014) – ENGLISH

16 Jun
Heroes are made in most unexpected circumstances. 
Courage is what takes a man forward. I think the director of this film Dean DeBlois believes that strongly. Because, his belief is evident in the treatment of the film. From characterisation to emotions and even a including a humorous tiny sub plot. This film comes of as a sequel that dares to beat the original itself. 
Its multi layered in terms of screenplay and characterisation. Look at the scene where Hiccup discovers a strange place and in that a person whom he missed. The conversations are good and are deep in emotion. Even the tiny discovery of using the flaps on the tail of Toothless seems endearing. The small things add up to the big picture and give us a magnanimous feeling. Never there was a dull moment in this pacy animated film. 
Whilst most animated films have to indulge in a song dance sequence, lot of peppy feel-good music and histrionics of the characters. This film, keeps it pretty simple, it cuts straight into the story, does not waste a moment in discovering characters and the purpose of the film and then achieves it without much hype. Damn, terrific is the writing and kudos to the director Dean DeBlois for his bravery. As it has been said “Fortune Favours the Brave” and this film proves that saying yet again.
The editing is sharp, the cinematography is super and the animation is simply class apart. It embeds the motion picture and the typical storyboard animation beautifully and in an IMAX 3D, it comes alive. Thanks to the pain the animators took in detailing. It’s all rendered beautifully on screen.
DreamWorks is not a PIXAR yet, I suppose if it sticks to films like these, I hope it can better that animation company. Of course, since TOY STORY 3, PIXAR did not stand up to it’s name yet. And apart from the Shrek franchise DreamWorks itself did not make it big. With this Franchise, I suppose it has got it’s breakthrough and can make it big. 
This is a rare sequel and a gem of a film. It’s not for kids alone, they have company and the adults will love it. It’s dark and yet humorous. I loved it and hopefully you will too. A 4/5 for this. 
Link for the review of the first film in the series : 

इंतज़ार का जंग

13 Jun
अखियों से आसूं बरस के बरसो बीत गये
जबसे दूर मुझसे मन मीत गये

सुहाग रात के हसीन सपने बो गये
पर न जाने उस रात वो कहा सोगये

जंग कर रहे है थे वो दुश्मनों से
हम भी लड़ रहे थे रोज़ उनके सपनो से

तंग आगयी पर संग की चाह मौजूद है
ज़ंग लग गयी तन को, पर मिटा नहीं उनका वजूद है

वही चौखट पे खड़े है आज, 
जहा से कई कदम दोनों आगे बढे थे
मत जाओ करके हम बहुत लड़े थे, 
देश के लिए वो जाने के लिए अड़े थे

गए तो गए, पर न खत न खबर उनका
कौन सुने रोना इस बेकल मन का

पढ़ कर वो खत, हमने रब से और सब से पूछा ये कैसी गद्दारी है
लिखा था उस में “मर मिटे है वो, अब उनकी लाश की तलाश जारी है”

उस आस

11 Jun
बुझने न देना उस आस को, जिसके सहारे ज़िन्दगी समायी 
उस आस ने कभी हसायी, तो कभी बहुत रुलाई 
आस था, कि मैं अपनी ज़िन्दगी आपके साये में बिताऊ 
फिर भी बितादी ज़िन्दगी, साथ लेकर तन्हाई 
नहीं मिल सकते तो न मिलो 
पर महसूस न करने देना उस आस से एक पल भी जुदाई