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My Movie - Magadheera
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13 August, 2009

My Movie - Magadheera

Hello Frens
Thank You for giving this opportunity to express my experience on this 7th wonder from Rajamouli, Magadheera.......!!!!

I am an ardent fan of S.S. Rajamouli (SSR) right from his second movie Simhadri. After that I have watched his Student No.1 and then onwards I have been watching all his movies without fail. He is one of very few directors in Tollywood who exactly knows what movie lovers expect and make the movie to reach their expectations. With all the hype, I have seen the movie in Dallas in TX, first week and watched it with awe and shock. With the grand it was made, words are not sufficient to express. Totally, I watched it 3 times later that week.

However, I felt barring some things the movie was a master piece in recent times. I thought that there are couple of hinges if taken care would have made it a spell bounding. Let me express them.

1) The entire Flash back episode was the USP to the movie. So, this should have been capitalized by maximizing the screen time for Flashback than the present story.

2) There is no Romance between the lead pair in the flashback at all. When I say romance, what I meant was to show why Mitra is in Love with Kalabhairava.

3)There should have been an instance where Kalabhairava proves that he is indeed a Shatadhruva Vamsha Yodhudu. Like some like a thread where he single handedly wins a war as an introduction before the fight between him and Ranadev Bhilla. In this way, the dialogue where villain says "Thathala charitra cheppukoni bathikey dhadhammala avasaram ledhu" can be avoided. This dialogue totally let Kalabhirava's character down. The only chance he had to prove that he is indeed a great warrior was ONE vs 100 to the end to the flashback.

4)Rajamouli was always good in conceiving the scenes between hero and villain in all his movies by elevating the tempo in the first half for the hero and getting it right when hero and villain comes face to face for the first time. Just like when Shivaji meets Katraaj face to face and kills him to become Chatrapathi, Vikramarkudu entering villains home to bring back his colleagues wife, NTR ridiculing YamaRaaj before interval in Yamadonga, NTR saying he is a murderer pre-interval in Student No 1 etc etc. All were very well conceived and the hero's character lived upto the movie lovers expectations. But here, after building up all the tempo between Harsha and Raghuveer in present time whenever they come face to face the nature will identify their rivalry. But, after all the masala, the flashback fight between Kalabhairava and Ranadev Bhilla was a let down. It was so silly that one who brings the Mitra's chunni and get back first will win the Kingdom and Princess. This looked more like a school children participating a running race where in the one who runs fast and gets the flower on a plant at a distance and coming back first is the winner. The fight between the hero and villain in flashback should have been more serious and mesmerizing with swords and bows.

However, the entire package of crisp screenplay narration, cinematography, Background score, sound effects, visual thrills, music, fight sequences, horse riding etc etc made by SSR, dominates these silly things that I have pointed out. This is indeed a Seventh Wonder from Rajamouli to Tollywood and a beginning of his third Hatrick. His next venture "Maryaada Ramanna" and later one with Prabhas (as per some online news) are most awaited for me.

Rajamouli is indeed Jakkannna (as stated by Jr NTR) and brings the best out of his actors. He acts and enacts each and every scene and makes them to do it. The making of the movie itself is evident for this fact. The Camera work by Senthil needs a special commendation for showcasing the entire movie as a grand magnum opus look. I loved his work in Chatrapathi and now he proved he has in him to be a top brass Cinematographer. Art Direction by Ravinder has taken the movie look to a new level. The opening sequence is spell bounding one with long shots while lead pair jump aloft mountain of BhairavaKona. Awesome and Adbutham. Of course the entire flashback episode is canned well by the entire team with SSR, Senthil and Ravinder need to be credited for this. Rama Rajamouli has been the costumes designer for SSR's movies. However, i liked her work here especially Mitra's, Bhairava's and RanadevBilla's getup came out very well. Kajal was just looking so very beautiful and gorgeous never before in her previous movies , especially as Princess and in second song of the movie.

SSR, Please make special movies different from one another and Thank You for experimenting with the expectations of Telugu Movie Lovers.

You are here to stay in Tollywood as Number One Director. No exceptions at all and no doubts at all.

Good luck.

Ashok V Alluri
ashok.varma.alluri at gmail dot com

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