I see a movie by Sri Durga Arts banner, I get a feeling of deja
vu. When I saw Kshana kshanam I fell in love with the movie
but somebody told me that it was a copy of an English movie. When
I saw Hello Brother I could instantly recognize that Nagarjuna
was doing what Jackie Chan did in Twins. Intlo Illalu
Vantintlo Priyuralu was a remake of a Tamil movie and I never
had to strain my gray cells to recognize the similarities between
Dongaata and French Kiss. Their latest movie Santosham
is yet again a clever adaptation of another movie - Kuch Kuch
why clever? None of the scenes in Santosham are lifted from
the original like our copy masters did in Tammudu (Jo
Jeeta Wohi Sikandar) and Vamsi (Dilwale Dulhania Le
Jayenge). The basic story line of Kuch Kuch Hota Hain
has been copied and modified. Copying is indeed an art and people
working for Sri Durga Arts seem to excel at it. How I wish I had
taken some lessons from them for my final exams. I surely would
have scored a better rank than Rani.
that they have copied the story line, but how could they cheat us
with the heroine of the movie? Gracy Singh was touted as the main
heroine in the pre-release publicity of Santosham. But can you believe
that it is Sriya (also known as Sreya) who has a major role than
Gracy in the movie? May be the producers felt Gracy's grace was
nothing when compared to Shriya. Tsk! This new girl Shriya is very
cute. I accidentally blurted this out to Rani and God knows how
much convincing I had to do to pacify an angered Rani. She admires
Nag a lot and when I complain about that she yells at me saying
that the only reason such insecurity creeps into me is because I
feel I am not as handsome as Nag. But I don't agree to that and
she makes me eat my own pie by saying that if that's the case then
I don't have to complain at all in the first place. Whatever may
be the case, girls these days are becoming too intelligent. They
have answers for each and everything.
talked about a shorty called Arti Agrawal in NLNL
blah blah. We have a new shorty - Gracy Singh - in this film.
She reminded me of Jaya Bachchan most of the times, whenever she
had to raise her head 80 degrees upwards to look into the eyes of
Nagarjuna. I heard somebody saying that she looked like an elder
sister to Nagarjuna. Is that a comment on Gracy Singh or a compliment
have this penchant for English names. How else would one justify
names like Lucky Singh, Lovely Singh, Happy Singh, Merry Singh,
Gracy Singh, Honey Singh
the list goes on. Do you know what
that name of Nag and Gracy's son in this film is? It is Lucky! Did
Gracy Singh suggest the name Lucky to the director?
recollecting the last film in which Nagarjuna cried. It was 'Nuvvu
Vastavani', when he comes to know that his mother is no more.
Nagarjuna again wept a couple of times in 'Santosham'. Did you get
the link? Santosham is Nag's biggest hit after 'Nuvvu
Vastavani'. Nag, with his usual charm, attracts girls to theaters
who in turn pull in guys like magnets attracting rusty iron pieces.
Now with his tears he has devised a new strategy of attracting the
ladies (read aunties) who have now a days become couch potatoes
sitting before the TV watching their favorite sitcoms. If ladies
are wooed, then given their generous nature, they bring along their
kids and husbands too. No wonder theaters screening Santosham are
jam-packed. I am sure K Vijaya Bhaskar has noted down this point
of inserting some crying scenes for Nagarjuna in 'Manmadhudu'
too in a bid to make it a hit.
my ample free time during these summer holidays, I have been trying
to analyze what it takes to make a hit film. After watching a couple
of films countless times, I have come up with a 3-point theory for
a film to become hit.
or negative? Be definitive: Every film has both positive and
negative points. When positive points dominate the negative points,
the film becomes a hit. If negative aspects take over positive
aspects, then the film goes for a toss.
just actor but also character: A hero appears good in one
film and bad in another film. But its not so. Hero is the same.
What's different is his characterization. If the characterization
is good, we fall in love with the character even though it does
bad things and judge the hero to be good in that film.
for Climax: Did you ever try to guess what lingers most in
the minds of the audience when they come out of the theater? It's
neither the hero introduction nor the twist in interval but the
climax. As it's the last scene of the film that stays in the minds
of the audience. If the climax is good, then the movie floats
with pride and if the climax is bad, the film sinks into oblivion.
I was told that
Chiranjeevi could not attend the audio function of Santosham
due to some 'unavoidable' reasons. Do you know what Chiru did instead?
He sent an 'All the best and a Happy Ugadi' message to all
the Nagarjuna fans through Allu Arvind. Looks like Chiru's wishful
presence is doing wonders.
only unhappy moments in this otherwise happy movie are when Kota
tries to crack some jokes. The type of jokes he cracks completely
cracked my sense of humor. He is supposed to be Nag's boss and the
head of L&T Company (New Zealand branch). Now does L&T stand
for Laughandi & Tittandi? I am also glad that he is called
'Himsa Raju' and not 'Hasya Raju' in the movie.
Feelings! No, I am not talking about the brand of ladies undergarments,
you perverts. I am indeed taking about the new wave of movie titles
churned out these days talking about feelings. Ullasam, Anandam,
Paravasam, Istam, Santosham
. Can we expect movies with
titles like Pulakarintha, Kavvintha, Udvegam, Aaratam, Akrosham
etc in the near future? Lets wait and watch.
I got to go. Rani and I are going to watch Santosham again. She
told me that she liked Nag's action very much in the movie and that
she has to watch the movie again for that reason. I am not as gullible
as she thinks. I told her that I was moved by Shriya's action and
that I would definitely accompany her to the movie just for Shriya.
Before Rani doubted my intentions I quickly added - just for Shriya's
Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu
Nuvvu Naaku Nachav
Naa Manasista Raa!
E for Elopement