Monday, January 24, 2011

Small budget movie - "Broker"

I never thought I would see a movie titled "Broker", but I did. I know the chances of Telugu people knowing anything about this movie or related to this movie is 0.01%. The reason behind this is, the movie made on a small budget and with offbeat artists.

The movie inspired me to write this blog article. The movie talks about the social awareness. There were numerous movies made on social awareness aspect in the past, but this movie stands apart as it delivers strong and effective message discussing about problem and the solution. Most of the social awareness movies I have seen does offer a solution, but this movie provides a very convincing solution.

The movie is directed by our own sleazy music director R.P. Patnaik. I was very hesitant even considering watching the movie directed by this guy, as I found his music as slapstick most of the times (but he did deliver some everlasting chart busters). I got this movie for free from a grocery store after spending the required grocery limit, and so just played the movie to accompany me during my dinner.

The movie kept me engrossed from the start. The screenplay of the movie is very tight and apt. The movie has great moments in it and showcases the complete working system in the state. It talks about the corruption in true and realistic forms happening, starting from birth (how corruption is needed to get your birth certificate) to death (which can be certified only through corruption) and everything in between. You personally connect with the movie so well, as you identify your self being victim of the system at one point or the another, and how you have misused the system to get your priorities taken care ahead of the rest.

The characters of the movie played by the veteran artists (Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Dharamavarapu Subramanyam etc.) really put their heart and soul in the movie. Each and every scene acts as a integral part of the movie, and no reel is wasted on cheap comedy. R.P. Patnaik, surprises me in each and every aspect of the movie except in acting (he played lead role of Broker), he did not do a commendable job in acting department but in all other departments his efforts are really appreciable. He has scored two amazing background songs and one item song which surprisingly seems very situational and part of the movie.

I am assuming he would have approached big established hero's in the industry to play the lead role, and since there is no scope for masala duet songs with heroines and no scope for heroism, they would have sweetly turned it down. Since the movie does not have noted artists, even reviewers does not care to see and write a review. The movie would have performed well overseas as it is very sensible and people here are so tired of seeing same old dumb formula movies. But with no big actors and no media reviews a good movie like this does not get recognized to its potential. I wish online reviewers like (, find movies like this, write reviews and recommend movie to the viewers, as overseas people heavily depend on the reviews (at least myself) to watch movies like this.

I sincerely recommend to all Telugu readers, whoever come across this article, to see the movie, and I beleive you would agree with me.

Monday, January 17, 2011


The power of imagination is endless. But is this power getting weaker or stronger with current generation? When I was growing up, my imaginative power was quite acknowledgeable. But lately (I mean past 6-7 years), I seem to have lost that touch. My world has become very practical, no complaints though.

While growing up, I used to hear news from radio, and was able to imagine of how that could have occurred in the real world. I used to hear lots of stories and gossips from friends and family and relate to their experiences in my imagination. I used to just lay back on my terrace and imagine about the life inside the Aeroplanes flying above in the sky. Until my entry to United States, every news about the other countries was pictured pretty much in my imagination, like how they spend their day to day life, what they eat, how they communicate, where they go for vacation, etc etc...

But lately, with so much improvement in technology everything is presented in picture, leaving none to your imagination. For ex, when you hear a good song, you would like to picture in your head about the feelings or expressions expressed in the song, but now I tend to hear songs only by looking at their videos where nothing is needed to be imagined. Also with the availability of 24x7 reality TV shows, WIFI enabled phones, portable video players, everything is available to you in visuals, completely disconnecting you from your imaginative world.

The major issue I see with lack of imagination is, it makes your mind dumb and not to work hard, eventually removing any kind of creativity your mind might have had. As a prevention to this, necessary steps I am taking is to reduce TV watching, read books, and hear news than watching them. This way at least I can try to open imaginative doors in my head.

Reading about something, picturing in your head, and then watching it on screen, provides a different level of happiness. It is so cool to see how your imaginations match to the reality on the screen. How I can say this is, I read only one book till now (I mean complete book) that is "Kite Runner" and watched the movie on TV and felt kinda strange happiness when my imaginations of places and characters came to life on the screen. Even though the book is far better than a movie, I still had great amount of excitement watching it. May be, that is the reason why there is cult following for the movies made based of popular books  like Harry Potter, where people go watch them to connect their imaginations to the reality.

Without the technology, these movies could have never been made, so that's why I am not sure whether the technology is having positive or negative influence on your imagination. To me, I like to experience in my imagination first and then use technology to experience my imagination.

Friday, January 7, 2011

ఓ చిన్న స్టొరీ

హీరోయిన్ మరి హీరో అల నడుచు కుంటూ వెళ్తుంటారు....
హీరోయిన్ హీరోని ఇలా అడుగుతుంది...(హీరోయిన్, హీరోను కలవడం ఇదే మొదటి సారి)
హీరోయిన్: మీరు ఎం చేస్తుంటారు
హీరో: ఓహ్ నేనా (పెదవి రెండు సార్లు చిలిపిగా కొరికి, కొంచం అటు ఇటు చూసి, కొంచం మది లోనే proud ga నవ్వు కొని)..ఊఉ.... paint చేస్తుంటాను..(అని బుజాలు ఎగరెస్తాడు)
హీరోయిన్: Face పైన నీరసమైన expression పెట్టి హీరో వైపు వెటకారపు నవ్వు నవ్వుతుంది కాని (మనసులో..నీ అబ్బ, నువ్వు పెద్ద హీరో కొడుకు వి కాకా పాయింటే "చెప్పేతి కొడితే చిప్ప ఎతుకునేవాడివి"...అని అనుకుంటూ వుంటుంది)...
అప్పుడు బాక్గ్రౌండ్ లో "గద్దర్ లాగ ఒక్కడు పంచ విత్ నో షర్టు స్క్రీన్ మీదికి వచ్చి ఇలా paata అందుకుంటాడు..
"చెప్పేతి కొడితే చిప్ప ఎత్తు కొంటావు చినోడా ఓహ్ చినోడా,
రూపాయి నెత్తి మీద పెడితే పావుల కి పోతావు చినోడా ఓహ్ చినోడా,
ఎంత చక్కగ వున్నవయ్య చక్కోడ, నీవు ఎంత చక్కగ వున్నవయ్య చక్కోడ,
అటు ఇటు కాని వాడ మా ప్రాణాలు తీస్తావు తోడ తోడ"
he repeats same charam again, then

సడన్ గ స్క్రీన్ మీదికి మల్లి హీరో హీరోనీ వస్తారు..
హీరో: హే em ayindi...గుడ్లు తెలేసావు
హీరోయిన్: ఆహ్ ఎం లేదులే, నీ జాబు ఎంత ఇంట్రెస్టింగా అని ఆలోచిస్తున్న..

This was written just in reference to the "Orange" telugu movie characters.