Dhruva – The Official Remake of Thani Oruvan
When the remake announcement came out, there were several theories and assumptions regarding the result. Even till yesterday, everyone has their opinion on how Dhruva might perform at the box office. We can see Ram Charan taking a lot of stress physically and mentally to get a transformation (makeover), especially for this film. Ram Charan also shifted his focus on to the overseas market. With so many exciting things happening around the movie’s release, everyone associated with the film is confident that the film is going to become a big hit. Read on to know our thoughts/review on this latest film in the town.
Dhruva is almost as good as the original Thani Oruvan. Be it planning or the execution, everyone has given their best to make Dhruva a faithful remake of the original. Surender Reddy deserves appreciations for making some good as well as significant changes to Dhruva. All the changes are well made and well connected with the flow of the plot. There are four remarkable changes that Surender Reddy and his team did to the original. There is a crucial scene in the original where the protagonist finds an evidence (in the form of SD card). That scene has undergone changes in Telugu version by giving a complete justification and joining the threads from the beginning to the end. The first meeting scene of Hero and Heroine also got changed. This change was also convincing. Hiphop Tamizha has created a separate and unique background score for the antagonist in the film which cleverly portrays the character and attitude that Siddarth Abhimanyu possesses. The fourth and significant change of the movie is the concept “8 – Ashta Digbandhanam.”
For any/every story, the ultimate conclusion is the hero winning over the villain. When it comes to films, the concept does not change but how different did that happen matters the most to the viewers. In this aspect, the film unit of Dhruva have been successful completely in making audiences convinced that the fight between the two is engaging, convincing and above all CLEVER. Surender Reddy’s mark is just not entertainment, and he proves that here. Cooking up the concept of Ashta Digbandhanam reveals the new mark (may be the new side) of Surender Reddy. When the film is about to end in ten minutes, Ram Charan explains the concept 8-Ashta Digbandhanam to Aravind Swamy. The clever war of Surender Reddy’s protagonist Dhruva is defeating antagonist Siddarth Abhimanyu by destroying his Fame (కీర్తి), Intelligence (మేధస్సు), Strength (బలం), Emotion – Love (భావోద్వేగం -ప్రేమ), Courage (ధైర్యం), Money (డబ్బు). Having gone through all this, indirectly Siddarth Abhimanyu was made to forget his Morality(నీతి) and attempts murder against his father.
Performances wise, everyone, has tried to put on their best on screen. Undoubtedly, Dhruva is Ram Charan’s career best performance after Magadheera. Ram Charan has evolved a lot as an actor with Dhruva. His performance is a silent and honest answer for all the critics who have steadily been making comments. The way Ram Charan transformed himself to fit into the shoes of Dhruva is impressive. The real hard work that Ram Charan brought in the process of transformation is clearly evident. Rakul Preet Singh is a stunner in Dhruva. Rakul Preet played the role Ishika, and she is more than a glamor doll in the film. She was seen in songs and also a couple of important scenes in the movie. The way Rakul Preet appeared in the film is completely different from her earlier films. She is damn hot, and Pareshanu Ra song is an example for that!
The presence and attitude of Siddarth Abhimanyu speak a lot about Aravind Swamy! The cool and calm approach that Aravind Swamy delivers on the screen is something that was freshly explored again on Telugu screen. Aravind Swamy’s presence itself a major asset for the film. No one else could have emoted Siddarth Abhimanyu character so well than Aravind Swamy, and in fact, it’s a tough job for him to play it for the second time. That’s the extent of the challenge his role throws him. All the actors who played Ram Charan’s friends in the film are good. Navdeep gets an extended friend character in the film, and he impressed with what he did. Posani Krishna Murali’s subtle humor has worked out throughout the film. He is good as an innocent father. Rest of the actors did justice for their roles.
When it comes to the technical aspects, Mohan Raja’s (original version director) story is straightforward and good. The chase of an honest police officer to break down the empire of a clever business man sums up the entire story of Dhruva. This story narration took place with the help of an unusual screenplay format by Surender Reddy which is thoroughly engaging. The screenplay is a major plus point for the film. The changes have been incorporated very well in the film. Vema Reddy’s dialogues are okay. The cinematography by P S Vinod is excellent. The film Dhruva looks visually grand. Hiphop Tamizha scored wonderful songs for the film. All the four songs are instant hits.
The director and cinematographer have increased the glamor of the songs by picturising them in a beautiful manner. The background score of Hiphop Tamizha is as goog as the original version. The film has got a perfect elevation at right times with the help of Hip Hop Tamizha’s music. Naveen Nooli’s editing is sharp. At times the film’s run time appears to be a problem, but the makers took space to establish things, and such duration is, of course, helpful for an intense action and emotional subject like this. The production values of the film by Geetha Arts are grand.
The only negative feeling/opinion that is in the movie was that the makers could have made few more changes which might have appealed more to the audiences. Most of the dialogues in the film are the true translation from the original. New dialogues could have been penned according to the situations. All the songs come along with a situation but Pareshanu Ra song looks forced, and it could have been dealt nicely. Except for few lags in the first half, the film Dhruva is a perfect and faithful remake of the original Thani Oruvan. Dhruva is also the best remake in Telugu in 2016. On a concluding note, Dhruva is an engaging and entertaining, intense action and emotional movie with great performances, good music and clever teamwork.
Dhruva Movie Rating : 3.5/5
F2 : Fun and Frustration Telugu Movie Review
F2 : Fun and Frustration Movie Review
Senior Hero Victory Venkatesh and Mega Prince Varun Tej teamed up for a multi starrer movie ‘F2: Fun and Frustration’. Touted to be a full-length comedy entertainer, hattrick director Anil Ravipudi helmed this project. Tamannaah Bhatia and Mehreen Pirzada played the female leads in the movie bankrolled by Sri Venkateswara Creations banner. The teaser and trailer of the movie have already hinted that the movie is going to be a hilarious ride for the audience and the expectations have been high on this movie. After all the big releases for Sankranthi, the movie is slated to hit the screens today on January 12th, 2019. Let’s check out the review of the movie.
Venky (Venkatesh) who works as a PA to an MLA gets married with Harika (Tamannah). His life becomes frustrating after few months because of over expectations and possessiveness. Varun Yadav (Varun Tej) and Honey (Mehreen), who is the sister of Harika loves each other. Venky tries his best to preach Varun about the after consequences of marriage but Varun keeps a deaf ear on him. Finally he gets engaged with Honey and very soon realises the problems. What did Venky and Varun did to get rid of their woman ? Who won in this ego war of couples ? is the rest of the story.
Victory Venkatesh is undoubtedly the show stealer for this film. His lively performance added more beauty to the film. He has portrayed his character with more energy and will tickle the laugh bones. Varun Tej tried a character like this for the first time. He has delivered a decent job. Varun Tej will grab the attention with his slang. The female leads Tamannaah and Mehreen not only added up the glamour quotient to the film but also showcased their acting prowess as well. Prakash Raj delivered a decent performance. Rajendra Prasad is classy and shows why he is such a highly respected actor. Vennela Kishore and Priyadarshi excel in funny episodes. Jhansi and Brahmaji are alright. Raghubabu is decent.
More than the story of the film, director Anil Ravipudi always focuses on the entertainment and he repeated his same formula in this movie as well. Though some of the comedy scenes will definitely make the audience laugh, most of the comedy scenes try to bring out comedy forcibly. Production values by Sri Venkateswara Creations banner are lavish. The producers have invested a huge amount. The music by Devi Sri Prasad is good. Though there are no haunting songs in the film, BGM is just average. Cinematography by Sameer Reddy is beautiful. He has produced some bright and colorful visuals. Editing by Bikkina Thammiraju are clean and neat. Overall, the technical team did a good job.
Verdict : F2 is a complete Fun ride from the director Anil Ravipudi. You can witness vintage Venkatesh and his comedy timing. This is a sure shot hit and winner of this Pongal season.
Tollywood is all set for 2019 Sankranthi Releases
Four movies are gearing up for a grand release for Sankranthi season now. Among the four, there are high expectations on NTR biopic and Vinaya Vidheya Rama. The censor board has watched all the movies and passed the films with censor certificates. The following is the update on the censor formalities of all the four movies.
1. NTR Kathanayakudu – Releasing On 9th Jan – U
2. Peta – Releasing on 10th Jan – U/A
3. Vinaya Vidheya Rama – Releasing on 11th Jan – U/A
4. Fun & Frustration – Releasing on 12th Jan – U/A
All the four movies are releasing back to back to give a filmy treat for the audiences. Interestingly, NTR biopic is expected to entertain all classes of audiences. The film Peta is said to be targeted on Rajinikanth fans alone. Vinaya Vidheya Rama is expected to enthrall the mass lovers. Fun & Frustration is going to be a family entertainer.
|Mr Majnu||Jan 25|
|Lovers Day||Feb 14|
|NTR Mahanayakudu||Feb 14|
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