Balupu movie review


From March 18th, 2011, Ravi Teja doesn’t know what a hit is. In the interim, the movies he has acted in- six- Dongala mutha, Veera, Nippu, Daruvu, Devudu Chesina Manushullu and Sarocharu- sank without a trace. He has acted in Balupu with not a single movie in his kitty. Is he risking his entire career on the result of one movie? Is he confident that the movie would provide with a whiff of fresh air?

What do we do when we fall on bad days? Try to recreate everything that we felt good about in the halcyon days? Ravi Teja does the same. He gets Brahmanandam to enact a full length role and proves that his chemistry with him is the best in the industry. The way he calls him “Pulka” in the movie is a bit jarring at times, but entertaining nevertheless. The scenes involving Shruti Hassan, Ravi Teja and Brahmanandam are among the best comic scenes we have seen in the recent times.

Prakash Raj and Ravi Teja play roles with different shades in the film. In the flashback, they duel with each other and Anjali helps them unite. Others play their parts well in the movie.

Ravi Teja has been reeling with continuous flops from the last couple of years. This film wouldn’t satiate his fans, including me, waiting for a blockbuster. But at the same time, it is a stopper for the horrendous streak that he has been having. He proves, in no unmean terms, that when it comes to comedy he stands second to no one in the industry. His chemistry with Brahmanandam is almost magical. In the interviews as a part of publicity for the movie, he has been stating the same. His imitation of the way Balakrishna delivers public speeches brings the laughs in the theatre. As alluded to previously, it doesn’t bring him back with a bang, but it sure does keep him in contention in the coming days.

Shruthi Hassan combines well with Brahmanandam and does pretty well. She didn’t enough scope to perform in the role given to her. If the movie does set the cash registers ringing, she will be considered a lucky mascot. Her movie with Pawan Kalyan gave a fresh lease of life to him and this movie, in all probability, promises to do the same to Ravi Teja.

Brahmanandam gets a full length role and he delivers. His imitation of the interval fight scene in Iddarammailatho brings the house down. Prakash Raj also performs well in the characters with different shades.

Gopichand Mallineni, the director, is a self-professed Ravi Teja and that shows in every frame. The pressure of resuscitating Ravi Teja’s career could’ve easily shown on the final product, but to his credit, he played to the strengths of Ravi Teja and brings out some fabulous comic scenes. The Jumping Jhapak scene in the climax is one such.

The production values in the movie are good in patches and could certainly have been better, especially in the scenes involving Lakshmi Rai

Seethama Vakitllo Sirimalle Chettu review

wp-17svsc1280Have you ever been to your grandparents place and had a look at the albums in their house? In most cases, the chances are that the pictures are sequestered according to the age of their children. You would certainly notice that the picture of one of your parents will be on the same page as their siblings. All of them passport size photographs, mind you. This is the one realisation that hits you as the titles are rolling. It unfolds in the form of an album.


While entering the theatre, I overheard a couple of friends conversing. One of them said, “For a movie to hit a chord with the audience, they should envisage themselves in the shoes of the protagonist or there should be something exceptional in the content of the movie”. He was not far from the truth. Credit then to the director that he takes this principle and turns it over. As the scenes unfold you have a feeling that actually warms your heart and makes you feel that you have been through these feelings before.


Srikanth Addala, the director, at the audio function of the movie said that it was beyond him to develop the character of Prakash Raj and he had to take the help of a senior writer to actually develop the character. Prakash Raj does play a pivotal role. He owns the climax of the movie with his performance.


Jayasudha lives up to her moniker of ‘Sahaja Nati’. Her performance throughout remains straight, but for one scene. The scene where Mahesh Babu confronts her about the attitudes in the family, is where she brings out the best of herself.


Venkatesh plays the role of the eldest child in the family. His inability to come to terms with the world and its ways had to be projected with as few words as possible. He does it with his expressions. The scenes that he has with Mahesh Babu are well made and the fact that he is the elder brother shines through in each of those scenes.


Mahesh Babu, post the sabbatical has been a brilliant actor. He infuses life into every character that he plays these days. The Godavari accent, a mature outlook and the love for family are easily handled by the reigning superstar of Telugu Film Industry. He lives out the chauvinistic dreams of every youngster when he spurns the advances of women. His character shade is that of an egoistic person which is evident in his scenes with Venkatesh and Samantha.


Anjali without doubt has to be find of this movie. To hold her own against stalwarts and superstars is no mean task. She does it with aplomb and impresses one and all with her performance. She is as pivotal to the movie as Prakash Raj. It is through her that the director conveys the relationship between the brothers.


Samantha doesn’t have a lot to do, but her expression of ‘Bonga Moothi’ will surely gain credence as the days pass.

Rao Ramesh is the closest that any character comes to being an antagonist. He does well. Kota Srinivasa Rao, Rama Prabha, Tanikella Bharani and others have lesser roles but they do well.


People are complimenting the heroes for accepting to star in a multi-starrer. They should be commended for choosing this movie rather than an action drama. One can say that they have put their stardom to right use through this movie, not in the movie.


Last but not the least, Srikanth Addala has done a brilliant job. If we actually nit-pick through the movie, we will find that he employs a lot of characters and doesn’t use them effectively. Although I wasn’t impressed with his first movie in terms of casting, I surely felt it was a good movie when the family scenes were on. That he goes on and makes an entire film on a family is playing to his strengths. That he made a movie with two contemporary stars without the fans haggling on the screen time is a feather in his cap.