Friday, September 23, 2011

Dookudu Review


Front End Cast
Mahesh,Samantha Prabhu,PrakashRaj,SonuSood,Brahmi,MS Narayana,Vennela Kishore etc
Directed By(Backend)  
SrinuVaitla(Claim to fame for Anandam,Venky,Dhee,DubaiSeenu,Ready,King etc)
AnilSunkara,Gopinath and Ram Achanta
Penned By -  GopiMohan
Music - S.S Thaman
Released On - Sept 23,2011
Satellite Rights - Maa TV(For 5.75 Crores)

Story in precise
           Shankar Anna(Prakash Raj) is a popular face and serving hand to the needy in his locality.Some incidents with mafia don Nayak(SonuSood)and other rivals(Kota and co)makes him to go into coma for 14 years.Ajay is a undercover cop,where during his undercop operations meets the petite beauty Prashanthi(Samantha)who is a fashion designer.So as usual love blooms between them in a regular telugu movies style.So how Mahesh shows his dookudu and takes revenge on rivals for the incident happened to his father(PrakashRaj) is the rest of the story.

How's the Artist's Dookudu?

             As usual Mahesh's performance is natural and superb,bole tho ek dum jakaas.Samantha's role in this movie is like a comet.Her character doesn't have much importance in this movie.Prakash Raj's acted well but in some scenes its like out of acting exception.SreenuVytla's mark comedians Brahmanandam and MS Narayana has given out standing humorous performance.Sonu bhai as Mafia don played well,but director could have extended his  villanish look in a funnyway(like dubai seenu character).Others are okay okay.

Music Review
            Music is minus for this movie.Film has total of 6 songs composed by Thaman.In terms of music he is going in Chakri way.(In most of the movies,music will be in similarish way other than 1-2 songs).If you don't believe my fact listen to his earlier movies music like Anjaneyulu,Ragada,Kandireega.This movie can be added to above pool.

       Mahesh's khaleja dancing steps are best than this movie steps.Choreographic movements are same in most of the songs.Of all DeThadi song is best with some diff steps by backsiders.Then comes the title song and Guruvaram  in better positions.Adara adara is shadi type band baaja song similar to okkadu's Attaranitiki song(Costumes and steps of Prince).Puvai puvai song played by tollywood shilpashetty(Parvathi Melton) and Chulbuli comes into good category.All in all,if music could have been better it can be an  added advantage to movie's success.

In terms of direction
         SreenuVytla is known for his comedy flicks.Like how actor  MuraliMohan in real life believes in land and hence he is the real estate successor,Sreenu Vytla believes in comedy in his movies for success(May be my comparison is bad..but adjust this time....:):) ).Screenplay and direction has regularish vytla mark.Dialogues penned by him are catchy.Other than draggy narration and extra sentiment, credit goes to him for ornate style of direction.

In a nutshell

       The movie is complete out and out family entertainer.Even though it has lengthy narration and over bounded sentiment,comedy overshadowed all the other elements.What ever the rating this movie I give will be applied specific to extraordinary comedy elements and Prince performance.Once you watch the movie and step out of the theature,you may be in copacetic(Satisfactory) way.That's for sure I can say as per my opinion.

          Hope all the readers liked the way I executed and penned the review.Thank you 

Rating -  3.25


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Chupke Chupke

In recent times I heard much about the Amitabh Bachann and Dharmendra starrer comedy flick 'Chupke Chupke'.

First time I came to know about this movie was through Deccan Chronicle.I'm a regular reader(most of the times) of DC fundamentals which posts the trivia and G.K questions every week in Sunday Chronicle.The question one of the user asked in the DC fundamentals about Chupke Chupke is
"Apart from Sholay which is the other comedy flick where the duo Amitabh and Dharmendra acted together and released in the same year 1975?"(ofcourse the answer is Chupke Chupke)

Next time I heard about this movie was through 'R.K's Open Heart with Nagarjuna' which telecasts in  abn channel.Nagarjuna said that Balakrishna was keen to act in Remake of Chupke Chupke in Telugu with me.In-fact he also sent me CD to watch the movie.This multistar flick is in initiative process and may be it starts it's full fledged process after Balakrishna's SriRamaRajyam if everything goes well.(The Chupke Chupke movie topic came,when RK asked Nag,whether he has any plans to act in multi starrer movies esp with BalayyaBabu because in earlier days both their fathers i.e N.T.R and A.N.R acted in most of multistar  flicks).

As a movie freak I was so eager to watch this movie(after above incidents stuck in my mind) and at last watched this movie yesterday.I enjoyed the movie.Especially the performances of Dharmendra who acted as Professor Parimal alias PyareMohan illahabadi and Amitabh as Prof Sukumar and the scape goat in this movie everybody acted very well,Dharmendra overshadowed everybody with his fabulous acting skills.Though it's remake of  Bengali movie 'Chhaddobeshi',it's one of the best Bollywood classical ever(which I came to know after research.).

Some interesting facts about this movie(Got from wiki)
1.Hrishikesh Mukerjee(Director/Prodecuer) wanted new actors to play roles of Amitabh and JayaBhadhuri.

2.In one of the song 'SaReGaMa' ,Md.Rafi missed one of the stanza and as he was not available during dubbing session ,it was KishoreKumar(The other singer in this song)who sang the additional stanza.

3.Jaya Bhaduri was pregnant during this filming,so most of the scenes shot on her were taken carefully and also to be noted that she acted in very few scenes through out the move.

I guess most of the readers know about this movie long back ago and I'm the only one who missed this classical movie.But I'm just writing this post so that movie lovers like me will not miss this movie...:) :).

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friends Re-visited

       May be Southern Californians will not forgot this date(Sept8,2011).Curious to know why..?Let's get into details....

               It's like 3:15 to 3:20pm where I juz finished my lunch.Being a social animal,I'm chatting wth one of my pal in Facebook.Clock struck to 3:40.Suddenly power down.I'm little bit surprised and confused.Power down in US...?I taught may be my landlord is working on some stuff .To my surprise and  his ecstasy(informal way),power is off throughout the National City(A plc in SanDiego)

                         I then connected to 3G in my phone(To find out what exactly the problem of power outage) and Googl'ed 'Power Outage in National City'.I saw a link having info saying that a cab driver hit the current pole at 12:40am in Harbinson Avenue street in NationalCity ,which made  2300 San Diego Gas&Current customers into dark for a while,where some got restored at 3am and the remaining by 9am.I falsely fooled myself thinking that may be the maintenance guys are working again for proper setup of a pole.But.damn..I  am  wrong..

               The bombshell is that,power is gone through out San Diego County,Orange County,Baja California and the funny part is that even  in Mexico too(Becaz SanDiego is border to Mexico,whr itz juz 15 miles literally frm NationalCity).The wherefore for this outage is because of a 500kilo volt high voltage line between Arizona and Sandiego was disconnected and hence the havoc throughout the SD.

                    The outage made 1.3 million SD Gas and Current Co customers into dark.All in all it's US,so everything is customized and electrified(In a way everything is dependent on power).So problem's got started.No cooking,Most of the gas stations didn't have backup(generators),Internet off,no transactions,can't buy anything in the shops thru debit or credit cards.The good thing is everybody realized the nature of the problem and maintained calm and composure supporting and providing helping hands to others.The funny part is that most of them given Ice bags for free)and I heard that in one place taking this one as opportunity charged more for ice bags....:)

                     Coming to my side,as today is Thursday me and my frend Manoj decided to go to Sai Mandir.I have been postponing for longtime to go to temple,so taught of going today for sure.But when we went over there even Mandir got closed.Ohh God..even God couldn't bear this of our desi's realized the problem thinking wt to eat for dinner,so most of them took togo(parcel) from Indian restaurants(Cash only).Luckily we had only $20 cash in my frend's wallet.So we took the items what we want from Panjabi Tandoor.Thank's to Paji and co as they know the importance of hunger and hence given extra food than what we want.As we were near to our frend's(Nandu and Rahul) home,went over there.In this way got a chance to revisit.As usual fungama and masti continued in never ending way till 11pm.

                 Luckily power regained its power by 10pm in some areas and 2am in rest of the areas throughout all counties.Thanks to SD gas and county co and Govt officials.May be it's blackout day for most of them,but living without power is something different people over here faced.That's common to us,so no comments from my side,all in all I came from India.We faced this issue most of the times.But facing this type of experience(Not juz  2 or 5 mins but almost 7 hrs in my plc) for the first time in US made me something kind of fun and nice experience.

Moral - Sometimes too much advanced technology leads to problems that's what we faced today.Bygones are bygones let's hope the Govt take precautionary steps and alternatives in near coming future.

I thank my frend Rahul who suggested the title Friends Revisited for this post....:) :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Las Vegas Trip

           If any long week end is about to come,one question wch stuck our mind is What's the plan or Where to go for this long weekend?With much confusions and phone discussions which went end-end between my frends from past 15 days,finally decided to go The City of Casinos 'The Las Vegas' with help of  SanDiego and LA troop :) :).So just want to share my experiences with the readers.

               The view of LasVegas City from Stratosphere tower

LasVegas in short
            The Las Vegas is most populous city in  state of Nevada.It got the title "The Entertainment Capital of World" after Los Angeles(Initially  titled to LA  bcaz of Hollywood).The Las Vegas city is also referred as "The Live Entertainment Catpital of World" as its famous for gambling,shopping and fine dining esp reputed for Casinos.
                The actual entertainment hub is Las Vegas Strip(Unincorporated Area) located outside city limits of Las Vegas(apprx 4.3 miles),where we can see many large hotels,casinos and resorts.19 out of 25 largest hotels in terms of room count are located in this area with a total of over 67000 rooms(As per wiki info).
This strip came into limelight for its the beautification with wonderful architecture,dazzling look of hotels and amazing panoramic view of city during nitetimes from Stratosphere tower.

                          The Bellagio's Waterfall Show


No.of Dudes  - 11
San Diego troop- 6(NandKishore,Rahul,Shailenderji,Manoj Joshi,Sumit Kapur including me)
LA troop- 4(Ranjith,Santhosh,Srinivas,Anil)
BayArea - 1(Prasad Kulkarni)
Route - San Diego via Los Angeles to Las Veges
Total no.of Miles - 407miles  
Journey Time - 6 and half hours with no traffic and 8 hrs with traffic
Lodging - Imperial Palace

So how the journey began?
We started on my birthday(2nd sept friday) 10PM from San Diego leaded by Nandu bhai.. :).We drove via LA as we had to pick up our new pal(Nandu frend Prasad from LAX airport).
Reached finally to the the roshini ka shahar at 5Am(Sat).
The City welcomed us with the 50 yrs Las Vegas Sign 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' board which is located near to Mandalay Bay Hotel .
Places visited
                 Out of many we covered only few casinos.Every casino has its own unique style in terms of look and architecture.The Venetian Casino is exceptionally beautiful in terms of classy view of building and surroundings,paintings,beautiful wall carvings.When you enter inside Paris casino you feel as if everybody are playing outside bcaz the upper layer is totally covered with blue sky view kind of ceiling.MGM Grand casino is fabulous which has Lion Habitat and Movie theme style.The Bellagio's Waterfall and The Mirage's Volcano shows are highlights in this trip.The Volcano show started in the year 1989 by The Mirage Hotels,but we should say thanks to $25 million dollar redesign in year 2008 wch added icing to the existing cake.

                The Mirage Volcano Show

             The NewYork casino by name has NewYork theme with NY exchange style directions inside.The Flemingo's casino is one of oldest hotels.The place we lodged "The Imperial Palace" has mirror look to Chinese theme and the other specialty of this Casino is that most of the hotel rooms have balconies which is rare in LasVegas and also it is one of the economic values hotel along with Stratosphere and CircusCircus.Along with amazing 360 degrees view of the city from Stratosphere we can also  have scintillating 3 rides where all the rides are on  the top of the tower having the height of 1149ft(350m).On Saturday we didn't saw most of the casinos and places but we covered most of the casion's and places on Sunday..thanks to the MonoRail Transport.

                     Paris Avenue                  

Khana Khazana for belly?                                      
          Coming to dining ,we had our lunch on Saturday and Sunday in Indian restaurants(Tambha(Punjabi) and Bombay Cuisine respectively).Food is gud in both places.We Had our dinner in Mexican(Chipotle) and Italian(Pizerria Pizza) respectively on Sat and Sun.Finally we kicked off from LasVegas on Monday something like 11-12sh pm.The negative side in this trip is weather.The temperatures are too hot here (The factors behind hot whether is basically Nevada is a desert area and now its almost end of summer season..).Not to forgot we had a very good meal in Bilal restaurant(India/Pakistan cuisine)in LosAngeles. The negative part from my end is whenever  I go to any restuarants,I taught of having abstemious food but after looking over the menu and the varieties it  makes me to become a gluttonous food eater..:) :)

Lessons learnt.. :)
1.Whatever may be factors,visiting LasVegas at-least once is life worthy.
2.Becaz of high temperatures we couldn't covered much on 1st day,so better to go to LV in any seasons but best to go in seasons other than summer....(In my pt of view..)
3.If got a chance or planned again for sure will visit LasVegas

           All in all I had a awesome and wonderful vacation time after long gap.Got a chance to get introduced to new friends thru NandKishore and Ranjith.The most essence part in this trip is that I met my close pals Nikhil and Sandeep after 2 yrs.I thank each and every one who coordinated and cooperated for making this trip successful.Hope you guyz like my way of explanation...Thank You...Bye...

Info friend - Wikipedia and LasVegas trip ...:) 
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