Cast: Siddharth, Sruthi Haasan, Lakshmi Prasanna, Baby Harshita, Ravi Babu, Ali, Ramji, Phani and others
Music: M M Keeravani, Koti, Mickey J Meyer, Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography: S Soundar Rajan
Editing: Shravan Katikaneni
Stunts and action: Dee Dee Ku and William Ong
Art: Bhupesh R. Bhupathi
Production design: Raj Golay
Visual Effects: Firefly
Produced by: Prasad Devineni and Prakash Rao Kovelamudi
Presented by: Walt Disney Pictures and K Raghavendra Rao
Written and directed by: Prakash Rao Kovelamudi
Release Date: January 14, 2011
Theater Watched : Siva, Guntur
Rating: 3 / 5
Siddharth, Sruthi Haasan, Lakshmi Prasanna New Telugu Film Anaganaga O Dheerudu Movie Review:
Ya Finally telugu Films are Reached at base part of Hollywood Films in Graphics. Siddharth had big hopes on this Film. This movie was not Reached to fans expectation. Even Sruthi Haasan, Lakshmi Prasanna had Big Hopes on this Film Because it is the Debut film of Both in Tollywood.Expect Graphics There nothing in this Film.Story:Once upon a time, in a mythical land of Angarajya, an evil queen Irendri (Lakshmi Manchu) creates havoc and people take shelter at an ashramam run by Sadhu. And the Sandhu sends a kid called Moksha, with mystical powers, to heal the people suffered by an unknown disease, to the neighboring rajya. A blind swordsman Yodha (Siddhartha) protects the girl. On the other hand, Irendri who lives on taking the drop of blood of Priya (Sruthi Haasan) daily comes to know that if she swallows blood of Moksha, she would live forever as immortal. Priya (Sruthi) a gypsy kind of girl was once Yodha’s lover. Now it is Yodha’s mission to save Mokhsa from Irendri and also get Priya out of Irendri’s clutches.
Artist Performance:It is virtually impossible for any young hero in Telugu cinema to accept a blind man’s role. Siddharth is very brave to brace this character that flows with the narration of the movie. Siddharth is fabulous. Shruti Hassan is glamorous with her exotic looks. However, it is Lakshmi Manchu who steals the show. Her make-up, dialogue delivery and screen presence is terrific. Baby Harshita is impressive with her work. Ravi Babu is nice as the lieutenant of witch with the funny oneliner ‘nimma daanimma’. Brahmanandam and Ali have a few funny scenes.
Techincal and Other Departments:Story of the film is like Chandamama katha (fairy tale). The director didn’t succumb to the commercial trap and narrated it in a way it should be. Prakash Kovelamudi is excellent with visuals and presentation. He is highly imaginative. He introduced all the characters excellently. However, the movie has only one orientation throughout the movie – witch seeking the kid. A couple of secrets revealed in the second half are interesting. But, he couldn’t get the emotions strong enough on the screen to rise the tempo.Songs are composed by 4 different music directors and all the songs are good. Background music composed by Salim Sulaiman is excellent. Visuals in this movie are of extraordinary quality. It is the result of collective team work by the cinematographer (Sounder Rajan) and visual effects team (Firefly). There are many visual effects that doesn’t appear like effects to naked eyes. There are graphics worth 72 minutes in this movie (half of the total runtime). Art direction by Bhupesh Bhupathi is superb. The costumes, make-up and get-ups are of top-notch. Dialogues by T Rajasimha are pretty good and they might sound odd for the regular moviegoers because the dialogues were written in pristine Telugu though he used contemporary cheap words like jaffa. Production values of the movie are humongous. Disney has made sure that their first Indian production is at par with their Hollywood projects in terms of technical and production values.
Analysis:When was the last time we have the hero playing the role of a blind man? When was the last time a Telugu movie had a young woman as a villain? Anaganaga O Dheerudu is a brave attempt that defies many stereotypes and cliches of Telugu cinema. But at the same time, it is extremely important for any director to get the emotions flared up at the crux moments. Prakash Kovelamudi who stuck with the script made sure that the story is narrated like a fairy tale, but he couldn’t get the right emotions/tempo (suspense or utkantha) towards the climax of the movie. The plus points of the movie are extraordinary visuals, lead performances (especially Lakshmi Manchu) and classic style of story-telling. The negative point of the movie is the lack of emotional depth/connect. On a whole, Anaganaga O Dheerudu is a universal movie that aims at kids in the family and the kid inside you.
Final View:Anaganaga O Dheerudu is visually alluring and graphics and effects are outstanding. It is a fantasy flick shot with bright colors and great sets. Although it has not ‘kick’, the movie can be seen for once and especially kids would enjoy it more.
Its a Good film to watch This pongal With Your family.