Cast: Venkatesh, Ram, Anjali, Shazahn Padamsee, Ali, Brahmanandam, M.S Narayana, Kovai Sarala, Posani Krishna Murali, Jaya Prakash Reddy and others
Dialogues: Anil Ravipudi
Music: S S Thaman
Lyrics: Ramajogaiah Shastry
Cinematography: I Andrew
Editing: M R Varma
Art: A S Prakash
Action: Ram- Lakshman
Associate producer: Krishna Chaitanya
Produced by: D Suresh Babu and Sravanthi Ravikishore
Screenplay and directed by: K Vijaya Bhaskar
Release date: November 14, 2013
Watched Theater: Saraswathi Picture Palace A/c, Guntur
Rating: 2.25 / 5Venkatesh and Ram New Telugu Film Masala Movie Review:
Actor Venkatesh and director K Vijaya Bhaskar have together scored back-to-back hits with Nuvvu Naku Nachav and Malliswari. Now, this successful combo is back together with their third outing, which has been titled Masala. Like their previous offerings, this movie is also a perfect family entertainer with high entertainment quotient. It will impress all sections of audiences?
Rahman (Ram) loses his ancestral property in a case. On the advice of his uncle (M S Narayana), Ram moves to a village along with his sister Sania (Anjali). The village head Balram (Venkatesh) speaks in clunky English and doesn’t like people who lie. One incident makes Rahman to be introduced to Balram as Ram, a Hindu boy. Balram provides him a job at his home as accountant. To cover the one lie that is he not Rahman but Ram, he comes up with many more lies.
Venkatesh has given a lively performance as Balaram. He has owned the character and delivered animated & funny Englsih dialogues superbly. He has never done this kind of mass comedy character in his career and he essays the role perfectly. Though Venkatesh hogs the limelight with his horrible (Jaya Prakash style appreciation) work, it’s the Ram who does the rope-walking by balancing two characters that alternately interact with Venkatesh character and fool him. Ram is exceptionally good with his timing in all comedy scenes. He should be appreciated for doing the gay role without qualms. I liked his robotic steps in Meenakshi song. Anjali looks little odd in this film. Shazahn Padamsee is ok. It is Jaya Prakash Reddy who hogs the limelight with his body language. The abuses showered by him in the form of appreciation to Venkatesh are superb. Ali is good as Ram’s friend. Kovai Sarala is good as mother Anjali, but awkward as item girl Chintamani. MS Narayana is rightly cast. Master Bharat stands out in the friends list. Posani Krishna Murali offered another role that suits his body language.
Technical and Other Departments:
The basic story of this film is loosely based on Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic Golmaal. It’s about how an employee cheats his strict boss with his two identities. This film is an official remake of Bollywood blockbuster Bol Bachchan. Director Vijaya Bhaskar sticks to the original for majority of the scenes. Films of this kind need exceptional contribution from heroes to work. Both Venkatesh and Ram have done an outstanding job. The biggest improvisation compared to original is the abusive appreciation dialogues written to Jaya Prakash Reddy which went really well with the crowds. However the casting of women characters (heroines and Kovai Sarala) should have been better. The final part of the film (pre-climax and climax) should have been reworked on (compared to original).
Dialogues of the film form the heart. Anil Ravipudi comes up with fantastic mass comedy dialogues. Music by Thaman is average with Meenakshi song being the better one. Thaman who generally gives loud music for a film of this genre comes up with light work. Cinematography by Andrew is alright. The locations of the film (especially Panchgani) are good. Editing by MS Varma is okay. Fights composed by Ram – Lakshman are good.
A remake of Bollywood director Rohit Shetty’s super hit movie, Bol Bachchan, Masala is almost same as the original – logic less plot with some good funny lines. Venkatesh has done many comedy characters earlier, but most of them have class and middle-class family orientation. For the first time, he has done a mass comedy character (like Chiranjeevi in Shankar Dada MBBS) and comes up with an outstanding performance.But it Didnt Workef For him. The film works because of five actors (Venky, Ram, JP, Ali and MS Narayana) who generated the entertainment with the help of nice dialogues penned by Anil Ravipudi. This film lacks the finesse and class of the original as it is targeted more towards masses. On a whole, Masala is a boring movie for Venkatesh funny dialogues and JP’s reactions coupled with Ram’s balancing act!
If you like Rohit Shetty kind of movies that hinge on comedy not caring about anything, you may like this too. If you don’t like them at all, then Masala is not ‘your cup of brandy’. Definitely, Masala offers some genuine laughs but they are very few and far.
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