Out Of Theatre

Swamy Ra Ra

Out Of Theatre
22 Mar, 2013 2 hrs 05 mins U/A
Nikhil, Swati, Ravi Babu, Jeeva, Pooja Ramachandran, Raja Ravindra
Nikhil, Swati, Ravi Babu, Jeeva, Pooja Ramachandran, Raja Ravindra
Sudheer Varma
Synopsis
An antique Ganesh idol gets stolen from the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. After changing many hands the idol lands in the hands of a pickpocket, Surya (Nikjil) who sells it to Shankar (Jeeva), a shady antique dealer for a pittance. Durga, a notorious murderer wants to get his hands on the idol desperately. Thus begins a wild goose chase.
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  • Times of India
Story : An antique Ganesh idol gets stolen from the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. After changing many hands the idol lands in the hands of a pickpocket, Surya (Nikjil) who sells it to Shankar (Jeeva), a shady antique dealer for a pittance. Durga, a notorious murderer wants to get his hands on the idol desperately. Thus begins a wild goose chase.

Movie Review : The movie begins with two funny looking men (Jogi Brothers) dressed like hippies - wearing bright floral prints and sunglasses to match - going somewhere on a Bajaj Chetak, chatting about how much they miss Silk Smitha. It turns out they are two assassins out to carry out an execution! Reminded about that iconic scene in Pulp Fiction - where John Trovolta and Sammuel L Jackson have a violent showdown with some drug dealers - aren't you? It's a debutante filmmaker paying homage to Quentin Tarantino, with his opening sequence.

The guy hasn't stopped there. He's borrowed the irreverence of a Tarantino Spaghetti Western and the stylization of a Guy Ritchie Crime Comedy and laced them with the vanities of Tollywood rom-coms, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and a hint of destiny! Most importantly, the filmmaker is in admirable control of his movie technique throughout the two hour fifteen minute duration of the movie. As inspired as it is, this is ballsy filmmaking with streaks of brilliance.

It's all story telling with no story. In fact the movie is nothing about anything at all save the sheer skill, wit and audacity of its making. The story engine is a stolen Ganesh idol, which has got an assortment of characters on its trail. We have a murderer with a comic side, Durga, a beady-eyed antique dealer, Shankar, a smooth talking pick pocket, Surya - and his accomplices- and last but not the least, a smart but lame journalist, Swati (Swati). The characters are nothing but their characteristics and their motivations are bereft of any profundity and it all makes sense in the same way the premise of a spoof does - you just want to have some fun after all.

For a change the humor is conveyed through old hit songs playing in the backdrop of a scene out of context, opportune smart Alecish wise cracks and bizarre situations. You don't have a Brahmanadam making faces or Ali making gyrating sounds. There are some smart movie jokes as well. Nuvvu matladuthunte Upendra cinema la undi emi ardham katamledu, simple ga TV serial joke laga cheppu, (What you are saying seems like an Upendra movie which is hard to understand explain it simply like a TV serial) goes one.

The filmmaker engages the visual medium beautifully to tell the story. It is well shot and the crackling musical score is in in-sync the spirit of filmmaking. The background score is stirring and the editing is snazzy and it all looks nice and colorful. The writing has got some smarts about it as well. The acting is adequate, it has to be said Nikhil does a decent job of restraining himself as does Swathi, though she goes over the board here and there. This movie isn't about the acting though, it's more about cinema style.

In terms of filmmaking there isn't much to complain really, at least by the modest over all standards of Telugu cinema this one will see like a gem. In its form and sensibility the film seems to be designed to target the multiplex audience. So the usual commercial elements are missing and it plays out at a pace that is unlike typical Tollywood pot boilers. Also the climax isn't as cathartic but at the end of it all you feel like you seen some cinema and not some mish mashed formula package.

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Avg Users’ Rating 3.4/5 ( 13 users )
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jai ho
This kind of movies should be made several times. A love story with great ending. Climax is thrilling. It makes you think again and again what comes next. This is the credibility of a good movie.
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Mauli Agarwal
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sreenadh
nice
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