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V.V.Vinayak’s Naayak (2013) Movie Review

V.V.Vinayak’s Naayak (2013) Movie Review


Cast: Ram Charan Teja, Kajal Aggarwal, Amala Paul, Dev Gill, Brahmanandam, Jaya Prakash Reddy, M. S. Narayana, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rahul Dev, Raghu Babu, Pradeep Rawat and Charmee
Director: V.V. Vinayak
Music: Thaman
Cinematography: Chota K. Naidu
Genre: Action| Comedy| Drama
Censor Certificate: ‘A’
Runtime: 160 minutes
Watching at Prasads, Hyderabad.

Mega Power Star Ram Charan who is on full swing with the super success of Racha at box office is coming back again with Nayak for this Sankranthi. The movie is touted to be a full length mass comedy action entertainer. The movie offers nail biting action episodes and lot of entertainment. Kajal and Amala Paul are paired opposite Ram Charan. Nayak title itself makes it clear that this film has strong commercial grace. Let’s check out the review for more details…


Cherry (Ram Charan) a software engineer at CGtrix, Hyderabad. He has a bachelor uncle Jilebi (Brahmanandam), who suddenly runs into danger at that time Cherry plans to save Jilebi from Gandipeta Babji (Rahul Dev). Enroute Cherry falls in love with Gandipeta Babji’s sister Madhu (Kajal). Mean while a series of high profile killings takes place in Kolkata and Hyderabad. Minister Rawat (Pradeep Rawat) is targeted. This time Ashish Vidhyardhi comes into picture. Whats the connection between the killings and Cherry? What makes a Hyderabadi go to Calcutta ? Will Charan marry Madhu? Who is Amala? forms the rest of the story-line…


The real standout performance is by Ramcharan, who carries the film on his shoulders. His over-the-top character, with stylish costumes and rough cut look is charming. Amala Paul has nothing much to do, is easy on the eye, and provides the oomph factor. Kajal Aggarwal has gelled well with Charan and showcases her talents in dancing. JP & Bhramanandam comedy timing is good. JP-Posani- MS Narayana – Bhrami scenes are uproarious. Charmi in special song made everyone glued to silver screen. The supporting cast is adequate.


There is nothing striking about the storyline here and the sequences often happen in a highly predictable and conventional way. But from the titles onwards the makers are clear that you don’t need to use your minds much to enjoy this one. Well, once you are ready with that mindset, it turns out to be an enjoyable experience.

Thaman’s music is peppy and adds to the mood of the film. The opening songs Laila O Laila, Oka Chupuke Padipoya & Hey Naayak are hummable. Cinematographer Chota K. Naidu did a slap-up job; especially his song picturisation and top angle shot which makes action and song sequences look vivacious. The witty liners by Akula Siva are good . Gautham Raju’s editing and art work makes the film technically sound.

Scenes I Liked:

  • Cherry Intro n first song
  • JP scenes after Commissioner Murder
  • Bhrami dancing to Enduko Emo
  • Naayak first two fight sequences  at Kolkata
  • MS Narayana character intro
  • JP scenes after reaching Kolkata

Survi Verdict:

Vinayak’s Naayak is a mass entertainer with all the ingredients mixed in the good proposition. No doubt that the director understands the pulse of the common man and has beautifully packaged it with all the essential commercial elements to suit the taste of the masses.  On the whole, Its Mass Ramcharan coupled with hilarious comedy episodes that makes Naayak watchable, despite its obvious flaws. A delightful one-time watch for this Sankranthi season…

Survi Review: 3/5


K.V.Anand’s Brothers (2012) Movie Review

K.V.Anand’s Brothers (2012) Movie Review

Film: Brothers
Director: K. V. Anand
Telugu Distribution: Bellamkonda Suresh
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Cast: Suriya, Kajal Agarwal, Vivek, Sachin Khedekar, Tara, Isha Sharvani
Cinematography: S. Sounder Rajan
Editing: Anthony

KV Anand after decent “Veeduokkade” & the super hit “Rangam”. KV Anand is pulling out almost a hat trick to make Suriya’s “Brothers” a blockbuster hit. Brothers is said to fall into the action-thriller genre and has been promoting it using the tagline ‘Sometimes the end is just the beginning.’ Kajal Agarwal is pairing opposite with Suriya in this action entertainer that is filmed on conjoined twins Akhil and Vimal, fans of Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh babuHarris Jayaraj music received positive response from the audience similar to the Tamil Maattrraan.

Vimal and Akhil (Suriya) are Conjoined twins born to Sachin Khedekar – Tara. Sachin Khedekar is a founder and the owner of a company Energion, the best kids energy drink in the market. Sachin’s rival sends a Russian spy to the company to know the secret formula of the drink. The spy manages to get some info with the help of Kajal and Surya, but she gets killed.

Who killed Russian spy? Will they try to kill (Surya)^2 & Kajal for helping her?? And what’s the secret behind this mystery murder? Forms rest of the storyline.

It’s Suriya show all the way as conjoined twins. He has shown proficient difference in terms of body language, Outfits, between the Vimal & Akhil. Akhil entertains masses, where Vimal aims at the class audience. His mannerisms in the second are too good. Kajal Agarwal is good as the playful girl. Isha Sharvani is wasted in “Neeve Neevelae”. Sachin Khedekar justified his character as scientist & father of conjoined Twins. National Award winning actress Tara is fine in her limited role.

KV Anand must be appreciated for his sensible efforts. His taking is too good in some scenes. But Brothers misses the engaging Script and Thrilling narration that could lock the audience till the end.

Music of the film is alright with nice picturization of songs. BGM is adequate.Cinematography by S. Sounder Rajan is excellent. The Ukraine episode and the interval fight scene show the brilliance of the cinematographer. The locations (Esp. Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Russia) are very good. Dialogues should have been better. Editing is alright. Brothers the first Indian film to use performance capturetechnology & it’s worked onscreen. Graphics and VFX are fine. Fights in this film are very well conceived.

The movie starts with okay entertainment. Then the movie’s tempo goes down till the Russian spy enters. From then, the movie is interesting till the interval. The second half is predictable and slow. Ukraine episode is fine. But the important climax didn’t fit the bill.

There is an underlying honesty about the storyline for sure, but even then it strikes you with a shaky script and predictable narrative style. Now if you think all these fit your concept of entertainment, well, give this one a try.

Brothers has some nice moments of course, but you need to have patience while waiting for them to happen…

Survi Review: 2.5/5


Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish (2012) Movie Review

Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish (2012) Movie Review

Cast: Sridevi, Mehdi Nebbou, Priya Anand, Adil Hussain, Amitabh Bachchan (Guest Appearance)

Director: Gauri Shinde

Producer: Sunil A Lulla, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, R. Balki

Music Director: Amit Trivedi

Runtime: 136 minutes

More than 250 films in her career Sridevi, the first Superstar of the 80’s and 90 is back after a 15-year gap with English Vinglish. Ad filmmaker Gauri Shinde is making her directorial debut with English Vinglish. The movie aims to please and entertain the audience for the full TWO hour and 16 minutes and that’s exactly what it does.

Sashi (Sridevi), the wife of Satish (Adil Hussain) and the mother of Swapna and Sagar(Shivansh Kotia), is a home-maker who runs a home-based business of cooking and selling laddus. She is looked down by her husband and teenager daughter for not being able to understand or converse in English, though her mother-in-law (Sulbha Deshpande) is generally supportive of her role of a homemaker.

Sashi’s sister Manu Desai (Sujata Kumar) is a widow living in New York with her two daughters Meera (Neelu Sodhi) and Radha (Priya Anand). Sashi has to go to New York to assist her sister in the preparations for Meera’s wedding, all by herself, while her husband and children join her later. How a “free-thinking woman” Sashi manages to go to New York and copes with the language difficulties there forms the rest of the story.

The performances by this talented cast are tuned to perfection. Each character has something to offer the audience and there are so many moments where you will laugh-out-loud.

Sridevi as Shashi woo everyone with her performance, a PERFECT COMEBACK. She is perfect as caring Mother-longing WIFE-Sincere Student. Shivansh Kotia (Son) & T.Navika Kotia (Daughter) of Shashi suit their roles. Adil Hussain is okay in his role, his character could have been better. Priya Anand is cute in her role. Cory Hibbs, provides a good entertainment. Amitabh Bachchan’s cameo is cute (loved the way he dubs Sourcecode movie). Shashi’s English class is well cast and there’s a South Indian, a Chinese, a Spanish, Gay teacher, French and an African who were just perfect in their performances.

The key to the film is the pacing.  It really grabs you from the get go and goes through the motions pretty quickly.  Everything is set up nicely and even feels a bit slow at times.  It felt like a perfect cut film where everything fell in to place where it needed to.  The characters and the actors all worked well together and the outcome was successful.

Scenes I Liked:

  • Mehdi Nebbou (French) – Sridevi’s scenes
  • Scenes Between Sridevi – Navika Kotia
  • Michel Jackson act by Sridevi
  • Pre Climax Laddu Scene
  • Sridevi final speech

What’s great about English Vinglish is that every element relies on the other. The performances are great because the script is excellent. The script is excellent which inspires the director and cinematographer to do it justice. Everything comes together beautifully on this picture.

English Vinglish – A MUST WATCH for emotionally engaging script with Sridevi’s solid performance that grips you to the very end.

Survi Review: 3.5/5


A.L.Vijay’s Shiva Thandavam (2012) Movie Review

A.L.Vijay’s Shiva Thandavam (2012) Movie Review

Cast: Vikram, Jagapati Babu, Anushka Shetty, Amy Jackson, Santhanam, Lakshmi Rai
Director: A.L.Vijay
Music: G.V. Prakash
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Editing: Anthony
Censor Certificate: 
Watched at Prasadz , Hyderabad

After critically acclaimed “Nanna” and disastrous “Veedinthe” actor Vikram is back with “Shiva Thandavam”. The movie, an action thriller with a slight revenge drama will showcase Vikram in dual image, one with echolocation ability, while the other is a cop. Tamil version ‘Thandavam’ has hit theaters a week before the Telugu version and received moderate reviews. This film is directed by A L Vijay. C Kalyan is the Producer along with UTV Motion Pictures. G V Prakash Kumar’s Music received mediocre response from the audience.

Story: Shiva (Vikram) a top notch RAW officer has no ideas of marriage and an ideal life until his huge Tamil village family forces him into a marriage with career woman Menakshi (Anushka). All hell breaks loose when Shiva takes over an important assignment over from his now injured best friend Sharath (Jagapathi Babu). Where the story leads Shiva’s life, the misfortunes he has to face and how he gets out of it to extract revenge form the rest of the story.

Performances: Vikram did extremely well in his character. His expressions and dialogues delivery is too good. Anushka Shetty is limited did well in emotional scenes. Chemistry between Vikram – Anushka is simply superb. Jagapathy Babu justified his role. Amy Jackson is alright and Lakshmi Rai is good in their roles. Santhanam is fine provided some entertainment value.

Technicalities: The screenplay and direction of the film is pretty routine. However, the director handled the some scenes well. Like,

  1. Using Human Echolocation technique

  2. Anushka-Vikram scenes

Music by G V Prakash Kumar is pretty average. Esp ‘Oka Vaipu’ song is good in the film. BGM is not upto the mark. Dialogues are casual. Nirav shah’s cinematography is neat. Antony’s editing could have been crispier. Action sequences by Manohar Varma are skillful.

Survi Verdict:

Action Thriller films can be fun ride. Action films that bring humanist themes can be even better. But attempting to create an action thriller with deep meaning can be foxy, fear the film become overloaded with ponderosity and wackiness. It is here that Shiva Thandavam bumbles a bit, to the eventual detriment of the film.

Survi Review: 2/5

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