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9.05.2008

ANKIT PALLAVI & FRIENDS Movie Review



Rating :2/5

Banner :Innovation cinema

Cast :Nikhil Siddharth, Megha Burman, Surya, Pradeep, Venu, Naresh, Sita and others

Music: Vinu Thomas

Cinematography: Dasari Malini

Producer: Ganji Kishore & Raghu

Director: Hari Yelleti

Released Date: September 05, 2008

Story:

A youthful treat, the story begins with Pallavi (Megha) who is a topper in her academics and holds a lucrative job in an IT firm and on the contrast are her group of friends Ankit (Nikhil), Sunil (Surya) and others. Ankit is all about music and in this process he also fails his degree exams, even his other friends are not much into anything except for one who wants to go to US. Ankit wants to make it big in the music world but does not get the right break, meanwhile love blossoms between Ankit and Pallavi. In no time, cracks start to appear since Pallavi believes in a white collared job and is not confident about Ankit's abilities and his plans. On the other hand, Ankit is adamant about himself and his confidence. Incidents build up one after the other and both end up parting ways. Later on, Ankit does manage to get a break and also his friends who have been lying idle for quite some time get into something worthwhile solving their personal issues too. Both Ankit and Pallavi miss each other but soon Ankit grows to become a well known musician. But do they get to meet? What happens to the clashes take place between them? How does the friends group manage to get a direction in their life? All this forms the rest of the story.


Presentation:

The director has come out with a concept which is appealing but then he has not been able to conceive it very well on the screen. The presentation was alright but the narrative lacked structure, the amateurish efforts were clearly visible in almost every scene. Dialogues were alright, script was weak, screenplay was just about okay. The main highlight for the film is the music and the songs which have come out really well. The camera department also has done a decent job, editing was brittle and the rhythm of the film was quite disoriented. Nikhil has yet again come up with an energetic performance but then he was overreacting at few sensitive emotional scenes, even his dance prowess was not used to the fullest. Megha was cute, looked very good in few angles however her acting still needs to get more polished. Surya was a real show stealer with his acting and performance. Naresh looked quite weak while Sita was not able to deliver her real potential. The other artistes were unknown but they came up with a natural performance. The performance department has been alright.


Conclusion:

While the storyline was not much in the film, it was important to keep the script in grip and make it as structured as possible. While the first half was on the lighter mode with friendship, romance and comedy it is the second half when things take a sentimental turn and the romance element is shown in different formats. The major drawback for the film is the director himself who could not present his thoughts in an organized manner. He has also failed in extracting the best performance from the artistes. The youth audience will find this appealing but there is nothing for the mass or the serious audience. Commercially, the film might get back its investment but a hit is ruled out.

Verdict : Average treat....

source : bharatstudent.com

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Raaghwayndar said...

Friends,

I watched the “APF”. Then I read reviews which looked like motivated pr short sighted. So spontaneously I felt the need to write to you all.


THE FIRM
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INNOVISION CINEMA

Hari Yelleti has chosen “Innovision cinemas” as title of his firm. Much thought must have gone in choosing the name. Let’s hope to see innovative and visionary movies churn out from this firm. APF is the good beginning.

THE MAN
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HARI YELLETI.

Marketing: - I have come know so much about him even before I saw his first film. I should say hats off to his ability in marketing himself. All wannabe directors, congratulations, you one more success story from which you can learn and get inspired.

Honesty: - It is nice to note Hari Yelleti’s honesty when he remarks “APF didn't happen just like that. It was after numerous drafts and numerous trials…”

It’s the real story of toil of successful people, which will make and give courage to new comers to know that the path is difficult but not impossible.

Rich understanding of life: - APF ends with Hari Yelleti’s voice over “Happiness is a choice…”. ‘Well said’ Hari Yelleti garu. You display rich understanding of life.


…AND THE MOVIE
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ANKITH, PALLAVI AND FRIENDS

Film Title: The movie is aptly title as each character has important role to play.

Casting for characters: - Except for ‘Sunil’ mother who actually looks like her grand mother, what should I write: - “Yeh hi hain right choice baby…”

Characterization: - The youth characters in APF booze and smoke and talk like real life characters. Thank God, I did not felt like being in wonderland and in the midst of all goody, goody people.

Hari Yelleti has shown his intelligence in design of characters especially to bring in the “believability quotient”. You need not have to look at the characterization of Ankith or Pallavi. Just look at how he develops the character of Naresh’s son. As movie progresses, this particular boy does an act (watch the movie) which a youth in real life, rarely does. But still it doesn’t come out as a fairy tale.

Love: - Mother Theresa once said “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” After watching APF, one can sure say that “Hari Yelleti and his team might have not done a great, great movie but definitely, he and his team has done it with great love”

Responsibility: - Hari Yelleti and his team take full responsibility and deliver a message oriented YET FULLY ENTERTAINING movie. The message makes itself clear through the story, through the images. In fact, it makes the Voice over of Hari Yelleti at the end of the movie, a redundant inclusion.

Screen play: Within 15-20 minutes of the movie, the major characters, their socio- educational-economic-cultural background, the challenge they must overcome are all established beautifully.

You find no static moments. The story progresses a step forward with every image. The only scene which seemed to slow the pace was the inclusion of the song “Premani...Premani”…the song doesn’t take the story forward. For reasons, please see the movie.

Movie Length: The story determines the length. But I have seen many movies, which have clich├ęd, unnecessary scene just acting as padding to meet that 2Hours 30 Minutes length.

Hari Yelleti seems to excel in this aspect. As mentioned earlier, each image takes the story forward thus ensuring no dull moments.

Dialogues: -
The conflict between Ankith and Pallavi, at the interval bang, in the form of dialogue is worth mentioning. One cannot fail to feel that the words are so natural and coming right from the heart of the characters. For me, Sekhar Kammula was one of the best dialogue writers. I can’t help adding Hari Yelleti’s name to the list.

On a funny note: - Hi guys, lets stop showing Indian’s shunning opportunity to go abroad. Transport and Communications medium has grown so well these days that you will be with your dear ones in a moment. Besides, intangible benefits that country derives from such people when they return after 5 or 10 years, cannot be neglected. And glory that we bring to country when we take our knowledge and culture…Need I have to mention about Vivekananda, BKS Iyengar, Nandan Nilekani…

What I realized when I walked out of the cinema?
I realized that I had just watched FIRST MOVIE of a director. So much of perfection in art of film making!!!

Final Note: - Friends, Hari Yelleti deserves your appointment with “Ankith, Pallavi and Friends”, if not this weekend, do make it by next.


Happy Watching,
Raaghwayndar Bathal
rbathal@gmail.com

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