Punchline: it scares you
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Choreography: Prem Rakshit
Screenplay & Direction: Tulasi Ram
Producer: Ravi Prakash & Kalyan Ram
Release date: 14 December 2007
Thrillers and Horror films are picked up well with the telugu audience occasionally. this was proved by the film titled “A Film By Arvind” which was successful film according to the box office.
With the movie Mantra’s success it has been proved that horror & the tolly audience are welcoming thriller films, which have some substance in them.
What sets mantra apart from earlier said film is that it maintains the suspense through out the film and sheds its story revealing about a supernatural element or a human hand that kills people in a spooky villa called Mantra Nilayam
Mantra Mantra’s (Charmme) parents die when she was young and she lives with her friend Vinny (Karuna Sri). She inherits an ancestral property called 'Mantra Nilayam' in the outskirts of Hyderabad. Mantra Nilayam is called as haunted house because of two untimely deaths in that farm house few years back. She wants to sell it off, but no body comes forward to buy the property due to its reputation. A professor comes forward to buy that house with a condition that somebody should stay there for three months. Hero (Sivaji) is a small time goon who looks after land settlements. Hero wants to stay in the house so that he would get a commission of the sale once 'Mantra Nilayam' is sold. The rest of the story is all about how Hero demystifies everything.
Charmme is extremely good in a shot where she acts like as if she has seen the ghost. She is very good in the title role. She exposed liberally in the film. She has put on a bit of excess weight and it shows up in certain odd angles. The dubbing provided by Sunita should also be commended.
Sivaji is the man for all the seasons in Telugu film industry. He is just amazing and fits into any role effortlessly. He did a typical role of a Pokiri in this film. His comedy timing is excellent. He brings credibility to his character.
Others: The fine thing about this film are characterizations. All the characters in the film are well defined. Chitram Seenu is good. Vijay creates humor. Jeeva is excellent. Kausha did a special role in this film. Mallikharjuna Rao and others are adequate.
The picturisation of the songs is a huge disappointment though. When you listen to the audio, you tend to imagine exotic locales and saucy visuals, but what you get is a rather cheesy number, shot tackily with unknown faces. Even the Maha maha number, does not go beyond what was shown in the promos.
To put it short and sweetly, Mantra is a film you wouldn’t regret watching. However, don’t try to find out what the climax is. Charmee is at her courageous best, both in terms of her character and her career.
Background music by Anand is excellent. Cinematography, Color grading and sounds play vital role in any horror films. And all these three departments are good in this film. Since it is a horror film, the director preferred to shoot the most of the film is dark rooms and during the night. Dialogues are adequate.
Kotha Bangaru Lokam Copied Scenes
Sravanthi Ravikishore’s film, with Devadas fame Ram and Genelia in the lead, directed by Sreenu Vytla, is titled Ready…Deni Kaina.
The film has music by Devi Sri Prasad. Kona Venkat penned the dialogues and collaborated in developing the story line. Prasad Murella is handling the camera.
Banner : Sravanti films
Name of the film : Ready
Hero : Ram
Heroine : Genelia
Music : Devisri Prasad
Producer : Sravanti Ravi Kishore
Director : Srinu Vytla
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Priyamani- honored with best actress National award
Tamil actress Priyamani won the Best Actress award for her performance in Ameer Sulthan's Paruthiveeran, a film on the caste divide. This film was also featured at the Berlin Film Festival.
Priyamani has done well as the love interest of Karthik. However she has much more to do in this movie, than just look good. She has some scenes of her own and she performs creditably in them. The one scene where she expresses defiance towards her father for opposing her love affair with the hero stands out. The heroine’s father could have been a bit faster in his dialogue delivery one feels; otherwise it is a neat performance.
Lage Raho Munnabhai - bagged popular film award
The 54th National Film Awards was announced today in New Delhi.
Among the big winners was Pulijanmam, Priyanandan's Malayalam film. It bagged the National Award for Best Film. Pulijanmam, a 2006 film based on the famous Malayalam play of the same name by N Prabhakaran, stars Murali. It is Priyanandan's second film following the critically acclaimed Neythukaaran.
Other winners include Rajkumar Hirani's Lage Raho Munnabhai, which was adjudged the Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment.
Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who declined the Special Jury award in 2001 following a controversy about a partisan jury, won the Best Actor award for his role in debutant director Suman Ghosh's Podokkhep. Chatterjee, who has many international awards to his credit but not a single national award till now, played an old man who drifted away from his daughter and developed a bond with a child, who moves into his neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, Madhur Bhandarkar won the Best Director award for his film, Traffic Signal.
Ramesh Varma who directed Oka OorilO with Tarun is getting ready to make his second film with funny title- Pulihora and the tag line of the film is much more interesting -Rendunnara Ganatala Thaalimpu.
Jagapathi Babu will play the lead role for this funny titled film. Jagapthi Babu is now busy with Rajini's Kucheludu in Ramoji Film City.
Producer Oscar Ravichandran who made the film Dasavatharam with Kamal told the media that a special preview is bring arranged to US President George Bush on 10th June.
Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamilnadu watched the preview of the film on 7th June in Chennai and appricated the team of Dasavatharam for making a film of Hollywood standards.
Meanwhile, challenging the ruling of the Chennai court in favor of the film, a religious organization filed its fresh petition with the Supreme Court, repeating its contention of disrespect to Hindu religion. The ambiguity is expected to be cleared, soon.
The film is releasing on 13th June for general public worldwide with more than 1000 prints.