Here goes my pocket-sized review of a telugu film in Indian film industry. The first ever review on my blog. **NO SPOILERS**
First things first, I’m not much of a review guy but I couldn’t stop myself writing a review after watching a game changer in modern telugu cinema. I’m writing this not for OS audience or for local audience, I wanted to write this for people who haven’t watched the film after reading reviews of few popular web critics.
Now, why don’t you watch Telugu serials or TV shows ? Why would you make a frown face after watching an episode of ‘Mogalirekulu’ or some popular serial running for years together ? You disliked their sensibilities, that’s a simple reason. And why would you be waiting for the latest season of ‘Game Of Thrones’ or ‘Sherlock’ or ‘Suits’ ? You loved their grandness or screenplay or characterization. You crave about them days after their completion, if you’re the one i’m talking about, you must try watching “1”.
Now I’m not going to talk about the crazy combination of Mahesh, Sukumar and DSP. I’m going to talk only about the film which had an impact on me, from whose hangover I couldn’t come out for hours, may be like ‘Les Miserables’ or ‘A Beautiful Mind’ or ‘The Pianist’. You may think I’m exaggerating, but even “1” had no less impact on me compared to those movies.
We’re used to routine comedy filled obscenity based action entertainers where the goons are thrashed by the protagonist and a romance track attached for the youth audience and few action packed scenes for a group of audience and wrongly placed songs. But ‘1’ doesn’t have any misplaced sequences and unnecessary episodes of boredom. The movie mostly runs in with the theme on which it was built. This is a rarity in Telugu cinema, even an oddity. It has it’s shortcomings but that doesn’t make the try vulnerable, a must watch for cinema lovers.
A film is a brainchild of the director like a book is a brainchild of its author. Sukumar has definitely got the guts to think of such an idea and to frame a story based on the same. Considering the plethora of routine mass masala flicks in the industry, I envy how he dares to try this script that too with an established star in the industry. Starting from the credits section to the in-line comedy and the climax scenes, he excels in blowing the viewer’s mind. How he connects the pieces of puzzles with slightest of difficulty amazes me. And there are moments where I felt a bit bored, where the director uses cinematic liberties which has an impact on overall effect of the movie on viewer. And he doesn’t add insensible comedy tracks just for the sake of Box Office bells. These reasons makes me say that Sukumar is one of the most creative directors of present day Telugu cinema.
Coming to the production house, nevertheless a film is a hit or a flop, the key player for the result is the producer only. A producer should have the capability to judge a story or script the director envisions. In that case kudos to “14 Reels” to be the agents of change for the conformity Telugu cinema has adopted.
Performances are at the helm in this flick, Mahesh acts with such an ease in the climax sequence where he makes the audience wait for his homecoming. The interval sequence is handled very gently and it succeeds in the act of getting audience glued to the screen. Protagonist’s intensity is of paramount importance for this kind of script and Mahesh has given an outstanding performance, may be the best in his career.
The background score of DSP is the clear winner in this movie. Evolutionary music mixed with a pinch of rejuvenating beats makes the movie worthwhile. The last 10 minutes is the heart of the film where the director wins with his directional skills, the actor excels with his intensity and the music director’s sheer brilliance completes the ‘awesomeness’ circle.
I don’t want to write about any particular sequences or frames as I don’t want to spoil your watch. Anyone must accept that this movie atleast helps in changing the horizons of telugu cinema, the prejudices our directors and producers were relying upon, the comfort zone of telugu cinema making and the boldness of telugu audience against repeated stories and unwanted comedy inserted sequences.
A regional cinema comes basing on audiences’ previous receiving of films similar to that storyline. So don’t accuse directors for not coming out of their comfort zones, their movies are a result of your perspective and judgement. If you keep on watching movies with obscenity, they make them. Once you stop watching routine comedy films, they will stop making them. You are the resolver on whom the entire film making is based on.
Trimming scenes in the movie is a bit hard as there aren’t any scenes inserted just for the commerciality, every scene is related to the next one, interwoven to give a whole meaning to the script. Go watch it for a fresh breeze in Telugu cinema, story based film making and intense performances. Cinematography is top notch with tremendous use of light and shadows. The haunting BGM is the best part of the film.The BGM fits the action sequences aptly that we cannot defferentiate between music and frame, they go hand in hand. I would love to buy the OST (Original Sound Track) if released by the production team. Every aspect of the film is immensly enjoyable. Finally, if you’re a global audience and a cinema lover, don’t miss this one.