‘Janatha Garage’ Review: Needs Some Repairs

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Movie: Janatha Garage
Rating: 3/5
Banner:
Mythri Movie Makers
Cast: NTR, Mohanlal, Samantha, Nithya Menen, Unni Mukund, Sai Kumar, Brahmaji, Benarjee, Ajay, Sitara, Devayani, Gunaji and others.
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Thiru
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Fights: Anal Arasu
Art: A.S. Prakash
Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Mohan (CVM), Y.Ravi Shankar
Written and directed by: Koratala Siva
Release date: September 01, 2016

Fresh from the success of “Nannaku Prematho”, NTR has teamed up with hit director Koratala Siva for “Janatha Garage”. Ever since the movie was announced, it has created huge interest among the film lovers and with the casting of Malayalam superstar Mohanlal the interest hiked further.

As Koratala Siva is in top form and the trailers have become popular, the movie generated huge expectations. Touted as one of the biggest movies this season, it has hit screens in Telugu and Malayalam languages simultaneously.

Let’s find out how the film has fared and whether it has the potential to become blockbuster.

Story:
Satyam (Mohanlal) establishes an auto garage in Hyderabad in early 1980’s. Soon he becomes a leader to their locality. All people in the neighbourhood approach him for help and he also “repairs” (bashes up) men who do wrong to the people.

In the present day, Anand (NTR), an environmental researcher, studying and living in Mumbai frequently lands in problems for his cases against powerful people who pollute the nature. He also knows how to teach them a lesson by bashing them.

On a study exchange program, Anand comes down to Hyderabad and he closes down the illegal quarry of Satyam’s son Raghava (Unni). Impressed with Anand’s aggressive and righteous nature, Satyam asks him to take over his garage. Why? What is his motive?

Artistes’ Performances:

NTR has excelled once again where performance is concerned. He has shown his maturity when he does the scene of Samantha leaving him.

The great actor Mohanlal has not much scope for giving great performance but his presence itself mesmerizes. Samantha and Nithya Menen are wasted in the movie. Sai Kumar’s role is laughable. Ajay’s character lacks proper depth. The villainy done by Unni and Sachin Khedekar also fail to give desired results.

Among other actors Devyani has done good job. Kajal Agarwal’s item song comes at wrong time but she has tried to spice up the screen with ample skin show.

Technical Excellence: 
The film boasts high technical values with top-notch camera work by renowned cinematographer Thiru and great artwork. Much of the film is shot at Janatha Garage set and even Mumbai set props are eye-catching.

Devi Sri Prasad’s music is okay. Only couple of songs are good. Editing is bad – from pace to keeping plenty of unnecessary scenes. Fights are routine. Dialogues are good but direction and narration are not effective.

Highlights:
NTR’s performance
NTR and Mohanlal’s scenes
GHMC Episode
Some dialogues

Drawback:
Dull first half
Heroines with no proper roles
Lack of emotional quotient
Weak Villain
Predictability
Lengthy runtime

Analysis: 
“Idhi Oka Kutumba Katha”

Music by Devi Sri Prasad is a huge plus as all the songs have been composed quite well. Devi’s background score in the second half elevates the proceedings to a decent level. Production values of the film are pretty good. Camera work is superb as Hyderabad and Mumbai have been showcased in a wonderful light. Dialogues written by Koratala Shiva are meaningful. Editing is below average as the film needs to be trimmed by at least 15 minutes.

Coming to the director Koratala Shiva, he has done just an okay job with the film. Though his thought is good, he takes too much time to establish the story as the film catches steam only after the first half. He makes things predictable and ends the film on a simple note.

Verdict :-

On the whole, Janatha Garage is not your regular popcorn entertainer which Tollywood churns out every week. It is a character-driven film where the onus is on serious emotions. Though NTR performs brilliantly, Mohan Lal gets a prominent role and this might not go well with NTR’s fans. The film will appeal to the general audience more than the fans. Finally, if you ignore the predictable story line, you may give this film a shot. But keep your expectations in check.

 

 

Source: http://goo.gl/BNy90z

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Can NTR Beat Pawan Kalyan’s Record?

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Janatha Garage storm has taken over overseas box office. The collection tally has already surpassed $ 250K mark in US even before the first premiere was screened.

The opening day number is going to be huge for sure. With Janatha Garage already surpassing quarter million mark in US, what would be its final figure from the premieres?

Trade is expecting this film to beat Sardaar Gabbar Singh’s record and take the second place on all time biggest openers list.

NTR’s recent track record has made him a very big star in the overseas market. Badshah and Temper grossed over a Million dollars and Nannaku Prematho grossed over Two Million in US. If Janatha Garage lives up to the expectations, 3 Million would be on cards.

Here is the list of biggest grossing movies from US premieres. Let’s see where Janatha Garage would end up by Thursday night.

1) Baahubali – $ 1.5 Million

2) Sardaar Gabbar Singh – $ 615K

3) Brahmotsavam – $ 560K

4) Srimanthudu – $ 535K

5) Aagadu – $ 507K

 

Source: http://goo.gl/77dLGr

Manamantha Review: Beautiful and Touching

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Release date : August 05, 2016
Movie: Manamantha
Rating: 3.5/5
Banner: Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram
Cast: Mohanlal, Gauthami, Viswant, RainaRao, Anisha, Nasser, Urvasi and others
Music: Mahesh Shankar
Cinematography: Rahul Shrivastav
Editing: G.V. Chandrasekhar
Producer: Sai Korrepati
Chandrasekhar Yeleti has created a mark of his own with offbeat movies – “Aithey”, “Anukokunda Oka Roju”, “Saahasam”.

Bringing Malayalam superstar Mohanlal to Tollywood to play lead hero role in his movie “Manamantha”, he created huge buzz. The trailers also seemed promising. As the film hit the screens today, let’s see how engrossing the movie is.

Story:
Sai Ram (Mohanlal) who works in a supermarket is always in need of money as kids are growing and expenses are increasing at home. He expects promotion at his job but sees a hurdle in the form of another assistant manager. Sai Ram’s a silly and greedy act to move further in his career puts him in a danger.

On the other hand, there is a small kid Mahitha (Raina) who is studying 7th standard develops bond with a poor child. Her eagerness to help this poor child get education at her school also lands her in trouble.

An intelligent college student Abhi (Viswant) gets distracted from studies when he falls for the charm of a beauty (Anisha Ambrose).

A middle class woman Gayathri (Gauthami) who is stuck in mundane life gets an opportunity to better her life with the chance encounter of her guru (Gollapudi). How these four individual stories end? What incidents connect them?

Artistes’ Performances:
Mohanlal, the seasoned actor of Malayalam industry, is pillar to the movie. He has given the best performance. Although his dialogue delivery in Telugu is not perfect, he has proved again why he is called one of the best actors in India. In the final emotional sequences we see the real actor in him.

Gauthami as middle class wife is perfect. Vishwant and child artiste Raina Rao have also played their roles well.

The small kid belonging to a poor household is so endearing with his performance. Vennela Kishore as a Teacher comes up with another fine act.

Technical Excellence:

Like in all Chandrasekhar Yeleti’s movies, “Manamantha” has high technical values. Cinematography is superb.

The movie has shown the other side of Hyderabad – middle-class lanes, not-so-posh areas realistically. Art work is first rate. The movie has one only one song but the overall background score is good. Sai Korrepati’s production values are top class.

Highlights:
Emotional scenes
Mohanlal and Gauthami’s performance
Last emotional episode
Climax
Different narration

Drawback:
Slow pace
Lack of entertainment

On the whole, Manamantha is a unique family thriller which impresses you completely. Movies like these are rare to come by and when they do, they are a treat to watch. The near perfect casting who gets into the skin of their characters is seamless and undoubtedly the greatest asset for the film. It would be really interesting to see how the commercial audience lap up a serious film like this. Finally, Manamantha is a movie which can be enjoyed thoroughly. Go for it.

All in all, watch the film for its emotional content, good and earnest scenes and superb performances from the lead actors.