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24 March 2010

My Movie – Prasthanam

Before I start writing anything about the movie, please be aware that this piece is not a review but just my take on the movie. Reviews are for experts and I am definitely no match to them.

Ok, so what do intelligent and learned filmmakers do differently when they make films? They add some common sense to the screenplay, stick to their themes, create some soulful and unforgettable characters and last but not the least – they break the rules of conventional cinema and mesmerize the audience with some brilliant stuff on silver screen. Well, Dev Katta (Vennela fame) does the same for his masterpiece, Prasthanam (Journey, English).

Having experienced movies from a rather conservative film industry I always wondered how much we miss the opportunity of watching intelligent cinema in our own language. The directors were rather struck in an age old format of filmmaking and the audiences were long used to the stereotypes. The former doesn’t allow you to change and the latter never gets an opportunity to experience changeJ. Coming back to the film, the theme mainly rotates around the classification of human deeds - good and bad, and the way humans justify themselves for their deeds. An intense political drama coupled with some super sensible emotions, a conflict tale between two step brothers, brilliant portrayal of the ultimate characteristic of human beings - selfishness and a philosophical dressing to the screenplay all help the movie present itself better and rather fresh. What amazed me is the way the director portrays characters and their complex emotions with such ease. Sai kumar once again proves his mettle as an actor while Sarvanand continues to do his good work. The surprise find of the whole lot is Sundeep Kishan who dons the role of a spoilt sibling in a realistic manner.

All said, the movie is a bit lengthy and takes its time to establish the characters and to unfold the twists and turns. But then who wouldn't love to watch lengthy epic tales? I would strongly recommend serious film lovers to watch the movie. If not, you have always have atleast 1 formulaic tale getting released at your local theaters daily :). "

Amarnath Yadlapati
amarnath.yadlapati at gmail dot com

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