Author : K Naresh Kumar


A beast on an overdrive...

A beast on an overdrive...

Feb 10,2017 , 01:41 AM IST | Cinema
Director Hari has over the years earned a reputation for being a safe bet for his producers. Riding confidently on a combo of recycled storylines and racy sequencing of his storytelling, this craftsman has remained successful both in Tamil and Telugu film industries.
It’s Nani all the way…

It’s Nani all the way…

Feb 04,2017 , 04:19 AM IST | Cinema
Coming up with a paisa-vasool kind of film is the dream of every commercial film director, who has a lot to prove in the industry always. Of course, a lot needs to be done for this wish to turn into a reality by everyone concerned, from the lead pair to the artistes who play minor roles on-screen.
The man with the golden heart

The man with the golden heart

Jan 26,2017 , 01:12 AM IST | Cinema
After Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar reliving yesteryear don roles like Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim on-screen, King Khan too steps in to recreate the image of a seamy  bootlegger, Abdul Latif of Gujarat (officially denied by the producers) and his powerful aura with his long-awaited ‘Raees’.
To Sir with love!

To Sir with love!

Jan 21,2017 , 01:18 AM IST | Cinema
Among the new names to dot the landscape of Hindi cinema, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has earned a unique slot within a very short period.
A milestone made more memorable

A milestone made more memorable

Jan 13,2017 , 01:20 AM IST | Cinema
Telugu cinema has always been welcoming of historicals, from time to time, over the past four decades in particular.
Good old Chiru is back

Good old Chiru is back

Jan 12,2017 , 01:16 AM IST | Cinema
Kajal Aggarwal, other than creating a record of having paired with both the son and the father on-screen, does not jell all that well, with the chemistry not too visible anywhere in the film.
Gripping tale of one-upmanship

Gripping tale of one-upmanship

Dec 10,2016 , 01:39 AM IST | Cinema
Associating intelligence with Telugu commercial cinema can be dicey. Masala movie specialists have been content in dishing out tailor-made, formula films for decades now, and they have been lapped up too by and large, mostly for want of choice.
Story of a man possessed

Story of a man possessed

Dec 02,2016 , 01:38 AM IST | Cinema
Tamil actor Vijay Antony has enjoyed a freak success with his dubbed versions in Tollywood of late. The magnificent success of his last film ‘Bichagadu’ is the kind of a dream run any hero would like to have in a new territory. 
When cupid turns cross-dressed!

When cupid turns cross-dressed!

Nov 26,2016 , 01:34 AM IST | Cinema
One of the enduring kinds of cinema in India is the one in which the hero dresses like a woman.
Too Samarth for her time!

Too Samarth for her time!

Nov 16,2016 , 11:33 PM IST | Cinema
In today’s world, when it is common place for heroes and heroines to launch their offsprings in cinema, this silver screen icon was a trendsetter who produced the debut ventures of both her two talented daughters- Nutan (‘Hamari Beti’, 1950) and Tanuja (‘Chhabili’, 1960).  
Political One Manship: Dharmayogi Full Movie Review

Political One Manship: Dharmayogi Full Movie Review

Nov 01,2016 , 02:38 AM IST | Tollywood
Dhanush is a pure delight for his fans and the heroines too do a good job. In all, a watchable fare
Shankara Full Movie Review: By God’s grace!

Shankara Full Movie Review: By God’s grace!

Oct 23,2016 , 09:59 AM IST | Cinema
It is a kind of a film which does not surprise you with its zippy twists but does not leave you feeling wretched either. 
Organic food goes hot at alumni meet 

Organic food goes hot at alumni meet 

Oct 19,2016 , 02:20 AM IST | Food
Nostalgic meetings with old school mates are not occasions where green causes are expected to be espoused. But this is what happened in a recent alumni meet in southern Tamil Nadu.
Raising a voice for the needy

Raising a voice for the needy

Oct 18,2016 , 02:09 AM IST | National
It is no wonder then he is a sought after personality by the police in not only his hometown but also all over the southern districts of Tamil Nadu.
Premam, Tollywood style!

Premam, Tollywood style!

Oct 08,2016 , 03:26 AM IST | Cinema
Reprising an original hit film, which not only did well in its native state but also across the neighbouring states, breaking all-time records in the process is a humongous responsibility. Chandoo Mondeti, the director of ‘Premam,’ the Dasara release of Naga Chaitanya, attempts just that.
High speed debut

High speed debut

Oct 07,2016 , 12:36 AM IST | Cinema
There has not been such a carefully mapped out launch for a cine hero in recent times. Nikhil Kumar, scion of a powerful political family in Karnataka (whose grandfather, Deve Gowda was the PM and father, HD Kumaraswamy the CM of the state) thus makes a rock solid start to his film career.
Suicides a social crisis: Experts

Suicides a social crisis: Experts

Oct 06,2016 , 03:45 AM IST | Telangana
She was delivering the keynote address during the two-day national seminar on ‘Suicides in India: Tendencies, Prevention and Mitigation of the Social Crisis’  which got underway at the Nizam College on Wednesday.
Nizam College to take up suicide issue as a social crisis

Nizam College to take up suicide issue as a social crisis

Oct 04,2016 , 05:57 AM IST | Telangana
In the first quarter of the current year, one of the oldest educational institutions of the city and entire south India - Nizam College - was racked by a series of suicides. Four students, pursuing both UG and PG courses ended their lives owing to multiple reasons – love failure being at one end and feeling unsure and helpless in achieving career goals at the other.
Fanboy moments

Fanboy moments

Oct 01,2016 , 04:10 AM IST | Cinema
The story of MS Dhoni, India’s most successful cricket captain is as fascinating and inspiring as many of his illustrious predecessors.
None cares for school children during rainy season

None cares for school children during rainy season

Sep 26,2016 , 01:56 AM IST | Telangana
Across India, as the denizens grappled with incessant bouts of rains and the resultant threat of floods engulfing their daily lives, one vital section of the population- school kids- remained uncared for, by and large.
Slumdog Millionaire, Nag style!

Slumdog Millionaire, Nag style!

Sep 17,2016 , 04:13 AM IST | Cinema
Puppy love, done-to-death story of rich girl, poor boy background and a climax in which the winner takes it all haven’t we’ve been viewers to such kind of storylines umpteen times in the past? It is true that there are always takers for such flicks because heartaches are evergreen for young things, generation after generation.
Opens fresh vistas for the disprivileged

Opens fresh vistas for the disprivileged

Sep 13,2016 , 03:25 AM IST | Cinema
Mainstream cinema seems to have made tentative moves into getting more inclusive in recent times. The patrons of southern cinema in recent months have seen a couple of films in which transgender and gay characters take prominent screen space.
Green message gets an academic push

Green message gets an academic push

Sep 12,2016 , 02:36 AM IST | Environment
Taking a cue from civil society organisations and citizen groups out to spread the vital need for going green and popularising organic living styles, universities in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Kerala have begun their own well-intentioned activities in this regard.
A chance gone abegging

A chance gone abegging

Sep 09,2016 , 11:28 PM IST | Cinema
She even spells it out clearly to the love sick duo that her love interest is someone else. Taking up this knot of a situation, director Avasarala Srinivas attempts to spin a 106-minute movie, padding up his basic plot with brotherly tiffs, tugs of emotional sequences, misunderstandings and takes the flashback route on and off.
Same old family game

Same old family game

Aug 20,2016 , 12:48 AM IST | Cinema
That the average Telugu film viewer is an emotional fool is a known thing. Using their addiction to pursuing sensory thrills like hero worship is again a time-tested technique exploited well by film directors.
No method to this madness!

No method to this madness!

Aug 14,2016 , 04:36 AM IST | Cinema
When a film has two songs in the first 15 minutes of its running time, it is time indeed to wonder what has in store ahead.  Featuring Sai Dharam Tej, one of the five heroes who have emerged from the Chiru-Allu family in the past years, ‘Thikka,’ thus, has a wobbly start.
Pre-historic parable, quite watchable

Pre-historic parable, quite watchable

Aug 13,2016 , 01:07 AM IST | Cinema
Like the life and times of that era in which it is depicted, Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ too unfolds unhurriedly and through the first 40 minutes or so, proceeds at a leisurely pace.
A colourful tribute to womanhood

A colourful tribute to womanhood

Aug 04,2016 , 11:33 PM IST | Hyderabad Tab
Painters come in various shapes and sizes, each one specializing in his/her own techniques, materials and colours. Satya Srinivas is one among the ilk who has his own USP. 
Missile Man memorial hits low trajectory

Missile Man memorial hits low trajectory

Jul 27,2016 , 01:36 AM IST | National
In the manner in which he, as the President of India, remained accessible to the common man, the late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam has remained matchless till date. Naturally then, he is credited for totally transforming the image of the First Citizen of the country.
Life as a Beggar

Life as a Beggar

May 30,2016 , 12:44 AM IST | Cinema
When begging as a means of living itself is being viewed with suspicion owing to the fraudulent methods the alms seekers deploy to win public sympathy, a dubbed film in Telugu boldly bases itself on a beggar’s life in a commercial mould and manages to score at the box office, writes K Naresh Kumar