now that you are in hyd.. you should check out a telugu movie called anukokunda oka roju
I simply loved it .. probably the best Indian movie I’ve seen in a long, long time..
These words, casually typed by Karthik while we were chatting a couple of months ago, sent me on a hunt around the city for a DVD of the movie. Since my Telugu is not really that good (okay, I don’t know anything beyond champesthaanu and me kosam!), I had to find one with English subtitles.
My friendly neighbourhood DVD rental guy spread his hands helplessly and all my friends’ friendly neighbourhood DVD rental guys spread their collective hands helplessly – all they had to offer was the DVD without English subtitles. One of them had one with Arabic subtitles, but since my knowledge of Arabic is limited to pretending to read Arabic off the TV screen whenever the room is full of people who I’m sure do not know Arabic, I declined the offer.
But this didn’t stop me from pestering every person I knew who watched Telugu movies about getting a DVD. I must reiterate at this point that I was being driven very much by Karthik’s description of the movie as one of the best Indian movies he had seen in quite a bit.
Suddenly, out of the blue, the full-of-surprises Haritha found a DVD with English subtitles and got it for me, and Vidya and I wasted no time in watching it.
I am not even going to try an bother remembering the names of the actors in the movie – I am no Tollywood familiar, and this is the first Telugu movie I have seen. Jagapati Babu (yes, I googled it, so what?) and Charmy (this I remembered, because we have our very own Charmi who sits right next to me at work!) played cop and aspiring-singer-to-whom-weird-things-happen. There was also the guy who played the taxi driver, but come on, go Google it yourself if it matters that much to you.
The movie was engaging and fun to watch, and the director (Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, again, courtesy Google) has done a decent job tying up all the loose ends. Calling it a thriller, as the DVD sleeve does, might be a bit of a stretch, but mystery would be more apt. The casting is perfect and the portrayals clear and unconfusing – every character was clearly etched. The screaming tuition master, the BSNL employee and part-time stage actor, the psychotic guru, the taxi driver’s brother, the grumpy old man, the drugged out Bojo, the stepmotherly stepmother – every one of them is well-executed.
In the end, the mystery is solved, the bad guys caught, the heroine saved, the hero gets his girl – it is a tidy finishing. But the impression of having read a mystery lingers, and that is where the film succeeds. After watching Anukokunda Oka Roju, I was left with the same feeling I usually have after I finish an Agatha Christie.
So, here’s to Karthik and his movie recommendations – I will definitely be taking them, but maybe wait till I agree with him!
For all you information junkies, here’s a link for more info on the movie itself.