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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

CINEGOERS.COM REVIEW

There is very little in Na Video Diary that we have not seen before (I remember watching a cross over film The Missed Call during the Film Fest) and yet it works, partly because the formula is simply so strong that it’s like you’d have to work doubly hard to break it, partly because the person in the director’s chair knows how to make a good reality cum parody fest and here the parody is smarter than the Telugu film industry that he is mocking.

However, if you aren’t hunting for a towering work of genius, and want to watch a good raw flick that is not regular, but makes you think of the kind of cinema you were being fed with all these years, then this is what you need. Kamal Kamaraju takes you through ten days of his life, and gives you a peep into the frustrations of a filmmaker who eventually shoots himself after the industry turns its back on him.

A man of self respect, a wannabe director Kamal portrays the angst of a man deprived of luck and opportunity in his life. He talks of the Babudom, the rampant sycophancy of the actors, actresses, their fake lives, the unwinding work in Krishna Nagar and Indira Nagar, the fans associations, the glorification of stars and the treatment and status accorded to directors in the industry.

The one and a half hour film doesn’t scandalise you with the liberty with which Anish, the director uses expletives. It makes every film journalist who writes review or an article with a commercial interest, every actor/actress who revels in the star status, the indulgence with which they are treated hide their faces in shame. If the Censor Board doesn’t release, it will be one missed opportunity to bring something new to a tired genre.

Posted by Y. Sunita Chowdhary

28 comments:

Japes said...

Hi Anish,
You did a great Job mate ! the Audience (of our state / Nation) can fall into splits when they see 'Bollywood Calling' by Kukunoor as it was in a (very very) lighter mode. but they couldnt Digest 'the Confessions'.

What went wrong, You made a similar film, showing the darker side even darker & it was a big blow right in their Hypocritic faces. our audience are not at all ready to take this kind of straight talk now i guess (hope they'll in next 5 decades to come).

The Hypocracy really leaves me laughing, the same people who use the filthiest of language (in absense of elders/kids/women..,) try to act polished in their presence. You just said it to everybodies faces, what other couldn't... i appreciate your guts.

Coming to those hundredes of fans you've made in the days following your statement 'this is the first & last screening', they are still optimistic that they'll get to see 'Confessions' someday. Man my advise would be load it on Google Videos... charge us couple of bucks a piece & let us take a bite.

Keep Up the Good work !


PS: Y. Sunita Chowdhary, i guess you're the only one who understood Anish's spirit unlike others (who are ranting so that they can save their asses & still pay their bill by bieng in the good books of the industry)

Jp
http://japes.wordpress.com

Prashanth P said...

Hi Anish,

Finally someone has the courage to getup and talk about the inner dark dealings of Tollywood. Being an avid movie buff myself, I tried to express my concern for the current state of movies, but could not do so because of the intricacies of our daily lifes.
The state of telugu movies sucked until Anand and Godavari came like a wave of fresh air.

Hopefully the new and fresh thoughts of filmakers like you, kammula, yeleti and few others would bring about a complete change to current state. Please do continue your effort to churn out sensible movies and entertain the moviegoers. Don't leave your work halfdone and continue to make good movies.
When is th COAF being released in USA ? Hopefully you won't have any problems with the Censors here.
Iam looking forward to getting your DVD and watch it, if the movie doesnt get released here.
Once again great work done and all the best for your future endeavours.
Nuff said, To sum it up....
Oka Mogaadu unnadu ra....Akhir Ek Mard to hai Tollywood mei....

Cheers,
Prashanth

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Everyone is talkin abt the issue and only issue. Now i wud like to talk abt the movie. I heard its been done on High Definition camera but not on reel. Wow thats a cool make with HD man Anish.
Being watched the movie i was so touched and only one character, that was a gr8 piece of work.

I liked many scenes how the director dealt. some of them r like how the whole screen change over when it goes to the flashback abt his love. The basic idea itself is gr8 with main protagonist as a first person and his friend with camera in his hand is second person.The way he has given tribute to the gr8 classic movies. Conveyin the message through play cards, Tellin the story chapter wise or a day wise.

And i give full marks to the actor too Mr. kamal kamaraju, for making it so realistic. Especially the scenes where the main protagonist jus wake up and talk to the camera...n when he remember abt his love after he take a drink...he was so consistent through out the movie that each scene say something which a director want to say. Puttin aside the actin we can really see on screen how the actor worked mentally and physically. We can see him soft, thin and we can see him rough, built, bold, with beard, with clean shave, bald...

I really feel everyone who was not at preview is their bad luck. As Sunita chowdary rightly said They will miss an oppurtunity if the film is not released. Hope to see it out in the market some or other way.

All the Best COF team

Mahi

Anonymous said...

Hats off to you Anish... Finally you came up with such a good & bold concept which supposed to be made long back. I really appreciate your work, idea of making it and moreover with lots of guts...
And the idea of putting it on Web is excellent as everyone can watch it in case of censor problems in releasing it. I wish you all the BEST & hope this movie will make the telugu people realise what exactly is going on behind the film industry and domination of the stars and all. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours... today itself I have seen the promos and the reviews by many people and I really felt excited to see such a good step.
Good Luck..

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