articles by Hemanth Kumar

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11th Hour review: Tamannaah Bhatia tries her best, but is let down by the show's unflattering storyline

11th Hour has scale, grandeur, and a solid premise but fails to keep one hooked to the story.

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'Vakeel Saab is a lot more hard-hitting and emotional in a different way': Nivetha Thomas on comparison to Pink

Nivetha Thomas discusses preparing for Vakeel Saab, the emotional toll it took on her, and why she felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility when she signed the film.

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Vakeel Saab movie review: Pawan Kalyan's Telugu remake of Pink is compelling when it sticks to source material

Vakeel Saab wants to fight the right fight, even when it turns its gaze away from the three women at the centre of all the drama to glorify its lead actor.

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Ahead of Vakeel Saab, analysing why courtroom dramas have become a major draw in Telugu cinema

The power dynamics between the lawyers, where a more senior lawyer loses to a rookie, turns it into a David vs Goliath battle, compelling the audience to root for the underdog. The verdict itself becomes the hero's triumph.

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Wild Dog movie review: Nagarjuna’s film skips on inventive storytelling for a no-frills action thriller

Despite its packaging and pace, Wild Dog presents an overwhelming sense of familiarity in terms of characters and their motivations, leaving not much room for surprises.

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Nagarjuna opens up on his upcoming film Wild Dog: It's one of the strongest roles of my career

Nagarjuna talks about playing an NIA officer in Ahishor Solomon’s Wild Dog, how he manages to overcome self-doubt and choosing roles filled with patriotic fervour.

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Rang De movie review: Keerthy Suresh is a delight to watch in Venky Atluri's heartwarming tale of love and friendship

Rang De rests heavily on the onscreen chemistry between Keerthy Suresh and Nithiin, and the duo deliver impressive performances.

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Aranya movie review: Rana Daggubati and the elephants deserve a better film

Aranya, Rana Daggubati's film on ecosystem conservation, is educational but exceptionally insipid.

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Finding humour In Jathi Ratnalu: How the film is a worthy addition to Telugu cinema's tryst with comedy

Jathi Ratnalu is the latest addition in the long list of Telugu films which have given reasons for audiences to laugh. It’s the stress buster that one needed in times like these.

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Anudeep KV on Jathi Ratnalu, working with Naveen Polishetty and how the film's story is inspired from his own life

In an interview to Firstpost, Anudeep KV talks about his journey, the cinematic influences on Jathi Ratnalu, and the biggest lesson he has learnt over the years.

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Mosagallu movie review: Vishnu Manchu, Kajal Aggarwal's film inspired from the IRS scam is a missed opportunity

Mosagallu is inspired from IRS impersonation scam where scammers in India robbed millions of dollars from Americans. Although the story has drama, the narrative isn’t engaging enough.

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Sreekaram movie review: Sharwanand's performance, noble intentions anchor a predictable, didactic narrative

Sreekaram has its shares of ups and downs in terms of storytelling, but the questions it raises and its emotional quotient salvage the film to an extent.

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Naveen Polishetty on Jathi Ratnalu, and how theatre helped shape him as an actor: 'I enjoy what I do and it reflects in my work'

In an interview with Firstpost, Naveen Polishetty recounts how he has had to carve his own path in the industry and the extent to which he goes to find the character

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Jathi Ratnalu movie review: Naveen Polishetty, Priyadarshi, Rahul Ramakrishna dazzle in an unapologetic madcap entertainer

The three leading men in Jathi Ratnalu make you laugh out loud to a point you forget the shortcomings of the film.

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A1 Express Movie Review: Sundeep Kishan, Lavanya Tripathi’s sports drama is exhaustingly bland

The commentary on corruption in sports and how sportspersons are treated in the country might be well-intentioned, but the story is hardly engaging enough to root for the characters.

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Rakul Preet talks about recovering from Covid-19 and why playing unconventional roles matter

"In our industry, we tend to bracket people based on their looks, and the common perception that people have of you is that your real-life persona matches with that of your reel-life image. I want to break that notion. I want to play all sorts of roles."

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Ninnila Ninnila movie review: Nithya Menen, Ashok Selvan, Ritu Varma shine in a heartwarming film about food and love

Directed by Ani Sasi, Ninnila Ninnila hits the right chord as it weaves a simple story about relationships, grief, and love through cooking and a lot of food.

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Check movie review: Despite promise, Nithiin, Rakul Preet Singh's film lacks emotional heft to sustain audience attention

For all the drama director Chandrasekhar Yeleti tries to create, the proceedings aren’t engaging enough and the protagonist's journey is lacklustre at best.

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Nithya Menen on ZeePlex film Ninnila Ninnila, and how collaborating with director Ani Sasi was 'invigorating'

Reflecting on how some of her films are an extension of her personality, Nithya Menen says her role in Ninnila Ninnila is inspired from who she is in her real life.