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Acharya movie review: Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde film is a masterclass in what not to do in a star vehicle
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Acharya movie review: Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Pooja Hegde film is a masterclass in what not to do in a star vehicle

In Acharya, the hero's Naxalism goes only as far as accessorising himself with a red scarf and camouflage. If you are basing a film on the lives of an Adivasi tribe, at least acknowledge their culture, language, and rituals.

Reading RRR as queer: Ram Charan, Jr NTR's buddy film has all the trappings of a conventional heterosexual romance
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Reading RRR as queer: Ram Charan, Jr NTR's buddy film has all the trappings of a conventional heterosexual romance

All the markers of the traditional love story are given to the men of RRR — a meet cute, a musical interlude intensifying affection, the exchange of a protective thread, a conflict, a chasm, a reunion.

RRR lacks what elevated SS Rajamouli's Baahubali from good to great — strong female characters
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RRR lacks what elevated SS Rajamouli's Baahubali from good to great — strong female characters

The women of RRR are so uncooked and ill-written that it is difficult to believe they are conceived by the same man who created Baahubali’s iconic, inimitable Sivagami and Devsena.

Inside the mind of SS Rajamouli: Decoding how the RRR director lends scale to his storytelling
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Inside the mind of SS Rajamouli: Decoding how the RRR director lends scale to his storytelling

It is the toughest, trickiest thing to go make a blockbuster engineered to please everyone. After the success of RRR, here's trying to understand how SS Rajamouli does it every time.

RRR movie review: SS Rajamouli, Ram Charan, Jr NTR make a lavish meal of a fairly simple storyline
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RRR movie review: SS Rajamouli, Ram Charan, Jr NTR make a lavish meal of a fairly simple storyline

Ram Charan and Jr NTR's offscreen friendship and camaraderie seep into their onscreen performances, and the organic transformation from strangers to brothers-in-arms has been captured beautifully.

The pan-India triumph of Pushpa: The Rise – United we stand in our patriarchy and misogyny
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The pan-India triumph of Pushpa: The Rise – United we stand in our patriarchy and misogyny

The pan-India success of Pushpa: The Rise only indicates that a country divided by sectarian considerations, languages and deep cultural chasms is united in its embrace of patriarchy and misogyny in mass entertainment.

Pushpa: The Rise beats Sooryavanshi to become the highest grossing Indian film of 2020-21
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Pushpa: The Rise beats Sooryavanshi to become the highest grossing Indian film of 2020-21

Pushpa: The Rise has earned Rs 100 crore in Hindi, and over Rs 300 crore overall since its release on 17 December, 2021

The rise and rise of Pushpa: How Allu Arjun film's Hindi dubbed version became pandemic's most successful Indian release
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The rise and rise of Pushpa: How Allu Arjun film's Hindi dubbed version became pandemic's most successful Indian release

"Pushpa’s incredible, sleeper success proves the pan-India Baahubali formula was not a fluke:" trade analysts weigh in on what made the Hindi dubbed version of Allu Arjun's film a bigger box office success than the original Telugu version.

First Take | Pushpa: The Rise to Kurup, why do we make films about criminals and sociopaths?
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First Take | Pushpa: The Rise to Kurup, why do we make films about criminals and sociopaths?

I feel sorry for those who get entertained by the endless surge of villainy and the tiresome torrent of tyranny that is unleashed by the volley of unscrupulous villains with sundry mafia-like agendas.

First Take | Why Samantha’s highly provocative item song in Pushpa isn't only surprising, but also highly inappropriate
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First Take | Why Samantha’s highly provocative item song in Pushpa isn't only surprising, but also highly inappropriate

It is sad to see Samantha stretching herself so anxiously across the screen to prove her point. She may call it a 'special song.' But what she has done in 'Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava' is known as an 'item song.'

Love Story movie review: Sekhar Kammula shows a mirror, but not sans his trademark style
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Love Story movie review: Sekhar Kammula shows a mirror, but not sans his trademark style

I always look forward to a Sekhar Kammula film because he builds a better world than the one we are living in. But with Love Story, he is in no mood to dream.

Sai Pallavi on reuniting with Sekhar Kammula for Love Story: 'He helps me keep my character in check'
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Sai Pallavi on reuniting with Sekhar Kammula for Love Story: 'He helps me keep my character in check'

"In the world he’s created, two young people enter a relationship with a certain baggage, and are influenced by their past. But they stay together and confront it, and that is endearing," says Sai Pallavi on Sekhar Kammula's Love Story, co-starring Naga Chaitanya.

Sekhar Kammula on Love Story: Tried to represent caste discrimination in the way I can
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Sekhar Kammula on Love Story: Tried to represent caste discrimination in the way I can

Love Story director Sekhar Kammula discusses the men in his stories, working with Sai Pallavi and Naga Chaitanya, and not going the Vetrimaaran way while addressing caste discrimination.

Maestro movie review: Faithful Andhadhun remake that's decisively simplistic
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Maestro movie review: Faithful Andhadhun remake that's decisively simplistic

Maestro never pretends to be anything but a tamed version of its original. Director Merlapaka Gandhi wanted to make a film that is easily accessible, and as such he mostly succeeds.

Mumaith Khan appears before ED in Hyderabad money laundering probe
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Mumaith Khan appears before ED in Hyderabad money laundering probe

Mumaith Khan is the eighth person from the Telugu film industry to appear before the Enforcement Directorate, which has summoned over 10 personalities so far in the money laundering probe linked to the 2017 Hyderabad drugs racket case.

Tuck Jagadish movie review: Nani is adequate, but nothing else feels earned
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Tuck Jagadish movie review: Nani is adequate, but nothing else feels earned

The twists that we can see from afar. The villains that are supposed to be scary, but are just annoying. The evil brother whose evilness is never explained, and is quickly forgiven.

RRR wraps up shoot; SS Rajamouli epic to release in theatres on 13 October
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RRR wraps up shoot; SS Rajamouli epic to release in theatres on 13 October

RRR, starring Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Alia Bhatt, and Ajay Devgn, is under post-production now.

RED movie review: Ram-starrer is let down by inconsistent drama, lack of unified direction
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RED movie review: Ram-starrer is let down by inconsistent drama, lack of unified direction

RED is a story about two twins who can’t stand the sight of each other, and instead of focusing on the present, the film spends a significant amount of time explaining why they evolved into yin and yang.

Revisiting Mayabazar: How the opening scene sets the tone for this classic about two princes and a mischievous God
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Revisiting Mayabazar: How the opening scene sets the tone for this classic about two princes and a mischievous God

If you grew up watching Tamil or Telugu films anytime from the 1950s onward — or even had some knowledge of these cinemas — you would know Mayabazar, and its towering reputation, in the same way that Hindi-film viewers know of Sholay or Mughal-e-Azam.

Sundeep Kishan shares first look from his upcoming hockey-based film A1 Express
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Sundeep Kishan shares first look from his upcoming hockey-based film A1 Express

Sundeep Kishan's A1 Express is in the post-production stage and is expected to hit the theatres soon, the makers confirmed