Another from Budugu –
Santhosham – another favorite movie – the songs, performances, the characters, bonne ambience, everything – I simply can’t help it.
Whenever I see a movie by Sri Durga Arts banner, I get a feeling of deja vu. When I saw Kshana kshanam I fell in love with the movie but somebody told me that it was a copy of an English movie. When I saw Hello Brother I could instantly recognize that Nagarjuna was doing what Jackie Chan did in Twins. Intlo Illalu Vantintlo Priyuralu was a remake of a Tamil movie and I never had to strain my gray cells to recognize the similarities between Dongaata and French Kiss. Their latest movie Santosham is yet again a clever adaptation of another movie – Kuch Kuch Hota Hain.
Wondering why clever? None of the scenes in Santosham are lifted from the original like our copy masters did in Tammudu (Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar) and Vamsi (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge). The basic story line of Kuch Kuch Hota Hain has been copied and modified. Copying is indeed an art and people working for Sri Durga Arts seem to excel at it. How I wish I had taken some lessons from them for my final exams. I surely would have scored a better rank than Rani.
Agreed that they have copied the story line, but how could they cheat us with the heroine of the movie? Gracy Singh was touted as the main heroine in the pre-release publicity of Santosham. But can you believe that it is Sriya (also known as Sreya) who has a major role than Gracy in the movie? May be the producers felt Gracy’s grace was nothing when compared to Shriya. Tsk! This new girl Shriya is very cute. I accidentally blurted this out to Rani and God knows how much convincing I had to do to pacify an angered Rani. She admires Nag a lot and when I complain about that she yells at me saying that the only reason such insecurity creeps into me is because I feel I am not as handsome as Nag. But I don’t agree to that and she makes me eat my own pie by saying that if that’s the case then I don’t have to complain at all in the first place. Whatever may be the case, girls these days are becoming too intelligent. They have answers for each and everything.
We have a new shorty – Gracy Singh – in this film. She reminded me of Jaya Bachchan most of the times, whenever she had to raise her head 80 degrees upwards to look into the eyes of Nagarjuna. I heard somebody saying that she looked like an elder sister to Nagarjuna. Is that a comment on Gracy Singh or a compliment to Nag?
Punjabis have this penchant for English names. How else would one justify names like Lucky Singh, Lovely Singh, Happy Singh, Merry Singh, Gracy Singh, Honey Singh … the list goes on. Do you know what that name of Nag and Gracy’s son in this film is? It is Lucky! Did Gracy Singh suggest the name Lucky to the director?
Try recollecting the last film in which Nagarjuna cried. It was ‘Nuvvu Vastavani‘, when he comes to know that his mother is no more. Nagarjuna again wept a couple of times in ‘Santosham’. Did you get the link? Santosham is Nag’s biggest hit after ‘Nuvvu Vastavani’. Nag, with his usual charm, attracts girls to theaters who in turn pull in guys like magnets attracting rusty iron pieces. Now with his tears he has devised a new strategy of attracting the ladies (read aunties) who have now a days become couch potatoes sitting before the TV watching their favorite sitcoms. If ladies are wooed, then given their generous nature, they bring along their kids and husbands too. No wonder theaters screening Santosham are jam-packed. I am sure K Vijaya Bhaskar has noted down this point of inserting some crying scenes for Nagarjuna in ‘Manmadhudu‘ too in a bid to make it a hit.
Given my ample free time during these summer holidays, I have been trying to analyze what it takes to make a hit film. After watching a couple of films countless times, I have come up with a 3-point theory for a film to become hit.
1. Positive or negative? Be definitive: Every film has both positive and negative points. When positive points dominate the negative points, the film becomes a hit. If negative aspects take over positive aspects, then the film goes for a toss.
2. Not just actor but also character: A hero appears good in one film and bad in another film. But its not so. Hero is the same. What’s different is his characterization. If the characterization is good, we fall in love with the character even though it does bad things and judge the hero to be good in that film.
3. Max for Climax: Did you ever try to guess what lingers most in the minds of the audience when they come out of the theater? It’s neither the hero introduction nor the twist in interval but the climax. As it’s the last scene of the film that stays in the minds of the audience. If the climax is good, then the movie floats with pride and if the climax is bad, the film sinks into oblivion.
I was told that Chiranjeevi could not attend the audio function of Santosham due to some ‘unavoidable’ reasons. Do you know what Chiru did instead? He sent an ‘All the best and a Happy Ugadi‘ message to all the Nagarjuna fans through Allu Arvind. Looks like Chiru’s wishful presence is doing wonders.
The only unhappy moments in this otherwise happy movie are when Kota tries to crack some jokes. The type of jokes he cracks completely cracked my sense of humor. He is supposed to be Nag’s boss and the head of L&T Company (New Zealand branch). Now does L&T stand for Laughandi & Tittandi? I am also glad that he is called ‘Himsa Raju‘ and not ‘Hasya Raju‘ in the movie.
Ah Feelings! No, I am not talking about the brand of ladies undergarments, you perverts. I am indeed taking about the new wave of movie titles churned out these days talking about feelings. Ullasam, Anandam, Paravasam, Istam, Santosham …. Can we expect movies with titles like Pulakarintha, Kavvintha, Udvegam, Aaratam, Akrosham etc in the near future? Lets wait and watch.
Guys, I got to go. Rani and I are going to watch Santosham again. She told me that she liked Nag’s action very much in the movie and that she has to watch the movie again for that reason. I am not as gullible as she thinks. I told her that I was moved by Shriya’s action and that I would definitely accompany her to the movie just for Shriya. Before Rani doubted my intentions I quickly added – just for Shriya’s action.