50 Shades Of Grey Novel Review

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When a novel is classified under a certain genre you start reading it, expecting it to be exactly that. But as far as 50 Shades of Grey and EL James are concerned, the said rule doesn’t apply to them. But then again, EL James didn’t really bother herself with the writing much, as long as sex lingered in the pages of this so called roamance-erotic novel.

When Anastasia Steele conducts the interview of the multi-millionaire Christian Grey, she gets smitten with his ruggedly handsome looks and gets fascinated by him. Christian Grey’s stalking skills allow him to find Ana and offer her an agreement and she falls for his arrangement. But as she spends more time (for lack of a better word) with Christian Grey, she learns that he is tormented by his past. As the novel reaches it’s climax, because of lack of understanding and for the need to have more, Ana finally breaks up with him.

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If you’re not familiar with the basic concepts of BDSM, the events in the novel may appear bizzare. However, the most pivotal aspect of the novel is not exhibited properly in the novel that is, of course the language. Any and every novel, irrespective of what the content is or for whom it’s intended to, demands a certain caliber writing. As we dive in to read the pages of this particular novel, you come across the manner of language that is incongruous, incoherent and repetitive. And that is not just bound to the kind of language but also to the content involved.

Most of the romantic novels always eloquently describe the sensual interactions between the protagonists and Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t an exception. But when it got to a level when there was nothing else but those two engaging in coitus time after time, regardless to say, it was creepy, monotonus and in a way verbose, almost as if EL James had nothing else other than their sexual encounters to show for.

There were just a few moments, that got me going. Ana’s persistant efforts to show Christian that he could open up to her and her little negotiations to pry the information out of him, these and a couple more moments piqued my interest.

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The creepy agreement instead of a free flow love story was a big let down for me. Why is it bad? Because, its just a fancy name for prostitution, except the fact that she wasn’t getting paid in money. But apart from that, it curbed a good setting which the novel got at the inception and of course restrained the characters to have any romantic involvement with each other. It was utterly unromantic (I don’t know who suggested 50 Shades be classified as a romantic novel) and more about carnal pleasures.

The Last Word:

I want to see Christian and Ana have a normal relationship in the sequels, but somehow I know Christian is going to f**k, not make love, which is the least romantic and the most repelling thing for me. Though there’s so much bad in the novel, the mystery is still eating me up and I’d still give it a go, as long as it doesn’t creep me out.

My Rating: 1.5/5

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Rudrama Devi Movie Review: Other than Anushka Shetty’s galvanizing performance, the film fails to cheer up.

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Have you seen Tees Maar Khan? If you have, then you must remember the things Akshay Kumar pulled off in it. My point is, as was Akshay Kumar unaware of predicting the story of the movie he was shooting in the movie Tees Maar Khar, so was Gunasekhar, the director and writer of this movie. With so much pre-production, effort worth appreciating and the story of Rudrama Devi, which is borrowed from the actual ruler of Kakatiya, it’s a shame that this film didn’t put forth the best of the content.anushka-rudrama-devi-movie-regal-look-posters_142008756410

As much as I could read about Rudhrama Devi, the story of this film has bits and pieces of her life in it. A female child is born to Ganapatideva, the ruler of Kakatiya. But considering the precarious condition of the dynasty and consistent attacks from other empires, King Ganapatideva announces the child as a male prodigy to the eyes of his citizens. The people know her as Rudradeva, who defies all limitations thought to bring down a galloping woman. She manages the empire and overcomes many hassles. There are a few side characters and sub-plots appended to the film. As a result of which, the story and the screenplay lengthens. The story as it goes, is above average, but the dialogues were the one’s which really sucked the ambience out of the film.

Director Gunasekhar must have thought, a film with abundant war scenes could not fail. The last segment when the war breaks, there are a few army formations having a resemblance to this year’s war themed film Baahubali. But the major difference between these films was Rudrama Devi didn’t exude any realistic or logical formation. They are the most ludicrous formations I’ve ever seen and 3D made it worse. Of course, I didn’t go for a 3D show, but I can see what went wrong there. The thing is, apparentely you cannot produce a better film with hokum. It tried very hard to protrude the ubiquitous level fround in films in India. Another setback was, over a couple of times, a cartoon clip just slipped right in front of the screen, which was very irritating and ratified the limitations of showing those scenes through actual humans. And if there was no other flaw, this movie had songs. I don’t get the idea of showing those dances if they are not going to choreograph it coherently.This was such an experience, when we go for the gathering of a school and children of 10 dance and we laugh seeing them do cute little things.

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Rudrama Devi is portrayed by Anushka Shetty and she is very dazzling with a prince’s armour. She is fierce and exhuberant when Rudradeva & beautiful, coquetry and ravishing when Rudrama Devi. Her acting is very soothing and is the only reason why this film should be seen. With So much focus on Rudrama Devi, the other actors like Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati,Nithya Menen, Vikramjeet Virk and Prakash Raj. Though most of them perform well, Rana Daggubati, Nithya Menen and Prakash Raj stand out.

The Final Word:

With this film going on floors four months before Baahubali, the storyline taken from the life of an empress, with a colossal budget and a sturdy starcast, Rudrama Devi as a film is really crappy. Right from dialogues to action scenes, it all looks like there was a rope tied to the person.The war and the cheap level of animation will seem like you’re playing kochadaiyaan on your mobile phone. This is an ingenuine and impromptu effort despite the surprising performance from Anushka Shetty and couple others. If you have to, watch it for Anushka Shetty.

My rating: 2/5. 

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Prem (Love) At First Sight Movie Review: Another stereotypical film.

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Goa and Goan films are always something of a kind and love at first sight in Goa would always be memorable to the people who experience it. But when it comes to demonstrating it on the big screen, it has to be spellbinding. Romance is one aspect, which has been mastered by the filmmakers over the years since inception of films and imagine what a good, sturdy storyline could mean for the success of a film.

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Talking about the film, it’s a formulaic action-drama-romantic film, which depicts the the story of Aditya (Sumaydh Gaikwad), who falls in love at first sight, with a Goan girl, Sai (Shweta Pagar) and with the help of four friends he rekindles his love. Oh wait, there’s a catch! Armaanji which is played by the actor and producer Uday Salkar, tries to demolish the orphanage where Sai and her friend works and wants to build a tower. Complications lead to the marriage proposal to marry Sai on the condition of obliterating the orphanage if she doesn’t marry Armaanji’s son (Aryan Khedekar). Amidst this, there’s love, hate, revenge, politics, conspiracy, unbridled emotions, commotion and what not. And you know who gets the girl.
The creative direction by Santosh Mainkar seems plausible considering the pace of the storyline. Albeit, there’s isn’t much to hold on to, other than the perky mood of the film. 
There are a few moments where, every detail in the film is the prophecy of the viewer. The script doesn’t offer any options for the director and the actors to drop something in the nest, but the young talent like that of Kevin Demello is entertaining to watch. The protagonist Sumaydh Gaikwad and the leading actress Shweta Pagar are a joy to watch. Suchet Gavai, Satish Gavas,Vishwajit Phadte and Rajesh Karekar with his long hair offer their best. Samiksha Desai and Aryan Khedekar are the two Goan actors to watch for in the movie.
The lyrics by Anand Tari are worthy of appreciation. Cinematography, despite using good locations wasn’t much attractive and picturesque. The camera work seemed a little tacky. 
The Final Word:
Though the film is set in Goa, a place of ostentatious looks, the film fails miserably to conquer the mind of a viewer, ensued because of the lack of depth in story. With over the top reactions and emotions, shot like a slow paced Indian Soap Opera, is just another sign of the film being mediocre. But to save the light of the day, Aryan Khedekar once again after “Home Sweet Home”, strives hard to alleviate the tedious blow. So if you’re a Goan film enthusiast, watch it for Aryan Khedekar’s buoyant performance. I’m going with 2/5.