Movie Review : Life is beautiful

I haven’t been brought up in a family which loves movies. But, the family where I got married to – i can unanimously say that a telugu movie news and tollywood stories never go noticed to them. Unless it’s as bad as R Narayana Moorthy’s People Star, they would secretly
nurture hopes of watching the released movie. I know, the big ticket movies of the biggies like Jr NTR, Prabhas get special treatment where they watch it in theaters, but all others definitely get downloaded and watched online. In my initial days of marriage, I went along every week with them for a movie. Once we went overseas, I had no chance of watching movies so regularly. As days passed on, the number of tollywood movies I enjoyed zeroed down to single digit. I stopped watching telugu movies all together.  However, some filmmakers deserve special place in film scene. But, how many film makers can dig deep in your hearts and find our all the emotions you’ve been hiding all along in your life? Emotions, which doesn’t need to come up when watching a violent revenge story or socio-fantasy..? Take a bow, Mr. Sekhar Kammula.

On Casting

Life is Beautiful !! — This 2 and 1/2 hours of my life has been definitely beautiful. It was awesome to watch Amala on screen, even for a short time.  I did not find any of the new comers as “tollywood hero” material – with six packs and other useless stuff, but rather tailor made for the role they were playing. The girls are cute, and same can be said about them too. I adored the little girl, who is a very normal face in the crowd but stands apart for her performance. Shriya and Anjala Jhaveri provide the much needed star-power to the movie.

I would say that Sekhar did his best in extracting the performances and it was a treat to watch all of them. To me, the girl with long long hair was the winner, and I liked her cute expressions in the movie.

On Story line and Taking

The story is all about a family, whose mother has cancer. She sends off her 3 children to live with their uncle and grandparents. They stay with them for one year, and what kind of experiences the encounter. First half goes breezy, and you’d find the gang wars between upper class and the b-grade towns amusing. All the story is jam packed in the second half, heavy in emotions. All the leads find their love, and how they pursue about it forms the story.

Highlights of the movie :

1. The little girl denied admission just because she cannot speak english.

2.  Shriya’s lead hero giving chocolates and predicting that shriya’s relationship will be soon over

3. Airplane scene between Shriya and her lead hero

4. Amala’s cancer scene

5. The little girl’s speech about her mother

6. The scene where one of the lead actors realizes that education is important, but it’s not life.

Overall, these are the messages conveyed through the movie :

1. When we face really difficuilt situations in life where we feel lucky to survive – then we understand how petty our problems are.

2. Education is important, but it doesn’t teach you to be human. You need to be a good human on your own, and then education will help you become a better human.

My review and final thoughts

For such a movie, I’d think that Sekhar Kammula might have presented a better story where each of the lead actors think how life will be beautiful and then he can go on to show how each of them is right and each of them is wrong. The message is there, but it’s really low-toned and people might not notice it. The humor portion is entirely maintained through one of the lead hero’s telangana diction – which is a smart move indeed.  Overall, I did shed a few tears at 2/3 places in the movie – I bet everyone who watched the movie had tears atleast once.

This movie is not about proving anything to anybody, but more on celebrating how life is. It is very easy to draw similarities to Happy Days, but i think the movie viewer should forget everything else and just plunge in the beauty of life with Sekhar Kammula’s movie.

My rating: 4/5

If you have this running in your city, and want to watch the sensible human drama unfold in front of you – go grab your ticket now!!

 

 

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Author: Saraswathi Pulluru

Aham Bhrahmasmi.

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