Banner: Zee Studios and R4 Entertainments
Form: Satyam Rajesh, Sanchitha Poonacha, Kaashima Rafi, Chitram Seenu, Praveen Yendamuri, Janardhan, Kumar and others
Music: Mani Sharma
CAP: Prasad GK
Editor: SB Raju Talari
Co-producer: Rajani Talluric
Written and directed by: Karuna Kumara
Publication date: August 26, 2022
Director Karuna Kumar of “Palasa” and “Sridevi Gaali Soda Center” made this small film with the support of Zee Studios. When the makers pitted their film against the mighty “Liger”, it aroused a curiosity.
Let’s find out its pros and cons.
Rajesh Kumar (Satyam Rajesh) is a struggling assistant director. He has been trying to become a director for years. His girlfriend is a wannabe actress. When she cheats on him, the frustrated Rajesh Kumar decides to leave Hyderabad and settle in his village.
Out of nowhere an offer comes to him from a wannabe producer, who asks him to make a movie with a budget of Rs 1 cr. The condition he sets is that part of the film is shot in his native village Kalapuram.
After Rajesh Kumar lands in Kalapuram, he finds out that the Hyderabad Police have taken the producer into custody in a scam.
On the other hand, Kalapauram police are confiscating Rajesh Kumar’s money while by-elections are underway. The police orders him to stay there until the end of the elections.
How will Rajesh Kumar complete his first directing?
Performances by artists:
Satyam Rajesh gets the chance to play the lead role, but he doesn’t quite own it. He does the job in his usual way.
Sanchitha Poonacha in the role of a villager who inspires Satyam Rajesh to make a movie has expressive body language. Praveen Yendamuri as Rajesh’s buddy is okay.
The film contains music by Mani Sharma, but the work of the experienced music composer adds little value. The work of other technicians proves that they are working on a “low budget” film.
The final twist
A funny story
Comedy doesn’t make for laughs
In one scene, Satyam Rajesh and his friend enter their spare room and prepare to take a bath. The camera shows little movement and we get to see the complete act of Satyam Rajesh and his friend taking off their clothes and draping their towels for five to six minutes. This is one of the many sequences in “Kalapuram” where nothing happens, but they go on like a TV series.
The story of the film itself is a farce. Random scenes are stitched together to tell this story.
The only redeeming factor is that the final twist makes some sense after watching the marathon of unknowing sequences.
Recently, a movie called “Cinema Bandi”, which premiered on Netflix, gained traction among some of the viewers. The film was about villagers who tried to make a film in their village with few resources. Borrowing that phrase, we can say that this is “Cinema Tondi”. Because many of the procedures don’t make sense.
Take another example. Satyam Rajesh and the local musician reach the house of a woman famous for her literary skills. He asks her to write songs for the film. This entire episode of the music session is distasteful.
After completing the entire shooting process, Satyam Rajesh is embarrassed to look at his own product when he realized that he had made a sloppy movie. He then states that if it is released in theaters, the critics will thrash it. The same goes for this movie.
Movies like this only work if the writing is flawless and laced with good humor. “Kalapuram” she misses.
Briefly: Cinema ‘Thondi’