Monday, April 20, 2009

Ninne Pelladatha (1996) - Southie!

I'm so bummed! my laptop isn't working properly because I probably got a virus and I was smart enough to try to use it without an anti-virus program. I just got the darn thing too! Well hopefully I"ll get it fixed up soon. So for now I'm using my sister's yucky old one for this short little post.

Instead of doing my paper last night, I watched a Telugu film called 'Ninne Pelladatha' by Krishna Vamsi starring Tabu and Nagarjuna. I actually watched it without any subtitles and went by any english words thrown in and expressions and setting so sometimes I was a little lost by certain things. I'm hoping someone can help me out with whatever I didn't get.

The story is pretty much that Mahalaxmi (Tabu) and Seenu (Nagarjuna) are from two loving families who are mad at each other. Tabu's mom belonged to Nagarjuna's family (I think she was a sister?) and ran away to marry Tabu's dad the day of her wedding so her brothers beat them up and they didn't talk for all those years.
Mahalaxmi goes Hyderabad on her own to enroll in pilot training classes and ends up living with Seenu's family (How and why that happens I don't know because of language problems so if anyone knows please tell me!) and Mahalaxmi and Seenu slowly fall in love. His family loves her and accepts her but they get separated when they find out who her parents are. Whether there is a happy ending or not, I'll leave that up in the air.

This movie is one of those wholesome family love stories that I loveeeee. It represented so many of my favorite hindi romance movies in almost every scene. Mahalaxmi and Seenu were adorable with each other whether they were flirting or picking on each other. I love when he finds out her nickname by accident and runs around calling her that to irk her because she hates that name (The name was something like Pendu; wonder what it means). Tabu and Nagarjuna were a treat to watch becuase of how well they looked together and individually their expressions and mannerisms were very lively. I beleive Tabu won the south filmfare best actress award for this movie.

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Seenu's family was show to be really sweet and loving and I liked that they didn't show any fights within the family. His mom was played by actress Laxmi from 'Julie'; she was a lively character and tabu's character Mahalaxmi is actually her namesake. I couldn't help thinking of 'Hum aapke hain koun' especially when the boys are sneaking up on the woman having their own night of fun and the way she cooks for him one night they are alone and they declare their love each other secretly.

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The soundtrack of the movie was done by Sandeep Chowtha and is a very nice album. I've heard all the songs earlier so I beleive they were quite popular and i think some the tunes might have been carried over to some hindi movie or a remake of it. I love the first song 'greeka veerudu' where Mahalaxmi is describing her dream guy (ala DDLJ) to her mother to be like Alexander the great.

Here are some other songs I really liked:
this one sounds like 'chahe dil ke kareeb' from Socha na tha


Oddly, I started my first sort-of review with a south film. Well it's due to my broken laptop and a film is a film, regardless of language.


theBollywoodFan said...

Me trying to say the title to this film is like Bhuvan trying to say 'Elizabeth' in Lagaan, LOL. The only two who've gotten me to see films from the South are Tabu and Genelia D'Souza, and I could watch movies starring them without audio, let alone subtitles!

Thanks for this. I've got to see more of Tabu...I know Hindi cinema has hardly done her talents any justice.

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Anonymous said...

although not typically commercial, tabu is an excellent actress. I want to see Virasat.

ps. get the book from the library, it's by khalil gibran. he writes beautifully.

Anonymous said...

this is dubbed to hindi with name "Jab dil kisi pe aata hain".