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Bharani Review

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There are 3 steps that the reviewers follow to successfully watch a dubbing movie and come out more or less unscathed. Of course, that's proprietary expertise and we will not share it, but for all those people wondering just what the economics of a Vishal movie are and how they do not go bankrupt, here's a quick-and-dirty analysis:

Cost of making movie: Rs. 50,00,000 (hero comes free, there are no noticeable production values)
Cost of dubbing into Telugu: Rs. 800 (from estimates of how many Tamil films get dubbed into Telugu every 10 seconds)

No. of hoardings across AP: 1,00,000 (including on Karnataka, Orissa and Chattisgarh borders, in the Bay of Bengal, and in all lands occupied by land-grabbers)
Average cost per hoarding: Rs. 50,000
Total cost of hoardings: Rs. 500 crores

No. of newspaper ads: 1,00,000 (counting all ads in each page of each edition of a newspaper)
Average cost per ad: Rs. 20,000
Total cost of newspaper ads: Rs. 200 crores

No. of TV spots: 1,00,000 (in all channels, including BTV (Bharani TV))
Average cost per TV Spot: Rs. 30,000
Total cost of TV spots: Rs. 300 crores


Total cost of making movie: Rs. 50 lakhs
Total cost of advertising: Rs. 1,000 crores

Average cost of movie ticket: Rs. 20
No. of tickets to be sold to breakeven: 50 crores

That's it. Everyone in AP just needs to watch the film 5 times, and it's done. See, there's nothing to worry about if you do your math right. Of course, you should take the above analysis only as a broad indicator. Just remember that knows crap about movie-making, but then so do some people who actually make movies.

It would be unfair to say that Bharani will kill you – we did not see anyone actually dead in the theater, though there were a few who looked like they weren't sure. But it might make you have some important conversations with yourself, some of which wouldn't be allowed if India did not respect free speech.

Bharani is the story of a youngster who helps reunite two warring families after falling in love with a girl from the other family. With a script like that that even an 8-month-old pet dog in Latvia will find clich├ęd, you need a screenplay-writer who can infuse life into even a documentary on protecting heritage antholes. However, these guys have a clever subsitute – Rs. 1,000 crores.

So Bharani (Vishal) is a youngster who lives with his widowed mother (Rohini) and his uncle Srinivas Bhupathi (Prabhu). The latter runs a salt business in a village Bhimili, and has intransigent and unrelenting foes in Veeram Naidu (Nasser) and his sister Sakuntala Devi (Nadia), and their father and patriarch PVS (Vijay Kumar).

Sakuntala Devi's daughter Bhanu (Bhanu) falls in love with Bharani for reasons that are beyond the scope of this review. When Bharani spurns her, a family fued starts that results in him accidentally hacking off the hand of Veeram Naidu's brother. He greatly repents his action and turns over a new leaf, and decides to marry Bhanu at any cost, but the bad blood is only further vitiated, and it's all-round war.

Bharani is a lousy movie for more reasons than we have space here for, but since this is a review and all, here are some. Firstly, the theme is the last resort of someone who desperately wants to make a movie. Then, the presentation, in its rural backdrop, is so drab, it makes several serials on Gemini look slick. And the dialogues are mostly lame, and whatever little comedy is there could have been written by an MSc math student.

A couple of songs can grow on you because of the number of times that you are bombarded by them on the TV spots, but the music in general is not very entertaining (assuming you are going to this movie to get entertained). And let's not forget the cheesy graphics.

Vishal does not have the screen presence to carry off an entire movie – for his family that appears to be funding him, this is all perhaps just long-term brand-building. Bhanu (you saw her in Photo last – actually, hopefully you didn't) makes a perfect match. The other actors are all seasoned, but all they can do is emerge without career-destroying damage.

Add to this the fundamental problem with dubbed movies – unrecognizable faces, customs and dressing that you cannot identify with, and sorry lip-sync – and the rap-list is complete. The only films that become hits then are ones with completely innovative storylines – Aparichitudu, Ghajini, Chandramukhi etc. – which this one certainly cannot crow about.

Wait for 3-4 weeks to see if this one is still in town, and if it is, then don't watch it anyway.
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    Vishal, Bhanu, Prabhu, Nadia, Nasser, Vijay Kumar
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    Yuvan Shankar Raja
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Can watch again - NA
Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Suresh Krishna on 3rd May 2007, 12:57pm | Permalink
it's a movie which can be rated as a C graded movie, that's all i could say.
Pramod Uday on 22nd Apr 2007, 8:55pm | Permalink
I saw the Telugu version of Bharani (2007) and the movie is worth watching. We are normally wary of watching dubbed versions of movies and with good reason too. We have seen time and time again how some producers really ruin some artistic movies in the name of dubbing - just look at the dubbed Telugu versions of 300 or Alexander and you will have to agree! But this movie has been dubbed well, barring a few scenes. But the main plus point of the movie is undoubtedly the power-packed performance of the tall, swarthy, fit and handsome actor from Kollywood - Vishal! He just steals your hearts away with his empathic portrayal of the eponymous hero and that itself is a good reason to watch this movie.

The plot of the story has nothing new about it - it has been played again and again on our silver screens. But fortunately this same old story has been retold in a poignant way. Also the director never loses his firm grip on the narration - there are no intolerably melodramatic scenes or too gory violence. This is a good family movie with an unmistakable stress on the value and strength of blood relations and other familial bonds. Blood is surely thicker than water, the movie says and, luckily, says so with little blood shed!

Vishal promises a lot as a young nascent actor and also keeps his promises! Perhaps what strikes one the most about him is his down-to-earth nature that seems to leap out of the skin of the characters he gets into on the screen. Also one cannot but notice that the characters that come his way seem to be tailor-made for him, totally congruent with his mannerisms. That does not imply that he lacks versatility. He is really different and his individuality attracts you. In action scenes, he rocks with his passionate expressions and energetic movements. In emotional scenes, he makes you silent. (Did i not notice my "neighbour" at theatre quickly brush away his tears?!)

The actress,who is a debutant (I gather she is a debutant!) disappoints you with her lackadaisical performance. She cannot convey anything by her expressions and cannot dance too. (And looks chubby?!!) One cannot help thinking how some others might have done better in her role (As for example Meera, who has already acted with Vishal?).

Other actors, including Prabhu, Nasser and others from Kollywood have all performed well and have done justice to their roles. Special mention should be made of the actress who acts as Prabhu's wife, the cocky wife who comes to her senses in the end. (Sorry, don't know her name. Guess it's Nadia?) She looks beautiful and also excels in her role. Nasser, who did some positive characters, like the one in the latest blockbuster of the "charming Prince" - Mahesh Babu, has acted well, but many might love him as a more positive character.

Passing on to the plot, I don't intend to include any spoiler in here (Sorry! Let's support the movie industry by watching the movies at theatres!). But here is a short intro, if you will:

This movie is about two families and the feud between them. Vishal, who stays with uncle Prabhu, meets one girl from the rival family and he decides to teach her a lesson. But soon he falls for her and she too begins loving him. But Vishal and the girl gets into hot water as some of his pranks cross the limit. This adds to the animosity and hatred between the families. But, both Vishal and the girl (and of course, those in Vishal's family) long to see both the families reunited in friendship. Then Vishal discovers that there is a valid reason for the feud. He (and the audience) are in for a shock. Now he must reunite the two families, for it turns out that they are also relatives ...

The music is a let down and there is not a single song that you will carry out of the hall. The movie on the whole is a wholesome family entertainer and I strongly recommend it. Go and watch this movie, watch Vishal!
Priyanka Pulla on 7th Apr 2007, 2:04pm | Permalink
funny one, kishore!
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