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Pandurangadu
EDITOR RATING
3.5
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6.5
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No
Good for kids
No
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No
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Pandurangadu is so bad, it begs an analysis of how Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu by the same director worked so brilliantly, something that required no analysis all these years. Well, the summary of the analysis would be, alas.

Pandurangadu is first and foremost a directorial failure - the plots rambles on and on, so much that in a movie about a staunch devotee, he's no devotee at all for the first, oh, 2 hours. Instead, there's sleaze. Couldn't the veteran director set aside his fascination for women's navels and cleavages at least in a devotional?

Oh, let's not even start off on a discussion about commercial viability. If a director feels the need to use sleaze to sell a movie about God, something's terribly wrong somewhere, and it's with him. Nobody will come into a movie with a title like Pandurangadu in a mood to watch women's midriffs being pampered.

That aside, the plot spacing is a nightmare. Like we said, it takes 2 hours for the protagonist to even turn devotee, and in another 25 minutes it's all wrapped up. He sees God in a jiffy, he gets salvation, the credits roll. Oh, couldn't they have just printed the story in a newspaper instead of making a whole movie about it?

And then the film itself - plebian to incredible extents, it makes you wonder if they are in sync at all with the world and the audiences of today. The dialogues look like they were written by someone who writes school plays - that whole scene where Lakshmi introduces herself to Rangadu's family is a splendid example, the comedy truly sucks, and there's not a single line of depth in a whole movie about God and spirituality. Then, the graphics are unbelievably tacky, and there's not one song or tune that will stay on after the movie's gone, a hell of a feat for a devotional.

And no, Balakrishna may be memorable in certain types of roles, but he cannot make a Krishna. It's an unfortunate revelation for millions of us for whom NTR's face still comes to mind when we think of Krishna. Maybe another director or maybe deeper lines could have gotten a better job out of him. You can just sigh.

Pundareeka Ranganath (Balakrishna) is a depraved youngster, born into a noble and devout family but forever flinging himself after women. He claims he is merely following in Krishna's footsteps, but the Lord's ostensibly amorous adventures with the girls of Brindavan were strictly God granting his devotees their heartfelt desire, a point obviously and totally lost on Rangadu.

When a prostitute Amrutha (Tabu) comes into town, Rangadu totally flips for her, much to the embarassment of his dignified and revered family. He continues his trysts with her much after his providential marriage to Lakshmi (Sneha), a huge devotee of the Lord (Balakrishna again), but when Amrutha's minders finally cheat him and he gets cursed by a great rishi (Mohanbabu in a brief and composed performance), he sees the wrong in his ways and becomes a dedicated son.

How and when he turns devotee of Krishna, however, is hardly explained in the film. Or why Krishna has a soft corner for him. The whole characterization of Krishna is flawed in the movie - the Lord is made to look more like a bumbling child who has to constantly be reminded who He is, and Balakrishna can do nothing to rise above the writing. And oh yes, did we mention the atrocious dialogues and comedy? Lord, forgive them for they knew not that they weren't upto it.

Logic is a big casualty in a, well, casual attempt. Annamayya and Ramadasu had fairly compelling scripts which helped you take something out whatever your current spiritual station, but Pandurangadu hits God where it hurts most - it makes Him look accessible. The secret of being successful as God is maintaining your exclusivity, taking your time, staying silent and coolly looking the other way when people's lives are falling apart. Rangadu seems to have been a devotee barely 2 hours when God comes to save Him. Where did all his sins go?

Balakrishna's been down on his luck for a long while now, and the problems continue - he's looking old, the acting is loud and exaggerated and doesn't mould to suit the character, and otherwise good directors seem to flounder when they direct him. And he has too much body hair to play Krishna (Krishna with hairy arms?). A brief period in the last half-hour where he turns devotee sees him do a good job but otherwise this isn't anywhere near his best.

K Vishwanath is dignified, Sneha is earnest and natural, and Tabu is naked. Well, by devotional film standards, that is - she seems to show more cleavage here than even in normal films. The comedy is loud and really chillar. Whose idea was it to give Brahmanandam that voice, and what is he doing in that movie anyway? Ditto Ali. Sunil and Dharmavarapu are in ghastly roles.

The songs are quite ordinary, and there appear to be more masala numbers than devotional tunes. And the first half is quite boring, especially for the religious-minded. Raghavendra Rao persists with his Level 001 concepts of God - that He lives somewhere above the clouds, for instance. In Sri Ramadasu, too, Hanuman carries Rama and Lakshmana on his shoulders from somewhere to Hyderabad, travelling through the air. Well, maybe Mr. Rao knows his audiences better than us. But then a Hindi movie called Guide did very well way back on the '70s showing God completely differently.

Pandurangadu is singularly devoid of any intelligence, subtlety or depth, and unless you want to see God on the silver screen, you should stay away. And if you see God outside of the silver screen too, please apply to us for a job mentioning that prominently in your resume - we need a lot of favours!
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  • Cast
    Balakrishna, Sneha, Tabu, K Vishwanath, Ananth, Archana, Suhasini, Y Vijaya, Brahmanandam, Ali, Mohanbabu, L B Sriram, Balayya, Siva Parvati, Meghana Naidu, Dharmavarapu, Sunil
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    M M Keeravani
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  • Director
    K Raghavendra Rao
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
bramhi_SE on 2nd Jun 2008, 6:17pm | Permalink
Vaaayyo..idi paandurangadu kadu ra nayana.."Porn rangadu". Bangaram lanti paatha cinema ni srungaram tho nimpesi bhakti scene lu anni cut chesi release chesadu...Balayya make up entha ghoram ga undi ante oka vela NTR inka brathike unte thanu balayya kante young ga kanipinchevademo...alanti balayya tho tabu pandaga chestundi..poni ademaina 5 leka 10 nimishala scena aa anukunte..abbey..asalu cinema antha ade.. Tabu ki ippatidaka lenidi sudden ga emocchindo mari..review lo cheppinatlu bhakti cinema lo battalu veskoni paatra..sarle, aa sangathi pakkana pedadam.

Verevi characters emaina goppaga unnaya ante ledu, okka mohanbabu thappa anni below average ye..dialogues neecham ga unnayi..ye yadava ayina "naku antha sannivesam ledu prabhu" ane line naaradudiki pedathada??..mana bharavi pettadu. thu..nenu raasina inkoncham bagane raasevadinemo dialogue lu...sarle, deenini entha thittina thakkuve..porapatuna kuda chudakandi, but meeku telugu lo adult entertainment balayya action perutho chese comedy chudalani anukunte matram velli baga enjoy cheyandi. IDI OKA BHAKTHI CINEMA ANI MATRAM ANUKOKANDI. namasthe.

Pros: Chivarilo bhakthi chitram
Cons: Migilinadi adult chitram
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its_vinay on 31st Jul 2008, 11:41pm | Permalink
Pandurangaa......Mind block aindi...It is one of worst movie from KRR...I thought he is very good at devotional movies but after seeing this my mind didn't work to think.......is it problem with ballaiah or with the directors...becoz even good directors also failed in case of Ballaiah...
Reviewer on 7th Jun 2008, 3:36pm | Permalink
Its a total waste movie. please do not watch this movie. first half is like "shakila movie". second half "nothing".
Totallya balakrishna movie. in one of the scence panduranga ride horse in reverse (which is only possible in balallya movies) when he watch heroin. this is greatest bakwas of the movie.
kiran07 on 3rd Jun 2008, 3:42pm | Permalink
Hey all,

Actual ga naaku krr movies that too devotional ante oka abhiprayam undedi... nenu actual ga bangalore lo untanu... movie chusina taruvata chala risk chesanu emo jeevitam lo anipinchindi..

ohh my godd..u knw really... i was roaming all around the theatre for a cup of tea in the interval... such a horrible movie...:(

actual ga in annamayya and ramadasu the percentage of nonbakthi and bakthi is 20-80 but its reverse here.. not even reverse much worse... its 90-10...

not at all a movie to watch even with a gal friend...

my humble and kind request is we should show up a path for the next generation by projecting our culture, tradition and heritage but not the porn stuff, wamps, silly and stupidity dialogues.. directors please keep that in mind when u atleast frame something...
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Aishwarya Mantha on 2nd Jun 2008, 8:58pm | Permalink
I really liked this comment that the reviewer made:

"The secret of being successful as God is maintaining your exclusivity, taking your time, staying silent and coolly looking the other way when people's lives are falling apart."

Although each has their own opinion, IMO, benevolence of God is directly proportional to how much you put faith in Him, also kada.

And about the movie, hairy men, can adjust, Hair God, no way Jose'!
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bramhi_SE on 2nd Jun 2008, 6:17pm | Permalink
Vaaayyo..idi paandurangadu kadu ra nayana.."Porn rangadu". Bangaram lanti paatha cinema ni srungaram tho nimpesi bhakti scene lu anni cut chesi release chesadu...Balayya make up entha ghoram ga undi ante oka vela NTR inka brathike unte thanu balayya kante young ga kanipinchevademo...alanti balayya tho tabu pandaga chestundi..poni ademaina 5 leka 10 nimishala scena aa anukunte..abbey..asalu cinema antha ade.. Tabu ki ippatidaka lenidi sudden ga emocchindo mari..review lo cheppinatlu bhakti cinema lo battalu veskoni paatra..sarle, aa sangathi pakkana pedadam.

Verevi characters emaina goppaga unnaya ante ledu, okka mohanbabu thappa anni below average ye..dialogues neecham ga unnayi..ye yadava ayina "naku antha sannivesam ledu prabhu" ane line naaradudiki pedathada??..mana bharavi pettadu. thu..nenu raasina inkoncham bagane raasevadinemo dialogue lu...sarle, deenini entha thittina thakkuve..porapatuna kuda chudakandi, but meeku telugu lo adult entertainment balayya action perutho chese comedy chudalani anukunte matram velli baga enjoy cheyandi. IDI OKA BHAKTHI CINEMA ANI MATRAM ANUKOKANDI. namasthe.

Pros: Chivarilo bhakthi chitram
Cons: Migilinadi adult chitram
RATING
3
anil_kumarm on 31st May 2008, 7:39am | Permalink
Really, thats unbearable.KRR BETTER MAKE A COMPLETE PORN FILM OR COMPLETE DEVOTIONAL FILM. When you are confused on how to make a devotional movie,you could have gone through the "NTR's panduranga mahatyam". Even the dialogue writer goes dumb. Movie after Movie you lost your devotional touch and completely relied on skin show.

Pros: cinematography
Cons: Tabu for her eagerness to show more n more skin, kRR
RATING
3
Vijayasaradhi UVR on 30th May 2008, 9:49pm | Permalink
balakrishnaku inkaa cinemaalu endukuraa babu. screen meeda choodaleka chasthunnaam. okka junior NTR thappa ee generationlo vunna migilina nandamuri family anthaa chettha actorse. enthakaalam NTR peru cheppukoni brathukuthaaru. kaneesam mimmalni meeru manchi actorsgaa establish chesukondi. ee NTR bhajana maree chiraakaipoyindi. even talent vunna junior NTR koodaa ide follow avuthunnaadu. photolu pettukoni brathakadam maanandiraa babu. NTR tho veellevariki polike ledu. ekkada NTR ekkada ee chethagaallu. keep out of this shit movie.
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ramkrishna on 30th May 2008, 6:48pm | Permalink
I have not yet seen the movie, but i don't think it will work as the old one. But why you people has not kept the review. Common, we are looking forward.

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