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Pournami
EDITOR RATING
5.0
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NA
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NA
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Pournami is like 2 movies shown one after the other. And it feels like 6 movies shown one after the other. Prabhudeva’s hit debut directorial venture Nuvvostanante Nevoddantana was a copy of Maine Pyaar Kiya. He decides to be original with Pournami, and it backfires. Which is why we at fullhyd.com believe that a person should do what works best for him – if you are good at making remakes of Maine Pyaar Kiya, you should stick to that.

Pournami is a period film – it has elements of ancient Indian tradition, classical dance, mythology and boredom in it. The last one dominates the entire second half. The movie even ends without closing some threads, which proves that even the cast and crew were desperate to somehow finish it off and make a fresh start to life. Fortunately, you, dear reader, do not have to go through all that – you just need to read this review before needing to make a fresh start to life.

Pournami is set in a village, which has a several-century-old tradition that a girl of a certain family, now headed by Chandramohan, has to dance at the temple of Lord Shiva at every pushkara (once every 12 years). It is now the turn of Pournami (Trisha), who her dad (Chandramohan) trains for 10 years for the ritual, but who elopes 10 months before the event. Yes, tough on the father, especially in these days of globalization and liberalization. If you are wondering what that has to do with anything, you need to make a fresh start to life.

The father is reluctant to train his second daughter Chandrakala (Charmme) for the ritual, since there is an evil local zamindar (Rahul Dev) who wants the girl who is to perform the temple dance, to dance for him first and sleep with him for 3 nights. He is praying and waiting for a saviour, who comes in the form of Sivakesava (Prabhas).

A newcomer to the village, Sivakesava charms the village folk with his happy-go-lucky ways. And after saving Chandrakala once from the clutches of the zamindar, he convinces her father that he will safeguard them from the zamindar if he (Chandrakala’s father) teaches her to dance and makes her perform at the ritual.

Chandrakala starts to learn, and soon she falls in love with Sivakesava. But he cannot reciprocate, and has to tell her the truth about who he is. And the second half is all about how long flashbacks can be.

The first half of Pournami is all about the artiste in Prabhudeva overruling the filmmaker in him – the movie starts like an Eastman color Joy Mukherjee film, concentrates on choreography even in the fights of the first half, and ambles about at the pace of a Carnatic music concert. And the second half makes the first half look like a racy thriller. And the film ends in a tearing hurry once the director realizes what time it is – even Lord Shiva would have taken longer to beat up all the goons. And the zamindar is not dealt with at all.

Prabhas is more brawn than performance, especially in the heavy duty dialogues and the soft emotional ones where he has problems. He fit Chatrapati well since he is best as the angry young man. This one doesn’t call for much more range actually, but the chinks are still visible. Trisha and Charmme are both good, and the classical dances look like they trained well. All performances are good, with a special mention due for Chandramohan.

The music by Devi Sriprasad is as clichéd as most of his recent work, though some tunes in the second half have the potential to grow on you if you work hard enough. The art direction and the village and temple sets are good. But on the whole, this isn’t something that is worth the 3 hours it demands.
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  • Cast
    Prabhas, Charmme, Trisha, Chandramohan, Rahul Dev, Mukesh Rishi, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Sindhu Tolani, Brahmaji, Sunil, AVS
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    Devisri Prasad
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    Prabhudeva
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Sunder Vadivelu, K. on 26th Sep 2014, 2:03pm | Permalink
Is it natural true ancient temple of Lord Shiva or else it is artificial set. Please write where is that temple of Lord Shiva! It has divine power!
swetthambari on 10th Dec 2008, 7:42pm | Permalink
a master piece after along time touched the soul not like the usual films
RATING
8
Sandip on 3rd May 2006, 7:01am | Permalink
simply awesome
RATING
10
Rajesh Kumar on 1st May 2006, 9:18pm | Permalink
nice movie.great locales.
RATING
8
Secunderabad Dada on 1st May 2006, 12:13pm | Permalink
Hyderabad Dada

Mana telugu cinemalu kojja galla cinemallo nunchi copy kodutuntunnamante, wat a shame DADA
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2
Raja on 30th Apr 2006, 1:14pm | Permalink
Fullhyd reviewers pls do ur homework properly!!!



Abril Despedaçado (2001)



is the original version of POurnami and ofcourse 2 guys there n 2 gals here!and hey NUVVOSTANANTE NENODDANTAANA is the remake of MAINE PYAR KIYA???

are u sure??will make it a habit 2 read reviews on fullhy,i guarantee you!!
RATING
4
Rajat Nayar on 29th Apr 2006, 3:52pm | Permalink
excellent film.really guys i never expected so much entertainment from this movie.story is weak but screenplay and direction are flawless.prabhas is cute.trisha is luking lovly.
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8
Hyderabad Dada on 29th Apr 2006, 2:54am | Permalink
Babu phani kumar, NVNV hindi film nundi copy kottavantunnavu... neeku hindi cinemalu ela vuntayo telusa... salman khan oka pedda kojja gaadu... all hindi stars are eunuchs... Tollywood rocks..!!



MS Raju tried to introduce a new trend in tollywood...i don't really understand why our masses don't accept such films...they always support formula oriented films
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10
Movie Buzz on 24th Apr 2006, 9:37am | Permalink
Prabhu Deva's aimless attempt. He perhaps thought that his age old trick - dance - will sell it. Nope.. this movie sucks. Rahul Dev's dance movements make him look like a eunuch. Prabhas has wasted some precious time of his career.
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2
Phani Kumar on 22nd Apr 2006, 4:11pm | Permalink
Reviewer you don't watch movies it seems.Nuvvostanante nenodaanta is a remake of " Pyar kiys tho darna kya " of Salman and kajols
RATING
6
Rajkumar Santoshi on 22nd Apr 2006, 11:21am | Permalink
Well Mr. Andy S, it was a mixture of both the movies
RATING
8
Andy S on 22nd Apr 2006, 9:06am | Permalink
excuse me...NVNV was a remake of "Pyar Kiya Tho Darna Kya", not "maine pyar kiya"
RATING
6
Srickant Rajagopal on 21st Apr 2006, 10:49am | Permalink
Title: Pournami

Cast: Prabhas, Charmi, Trisha, Chandramohan etc etc ( yup, they include Tanikella Bharani)

Credits: Prabhu Deva, M S Raju, Devi Sriprasad

Verdict: Identity Crisis between a mass flick and a class flick



Culture should go on, the movie says. If this is the culture that has sustained us for centuries then there should be reservation for ‘demented culture exponents’ and ‘make believe movie directors’ in errr… just about anywhere you could possibly have reservations.



Having returned to Hyderabad after almost 2 years I decided that a ‘hit combination’ would warrant a first day - first show fight with all the movie goers. A lot of fights later I had to lay my moral claims aside and purchase the movie tickets in black ( less than 10% of tickets were actually sort at the counter, interesting way to sell btw, tear the tickets and ask people to enter from the rear). The positives first, the credits, Paruchuri Brothers, Sitha Rama Shastri, Prabhu Deva (and co in choreography), art (you get an arty feeling) and Direction ( Prabhu Deva and you go …..) and that’s aboutt it.



Performances or the lack of it rather hamper the proceedings. It does not help that the story line is all hype I guess. Boy from a faction family (actually for the first time I was happy with the senseless violence, else the movie would have been a real circus) falls in love with girl who has a ‘history’. Girl gives gyaan and takes Boy’s word and Boy plays Good Samaritan in the Girl’s family and ‘history’ repeats itself. Throw in some weird colours (sometimes spectacular), some standard performances and some vague ones, try to keep audience guessing with a mix n match version of the storyline and bingo you have ‘Pournami’. It would have been much better had it been named Amavasya. Girl is Trisha who looks good as usual, Prabhas is the ‘I cant do emotional scenes’ Boy and Charmi is errr….super sub.



Come on, they should have shown more of Trisha, just for her eyes. And the dubbing for the female leads has not changed much I guess. Actually Prabhu Deva does not know what to do with the story so he gives everybody their share of stereotypes. Who ever asked for a dumb period movie? The less said about Devi Sriprasad’s music, the better. I guess he got inspired a little bit from Varsham. And the attempt at lewd comedy fails too.
RATING
4
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