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Graduate Review

Deepa Garimella /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
Looking for nice things to say about Graduate is like judging a beauty contest for mosquitoes - you have to have a lot of free time on your hands, it looks ridiculous to onlookers, it doesn't pay too well, and it is a pointless exercise anyway.

Graduate is one of those "youth-centric" flicks that are made to portray issues of youngsters of the state today, but to make sense of which you need to have studied at least 7 East European languages and 3 extra-terrestrial cultures.

4 college friends step out into the real world after their college. 3 out of them get into call centre jobs, but the other one, the brilliant Chakri (Akshay), wants to think long-term. One of the 3, a girl called Manisha (Tashu Kaushik), is in love with Chakri, who keeps turning down her advances.

Into Chakri's life walks a babe who is hot - this we cleverly made out from the length of her clothes, which was equal in number to the amount of sense all her dialogues put together made - and rich. Chakri confides in Manisha, who is heartbroken but agrees to help him woo his lady love.

Eventually, he is dumped by the girl. At around the same time, Chakri's father (Chandramohan) has a heart attack after looking at his marksheet. Chakri decides to focus on his studies, and stays out of touch with all his friends. Later, when his friends get laid off due to the recession, and get involved in a drugs scandal, he comes back as a police officer and sets things right.

Graduate is a lousy movie for several reasons, all of which can be clearly found in the opening and the closing credits. Nothing works - the acting, the script, the music, the direction, or even the cinematography - except the credits. It is an amateur production, and looks and feels like any other C-movie in its genre.

The makers try to throw in career plans, relationships, drugs, Muthyam Computers (and "Linga Raju") and friendship, but end up with a school play.

Akshay has the physique and the voice to make it as a hero in a few other films, and Tashu Kaushik is pretty expressive and energetic. The others can make it big in their own right, but they will have to fund their own films.

Krishna Bhagawan brings in some sniggers. However, it is not clear what exactly about Brahmanandam's comedy track we are supposed to find funny.

The songs at least qualify as music, but are strictly meant for only those who composed them and sang them. The locales of the film might make a Vizag resident proud - actually, not.

If you still want to watch this movie, wait for a week or 2, check with the producers if they're still screening it, and then, check with your folks if it's okay for you to watch it.
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Graduate (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Akshay, Tashu Kaushik, Ritika Sood, Chandramohan, Brahmanandam, Krishna Bhagawan, M S Narayana
  • Music
  • Director
    Prasad Rayala
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
1 - 13 OF 13 COMMENTS
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - Yes
Moviebuff on 22nd Jan 2011, 5:43am | Permalink
pretty cool..
voter on 13th Jan 2011, 8:13pm | Permalink
Decent movie!
KrisRay on 11th Jan 2011, 5:10pm | Permalink
Has anyone observed? Almost all the comments here were by the film's crew. All have the same kind of language, similar lines, same highlights and majority of them have long lines of dots (....). You guys (film's crew) need to stop this idiocy.
wishnaveen on 10th Jan 2011, 1:26pm | Permalink
Please don't kill the audience...
sharads on 9th Jan 2011, 9:06pm | Permalink
Saw the movie today. I think the storyline is very very simplistically narrated. All three leads (unknown names till I saw them today) have potrayed the storyline in a very natural way. A must watch with kids and family!! The only problem with the music was that there were too few songs. If the music producer and director had more foot tapping numbers like this.. i would love to hear them. 1234 is my favorite..

If you want to spend a nice evening without straining your brain trying to decipher the hidden message in a movie and are bored with the cliches and want to simply have a good time this movie is worth every penny.

Pros: Very clean movie, uncomplicated, freshers acting very very well
Cons: None
tollywoodfan on 8th Jan 2011, 6:46pm | Permalink
Watched the movie today. Movies with messages should be supported instead of getting trashed by editors just to increase their rankings and viewers. saying things like "judging a mosquito show" is extremely irresponsible for any adult in their right mind to say. it's a cheap joke and runs down a lot of effort and money put in by many people. we want to be informed not amused. i did not think the movie was that bad at all, and is definitely a one time watch. hero for the first time especially did a great job, but has to improve on dance skills.
J S RAJA on 8th Jan 2011, 5:19pm | Permalink
I have seen the director and producer complimenting themselves that they have made a movie with a message to youth ! when they are investing so much why dont they hire some experience persons who is capable of making the movie! dont know what and how to comment Director and producer, please dont make such movies and kill audience... Graduate is Not worth watching for free though :)
Alokeonline on 8th Jan 2011, 2:48pm | Permalink
Graduate is a cool movie to watch in this season...great music, especially ninnala nenu is a superb song..fantastic performances by new star cast...hero akshay is smart and great voice with good style...the director has done a fantastic job, good story line with no confusion...excellent comedy...good family entertainer...

Pros: Story,narration, vizag, hero,comedy, Krishna Bhagwan
Ramya on 8th Jan 2011, 2:42pm | Permalink
Amazing movie for the year...good time pass and fantastic music...a must watch film after a long time in Telugu industry...the director has done a fabulous job.
Hero akshay s performance and dialogue style is very good...

Pros: Hero akshay,music,visuals,narration,story,heroine Tashu,ritika,comedy
Cons: Background score
Venkat on 8th Jan 2011, 2:37pm | Permalink
I saw graduate movie yesterday in Shanti hyd..the movie is good entertainer..finally Telugu industry is got a smart Telugu speaking hero with good dialogue modulation and amazing voice ..I really appreciate the movie for making a sincere effort...a must watch film for all types of audience ..the direction was impressive and the songs picturaisation is superb ...priyatama and ninnala nenu are the best...finally the movie is superb.

Pros: Hero,music,visualization,heroines,comedy
Cons: Short climax
spicy007 on 7th Jan 2011, 9:16pm | Permalink
Good movie. Seiing a very handsum hero after a lng time. AKSHAI u r toooooooooooooooooooooooo smart
Stoppress on 7th Jan 2011, 9:09pm | Permalink
Saw the movie Graduate today. With fresh faces and a relevant message to the youth, this movie is refreshing. New comer Akshay has the potential to be the next chocolate boy of the Telugu film industry-however he needs to improve on his acting and dancing skills. Tashu the heroine has given a very natural performance. Ritika as the glamour doll is okay. The movie starts off on a promising note and follows the lives of four friends after their graduation. The first half of the movie is light hearted and goes by quickly with comedy sequences by veterans like Brahmanandam and Krishna Bhagavan. The second half is not as racy and but keeps you engaged. Editing and cinematography could have been better. Music deserves a special mention and is one of the best parts of the movie. The songs including "ninna la neenu leenu" and "priyathama"are very melodious and beautifully shot. A laudable first time effort.

Pros: Music, comedy
Cons: Editing, Cinematography
moviebuff on 7th Jan 2011, 7:53pm | Permalink
Nice family entertainer!
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