Yes, TCMG. It is TJ here. Everyone knows my name now, I guess.
I do agree with you. Some of the Alludu movies are really fun to watch but the primary plot line (of which there are two) are done to death at this point. Nee kuthuruki mogudu and neeku ranku mogudu stuff is so very outdated. This movie tries something new but botches it so damn horribly that it makes little to no sense in the grand scheme of things.
And I guess the lighting equipment thing is a matter of taste. I never mind that in songs because it is meant to be a separate part of most films. Not tied into the narrative or the world.
But, in my opinion, lighting is meant to accentuate the actors and the scenery without making it obvious. It is almost like leaving a boom mic in the shot and saying that's what we used to get the on-set dialogue. Camera blocking is super important when making a film.
Most directors don't do that well and hence we end up with scenes where actors are shot as if they aren't even on set together at the same time. It's just a detail I tend to notice a lot and this film has a bunch of those basic errors.
Maruti seems like a director who wants to try stuff but never explores or researches a concept to a proper extent. The concepts themselves are very surface level.
The number of references I scatter in reviews is insane. Someone or the other will always pick up on them sooner or later. It's just fun for me more than anything.
At the end of the second act of Sailaja Reddy Alludu, a random group of bad guys throw down an impotent monologue and get themselves ready to attack, and subsequently murder, Sailaja Reddy (Ramya Krishnan). To her credit, Madam Reddy stands her ground, tucks her pallu in and promises to unleash the wrath of hell on these brutes. We genuinely thought this colossal slog-fest of a film had a scene where Ramya Krishnan would kick names and take ass. We were primed and ready, with blood coursing through our veins and hands clutching our armrests.