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So what is special
about Chiranjeevi's Tagore?
If you haven't seen the Tamil
original (Vijayakant's Ramana) you are going to like the movie. It has
crisp screenplay, outstanding camera work, breathtaking locales and a
great performance by Chiranjeevi. Look out for his action when he realizes
that his wife and son are dead. No other actor in Tollywood could have
done that so naturally.
The movie has no
room for Shriya. But it is a Chiranjeevi movie and so it should have six
songs. Hence Shriya in the movie. Her job is drop her jaw in awe, giggle,
wear skimpy clothes and dance to the average tunes of Mani Sharma. By the
way, Mani Sharma's score can best be described as mediocre. None of the
songs impress though Chiranjeevi's dancing skills have elevated all of
them to a likable status.
What sets Tagore
apart from his recent movies like Indra is that Tagore has absolutely no
boring moments. There is something happening always. And care has been
taken not to have Chiranjeevi in each and every frame of the movie. This
is a marked deviation from his earlier movies. There are instances in the
movie where you don't see Chiranjeevi for five to ten minutes
continuously. Quite unheard of (or unseen of) if you ask me. Chiranjeevi
makes sure that story is given top priority.. not his role.
However I do have a
suggestion here. Sack the fight master first. Chiranjeevi's fight have
always been a pleasure to watch. They used to be quite good, natural and
believable. But in this movie, we are treated with third class fighting
sequences where the baddies come one by one to Chiranjeevi to get beaten
black and blue. Pawan Kalyan! Can't you be the fight master for your
To illustrate my
point, let me draw a comparison between Ramana and Tagore. The scene is in
the hospital where the protagonist faces the hospital chairman. The
chairman is seated at one end of the room whereas our hero is at the other
end. The chairman orders one of the buffoons to give the hero his peace of
mind. So the buffoon goes to the hero and tries to hit him. Vijayakant in
Ramana, stands up and hits the guy on his neck and the guy is floored.
Simple but effective. Chiranjeevi however remains seated but just flicks
his feet or does something like that. The buffoon is then thrown (computer
aided aerobics at work) to the other end of the room. Probably it suits
Chiranjeevi's "Unconquerable" image but frankly I will take Vijayakant's
episode any day over Chiranjeevi's.
When you are
watching a bad movie in which Hero and the other characters behave as if
their IQ is hovering near 45, you don't feel cheated. But in a well made
movie if you suddenly come across a situation where the hero, for no
apparent reason, decides not to kill the supreme commander of the bad guys
rightaway despite having him tied to a chair in the Hero's den, you cannot
pardon the script writer. You just cannot. You have come across situations
in the same movie where the bad guys get killed as soon as they are
captured but the same treatment is not given to the supreme commander.
Reason? Simple, the climax needs to be spanned over two reels. If the
baddie gets killed so simply, the climax wouldn't be that big.
Ok. Let's not worry
too much about such foolish acts by the hero. The script otherwise is
nearly airtight. Definitely a big improvement for Chiranjeevi. His scripts
are always mundane but are elevated just because of Chiranjeevi's awesome
screen presence. This time, he has some cooperation from the script. The
result is a real blockbuster. Tagore is perhaps his best commercial
venture yet though I still maintain that nothing can beat his "Rudra Veena".
dialogues in the movie have a political flavor. Probably Chiranjeevi is
trying to enter politics. However the lines do it into the screenplay. So
you don't feel they are odd. Go and watch the movie now. It is well worth
the 10 dollars or the seventy rupees. Word of caution to those who have
seen Ramana. Tagore is a scene-to-scene, word-to-word, number-to-number
remake of Ramana except for the climax.
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