Banner: Dil Raju Productions
Cast: Priyadarshi, Kavya Kalyanram, Sudhakar Reddy, Muralidhar Goud, Jayaram, Roopa Lakshmi, Venu, Racha Ravi and others
Music: Bheems Ceciroleo
Cinematographer: Acharya Venu
Director: Venu Yeldandi
Producers: Harshith Reddy, Hanshitha Reddy
Release Date: March 03, 2023
Noted comedian Tillu has donned the megaphone and has become a director with this total Telangana treat. This is produced by Dil Raju’s daughter which has raised the interest on this project. Let us see how this has worked.
Set on the backdrop of a remote village in Telangana, the film starts with Komarayya (Sudhakar Reddy) who is a family head. Komarayya is known for his high energy levels and vigor. Things take a turn when he passes away suddenly. As a result, his grandson Sailu (Priyadarshi) is stuck. He was to get married to a girl and use that dowry money to pay off his debts. To add to that, a tussle of egos happens between the families during the rituals and things go haywire. What happens from there forms the rest.
Priyadarshi was authentic and he lived the role. Kavya Kalyanram was ideal match for the role and she carried it out very well. Sudhakar Reddy was amazing. Jayaram was natural, Muralidhar Goud was good, Roopa Lakshmi was elegant, Venu and Racha Ravi were humorous. The others did their bit as required and added value.
The story was conceived with a clear vision and the script had a lot of genuineness. The screenplay was nice but it could have been compact. The background score was perfect and it was an eye opener to see this angle from the music director. Cinematography was excellent as it captured the moods and the locales of the countryside aptly. Editing was a failure. The costumes were the right fit while the art department was adequate. The production values were up to the mark. The other departments did what is required.
Concept of Pinda and Crow
Tollywood is predominantly about commercial and masala movies and content driven subjects are quite rare. However, it came as a bold attempt from the director come up with something that delves deep into the culture of Telangana and how life runs in the remote corners. It was a smart move to lace it with some witty moments and humor which brought life. However, it is the take off which didn’t really go the way. The first half was quite cumbersome and things start getting into momentum during the interval bang. The second half was packed enough but it was more of melodrama and sentiment with some scenes which could have been avoided. Despite the flaws and hiccups, the film still manages to hold the attention and has a good amount of purity to it. At the box office, this is a movie meant for quality loving audience and content seekers but not for the regular masala seekers. Given the budget it might just be a decent fare at the box office.
For offbeat audience!