Kalapuram Movie Review: Marathon of Clueless Sequences

Movie: Kalapuram
Evaluation: 1.5/5
Zee Studios and R4 Entertainments
Cast: Satyam Rajesh, Sanchitha Poonacha, Kaashima Rafi, Chitram Seenu, Praveen Yendamuri, Janardhan, Kumar and others
Music: Mani Sharma
PDO: Prasad G K
Editor: SB Raju Talari
Co-producer: Rajani Talluri
Written and directed by: Karuna Kumar
Release date: August 26, 2022

Director Karuna Kumar of “Palasa” and “Sridevi Gaali Soda Center” made this short film with the support of Zee Studios. As the directors pitted their film against the mighty “Liger”, it sparked curiosity.

Let’s discover its merits and demerits.

Rajesh Kumar (Satyam Rajesh) is a struggling assistant director. He has been trying to become a director for many years. His girlfriend is an aspiring actress. When she cheats on him, a frustrated Rajesh Kumar decides to leave Hyderabad and move to his village.

Out of the blue, an offer comes to him from a budding producer, who asks him to make a film with a budget of Rs 1 cr. The condition he sets is that part of the film be shot in his native village of Kalapuram.

After Rajesh Kumar lands in Kalapuram, he learns that Hyderabad police have arrested the producer in a cheating case.

On the other hand, Kalapauram Police seize Rajesh Kumar’s money as by-elections are underway. The police order him to stay there until the end of the elections.

How will Rajesh Kumar finish his directorial debut?

Artist services:
Satyam Rajesh has the chance to play the lead role, but he doesn’t entirely own it. It does the job as usual.

Sanchitha Poonacha as a villager who inspires Satyam Rajesh to make a film has expressive body language. Praveen Yendamuri as Rajesh’s boyfriend is fine.

Technical Excellence:
The film has music by Mani Sharma but the veteran music composer’s work adds little value. The work of the other technicians proves that they are working on a “low budget” film.

Strong points:
The final twist

A wacky story
Lethargic storytelling
Sloppy editing
Comedy is not fun

In one scene, Satyam Rajesh and his friend enter their bedroom and prepare to go swimming. The camera shows little movement and we see the full act of Satyam Rajesh and his friend taking off their clothes and draping their towels for five to six minutes. This is one of many “Kalapuram” sequences where nothing happens but they go on like a TV series.

The story of the film itself is a farce. Random scenes are put together to tell this story.

The only redeeming factor is that the final twist makes a bit of sense after watching the marathon of footage clueless.

Recently, a movie titled “Cinema Bandi”, which premiered on Netflix, gained traction with a section of viewers. The film was about villagers trying to make a film in their village with few resources. Borrowing this phrase, we can say that it is “Cinema Tondi”. Because most procedures don’t make sense.

Let’s take another example. Satyam Rajesh and the local musician reach the house of a woman famous for her literary talents. He asks her to write songs for the movie. This whole episode of the musical session is unpleasant.

After completing the whole filming process, Satyam Rajesh feels ashamed to watch his own product when he realizes that he made a shoddy movie. Then he states that if it hits theaters, critics will beat it. The same goes for this movie.

Movies like these only work when the writing is infallible and tinged with good humor. “Kalaapuram” lacks it.

At the end of the line : Cinema ‘Thondi’

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