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JUST HYDERABAD A still from 'The Angrez'
JUST HYDERABAD A still from 'The Angrez'

'The Angrez' emerges winner with feel good take on the Hyderabadi milieu

No film maker has touched and covered Hyderabad like we did. The entire culture has you in raptures The efforts to take a Telugu-English-Urdu cinema away from the rhythms of a routine narration are so pronounced in The Angrez that you smile at the sheer novelty of the satirical stress-buster. The cinema is without punctuation marks but has a tumble of gags that are smart and sassy and you cannot but marvel at second-time director Kunta Nikhil's command over the language of cockiness. Produced by Sridhar Rao, the film's concept belongs to his friend Rama Krishna. Rama Krishna says, "no film maker has touched and covered Hyderabad like we did. The entire culture, from bonalu to baraat, from biryani to the pub life, has you in raptures." The duration of the film is one hour and fifty minutes. It has a five-minute rap song that touches all the important places in Hyderabad like the Chudi Bazaar, Taramati Baradari and more. Rama Krishna adds , "you get to see the laidback attitude of the city people. They talk lofty stuff worth hundred rupees but when it comes to actually doing it, it's just Rs. 10 . The total body language leaves you in splits."Shot in 21 days on a shoestring budget, it had very few takers. The producer had to run from pillar to post for want of buyers. None of the theatres were inclined to release it. But now the tickets are selling like hot cakes. After an initial run of five days in the Prasad's IMAX , they even thought of a novel strategy of distributing some tickets for free to people sitting in a park or a chai dukaan, to get to know the audience's response. It worked. Producer Sridhar laments the conditions laid down by the television channels for airing Hindi film promos. The tariff fixed for trailers of such films are five times higher than that of Telugu films. Released with just two prints, the film is now heading for the fifth week and is all set for a country wide opening very shortly. The filmmakers in an earnest plea have asked the Department of Tourism to promote the film not just because it's entertaining but because of it's direct leaning to the city and people of Hyderabad.With some great and natural debut performances, and a rocking and rolling screenplay that goes straight for the kill, The Angrez is heading for the last laugh. So don't miss, go see this film for its insouciant take on life and laughs of the Hyderabadis.Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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