Time for action flicks

Boy meets girl. They run around trees, trying to have enough of each other. Enters the baddie, who invariably sides up with the parents of the girl. How the boy gets his girl is the story, with a `judicious' mix of glamour and, of course, comedy.

This is one typical story. It is also termed a complete family entertainer - God knows what it means. The success of the movie and moolah it will net the filmmaker depends on how `differently' this weather-beaten `funda' is narrated.

And then, there is yet another `supposed-to-be-time-tested' story, which revolves completely around the boy.

This `good' guy, who is invariably a `superman', can beat up a minimum of 20 to 30 baddies, and has a girl he will give his life for. There is another girl, who will give her life for him. How the guy gets the girl is the story. It also has its share of glamour, comedy and action.

In a nutshell, these are what Telugu films are all about. These two broad storylines generally come around a full circle.

For a while, the complete family entertainers, with very little action, appeared to gain public patronage. And, for yet another period of time, it is the action thrillers that seem to make all the money.

Time for action flicks

Of the romance-based family entertainers, remember Chitram and the runaway success it became. It was followed by movies like Nuvve Kavali, Manasantha Nuvve, Nuvvu Nenu and several others. What was common to all the movies was that they were `clean family entertainers' that revolved around love, first and last.

Then the action wave swept the charts. Indra, Tagore, both starring megastar Chiranjeevi and films like Simhadri, starring Junior NTR (incidentally, he is not called junior anymore), Shivamani 98480-22338, and Veede. All these did well at the box office and made the cash registers tinkle.

So now, the moviegoer is being treated to a wave of action thrillers. What can one expect in the near future? Films like Naani, directed by S.J. Suryah and starring Mahesh Babu, Varsham, with Prabhas as hero, and Nagarjuna in a Kamakshi Movies production, starring Shriya. Oh yes, the movie that took the longest time to be made, Anji, produced by M. Shyamprasad Reddy and directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, is also getting ready for release.

Balakrishna seems to be generating the maximum hype. Two movies starring a stocky Balayya are on the floors and both do not have titles as yet.

Both of them have Asin as his co-star and while Jayanth directs one, the other has Subba Rao wielding the megaphone. Expectations are indeed high among die-hard movie buffs.

By Suresh Krishnamoorthy

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