I’m quite a fan of the Telugu actor Ram. The thing that sets him apart among the pantheon of Telugu actors is that he tends to play “trickster” characters – guys that can fight, but are more likely to try and resolve a situation with an elaborate plan first. I believe this trend of Ram’s started with the extremely charming Ready (seriously, don’t waste your time with the vulgar-seeming Hindi remake, but definitely check out the Telugu original) and it has continued with his four subsequent films. The latest of these is Kandireega, in which the plot twists unfold like a set of nesting dolls opening, so that by the time you get down to the last one you almost can’t remember what you started from.
I don’t have much to say about Sampath Nandi’s Rachcha, except I’m starting to worry that Ram Charan Teja will never again match his portrayal of Harsha/Kala Bhairava in Magadheera (I’m starting to think that portrayal was caused by magic, and that magic’s name is S. S. Rajamouli). Ram Charan is spectacular in Rachcha‘s songs, but outside of those, when he is actually required to act (or what passes for acting among Telugu film heroes, which might more precisely be called performing) I just think he has no charisma.
As far as I can tell, the plot of Allu Arjun’s new movie Julayi is as follows. Allu Arjun plays Ravi, a regular middle-class guy who is hanging out with friends at a pub when the pub is raided by police based on an anonymous tip. However, because has exceptional observation and deduction skills (dare I say, Sherlock Holmes-esque?) he realizes the raid is just a distraction called in by the people who gave him a lift to the pub, and who are in fact bank robbers. Sonu Sood (one of the only men in the world who looks good in skinny jeans) plays Bittu, the leader of the bank robbing gang, and the kind of badass who goes to rob a bank wearing an elegant pair of driving moccasins. Ravi, working with the police, ends up killing Bittu’s brother, and capturing Bittu himself, while the stolen money seems to go up in smoke. The rest of the movie concerns Bittu’s attempts to get revenge on Ravi while at the same time trying to get out of the country, while Ravi and the police try to protect the former’s loved ones and to prevent Bittu from escaping the country. A romantic subplot is provided by Ileana, playing Madhu, who coincidentally works at a travel agency managed by one of Bittu’s associates.