Today’s post for the letter W is unique. I am taking another cheat day. I am not writing about any movie which starts with the letter W but I will write about a movie where I went “Why? Oh why in the world did I watch this movie?“
The time I spent inside that theatre could have been used so much more efficiently even if I had just slept in my bed cozily or stared into nothingness!
That distinction goes to the 2013 Telugu movie Seetamma vakitlo sirimalle chettu (Jasmine tree in Seetamma’s courtyard). Oh! Yeah!!! A looonnngggg title for a super looonnnnggg boring movie.
It stars a couple of big names of the Telugu film world. Mahesh Babu, Venkatesh, Jayasudha, Prakash Raj, Samantha etc. It was released with a great PR effort during the Sankranti festival period. In case you are unaware, the Sankranthi festival is a harvest festival celebrated all across India in January. It is quite a big festival in Andhra where families get together to usher in the harvest. It is a time when movies are released in hope of maximum footfall. This one was marketed as a great family entertainer that guaranteed to make the festival more festive. The fact that Mahesh Babu and Venkatesh, two big heroes, were in this together was touted as the best thing to have happened to the Telugu industry.
So we fell victim to the marketing blitz and all of us (kids, self, husband and mother in law) trooped off to the multiplex after a good festival lunch to ultimately waste away precious 3 hours of our lives! 😦
What is that you are asking? Story? Ok, I will tell you…..
There are two good-for-nothing-unemployed brothers who mooch off of their benevolent dad’s farm earnings.
That’s it. Full stop. End of story. Nothing more.
It is a one liner that the writer came up with and a bunch of moron producers made a 3 hour long film complete with songs, and some waste dialogues. There are so many things wrong in this movie that it is impossible to count. The acting, dialogues, songs, comedy, even the camera work is shoddy to say the least.
There is not one (I swear, not one) redeeming quality about this movie. The story does not go anywhere! There is no arc for any character. The wastrel brothers remain wastrel till the end, having learnt nothing or growing up, the dad remains happy feeding his adult kids and their wives too, the mother along with her daughters-in-law works to feed the misogynistic sons.
This movie is wrong on so many levels. But the worst part of the whole setup is the underlying misogyny. The wastrel brothers think it the duty of the women of the house to cook, clean and then stand behind them to finish eating to hand in a towel to wipe their hands (which they wash in the plate they just ate in). The ladies count themselves as the lucky ones just because they are able to do this for the men! Baaah! I could not stand it!
But the most horrible part of this whole movie is that it made a box office hit! Can you imagine? People paid good money to watch this s*%t.
Or maybe all of them fell for the marketing gimmick that this film promised and they are victims like me out there!
Hello? Am I the only one who feels this way?
The A2Z challenge 2019 is going to be all the movies that have left an impact on me someway or the other. Some have made me think. Some that I like a lot, some that I really hated. But all of them have left a memory behind which makes the movie more special than the rest. They may not be all classics or iconic but they are close to my heart.
A is for Andhadhun. B is for Bazaar. C is for Conan, the Barbarian. D is for Dushman. E is for Enter the Dragon. F is for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.G is for Galimathu.H is for Hidden Figures. I is for Ishq.J is for Jaane bhi do yaaron.K is for Kshana Kshanam.L is for La La Land.M is for Mirch Masala. N is for Newton.O is for Once More. P is for Preminchukundam Ra.Q is for Qurbani. R is for Roja.S is for Saudagar.T is for Terminator 2- Judgment Day.U is for Umrao Jaan.V is for Village Rockstars.