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Kavya’s Diary : Telugu movie review

June 7, 2009

Five minutes after I saw this week’s another new Telugu film “Kavya’s Diary”, I was in awe with the storyline. But little did I know that it was a remake of a 1992 Hollywood flick, “The hand that rocks the cradle”. Nevertheless, despite the fact that it was a remake (or rip off?), “Kavya’s Diary” shines with its wonderfully written script and some terrific performances. Starring Charmee, Manjula, Indrajith, Shashank and directed by V Karuna Prakash, “Kavya’s Diary” is about a family which finds itself in unforseen circumstances because of a new member in their happy life.

Raj (Indrajit) and Pooja (Manjula) move into a new house along with their daughter Amulya and an infant. Pooja is surprised when Raj tells her that he had selected the house for another reason, a green house. AthiD (Satyam Rajesh) moves in to their house as a gardener. One day, Amulya while crossing a road is saved by Kavya (Charmee) from a speeding vehicle. Pooja comes to know that Kavya is unemployed, she asks if Kavya would like to stay back with them as the kids’ nanny. Kavya accepts the offer and moves in to their house. Abhi (Shashank), the brother of Raj, comes home for Diwali and almost instantly falls in love with Kavya. Soon Abhi proposes to Kavya and after a lot of discussion she finally agrees to marry him. This decision leads to some unforseen circumstances and changes the course of their happy life. What happens next…..you have to watch it on screen.

Charmee as Kavya is incredible. Her role and mannerisms bring back memories of “Anukokunda Oka Roju”, although the role here has a lot more variations. The dubbing done for her by Sunitha is an asset! Check her out in the latter half of the movie…phew! Amazing performance. Manjula as Pooja lends a credible performance. Despite a funny voice, she has terrific expressions and thankfully that shrouds a lot of shortcomings. Indrajith as Raj is alright. The girl who dons the role of Amulya is damn cute and she’s got some wonderfully written scenes which she performs with sparkling charm. Shashank as Abhi is good, although I wish he had more footage on screen. Rest of the artists do justice to their roles.

Music by Manu Ramesan is beautiful. And adding to his melodious tunes are some wonderful lyrics which pep up the tone of the film. Editing by Mahesh Narayan is a little patchy at times but he gets his act right by the end of the film. Cinematography by Shyam Datt is good. The story was written by Anuradha Oomerji and Manjula. The duo has wonderfully adapted the original movie for the Telugu audience and the storyline alone is the single biggest strength of this movie. Direction by V Karuna Prakash is top notch. He does a commendable job in never letting this 120 minutes long film into monotony despite having only 4-5 characters most of the time.

Right when the movie started, I overheard someone saying if this movie is going to turn out to be a TV Serial. It certainly doesn’t! Neither does it end up being a remarkable movie. One reason and probably the only one is, the two lead artists, Manjula and Indrajith are quite new on the turf  atleast for Telugu audience (despite Manjula being around for many years, has only acted in one movie “Show” almost 5 years ago!)  and it does take a lot of time to appreciate their efforts. They pull it off with their wonderful performance, maybe some familiar faces would have been a much better option. In the end, “Kavya’s Diary” stands out owing to its wonderfully written script, brilliant performances by Charmee and Manjula and a top notch direction by Karuna Prakash. This one is not for those seeking “entertainment” in movies. If you have a fetish for good storyline and some respite from the usual song-dance-fight routine, go watch it, this Diary is one hell of a thriller!

P.S: I still don’t get why they had named it “Kavya’s Diary”! The “Diary” element is so mysterious throughout the flick.

P.P.S: Read somewhere that a Hindi movie “Khalnaika” with similar storyline was already made long ago. Now what would you call that? Coincidence or….!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2009 8:34 am

    This is a really decent attempt at movie-making.What I like about the Telugu industry is its transition from low-budget stupid movies to low-budget sensible ones.Esp in the technical department where experiments are being made.I liked the Cinematography in this one [though screenplay could have been better].Though,this does not qualify as a edge-of-the-seat thriller,the makers have made an attempt to make it one even when there is no suspense element (left) in the movie.Charmee was good but has went a tad bit overboard.Manjula (strictly my view) has to stick to scripting instead of making herself play a pivotal role.The others are passable but one needs to see better emotion/expression from the support actors esp when they ‘have’ something to do.Music is decent,kids are adorable and to put it simple,this movie (despite the diary title little relevance) deserves a decent 6.5 or a 7 on 10.
    So,have you got all your review points out of your diary Hem? 😉

    • Hemanth permalink*
      June 7, 2009 11:18 am

      @ Rajeev: Also I guess we should be more than happy that some sensible people have cut down the movie to 2 hours…less probability of boredom and hopeless junk!..:)…Btw, Nice Review!..:D

      And why quantify it on a scale? Lets just have 2 options…

      1. Watch it.
      2. Don’t Watch it!

      This movie definitely falls in “Watch It” slot!..:)

  2. June 7, 2009 8:39 am

    oh,I haven’t reviewed my grammar after posting that comment.I see there are a few errors.pardon that mon ami 🙂
    Oh btw,a point I wanted to add,you haven’t written about some (kinda) bloopers in the movie 😀

    • Hemanth permalink*
      June 7, 2009 11:14 am

      @ Rajeev: “Bloopers”?!! Well, I thought they were addressed a little late in the movie…couldn’t spot too many things…am I forgetting something here?…Remind me!..:)

  3. June 7, 2009 10:20 pm

    what I like:
    ============
    its a different telugu movie

    horoine as a villan (negative role)

    Exposing a girls negative attitudes/feelings

    Wanting to breast feed to a kid and getting attachment
    (charmee never a mother how can she breast feed??)

    Overall smooth moving of a movie.

    • Hemanth permalink*
      June 7, 2009 10:34 pm

      @ PV: Totally agree with you about this film being different!.:). A well adapted story after a long time….it would have been better had they given some credit for the original movie…

  4. sesha permalink
    June 8, 2009 12:04 pm

    Is it really a rip-off of ‘The hand that rocks the cradle’?? Is that acknowledged in the movie? I hate to watch such immoral movies irrespective of how good they are!! I expected to see a review of ‘Aa Okkadu’ but you disappointed me ….. 🙂

    • Hemanth permalink*
      June 8, 2009 12:48 pm

      @ Sesha: I don’t know if it’s a Rip off or Remake, as far as I know they haven’t mentioned or acknowledged anything about it.

      hehehe….”Aa Okkadu” will happen soon before next week!..:D

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