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Current : Telugu Movie Review

June 19, 2009

There’s a reason for why people have become critical about how our Telugu movies are made. Our filmmakers often seem to be under the impression that it’s mandatory to present a slick flick with babes, bikinis, action sequences, comedy, drama, sentiment, love. But what they forget to do is write a sensible story. If you look at it carefully, you will realise that the actual story is only a filler for the next “commercial” element in the film and that’s oh-damn so predictable. This week’s latest release “Current” starring Sushanth, Sneha Ullal, Rashmi Gautam, Charan Raj and Tanikella Bharani fits exactly into that severely abused format of Telugu films. Directed by Surya Pratap, “Current” is intended to be that pleasant feeling when you meet your special one. Not here and all you end up feeling is the stench of an age old rotten love story which is packed with fresh actors and locations.

Sushanth (Sushanth) is a happy go lucky guy who believes in living at the moment. His father (Tanikella Bharani) is vexed with his son’s behaviour but Sushant’s doting mother (Sudha) always comes to his rescue. Sushanth falls in love with Sneha (Sneha Ullal), who’s the daughter of a High Court Judge (Charan Raj). After few so called “smart” moves, the guy wins over the girl and before they live happily ever after…of Yes!! You guessed it right…they break up because of some irreconcilable differences.  And you know exactly what’s about to happen. The End.

The genre of “Love” is abused to the extent that our filmmakers have redefined the meaning of what Love is. Of course, there have been umpteen movies in the past which had a charm in depicting “true” love. But “Current” follows the path straight from an overcrowded transformer all the way to the gutters of hell. Along with it, “Current” successfully carries poor souls like us to the realms of utter banality testing your patience with its “I am so serious” attitude! The problem with “Current” has got nothing to do with its script/direction/acting, it’s the idea behind the movie that “Love’s Eternal and no matter what you do, you can’t kill it.” Come on! Seriously…Mr.Surya Pratap, I ask you how can you create a new version of a story which has been told and retold atleast a million times across different cultures, countries. Ahhh…I get it. There wasn’t any story, it was all about the “treatment” and a promise for presenting the film differently. Isn’t that true? Well, guess what? Your film sucks. And it sucks to the extent which I can’t put it in words.

I have no words for the cast or the technicians in the movie. However, Rashmi Gautam (as Geetha)  is a revelation and she definitely looks and acts much better than Sneha Ullall! The guy who acted as Khadhar in Vennela are good. The rest of the cast is wasted. Even Brahmi falls way short of his usual style. And if the disaster wasn’t enough, the filmmakers even bring in the jumbo of Indian softcore, Shakeela to save the act. Barf! Barf! Barf!

Music is alright by Devisri Prasad, but there’s nothing sparkling about them. Cinematography by Vijay C Kumar is good in couple of action sequences. Direction by Surya Pratap is decent but then I wish he had gone through the screenplay, editing, story, dialogues a lot more times. Perhaps even that wouldn’t have been enough to save this film.

Movies like “Current” are exactly the reason why I have started to hate romance based movies. They are so insipidly written that I wonder if all that thrash is necessary to make up a love story. My advice to the Telugu screenwriters if you even give a damn, please watch movies like “Before Sunrise”, “Before Sunset” (both directed by Richard Linklater) if you plan to make yet another rip off/remake/inspired movie with a love story. Watch those couple of movies and you will realise that all it’s required for a love story are two people, million thoughts, expressions and a medium to share them.

For now, “Current” falls somewhere between a blandly cooked love story and a tastelessly served junk. The only good thing about the movie are its posters in every nook and corner of the state. Avoid this movie and save yourself from a “current” shock. They should seriously consider changing the tagline from “Connecting Hearts” to “Current On. Fuse Gone!”.

P.S: I have nothing against the film unit of “Current”. This post is an angry outpour and my revenge for the money and time I spent on this flick.

P.S: For all the movie buffs and film makers in Hyderabad, here’s an interesting event on 23rd August…”Cut It Short”-Short Film Festival…read more @

8 Comments leave one →
  1. vinod permalink
    June 20, 2009 6:37 pm

    u r absolutely correct.
    I,Myself a movie lover went to watch the movie.

    I was so bored tht i went away after 20mins after interval

    Why dont someone giv the director an advice to stop directing movies

    Gd dude i like ur reviews
    continue wid dis n dont become a fake reviewer

    • Hemanth permalink*
      June 20, 2009 10:41 pm

      @ Vinod : Thanks Vinod…well, I doubt if people would stop making such thrash and if there’s something can be done it has to come from the people’s side. Someone, somewhere has a raise a voice….:)

      Will do my best to write honest reviews…I can’t believe how the official critics write such biased reviews…!!..

  2. sudhakar permalink
    June 21, 2009 4:08 pm

    Mr. Vinod, Movie lover, if the suggestion to stop directing the movies is given to directors like Dasari or Raghavendra Rao, it is really appreciated. But the same cannot be given to a person who had no Godfather in the Film Industry and who had to compromise on many things in a debut movie.
    You had invested only 50 bugs and 2 hrs ( u came out in middle of the movie), but the director had to invest 10 years. If the movie has not come out properly, he would be the one who gets disappointed than any other person in the world.
    Pls do not discourage young talent.

  3. Gopi permalink
    June 27, 2009 5:03 pm

    Good Review…I had expected that this would be another pathetic movie…I wish people will realize the same soon…

    • Hemanth permalink*
      June 28, 2009 3:43 am

      @Gopi: Thanks! Yeah…terrible movie…and they try so hard to project almost all movies as “superhits” these days!…too hard to tell which one is a good film and which one is not!

  4. Ram permalink
    August 17, 2009 12:14 pm

    thanx man u saved my time n money

  5. raker permalink
    August 31, 2009 3:08 am

    Dude, awesome review abt telugu movies, u have the same feeling towards telugu movies. seriously can u call the sensor board and tell them reject any movie that has same stuff. i am so tired of these stupid movies.


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