Ankit Pallavi & Friends Review— All Fall Flat On Their Faces!

The other day while at Crosswords I bumped in to Mr. Hari Yelliti, the foreign returned director of the film Ankit Pallavi & Friends (APF), and got in to a conversation with him. Recollecting him from his writings on idlebrain.com, I too picked up two tickets hoping that it will be worth the effort of sneaking out of office. To my utter horror and shock, from the begining till the end the movie simply falls flat on its face!

The film is about four friends with Ankit and Pallavi as the lead pair. Apparently, Ankit likes/loves Pallavi and is trying to woo her (pathetic) while trying to make it big in the music industry and wasting away time with his gang. Pallavi is in the IT sector and is wexed with Ankit’s rudderless lifestyle. They break up. In the meantime, Ankit makes it big after several failed attempts, his friends find their gal, and after much prolonging Ankit and Pallavi patch up.

The main problem with the film is that nothing in the film gels. The love track is superficial, artificial and just does not have the fizz. True, there have been several films in the past about childhood friends falling in love, but this  universal emotion will work any number of times if it is shown well. Every possible aspect of contemporary youth/liberal culture have been shown, but nothing works—US Visa, forgoing the Visa for friendship, pubs, girls, child labor, orphanage, liberal social values (father re-marrying and a friend marrying a girl even though she is pregnant). In fact, some of these serious sequences evoked laughter among the audience. If the story is half-baked, the performances are raw and to put it simply—Bad and Rotten. The lead actor, Nikhil as Ankit puts up a royally disastrous performance trying to be like young SRK and Pawan Kalyan at the same time. The lead lady is totally useless. Only Vinu Thomas as Sunil brings the laughs and gives a fine show. The music deserves a special mention and is the only saving grace for the film.

A degree failed youngster, in love with his childhood friend, wanting to make it big in music, playing in a band, and being chided for his lack of goals…doesn’t it remind you of SRK starrer and Kudan Shah’s classic Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa? There is no problem if it is inspired by it, but the problem is APF lacks innocense and depth. Why can’t we have a film about youngsters without showing pubs?—the pub scenes are so superficial. The audience are just not convinced about the depth of Ankit’s feelings to music, and Pallavi. In addition to this, the film drags and the acting is so pathetic that it really makes you feel awkward. In fact, some parts are so badly acted that it will remind of those government public service advertisements. What could have a touching and entertaining ride in to the hearts, minds, and lives of youngsters and their struggles is wasted.

True, most of our experiences with foreign returned directors has been positive as they have succeeded in showing different, but not this time around. Lets hope Hari Yelleti can come up with something different and special next time!

Mr. Inkenti’s Movienomics Verdict: Two Thumbs Down!

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5 Comments »

  1. kumar said

    i completely dont agree with the review. i watched the movie and thought it was a decent flick. Music was great . Nikhil stealed the show. I not sure if you watched APF or some other movie.

  2. raaghwayndar bathal said

    Friends,

    I watched the “APF”. Then I read reviews which looked like motivated pr short sighted. So spontaneously I felt the need to write to you all.

    THE FIRM
    ——————————-
    INNOVISION CINEMA

    Hari Yelleti has chosen “Innovision cinemas” as title of his firm. Much thought must have gone in choosing the name. Let’s hope to see innovative and visionary movies churn out from this firm. APF is the good beginning.

    THE MAN
    —————-
    HARI YELLETI.

    Marketing: – I have come know so much about him even before I saw his first film. I should say hats off to his ability in marketing himself through the website idlebrain.com.

    Honesty: – It is nice to note Hari Yelleti’s honesty when he remarks “APF didn’t happen just like that. It was after numerous drafts and numerous trials…”

    It’s the real story of toil of successful people, which will make and give courage to new comers to know that the path is difficult but not impossible. His honesty shows up in his screenplay too.

    Rich understanding of life: – APF ends with Hari Yelleti’s voice over “Happiness is a choice…”. ‘Well said’ Hari Yelleti garu. You display rich understanding of life.

    …AND THE MOVIE
    ————————————————
    ANKITH, PALLAVI AND FRIENDS

    Film Title: The movie is aptly title as each character has important role to play.

    Casting for characters: – Except for ‘Sunil’ mother who actually looks like her grand mother, what should I write: – “Yeh hi hain right choice baby…”

    Characterization: – The youth characters in APF booze and smoke and talk like real life characters. Thank God, I did not felt like being in wonderland and in the midst of all goody, goody people.

    Hari Yelleti has shown his intelligence in design of characters especially to bring in the “believability quotient”. You need not have to look at the characterization of Ankith or Pallavi. Just look at how he develops the character of Naresh’s son. As movie progresses, this particular boy does an act (watch the movie) which a youth in real life, rarely does. But still it doesn’t come out as a fairy tale.

    Love: – Mother Theresa once said “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” After watching APF, one can sure say that “Hari Yelleti and his team might have not done a great, great movie but definitely, he and his team has done it with great love”

    Responsibility: – Hari Yelleti and his team take full responsibility and deliver a message oriented YET FULLY ENTERTAINING movie. The message makes itself clear through the story, through the images. In fact, it makes the Voice over of Hari Yelleti at the end of the movie, a redundant inclusion.

    Screen play: Within 15-20 minutes of the movie, the major characters, their socio- educational-economic-cultural background, the challenge they must overcome are all established beautifully.

    You find no static moments. The story progresses a step forward with every image. The only scene which seemed to slow the pace was the inclusion of the song “Premani…Premani”…the song doesn’t take the story forward. For reasons, please see the movie.

    Movie Length: The story determines the length. But I have seen many movies, which have clichéd, unnecessary scene just acting as padding to meet that 2Hours 30 Minutes length.

    Hari Yelleti seems to excel in this aspect. As mentioned earlier, each image takes the story forward thus ensuring no dull moments.

    Dialogues: –
    The conflict between Ankith and Pallavi, at the interval bang, in the form of dialogue is worth mentioning. One cannot fail to feel that the words are so natural and coming right from the heart of the characters. For me, Sekhar Kammula was one of the best dialogue writers. I can’t help adding Hari Yelleti’s name to the list.

    On a funny note: – Hi guys, lets stop showing Indian’s shunning opportunity to go abroad. Transport and Communications medium has grown so well these days that you will be with your dear ones in a moment. Besides, intangible benefits that country derives from such people when they return after 5 or 10 years, cannot be neglected. And glory that we bring to country when we take our knowledge and culture…Need I have to mention about Vivekananda, BKS Iyengar, Nandan Nilekani…

    What I realized when I walked out of the cinema?
    I realized that I had just watched FIRST MOVIE of a director. So much of perfection in art of film making!!!

    Final Note: – Friends, Hari Yelleti deserves your appointment with “Ankith, Pallavi and Friends”, if not this weekend, do make it by next.

    Happy Watching

  3. laxman said

    raaghwayndar bathal. Hmmmm. Nice pseudo name there. Don’t you think you went over board in defending a film’s director for which you paid just few bucks. Would some one really care to post such a long reply (even if he really liked the movie) for 2.5 hours of entertainment. And the fun is you have pretty much analyzed everything from banner to pre-production to post-production to marketing to what not as if you know Mr Yelleti very personally or should I assume you have read his mind through the movie??? You are mahaan!!!!!

  4. chanti said

    its real move of the year

  5. raaghwayndar bathal said

    My Dear Laxman,
    You made such a waste of space on this webpage.
    I would have appreciated your “Mahaan-ness”, if you saw the movie and put few counter views…

    >>>as if you know Mr Yelleti very personally or should I assume you have read his mind through the movie???

    Well, I should mention a point here.

    I came to know about Sekhar Kammula , a week after “Anand” was released.

    I came to know about Krish, a day after “Gamyam” was released…

    Look at this guy, Hari Yelleti, he has made himself known to telugu film freaks almost a year before he started production of his movie. By putting, numerous self driven articles about himself over the internet ( idlebrain.com) , he has not only attracted attention of ordinary readers but also managed make producers approach him. Isn’t it worthy of praise?

    I saw the movie and then read the reviews, especially the one at telugucinema.com. I was wondering whether these critiques have been bred on high quality OSCAR-AWARDED-MOVIES alone. And then they had to watch a telugu movie and comment.

    Well, definitely APF is not a great movie but going by standard of movies that we have the option of watching in telugu, APF is worth a watch…

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