Konchem Istam Konchem Kastam Review— Chala Konchem Story and Chala Dragging

mrinkentiIf nothing else these days our Telugu film makers have become adept at coming up with desinger posters that speak less (or nothing) of the movie and more about the highly glowing photoshoped faces of the lead actors. Comparatively, Hindi cinema’s designer posters (the First Look) at least  are indicative of what the film is about. I believe there was a time, up until recently, when a Telugu movie poster would show most of the characters and depict several scenes from the film—fights, songs,comedy, drama etc. Where are these posters now? The deal with Konchem Istam Konchem Kastam (KIKK) were just that: glowing posters, but dull film story. While watching KIKK you realize the initial designer posters are misleading as the story is completely different and the treatment disappointing.

kikk_poster1Siddhu (Siddharth) is the ususal (noseatingly) happy go luck kinda guy we’ve been seeing in almost all his movies now, but this time around his happiness is even more special because he comes from a broken family; separated parents, not divorced. Now enter Geeta (Tamanna), the ladli of an important father who is the village-head types, who is being sent to Hyderabad to pursue higher studies as a role model for other girls in neighboring villages. She happens to stay with her uncle, Gachibowli Diwakar (the Brahmanandam), to whose house Siddhu is a regular friend and guest. Siddhu is a total flirt swinging from one girl to the other and Geeta desists this, but one nice cool line by Siddhu (about gifting the freedom of the bird and not the bird to her friend) makes Geeta start falling for him. Slowly and steadily, by the end of the first one and a half hours, we given to understand that the couple has fallen for each other, but the girl’s father rejects the proposal. The condition, however, is that Siddhu must unite his parents for his marriage with Geeta. So the next one and a half hours is about trying to patch up his parents Prakasah Raj (who is looking unhealthy and fat) and a full-fledged aunty in the form of Ramya Krishna. In this process, Geeta and Siddhu also develop certain misunderstandings and understandings. Oh yea, finally the parents patch up and so do Geeta and Siddhu.

Honestly, the director, Kishore Kumar, deserves an award for making  a 2 hour 55 minute film with kikk_poster2absolutely no story, twists, or turns. How does one do that? The film is full of the usual parent-kids dialaogues that producer Dil Raju has made his debut directors do graduate studies in his Parenting Series films (Bommarillu, Parugu, etc). The usual arguments on either side weighing the pros and cons of love versus arranged marriages. Please, stop these now. The role Siddhu’s parents is weak given the fact the entire film’s final outcome revoles around them. The reason for their break up is silly and you just don’t feel for the poor chap Siddhu who is apparently torn between his parents. Ramya Krishna looks most disinterested in the film’s proceedings. I have a request for her: could you please not act in these elderly roles? let they image rest in the glamor it once did, please. Prakash Raj should not pick up any more father roles, he can be awarded an honorary doctrate for donning Father roles. Tamanna is fresh, juicy, and beautiful and has done a decent job. I hope she gets better roles with better stories. Siddharth is his usual self, but appears to be looking a little flabby and his new hair cut has a girly-touch to it.  Songs in the first half are good, particularly the one which Geeta does for Siddhu’s birthday, and the background music is fine too. Brahmanandam as a Team India fan delivers his best in a author-backed character playing a guy who feels he calling the shots on the field (he was the 14th player in the Amalapuram team!).Venu Madhav, though out of context in a younger generation’s group, provides some real good comic support for Siddharth.

The overall theme of the film, bringing together a separated couple by their young sibling and his girlfriend is more like a Hollywood film’s theme. So far so good, but the treatment too needs to be tight, short and sweet—the film should have been wrapped up in 1 hour 45 minutes, max. The film stretches over it’s limit and just keeps going on. Added to this it is full of the usual sermons about parenting and growing up, which are now run off the mill. Technically, the film is very well done, songs are good, and Brahmanandam and Venu Madhav provide some much needed comic relief. Else, to go to a theater and watch this film is all kastam and very little istam. The only reason I went through this kastam sitting in the first row from the bottom at CineMAX paying Rs 100 for his highly uncomfortable position (again, call for Multiplex Reforms with differential pricing) is because of my wife’s istam for the film’s posters which showed the nice,  young, and fresh pairing of Siddharth and Tamanna.

side lights: scenes from Gitanjali and Pawan Kalyan’s Khushi on TV provide some instant fun and nostalgia. Tamanna, in the film, advocates striking a cross on the people you are unhappy with so some guys behind me were asking where to cross given that they didn’t like the movie?

Mr. Inkenti’s Movienomics Verdict: Thumbs Down. Watch it when it comes you Gemini or MAA TV.

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3 Comments »

  1. Joylynford said

    The post is excellent .

  2. JAYA PRAKASH said

    TOO MUCH………………..

  3. sasin said

    I don’t speak telugu, I saw this movie by accident…it’s a very nice movie, alright. Girls will love it. Pure family entertainer, romantic film. I am glad I saw the film, be proud to get good telugu films and do reviews that aren’t completely pessimistic.

    I love abacha song. Makes me dance. Luv it!!

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