Magadheera FINALLY came in the mail this week. This has been a months long odyssey trying to get this on Blu-ray.
It was SO worth the wait!! I'm glad I've seen some other Telugu films because now I know that Magadheera is like a bridge film between Rajamouli's earlier films and Baahubali. It has the modern day elements, comedy uncle bits, and item numbers, but then also has the sweeping historical reincarnation parts.
Ram Charan is the lead, and he doesn't have Prabhas' expressiveness or charisma, but oh my goodness is he an exceptional dancer.
Look at this segment from the first big number. He dances on one leg for what feels like forever. Maybe it was creative editing, but wow.
Kajal Agarwal is Indu and she's great in the modern parts -- she's done multiple rom coms with Prabhas, too. I love her.
But the real star is Rajamouli's imagination. Wow. My mouth was hanging open at the visuals at several places.
This number from the historical part had my mouth hanging on the floor. It's sort of her love fantasy. Dheera means warrior -- and Magadheera is magnificent warrior.
Ram Charan is good in the action parts, and he can ride a horse like nobody's business. (I looked him up on Wikipedia and he's a big polo player!) At one point he realizes he's the reincarnation of this famous warrior after he touches the heroine's hand through a bus window. He remembers all, and then grabs a police horse and races after the bus. It's incredible.
There's a few plot holes, but the villain is unbelievably evil, the romance is cute AND epic in the historic parts. It's just all swoonworthy.
I bow down to Rajamouli's brilliance. So glad I own this one.
I remember liking this one quite a bit when I first saw it. Ram Cheran (nicknamed Cherry), is one of the most dashing guys in the Telugu film business, and one of the best dancers (he's pretty much contractually required to be, because his dad, the wielding guy that the item girl bumps into in that first video, was the best Telugu dancer of *his* generation). I find something about his screen persona a little off-putting; he has kind of a non-ironic "monarch of all I survey" swagger that works well for the Ancient Times warrior but in my opinion comes off as a little much for the streetwise punk. I agree with everything moviemavengal says about the songs, the action scenes, the ancient times scenes and the core romance-the scene where he gallops after the bus is a personal favorite.
I'm not in love with reincarnation stories in general but this one is well-executed: the dual-role thing almost feels more like the Wizard of Oz or something rather than the standard reincarnation romance. Both in this and Eega (Rajamouli's other movie about reincarnation, romance and revenge) I find the first half kind of slow going compared to the second half. The horse pulling him out of the quicksand with a rope tied around its fetlock/ankle is the other thing I nitpick at because that's the last place you'd tie a rope to a horse and expect it to pull you anywhere, and if Rajamouli didn't know any better, polo player Ram probably did.
I'm glad to see Kajal getting her due-she was not popular on the old forum for some reason, but she really does these cheeky comic relief Tollywood heroines better than almost anyone else, and she carries off the period clothes with great style.
The guy who plays the over-the-top sort-of baddie in Ancient Times and then the friendly Christian fisherman in the present tense, was a b-list Tollywood action star in his own right, named Srihari (he's also one of the villains in R...Rajkumar). Srihari died a couple of years ago of cancer, IIRC.
We've been threatened with a Bollywood remake at least twice; first the Kashyap brothers wanted to make it with either Ranveer or Ranbir (Anurag producing/writing and Abhinav directing, IIRC, but others can correct me if I'm wrong), and then Sajid Nadiadwala wanted to either direct it himself or produce it and let Prabhudheva direct it, with Shahid Kapoor starring. So far it's not come to pass.
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