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Its been a while in Telugu cinema ,since a movie with social message has seen light ,and here comes Sekhar kammula to enchant us.People say that  his movie is as soothing as  a cool breeze.Well known for his simple, serene and heart-touching films,this time,the National award winner comes up with some food-to-thought work, to rescue us from the junk food(read movies)  🙂 !!!.

“Leader” gives us a good insight of Indian politics. It tries to get us out of the  classic Corrupted-India labyrinth .It also puts us to shame abt the simplest things that we couldn’t achieve in Sixty years of Democracy(hah !! who cares,We are like thhisss only !!).

The most intriguing part abt Sekhar is the Logic of his script.There r no dreamy heroines or super-heroic heroes and most of all ,thanks to him ,there r no climaxes with hard-to-believe fights in which  ta heroes takes revenge on ta villains.I guess, he is on “Save the Sumos” campaign, which get blasted in climaxes !! 🙂

In ta movie ,Sekhar has critically highlighted that “Corruption” is the root cause for every problem ,an Indian faces.He has done  a brilliant job in projecting the Caste-abuse in our country ,realistically.Scenes with MLAs and ministers portray how corruption is involved in every issue n incident…..be it a project or a bomb blast.There is a crucial scene about a girl’s rape in the movie.It must be a ‘shameful coincidence’ (or the usual routine in India) that a similar incident has happened on the exact date of the film’s release. Go thru ta link  http://ibnlive.in.com/news/raped-dalit-girl-kills-herself-as-cops-let-off-the-accused/110366-3.html

Casting in the movie is just “PERFECT”. Suhasini,Kota Srinivas, Subbaraju (Dhanu) gave living performances in their roles. My favorites would be Kota n Harshavardhan (Ali).Kota gave a flawless performance.He  proved, yet again , to be one of ta most talented n respected actors in ta industry.

I am not gratified with the conclusion,really.I hoped to see a Leader “in action”,but ta movie is abt a journey to become a Leader. My expectations about the film ,were left to the imagination of the audience in ta end. It was like “They lived happily ,ever after” .May be , Sekhar has tried to project the ugly face of  politics as a prologue,  (which is not at least a breaking news !) . So in the end ,whats more to expect with the house full of honest leaders (hah!!  have some hope, people even believe  in flyin saucers !).

I personally believe George Orwell’s line in Animal Farm that ,”Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Who can give us a  guarantee that the situation would not be reversed? Yet times I ask myself, Comparing to “Yuva” ,What new Ideas did the movie really present? I hardly believe that honesty, ethics n austerity (being age-old ideals) work  in politics. We have a real world example with Lok satta Party,let alone Chiranjeevi.

Rana delivered the best debut performance in recent times.His voice is just “impeccable”.He did a great job  in the scenes, where he speaks with party members and  officials. He wonders us with his modulation in a scene ,where he asks ta heroine for a date.He was good at expressions with rare exceptions.I could rate his expressions as 8/10.

I admire Sekhar’s idea of a Woman.She is independant ,self made n most of all ,clear about love n lust.Richa Gangopadhyay(Archana) has done justice to her role.

One of the best dialogues of the movie would be ,”Today, working honestly is considered as a Sacrifice  ! ”

Mickey J Mayer has come again with  brilliant tracks.Vandemataram and the revisited version(not a remix!!) of Maa telugu talli ki are my favorites. The latter is not just portrayed as some patriotic song.It emphasizes the need of unity in Andhra Pradesh(in that case,the whole country).

Really, One cant help admiring Sekhar’s effort and commitment to make a meaningful cinema. He is a living example of what a Film maker can be and has to be.

Finally, the movie sums up to the fact,”Be the change you want to see in this world – Gandhi “.It draws our attention that only Youth can change the fate of this country(because ,atleast they are not YET  corrupted).Young leaders ,they are the need of the hour.

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Federer Vs Nadal.Who’s got what?

A classic rivalry.It seems to be the likes of an nth degree polynomial. Lemme try to explain the complex equation.

If u are comparing them one-on-one ,clearly Nadal has the edge 13-7  as of now.
May be because ,strengths of Nadal might be weaknesses for Federer.Nadal doesn’t have the same game against different players.

I dont think dominating one person and one surface is great.Nadal has ‘records’ only on clay court.Say in cricket,no one cares if ishant sharma is able to get Ponting every time.What abt rest of the batsmen in the team?abt other teams in the world?

Out of 6 grandslams nadal won ,Federer was there 5 times to stop him.Nadal is yet to win US open and has “1” wimbledon.Federer has “5” US  opens n “6” Wimbledons already.

Federer made into 23 ‘consecutive’ Grand Slam semi-finals.Common,the man was there in every semifinal for the past 5 years.It shows his consistency and his ability to win against different players in different surfaces and conditions

Ok let me make it simple, the last tournament Nadal was fit was US open 2009(after he took break from wimbledon).He lost to Del potro 6-2,6-2,6-2.Del potro dominated and won Thats not the case with Federer who gave his toughest fight.He came up with every thing he could do for 3–6,7–6,4–6,7–6,6–2.Thats what Federer is,A WARRIOR.

It feels funny trying to justify Federer. To put it in one word,”16 majors”.what else any body needs to compare ?

If some body needs far more comparision, go to wiki,
WORLD records first,
-16 Grand Slam titles
-23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals
-10 consecutive Grand Slam finals
-22 Grand Slam finals
-U.S. Open->5 consecutive wins
-Most consecutive weeks at No.1 (237) and current no.1

Other records,
-Career Grand Slam
-Wimbledon->5 consecutive wins.

What does it take for a MAN,to achieve these?

All these statistics seem weird to me too.For a great guitar player,its not about the tension (measured in Newtons) he gives in the strings or the time interval(in sec) between strums or the decibels of claps of the audience.U hear it,u forget urself n the world,u find a deeper meaning,which u cant even explain.

When u watch Federer play,the feeling u get is unexplainable.No one can describe his calm n cool,seem-to-be-effortless n technically-great shots,the FIGHT he puts like a Warrior.U’ve to see it to feel it.

Nadal has the complete potential to be tommorrow’s champion.For today its “Roger Federer”.Period

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