Through a deceptively easy narrative, Praveen Kandregula desires his viewers to see that the entire level of cinema is about making goals come true, regardless of how small or large they appear.
Praveen Kandregula’s Cinema Bandi, produced by Raj & DK, is a kaleidoscope of what cinema stands for. The story follows the journey of how Veerababu, an auto driver from a distant village, finally ends up making a characteristic movie. This sounds simplistic, however Praveen weaves an exquisite commentary about why Veerababu desires to make a characteristic movie within the first place and the way he discovers that it’s simpler stated than performed. And in doing so, Praveen urges us to see what the entire level of cinema is. It’s about goals and making these goals come true, regardless of how small or large they appear.
We are advised that Veerababu’s seemingly extraordinary life in a village, situated close to Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border, turns the wrong way up when he possibilities upon an costly digital camera in his auto. He desires to do one thing good for his village and alter his personal life, and he sincerely believes that making a movie will earn him a ticket to prosperity. Before he is aware of it, he’s each the producer and director of the movie, and he places collectively a crew and solid from his personal village, though nobody believes in his concepts.
Praveen attracts great parallels all through the story. Veerababu’s journey mimics the footsteps of each different filmmaker, who discovers that they’ve one thing distinctive to share, and the way they innovate and improvise to make up for the dearth of big-budget or assets. There’s a hilarious sequence the place Veerababu and his associates attempt convincing Manga (performed by Uma YG) to play the heroine’s position within the movie, however she rejects their provide with out second ideas. In one other scene, Veerababu and Ganapathi uncover that the scene continuity goes utterly haywire, which forces them to begin from scratch once more.
Yet, Cinema Bandi isn’t just concerning the movie which Veerababu desires to make. Although the proceedings are centred across the protagonist’s tryst with filmmaking, Praveen Kandregula provides us a way of life in a village. There’s nothing fairly thrilling or extraordinary about Gollapally, the village the place the story unfolds. Ganapathi himself is basically content material with being, maybe, the one photographer in his space. Perhaps, Veerababu too would have repaid his loans sooner or later of time. But the considered making a movie modifications Veerababu’s life. He begins to dream of a greater life for himself and for these round him. Cinema is a mere catalyst. Cinema Bandi oscillates between these two facets within the story, thus emphasising the notion that success, a minimum of for Veerababu, lies in finishing what he got down to do regardless of its destiny in the long run.
Among the actors, Uma YG is persistently good within the movie, and so is Rag Mayur, who performs Maridesh Babu, who impresses you together with his small-town allure. Trishara, who performs Divya, leaves a mighty good impression along with her efficiency. And then, there are the 2 lead actors, Vikas Vasishta as Veerababu, and Sandeep Varanasi as Ganapathi, who anchor the movie with their sincerity and innocence. They not solely help one another, however genuinely imagine that their movie goes to make them well-known. Cinema Bandi is so rooted in its milieu that it’s not arduous to empathise with the characters. The credit score goes to the movie’s writers, Vasanth Marigenti, Krishna Pratyusha, and Praveen himself.
This is an indie movie that stays so true to its characters and the world that it explores that it leaves a constructive vibe even when a few of its subplots, just like the seek for the digital camera, don’t fairly maintain nicely. Praveen Kandregula turns the act of creating a movie right into a framework to attach folks to dream a typical dream. Veerababu units out to alter his world at first of the movie. And in doing so, he turns into an unlikely hero, who by no means provides up. Isn’t that what defines a filmmaker too?
Rating: ***half of
Cinema Bandi is now streaming on Netflix India