Movie : Palasa 1978
Rating : 2.5/5
Director: Karuna Kumar
Behind the Scenes:
Palasa 1978, a small film managed to hog limelight thanks to its impressive trailer and also the support of biggies like Suresh Babu and Allu Aravind. Rakshit who debuted as a hero with the movie London Babulu is trying his luck this time with a rugged look. Let us see how the audience receives this period film.
The story is of 1978 in Palasa. The village heads are Pedda Shavukaru (Jenny) and his brother, Gurumurthy (Raghu Kunche). They are proud of their caste supremacy and try to dominate the downtrodden and lesser caste people with their egos. Then, there is Mohan Rao (Rakshit) who is a folk singer. He is very close to his brother (Thiruveer). The rest of the story is all about – How the Villain Brothers try to exploit the hero brothers? and What happens later in the story?
Most of the film runs around four characters – the Villain Brothers and the Hero Brothers. Rakshit is natural in the character of Mohan Rao. Thiruveer who was last seen in George Reddy also performed well. Heroine Nakshatra looks like a pretty face but has got no scope to exhibit her acting talent. Jenny and Raghu Kunche are impressive as villains.
Director Karuna Kumar seems to be talented. Firstly, it is a routine story but he intelligently packed it in a small town and 1970-80s period. Moreover, his attention to detail right from the Srikakulam slang to the locations is authentic. There are some good scenes right from the start to the end which makes his work special but the predictability and slow pace come as speed-breakers in the second half. Raghu Kanche came up with impressive music and background score. The camera work and the production design are excellent suitings to that period. Editing should have been better in the second half. Production Values are appropriate.
The first half of the film is impressive with gritty action sequences and some excellent dialogues. There are some moments that work well and further, the interval block is intriguing. However, the movie loses its fizz in the second half. Except for the climax and a couple of moments, it is totally predictable. Finally, Palasa 1978 is an honest attempt. It falls short due to that Second Half but still has its moments. However, that goes with a caution that the film is only for those who like raw films and the cuss words will definitely not augur well with the family audience.
Palasa 1978: Falls Short But Has Its Moments
Cast And Crew
Starring : Rakshith, Nakshatra, Jenny, Raghu Kunche, Thiruveer and Others
Banner: Sudhas Media
Producer: Dhayan Atluri
Co Producers: Manoj Kumar (Media9), AR Bellana
Director: Karuna Kumar
Music: Raghu Kunche
Dop: Arul Vincent
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Release Date 6th March, 2020