Title: Cinema Bandi
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Vikas Vasistha, Sandeep Varanasi, Rag Mayur
Director: Praveen Kandregula
Streaming on: Netflix
Story: An auto-driver Veerababu (Vikas Vasistha) decides to make a film with the camera left behind by someone who travelled in his auto. How did he manage to do it and was he successful or not forms the rest of the story.
Performances: There are no familiar faces in the film. All are fresh faces and each actor has been cast perfectly and each of them have delivered earnest and natural performances, especially the three main characters played by Vikas Vasistha, Sandeep Varanasi and Rag Mayur. Their performances played the major role in bringing emotional connect to the film. Their slang and dialogue delivery are perfect and helped in creating the right nativity feel.
Technicalities: Music is peaceful and beautifully embedded into the film. Camerawork is neat and there are a few particular scenes where the work of the cameraman stands out. Dialogues are superb as per the backdrop location chosen. Raj and DK deserve special mention for backing these kind of different and fresh attempts.
Analysis: The story is very simple and the writers have worked hard in creating a funny and engaging screenplay and also the right actors have been cast and the best performances extracted from them. Because of all this, the characters will surely connect with majority of viewers and make them root for their success. The only minor issue with the film is that the characters have been setup as way too innocent and unaware. They have very big aims but don’t know how to reach for them and they don’t seek anyone’s advice nor do they come across anyone who might guide them. That alone felt a bit unconvincing but the film has it’s heart at the right place. The feel good humor, the natural performances and presentation and the emotional ending overcome any tiny flaws which may exist and serve a neat product on a whole. The runtime too is short and does not leave room for any pace issues. Kudos to the writers and director Praveen Kandregula for this wonderful attempt.
On a whole: Cinema Bandi is a sweet, fresh attempt and comes across a breath of fresh air.