palasa 1978 is a film that has had a lot of promotion in recent days. The film directed by Karuna Kumar has hit the screens today. let’s see how it is.
The film is set in early 1978 in a town called Palasa which is located in the Srikakulam district. Guru Murthy (Raghu Kunche) and his brother always keep suppressing the poor and two brothers rebel against them. things get so bad that these brothers drop everything and become thugs to save themselves and their tribe. the rest of the story is about what happened in their lives and how they are trying to make a difference in that area.
The film is filled with many realistic scenes that look quite forceful on screen. there are no forced emotions in the film and that is the biggest asset. the script is the biggest advantage as none of the scenes are illogical or just there for the sake of it.
Raghu Kunche is the surprise package of the movie as he is quite good as the main villain. he has changed his body language a lot and he will be a good character actor if given more opportunities. but the best work of his is the music and the background music that elevate the movie to a whole new level.
Young rakshit hero, he is good at his forceful role and makes the most of opportunities. the actor who played his brother is also superb in the movie. the combination of scenes between the brothers is very good. the first half of the movie is edgy as director karuna has stuck to the theme.
The story of the movie is quite predictable as it is the struggle between rich and poor. then, you can easily guess what will happen next. the film is clearly for a part of the audience that likes dark and serious cinema.
The climax of the film lacks force even though it ends with a good message. the way the hero character is shown wandering around and coming back after years to take revenge once again seems a bit contrived.
As I said before, Raghu Kunche’s music and background music are top notch. the production values of the film are superb as the film seems rich for the money spent. the art direction and camera work need a special mention as the locations and sandy areas of palasa have been superbly showcased. but the dialogues deserve a special mention as they are fresh, realistic and some even quite deep. editing in the second half could have been better.
Coming from director Karuna Kumar, it makes a decent debut and is certainly a find. his eye for detail is excellent and the way he has pulled off the performances is also top notch. the message that he has conveyed through the movie and the way he narrated the movie with a good script makes the movie look interesting.
Overall, palasa 1978 is a realistic rural drama showing the atrocities of the rich towards backward castes in the early years. realistic performances, good script and superb dialogues are basic assets. on the other hand, a predictable story, a bit slow second half brings the movie down. the film is for a select audience, but should be encouraged as it’s rustic, hard-hitting, and can be sampled this weekend for its unique setting.
123telugu.com rating: 3/5
reviewed by 123telugu team
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