- In Theaters
- Jan 12, 2020
- 2hrs, 45mins
గొప్ప యుద్ధాలన్నీ నా అనుకున్న వాళ్ళ తోనే!
Ala Vaikuntapuramulo being a massive industry hit, I think it’s never too late to present my analysis and more importantly when the movie is all set for digital release on 27th of Feb on Sun Nxt and Netflix. The movie has been talk of the T-town since its announcement because of the star lead cast – Stylish star Allu Arjun, Gorgeous Pooja Hegde, Sushant Akkineni, Nivetha Pethuraj, Navdeep, Murali Sharma, Tabu , Sachin Khedekar, Jayaram, Samuthirakani etc., and whom we fondly call “Guruji”, Trivikram Srinivas being the captain of the ship. It is not an exaggeration to say that the movie is running housefull in some theatres in Andhra and Telangana even after 45 days from it’s release and that is something that we cannot deny or ignore. Why is Ala Vaikuntapuramulo such a big success and what is in it for people to like it to this extent? What is the magic or secret sauce in the movie?
Ala Vainkuntapuramulo is a movie whose basic story is not new at all. A lot of Telugu movies in fact an age old classic (Inti guttu) is also based on the same story line. Inspite of that, how did Trivikram manage to get to this huge success is quite a case study :). The team has heavily banked on the mantra of “keeping things simple yet classy and uncompromised”. As I always feel, the art of story telling is unique and differs greatly from person to person and Trivikram being a voracious reader and writer, has excelled in this art. (His movie “A Aa” is also a very close remake of age old Telugu classic movie “Meena” starring Super Star Krishna Garu and legendary director/actor Late. Vijaya Nirmala Garu but he could still make it a good hit)
I would like to focus a little on the title as Trivikram’s titles are unique and have great meaning associated to it. There are two general ways of film making . While one is keep it as simple as possible for the audience, the other is to generate curiosity so much that the audience try to take a step up to understand and infer the intent. Trivikram seems to follow the later. Though he knows that the youth and current generation are not that Telugu savvy, he always keeps his movie titles in classic Telugu that generates curiosity. I feel he is one of the film makers who is still standing up for the language and making an effort to cherish and propagate it. “Ala Vaikuntapuramulo” is one such unique title that has quite a deep meaning to it. It is taken from “Gajendra Moksham” – the 8th Skanda of Bhagavatam written by sri Bammera Pothana. Gajendra Moksham, I feel is great concept of those times as it clearly explains the relation between God and a devotee with utmost elegance. When an elephant (Gajendra), a staunch devotee of Sri Maha Vishnu is attacked by a crocodile in water and is not able to help itself or by its kin, Gajendra prays to Vishnu with a lot of pain for help. (That is what the poem “అల వైకుంఠ పురంబులో నగరిలో నా మూల సౌధంబు దాపల…describes about) Now that Gajendra has sought Vishu’s help, what is the scene at Vaikutapuram? Potana Garu being excellent at his screenplay skills starts the poem describing Vaikutapuram “మందార వనాంత రామృత సరః ప్రాంతేందు కాంతోపలోత్పల పర్యంక రమావినోది యగు…” there was a beautiful Mandara (flower said to bloom in heaven) garden inside his palace. He was strolling with his consort Goddess SriLakshmi, and the lake adjacent to the garden, on a beautiful bed decorated with lotus flowers and enjoying his time.) It is important to know the following poem “సిరికిం జెప్పడు శంఖ చక్ర యుగముంజేదోయి…” since that describes the reaction of Sri Maha Vishnu after hearing to Gajendra’s plea. He starts without a word, without taking his weapons, doesn’t waste time in getting ready , he didn’t wait for his vehicle Garuda, he didn’t even release the cloth of his wife which he was holding..resulting in an instantaneous response to rescue his devotee from danger. That being the story behind the title “Ala Vaikuntapuramulo..”, I’d like to write about the inherent message there. మనకు ఒక కష్టమొస్తుంది. ఆ కష్టాన్ని ఎదురుకోవడానికి శక్తి మేరప్రయత్నించగా, కొన్ని సార్లు గెలుస్తాం కూడా. కానీ కొన్ని సార్లు అండ గా నిలిచే తోడు, నీడ, చేయూత కావాలి . అప్పుడు తోడుగా ఒకరు ఉంటారు. అమ్మ, నాన్న, బంధువు, స్నేహితుడు ఎవరైనా కావచ్చు, అలా మన కష్టాన్ని గమనించి,ఎలాంటి వైభోగం లో ఉన్నా అవన్నీ వదిలేసి వచ్చే వారు ఎవరైనా మనకు దేవుడే.. అలాంటి మనిషి ఉండే పూరిల్లు అయినా “వైకుంఠపురమే”. In our “Ala Vaikunntapuramluo..” movie, the theme is slightly different. అక్కడ వైకుంఠపురం నుండి శ్రీ మహా విష్ణువు గజేంద్ర రక్షణార్థం వచ్చాడు. మరి ఇక్కడ వైకుంఠాపురానికి అప్పల నాయుడు (Samuthirakani) రూపంలో ఒక ఆపద వచ్చింది. ఇక్కడ మహా విష్ణు వైకుంఠపురములో లేడు, కానీ ఉన్నపళంగా తానున్న చోటు నుంచి గజ రాజు రక్షణార్థం వైకుంఠాపురానికి బయల్దేరి వెళతాడు. Though my analysis on the title is a little elaborate, I wanted to certainly write about this as I fell it is very important for one to know the idea behind the title and about the relationship between God and a devotee that too the way it is portrayed with such elegance in those days by Sri Bammera Pothana. What can be a good time more than this one to remember Pothana garu? Respect!
If we need to talk about the performances in the movie, the efforts of Allu Arjun stand a long way and it would not be an exaggeration to say that he has carried the entire movie on his shoulders. He has really delivered a good and subtle performance not missing his style factor. Pooja Hegde has delivered a decent performance and rest everyone have done their bit though I feel the senior actors are a little under-utilized apart from Murali Sharma. He has a full length role in the movie and has done 100% justice. He has literally lived in the role and is something that he can cherish forever in his career. Though Mallu actor PadmaShri Jayaram and Tabu have limited roles, they both kill it in one scene and Trivikram has directed it very elegantly. Sushant’s role is also limited and he does his bit in an important scene.
Another major crowd puller element of this movie is it’s Music from the time they’ve launched “Samajavaragamana” – a Sid SriRam vocal video. The video has literally gone viral and fetched millions of views and has been trending for a very long time. It is easy to hit one six in an over but imagine if you have to hit a six for every ball , all through the over, it is not at all easy. S Thaman has been able to achieve this feat and I strongly feel that he has put his heart and soul to come up with every tune is probably why all the songs in the movie are a huge hit and have got millions of views and downloads. I also respect and appreciate Trivikram’s efforts in choosing the lyric writers – Sirivennela garu(Samajavaragamana), Kasarla Shyam garu(Ramuloo Ramula), Betta Bomma (Ramajogiah Sastry garu), Kalyan Chakravarthy garu(Ala Vaikuntapuramulo) and VijayaKumar Bhalla garu(Sittarala Sirapadu – the biggest surprise). Each one of them have owned the movie and have given some really great lyrics for their respective songs and the young generation may need Telugu dictionary to understand some words in the songs 🙂 . The team has even organised a music concert before the movie release which is new, refreshing and a great hit as well. Visually also, the songs are picturised well and are a treat to watch. The song “Sittarala Sirapadu” is a very bug surprise factor of the movie and the team has tried the visualisation very differently by combining Dance and Fight. Probably one of the finest fight scenes of Telugu in the recent times.
Though you will not find many Trivikram mark punches, there are some beautifully written lines like
“తల మీద బరువు ఉంటే కిందకి చూడవు. అలాగే, ఎంత పెద్ద కష్టం మీద పడితే, అంతపైకివస్తావు
No చెప్పే ధైర్యం చచ్చిపోయింది, ఈ generation కి
అబద్ధం చెప్పేటప్పుడే భయమేస్తుంది. చెప్పకపోతే ఎప్పుడూ భయమేస్తుంది
ఏదైనా పుట్టించే శక్తి ఇద్దరికే ఉంది . ఒకటి నెలకి, రెండు వాళ్లకి . అలాంటి వాళ్ళ తో గొడవేంటి?
పులొచ్చింది , మేకసచ్చింది!
Greatest battles are always with closest people – గొప్ప యుద్ధాలన్నీ నా అనుకున్న వాళ్ళ తోనే”
Some minute details like Allu Arjun’s attire (he has a folded white kerchief in his pocket all the time – to make it appear like a Pocket Square as he can’t afford it), Murali Sharma’s shirts will have ink mark near his pocket (that shows his lifestyle and status) and his name in the movie is “Valmiki” since he tries to re-write the fate of a person, Tabu’s name is “Yashoda” since she will raise Sushant thinking to be her son like how Yashodamma raises Lord Sri Krishna. And a lot many like these are pure Trivikram mark touches.
Lastly, for the love of Telugu, my mother tongue that I respect and cherish the most, I want to present the lyrics of “Samajavaragamana” that are a little mis spelt by Sid SriRam and I don’t blame him for that being a Tamilian but I hope Trivikram will have someone from the next time for just Vocals Supervision. Also, you will find some words that are not casually used in Telugu but are a bliss to hear.
In the Song: “నీ కళ్ళకి కావాలి కాస్త ఏ కాటుక లా నా కలలు – Correct lyric: “నీ కళ్ళకి కావల కాస్తాయి కాటుకలా నా కలలు“
In the song: “ఎన్నెన్ని వన్నె చిన్నెలంటే ఎన్నల వశమా – Correct lyric: “ఎన్నెన్ని వన్నె చిన్నెలంటే ఎన్నగ వశమా?”
ఎన్నెన్ని వన్నె చిన్నెలంటే ఎన్నగ వశమా? “ఎన్నగ” అంటే “ఎన్నుకోగలమా? “Can they be chosen?” అని అర్థం
ఎంతో బతిమాలినా ఇంతేనా “అంగనా“? – “అంగన” అంటే అమ్మాయి
మంజుల హాసమా – lovely/soft/charming smile
వెన్నెల వనమా – వెన్నెల తో ప్రకాశవంతమైన అడవి – A moonlit forest
విరిసిన పింఛమా – పురి విప్పుకున్న నెమలి పింఛము – a bloomed peacock tail
విరుల ప్రపంచం – పూల ప్రపంచం – world of flowers
మదిని మీటు మధురమైన మనవిని వినుమా – please listen to the yearning/plea of my heart
So yes, I can keep on writing about this movie but I’m going to stop right here because the movie is getting ready for it’s digital premiere on SUN NXT and Netflix from 27th of this February. So if you’ve watched it in theatres already and missed any of the elements I’ve written, please watch it again and if you’re interested in the lyrics of the songs or interested to know more about the literature, do ping me on twitter @boutflix and I’d be happy to share. Let’s respect and cherish Telugu – Italian of the East. దేశ భాషలందు తెలుగు లెస్స !