This blog is primarily about my new love, Tollywood, but I reserve the right to blog about any language cinema from India. I have been watching Bollywood for years and feel I have only scratched the surface of those wonderful movies, especially the older ones. I have, however, been disappointed lately in the newer Bollywood films. (seems they are turning their backs on Masala) So about a year ago I watched my first Southie Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana. One look at the dancing cow puppets and I never looked back!
So why would a middle aged, non-Desi, Midwestern Mom like these movies?
In my day to day life I have a job that can be very frustrating and stressful. So, I do not want to watch films that I have to analyze. I do not want to watch films that make me sad or frustrated because they didn't turn out how I wanted. I don't want a "slice of life" because I see that drama for real every day.
I want the good guys to win, I want the guy to get the girl, I want the bad guys to get their asses kicked. I don't want to think to get the joke, and I want to dance around my room while watching the songs.
I love everything about these movies.
I love the romance and melodrama, some of it so perfect and heartbreaking.
I love the Hero Introduction scenes. I want to whistle and cheer and throw confetti, even when I watch them at home.
I love the crazy over the top action and cartoonish violence where the super Southie heroes can defy gravity and fight dozens of machete wielding rowdies single handedly.
I love the slapstick comedy tracks, even when they have nothing to do with the story.
(Sorry no subs but I think you can follow it)
I love the songs and big production numbers. The dancing in the South is so joyful and uninhibited. Gosh, it's impossible to pick only one to go here, so I'm posting two!
So there you have it. I love these movies because they provide every feeling and emotion. I am thoroughly and completely entertained. Are they perfect? Nope. Are they cheesy? Frequently. Does the WTFery get out of hand? I hope so! I watch these films with great humour and joy, just like I believe they were made. I find it very hard to be too analytical about these films so this blog will be low on analysis. I mean one doesn't question why a roller coaster goes up and down nor does one ponder the physics as you whip around a corner. I watch these films like I ride a roller coaster: With my eyes wide open, arms in the air, yelling "Wheeeeeeee!"
Videos: Above videos are from the movies Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Pournami, Yamadonga, Athadu, Chukkallo Chandrudu, Pokiri and Parugu respectively. All but Chukkallo Chandrudu and Parugu are available on Netflix
Disclaimer: I am a newbie and still learning, so please, if I write anything ignorant or insulting please know that everything I write is from a place of love and good intentions. Please leave comments to help me learn more.