Leader Review – Hang the Swines

In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead
Did squeak and glibber in the Roman streets;

Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1

If the Indian penal code contained a provision for stringing up rotten film-makers and their stars, Leader (mis)director Sekhar Kammula and his menagerie comprising Rana Daggupati, Richa Gangopadhyay and Priya Anand would be standing at the gallows today with the noose round their necks waiting for the hangman to pull the stool from under their legs.

That folks churn out such garbage and have the temerity to call it a film bodes some grave tragedy to our land, a state not unlike ancient Rome in the days preceding Caesar’s death.

Leader is our third Sekhar Kammula movie (Godavari and Happy Days were the earlier slights).

Some movie directors get better with each film.

But with this Kammula clown (responsible for story, screenplay, dialog and direction of this Leader), evolution works in reverse.

This was one Telugu film where the audience was openly laughing, not out of joy  but a sneering laugh at the shit on the screen.

The story – if you dare call this sleeping pill a story – in a nutshell is about a young NRI from America stepping into his late father’s shoes as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh after the old man is killed in a landmine blast.

If like us you think that’s hardly an entertaining topic for a film, the rest of the movie is worse.

A total bore of how our hero Arjun (Rana Daggupati) hangs on to his chair even as we get crude caricatures of the corruption of our politicians.

Nagarjuna School, eh?
Rana Daggupati, the hero of Leader, is a distinguished alumnus of the Nagarjuna School of Acting.

Unless you are a complete schmuck, you know that means if acting slapped Rana on the face he wouldn’t recognize it.

The fellow bumbled along for the duration of 2 hours and 45-minutes with a single expression on his face.

The fella just can’t emote, failing miserably both in the political context and the romantic scenes.

In crucial scenes like when he decides to throw his hat in the race to be Chief Minister, when he proposes to Archana, when his mother says she wanted him to be a leader not a politician and later when a old man (whose daughter is killed by some goons) declares he has no trust in political leaders et al, Rana flounders hopelessly.

Apparently, Rana is the nephew of Nagarjuna in real-life. You could tell in the (non)acting. 😉

Priya Anand was jumping around, desperately trying her utmost to prove that man indeed evolved from apes.

As for Richa Gangopadhyay, the woman didn’t impress us one bit.

Some girls, even if they can’t act, are at least good for an ogle or two. This one was a let down in the ogle department too.

We were not taken in with either the songs or the picturization.

Since the Indian Penal Code has no provision for stringing up buffoons like Kammula and his ilk, you can bet your last dime that this bozo will be back to haunt us with another Bleeder or Weeder shit in the not too distant future. 🙁 And that’s a mighty big shame.

Folks, don’t even consider watching Leader.

This garbage is worth neither your time nor your money.

5 Responses to "Leader Review – Hang the Swines"

  1. guruprasad.s   February 19, 2010 at 7:27 am

    The guy Rana is the grandson of producer D. Rama Naidu, who is the father of actor Venkatesh.
    So Rana is the nephew of actor Venkatesh (and not of Nagarjuna).
    Incidentally, Venkatesh is married to Nagarjuna’s sister and Nagarjuna was married to
    Venkatesh’s sister.
    Nagarjuna is now divorced from her and married to Amala.

    There was some hype here in Hyd’bad about the movie.
    I thought the guy Rana might bring in some understated style of acting, which would be a welcome change from the (mostly) loud and gross overacting that is on display in Telugu movies.
    But you say Rana is no good, which is sad.

    Two movies are strongly recommended:
    Ab tak chappan (Nana Patekar)
    Haasil (Irfan Khan)

    You are unlikely to find these on Netflix, but get hold of DVDs and watch them.
    These are not perfect movies, but sometimes, flawed movies are rescued by the lead performers.

    Is Golmaal (1979) still in your scheme of things ?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write above: I thought the guy Rana might bring in some understated style of acting, which would be a welcome change from the (mostly) loud and gross overacting that is on display in Telugu movies.

    Rana takes the under in understated to new lows. 😉

    Mercifully, he’s better than the buffoons like Nagarjuna, Allu Arjun et al.

    2.You write: Is Golmaal (1979) still in your scheme of things ?

    Yes, of course.

    It’s just that we are lately preoccupied by more weighty matters.

  2. Mud Haliar   February 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

    240 km drive for this p.o.s? I thought you were very eco-conscious (proponent(s) of public transport)..

    came here for installment 4 of the SI-tonic verses.. 🙁

    araj is Telugu, right… would be interesting to see his elaborate reviews of these types of movies(and watch ganeshkumar trying to figure it out)..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ve already read a few more Suras but been too busy to put them to paper oops blog.

  3. iamsumu   February 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Minor correction, dialog -a window on a computer screen for choosing options or inputting information
    dialogue – : a conversation between two or more persons;
    I believe you were referring to the latter, unless the latter was so poor it could’ve been replaced by the former 😉

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Thanks. Will fix it.


    Dialog is perfectly fine.

    Please see Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition p.344

    Thank you, G.

    • Mud Haliar   February 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      wut??? dialog can mean both.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You are right about us being right. Re-fixed it and acknowledged you.

      That’s what happens when we start drinking before the sun goes down or deviating from “Our readers are always wrong’ philosophy. 😉

      • iamsumu   February 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm

        you hide behind technicality. Currently the common and appropriate usage of the noun to describe the conversation is dialogue. You would be hard pressed to find, say an award for “dialog” given to a “dialog writer” 🙂

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        You write above: you hide behind technicality.

        Does Albert Einstein ring a bell? 😉

        Dialog About Objections Against the Theory of Relativity
        by Albert Einstein

        Islam and the West: A Dialog (Islamic roundtables) by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad and Ahmed Yousef (Paperback – Jan. 1, 1998)

        Ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

        In North America, use of dialog is not uncommon.

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