Quiz: How many bad guys can Badri (Allu Arjun) single-handedly kill or maim at the Bellary Railway Station with just a sword and without suffering so much as a scratch in the new Telugu film Badrinath?
d) Several Dozen
If you answered from a-c, you’d be grossly wrong but still get credit for retaining a vestige of sanity. Since it’s a Telugu film after all, the correct answer must perforce be d.
Folks, with each new movie, Telugu film star Allu Arjun’s acting gets worse and the plots of his films get further bizarre.
In his latest film Badrinath which premiered in the U.S. Thursday night, Allu Arjun not only, yet again, grossly overacts a la Sivaji Ganesan from an earlier era but the storyline is straight from the loony-bin.
Set in the Hindu holy city of Badrinath in North India, the movie is a mindless Telugu paean to senseless violence (Allu Arjun), asinine romance (Tamanna) and juvenile humor (Brahmanandam).
Trashy as most Telugu films are, one can, if one searches long and hard, spot some redeeming element in the form of acting, music, settings, photography or, if nothing else, seek solace in the scantily-dressed voluptuous heroine.
But Badrinath’s claim to fame is that it comes to the screen shorn of any semblance of artistic merit or any whiff of redeeming elements save that a bunch of wannabe filmmakers had money to burn.
And proceeded to toss Rs 41-crore into the fire if media reports are accurate.
Allu Arjun, rippling muscles, 8-pack physique and all, plays Badri, the favorite young disciple of a saintly, white-bearded old figure Bhishma Narayan (Prakash Raj) in Badrinath.
Serpent in Eden oops Badrinath
Given to flashing his sword and performing endless leaps on the high peaks, the young disciple’s idyllic life in the serene heights of the temple town is disturbed with the entry of a serpent in the form of the fair-skinned Alakananda (Tamannah Bhatia) accompanied by her Tatayya (grandfather), who’s coughing up blood (you’re never sick in an Indian movie unless there’s an effusion of blood).
Oh yeah, the girl hates all mention of God and is given to sacrilegious actions, one of which nullifidian act has our valorous, devout hero angrily flinging her into a fast-moving Himalayan river from high above.
Alas, to our great distress Badri’s Guru orders him to save her, which he dutifully proceeds to do so and in the process shaves us of any peace for the next two hours!
But Cupid will always worm his way in or at least Badrinath director V.V.Vinayak (also responsible for the screenplay) will.
Soon, the devout young lad is distracted with the skimpily-clad girl who sports a mouth perennially agape as if longing for a hard-object, a pout at home in a nut-house, a brain smaller than a pea and simian antics characteristic of diapered children.
One such “Rajinikanth” antic has an elephant charging after her and only the timely intervention of her savior Badri prevents the pachyderm from planting its large feet squarely on her lissome midriff.
Bare-chested Badri is soon lovey-doveying with bare-midriffed Alakananda on the mountain top even as her evil relatives in the sultry Andhra plains, who seem to be on an overdose of crack-cocaine, plot nefarious schemes that will soon reach the mountains and separate the love-birds.
Allu Arjun’s character Badri has a weird tendency to suddenly break into moon-dances a la Michael Jackson in the company of a large troupe, a hint that his Valium dose needs to be increased if we’re to calm him down.
By the way, Tamannah Bhatia sets a new record in Badrinath, albeit a dubious one, for being the first Indian heroine to go through an entire movie without covering her midriff and belly-button and lavishly displaying her wares, small as they are, in a desperate effort at inducing lecherous eyes, drooling mouths and priapic organs. We’d say she failed in all three.
Did we tell you, her character goes to a funeral dressed as if to a late evening party! Seriously, do they do that in Andhra Pradesham?
Neither the music nor their picturization were in any measure adequate to lift us out of our misery at the distressing spectacle. The Nath Nath shrieks in the second half that pretends to be a song had us gasping for breath.
As if all of the aforesaid were not torture enough, we were subjected to more grief from that infernal sine qua non of Telugu films Brahmanandam, who plays a crook masquerading as a 2,000-year-old swami.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends that if you value your sanity you must stay away from this endless abyss of nonsense a.k.a. Badrinath.
Why this masochistic desire of watching and getting tortured by Gult movies?
Just back from Shaitan, Hindi movie that released today. Quite disturbing and some scenes and the camera work made me go WOW.
Check out and review if possible.
1. You write: Just back from Shaitan, Hindi movie that released today….some scenes….made me go WOW.Check out and review if possible.
Sadly, Shaitan is not releasing in the U.S.
2. You write: Why this masochistic desire of watching and getting tortured by Gult movies?
After returning home, we’re on a drinking binge in a desperate, futile bid to return to sanity after
Sleep eludes us, Sanity seems light years away and Pain is intense!
Thank you, Allu Arjun. $18 well spent. 🙁
Check this out , Whiplash on the 2Gs
One of the other readers (Munish) posted it the other day.
Read the entire thing about the Clown Prince, Congress and more.
prakash jha’s new movie trailer
Looks very interesting.
Decent cast (except for that Deepika thing).
off topic:that arch-scoundrel M.F Hussain finally kicked the bucket!(see link)
True that Hussain passed away, but why do you call him an arch-scoundrel?
Merely because he gave free rein to his imagination in painting non-existent Hindu Goddesses????
just because you havnt seen something doesnt mean they dont exist….people used to think sea monsters were a myth until they found “leviathan”‘s bones under the ocean.same with atlantis (yes they have located it somewhere near the northern atlantic)…
of course we’re not 100% sure about the latter but we’re pretty confident some of it is true…
1. You write: just because you haven’t seen something doesnt mean they dont exist…
Fair enough. We’ll accept this point.
But we have yet to come across anyone who’s been blessed with a divine darshan and can provide credible proof.
In that sense, we’ll say Hindu Gods and Goddesses ‘exist’ in the same way that the Loch Ness Monster and Yeti ‘exist.’
2. BTW, you still have not answered why you hurled the epithet ‘arch-scoundrel’ at M.F.Hussain.
Off-topic: some people say that nessi died a while ago,and yeti’s are mostly found in tibet and west virginia.
i was not so much offended by the nude goddeses that he drew as much as by how poorly he drew them…i know a girl at my local university who can draw better than that!
some of his work is OK but nothing to make him the greatest painter of all time.the arch-scoundrel thing was first used by mozzart when referring to voltair’s death in a letter to his father,i thought it was an appropriate term for hussain,thats why i used it.also the “kicked the bucket” was an old european phrase used when reffering to someone’s death…also hussain was more of a Dali than a Da’vinchi
You write: i know a girl at my local university who can draw better than that!
Well, you got us with that one! 😉
Hussain fans (not us since we’re not familiar with his work) who are paying upwards of $500,000 for his paintings would love to know the name of the ‘local university’ that has spawned a better-than-Hussain artist.
It’s just not that great…someone with a year of college artist classes could do something that’s a little more,what’s the word artists use nowadays??…”classical”…hussain’s stuff is just PO-MO (post-modern)(i.e wierd for the sake of weird)…
@rama dasa: Come on man, we know you are exaggerating! but saying a girl at your local university can draw better than M.F Husain is taking it a bit too far! Now would you ask your girl at the local university if she was a special invitee along with Pablo Picasso at the Sao Paulo Biennial? M. F Hussain was a special invitee – (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._F._Husain). Even I do not know to appreciate modern art, it’s too abstract for me, but it does not mean you belittle the painter.
@SI: As some one said above, you tend to have episodes of masochism, by watching Telugu movies. Even by Tamil movie standards Telugu movies are little over the top, like their cuisine – extra on red chillies with their curries, extra on sugar with their kaakinada kaajas :). But they do make some good movies like Ghamyam. Watch it when you can.
1. You write: Even by Tamil movie standards Telugu movies are little over the top,
Not little over the top. Way over the top.
Just realized that this piece of trash a.k.a. Badrinath released in 4 languages. That’s 4 too many.
2. If Netflix has Ghamyam, we’ll watch it.
i didn’t realize hussain had so many fans on SI…changing the subject,iv noticed a lot of south indians shopping at the local walmart where i live,thing is i have yet to see any punjabi’s or any north indians shop there…just an observation.when i was eating at the walmart subway this evening,this one deviji and her immediate family where standing right where i was supposed to pay,since she was a fairly good looking woman,i didnt ask her to move the hell out of my way so i could pay for my 6 inch veggie sub. dont know about you guys but something about south indian women standing next to you…..just makes the world stop for a few seconds….
You write: dont know about you guys but something about south indian women standing next to you…..just makes the world stop for a few seconds….
For you and 3 billion other men, women and transvestites. 😉
Off-topic: Nothing like a Ice-Cold Guinness Extra Stout on a hot day!
RIP MF Hussein. Had he painted a nude photo of the terrorist god Allah, that would have kept his critics in India mum..
BTW, Yuvan ‘Shani’ Raja has stooped to a new low by this
1. Hmmm. But between Tamanna and Ajit, we’ll take Ajit.
2. BTW, were you aware that Venkat Prabhu (Mankatha director) is the film name of Thirutu Nai.
Dude seriously youre kidding!!!
Does that really sound like a copy?? Listen to the full track first and then start making a judgement. As a lover of ‘good music'(Irrespective of composer, country, genre) i don’t find any similarities here. its just haters who come up with such silly comparisons(some are genuine though!!), if youre just one of them , i am sorry i cannot help it.
Yuvan ‘Shani’ Raja is a Misnomer IMO.he deserves better, given the fact that he is the first and the only indian composer to win an international film festival award.
I can’t believe you bought that!!!!
@Rajarajan: Yes he deserves much better may i not insult the great Shani bhagwan by comparing with Yuvan, How abt yuvan ‘so***’ raja doesnt that sound good after ripping off entirely for a movie kadhal Konden and many more. This is not the first time the lazy scumbag is ripping others work
Now feast on this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCw4ZLPzpDg Original Nenjodu Kalandhidum from Kadhal Konden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfE2O5QVnYQ&feature=related… Manasu rendum Paarka from the same movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTD2iHv17U0 7G from Johnny
Doesn’t the starting verse vilayadu magatha and sakthi masala thani..sound strikingly similar. So according to your logic, a rip off of a tune at the start and synthesizing it to a full length number cant be termed as a copycat work. May i leave it to the music/movie critic SI to judge who called Rahman’s work as fart for Endhiran, though i didnt like it as well.
Whoever thinks the Manasa Rendum song from Kaadhal Kondein is not lifted from A Rose in the Wind is a freaking lunatic.
OMG… i thought another composer Harris Jayaraj was the king in Copying Music… its saddening to see even Yuvan falling to it….
Wow, thanks for the link man. I’ve seen numerous videos on youtube that claim to expose the copycat works of tamil music composers but atleast 95% of them are non sense. But the videos in your links were spot on. I never thought Yuvan was such a thief. It’s not that his dad IR himself is 100% original.
Harris Jeyraj is of a different league 😛
He goes to the extent of repeatedly reusing his own tracks. Also, I don’t know if it’s true, but he stole the Vaseegara song which he used in Minnale from A.R.Rahman.
If you don’t mind, please watch the video in the above link and listen to the bgm from 05:23. I happened to watch this on tv accidentally. What struck me was the bgm. I have a strong feeling that I’ve heard it in a tamil movie. Ever since, I’ve been trying to find out which tamil movie it was from. Will you help me out with this? 😀
http://itwofs.com/tamil-deva.html and scroll down.
Thanks a lot, SI 🙂 .
People like Deva never cease to amaze me.
After a full bottle of some cheap sparkling wine (Villa Sandi Prosecco, $13) everything amazes us! 😉
If you did not get what Dr.Logu came to say about Yuvan, the song – “Aadi paaru Mangaatha” (or whatever) used in all the promotional advertisements sounds like being copied from an advertisement of Sakthi Masala.
The above youtube video has the “Sakthi Masala thani suvai” in the first half, and the actual song in the next. You were unlikely aware of it, since both sounded very similar.
Oh, I am sorry I did not notice your link on Tamanna! In fact, I did not get your point!!
I bow to thee!
what do you think you’re writing garbage fellow.
Allu arjun is the best south indian young actor. Hes not like your tamil and kannada and malayalam nonsense heroes. He has acted in many cult movies at this young age.
Sick persons like you wont realize that and start bad mouthing. IF you dont like telugu movies go and asslick your hollywood heroes. Why u criticze allu garu for that.
Allu arjun is hearthrob hero in Andhrapradesh and he has many fans in Kerala as well. Dumb fool like you dont know that. Kerala cinema fans celebrate Allu Garus movie more than their fatty heroes movies and in Tamilnadu and Karnataka also the same.
[Trash Talk]!! If you write this kinds of nonsense again [Trash Talk]
1. How, when and why did you escape from your cage?
2. You write: Allu arjun is the best south indian young actor. Hes not like your tamil and kannada and malayalam nonsense heroes. He has acted in many cult movies at this young age.
Is it true that Allu Arjun was also the person behind E=MC2 and the person ahead of Neil Armstrong on moon?
3. You write: Kerala cinema fans celebrate Allu Garus movie more than their fatty heroes movies and in Tamilnadu and Karnataka also the same.
Why Kerala cinema fans no like fatty heroes? Pleeze explain, babu.
4. You write: Allu arjun is hearthrob hero in Andhrapradesh and he has many fans in Kerala as well.
No, sweetie. Allu Arjun is a heartbroken overacting, overrated
I don’t want to make this site a battlefield, but this Vamsi guy leave me no choice. 🙂
@Vamsi: Best south Indian young actor? Who decided this?
I would love to see the ‘CULT’ movies which you were referring to. I saw one a few years back, which remains one of the worst movies I have ever seen in the theaters. Arya!!!
Kerala cinema fans celebrate Allu Garus movie more than their fatty heroes movies?
I have no idea why this guy keep referring to Kerala and from where he is getting these vital stats.
Just like you, I too believe that SI is sick. Otherwise why would they even post your ridiculous comment.
You need a shock treatment asap!
Btw, I believe Garus means Monkey.
@ Searchindia: Is Vamsi your alias? Are you trying to increase the number of hits/comments? 😉
Am I safe here? Your database is properly secured, right? 😀
By God, We can swear on all our commenters that this Vamsi creature is not our alter ego.
Credit us with some taste will you, please.
BTW, when we did a scan of Vamsi’s IP address we got a South Indian state but with the caveat May be forged.
For all you know, Vamsi could be Allu Arjun
You are giving too much credit to Allu Garu by alluding that he may have the skill to forge IP addresses?
The joker does have fans among a section of Telugus.
@ Abhi220: You sick fellow abhi220, you need to be from the fish eating curry smelling fatt assed kerala state.
Get yourt facts right, search for Allu Arjun in kerala in google you’ll get to know the result. [Trash Idiot] entra shock treatment neeku kavali. Go and check your brain first ra [Trash Talk]!!!
SI, this is very unfair. At this young age, Allu arjun has acted in ‘cunt’ movies, and you have not even reviewed one of them for us!! You rather spend time reviewing some ‘badrinathu’.
In tamilnadu, I’ve not seen people stopping for a moment to see even the poster of allu garu. In Kerala, their fatty actors are celebrated widely because of their acting skills, and not for some gorillian actions in the name of dance and stunts.
You’d be surprised to learn that the IP address of that abusive fella Vamsi (the guy used filthy language against us that we deleted) came from Tamil Nadu ( Trichy) We also got an alert that the IP may be forged.
@vamsikrishna: thanks for the sarcasm. I had a nice laugh. I really think it’s a sarcasm.
Only thing Allu Arjun is good for is just Dancing and nothing else. Out of all the movies he made, I could see his
brilliance only in Vedam and that too for a few moments. if you are a real fan (I mean the people who lick their heroes
asses by adding a brown chocolate paste on their black butts ) then you should encourage him to do movies like Vedam, not some stupid filth like Badrinath. (which was done because Shakti was made, which was done because
that idiotic Magadheera was made. Atleast Magadheera has nice moments to watch)
if any external power wants to attack india, probably they will study the local culture. In that process Badrinath will be
studied to come to a conclusion that AP is a haven of brain less people and they would be easily lured to do anti
Fans like vamsikrishna killed Telugu Cinema. Completely. They forced Chiranjeevi to do absolute trash. They are
the people who would eat balakrishna’s shit just because he is from the same caste as them.
I really believe gults should donate their eyes and ears to the needy because they don’t use that anymore nowadays.
@twig Neeku entra porblem?
Did i ever tell im a fan of balakrishna or chiru gaaru. You assumed things like that. what can i do? erri pooka!!
Because i have krishna in my name im a fan of balakrishna what logic you have ra?
enjoy the video of monkey-krishna
and donkey chiru
Allu garu rocks!!
see this video ra [Trash talk]!!
You only [Trash talk] chiranjeevi its very clear from the above post you only feel that he has become a comedy it is very clear from the garbage that youve written and this blogger searchindia [Trash talk] is provoking enemity between us telugus.
This bloody reviewer who ever reviewed this super movie [Trash talk]
I’m sorry for the “so called attack” against you. I’m not saying sorry to make you feel good.
I’m saying sorry to make myself feel good as I’ve learnt a lesson that personal attacks in
any discussion completely diverts the topic and it will take hell lot of time to cool down
the passions for which I don’t have time.
No, it’s not because ‘Krishna’s match in Balakrishna and Vamsikrishna that I assumed
you as a fan of Balakrishna. This assumption
of yours is very funny by the way and laughed a lot. (To my full reply see way down below).
I don’t want to raise your adrenaline by showing you Allu Arjun’s scenes from the movie
Gangotri. Infact I have a respect for him because of his movie Vedam which is the only sensible
movie in his career and Cable Raju character is not forgettable.
Finally, Badrinath is not even a bad ass movie (atleast those are funny and enjoyable in a way
like some of Balakrishan’s movie) it’s a torture. I think in the next Nolan’s Batman movie,
to torture Bane, Batman should probably show Badrinath movie. 🙂
You write: Finally, Badrinath is not even a bad ass movie
Wat, Ugh! *%B, @#$(^, M*#&, C%#&^%.
Oh, that was the sound of our delicious Starbucks coffee (made with Soy Milk) spilling on to our keyboard.
Another comment or two from Vamsikrishna, and you’ll be singing Badrinath’s paeans!
“So called personal attack” yeah will it be so called personal attack when you use that kind of language to your boss or any other superior officials?
I think your points are fair when compared to telugu movies. I accept.
Nice joke at the end you can also show a lot of chiranjeevi or balakrishna movies to him.
By CULT he probably meant GULT 😉
Or maybe he actually meant C*NT.
Fool reviewer you need allu garu to reply for the garbage he doesnt spare time for useless creatures like you.. We fans are suffcient to give return to such garbage about our hero. When you keep blasting our heroes and our country using filthy language you expect us to keep silent. We re not like you to criticize our heroes and hail other foreign heroes. If yourre not interested to watch a telugu movie why do you even watch .. Go and figure it yourself you have some terrible problem in your brain. many nerves are cut thats only you’re writing to this much trash level.
Hey, is Badrinath a big flop or super-flop? Just checking. 😉
BTW, no more trash talk against us or the other commenters. Comprende?
@ SI: BTW, no more trash talk against us or the other commenters
Ok fine Im sorry for insulting you, why did you allow other people to abuse me this way. I’m only giving back the insults that ive got.
See Twig’s post why didnt you censor his language about a**licking heroes and other stuff like sh*t by putting trashtalk.
Why the double standards?? If he had responded in a normal language i also would have done the same.
You write: See Twig’s post …Why the double standards?? If he had responded in a normal language i also would have done the same.
Fair enough. Going forward, we’ll hold Twig and others to the same standards and ensure no abuse comes your way from their side.
@vamsikrishna: wo .. wo… wo People talking about me, ah?
To be frank, I wouldn’t have written the reply the way I’ve written to Vamsi krishna. But during the writing
of that reply, I was aware of the following:
1) Generally SI blog has personal attacks in the blog content on anybody. Ranging from artists to
Citibank CEOs to people of the country. I thought may be SI is the perfect example of blatantly
using Freedom of Speech for their purpose by their usage of coarse language for comical elements
or maybe shock or maybe to sustain viewership or maybe that’s their style. I liked that way and the
major reason for me to come to this blog. (I’m a fan of South Park btw)
2) The personal angst I have against Telugu cinema viewers. (anybody here would know that I’m a
Telugu and I care a lot about Telugu Literature and performing arts.)
The state of a film Industry is directly proportional to the artistic intelligence and the level of
appreciative capacity of the people.
In general people of India have no time to worry about Art. (for art, there should be food first, of course
I’m leaving out Artistic creations for political change or Rebellion art, Communist for example).
Very few people venture into art to develop its form, to realise their dreams, to show to the world
how they perceive the world. Art is an an expression of human emotions and they are not
expressible in any formal way. (Cognitive studies has a long way to go still).
If those few people are hindered by the lack of appreciation of the people surrounding then
mediocrity becomes the king. (Nobody knows where Chandrashekhar Yeleti has gone, or Ankuram
Uma Maheshwara Rao has gone etc).
One of the major reasons mediocrity rules is because of the Fandom. The Fandom created on the aura
of the artist. For the fans, it doesn’t matter whether the art is logical, sensible or creative or anything.
All it matters is they are emotionally attached to the artist so by their phony logic the art deserves
merit. It’s so stupid. Thus the fans raise the status of the artist by worshiping mediocrity. The artist
now will be dependent on the fans for the art to be a success irrespective of the creative content.
So, you see news like “Fans will make this movie a hit ” .
I hate this fandom and it hasn’t resulted in anything positive. Chiranjeevi who could have been a great
actor lamented that he shouldn’t’ve produced a movie like Rudraveena because people of
AP didn’t appreciate it. Instead he jumped into movies like Gharana Mogudu, Indra and the other
This hatred has manifested in a personal attack against Vamsi Krishna, which I could’ve avoided
but I couldn’t because I’m a dick.
3) “Lick their asses” has become so common a sentence that people don’t find it anymore profane.
So I added “brown Chocolate ……….” to make them imagine the statement I write.
Rumors about SI’s resort to billingsgate are strongly denied
K i apologise for my talk as well to Twig …
I was thinking, the most comments are for Rajini or Kamal movies, else it’s the same old guys posting comments, then came Allu garu and danced his way to the comments.
God, in a movie set in Badrinath, where he plays the young protector of the temple we suddenly see this bozo doing a Michael Jackson-like moonwalk dance! Are there no limits to nonsense.
People say Allu Arjun acquired Samurai skills for this movie……
Learned Samurai skills to protect a Hindu temple?
Way to go!
We can’t wait to hand over $18 to watch the next bad-ass overacting screaming Telugu
actorbuffoon who’s acquired Karate skills so that he can protect the Balaji Temple.
Off-topic: Do you see South Korean films?
“We can’t wait to hand over $18 to watch the next bad-ass overacting screaming Telugu
actorbuffoon who’s acquired Karate skills so that he can protect the Balaji Temple…”
How funny 😀 😀
“Do you see South Korean films?’…
Nope. Not any so far. My mind is tangled in so many ‘other things’ that watching movies has slipped down to the lowest rung of my priority ladder. But recently I watched Nolan’s Memento on my netbook and found it more of a puzzle than a movie. Didn’t understand a thing. In fact, you can actually announce a fat prize on your blog for anyone who can explain the plot of Memento in plain English. I feel many people just praised it just because they didn’t understand it and that backward story-telling despite the hype of being an innovation, actually sucks and muddles up everything. This puzzle movie is only good enough to titillate your ego for having understood the plot, if U actually did. Would like to see a review from U for this movie though…..
We don’t think we’ve reviewed Memento but we’ve made references to it in a few other reviews like Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia Review – Delightful, Ghajini Review – Why is Aamir Khan in Bed with a Thieving Swine?.
We’ll review Memento one of these days, for sure.