Indian movie critics have torn apart Telugu loudmouth Ram Gopal Varma’s latest film Department.
Hello, is any one surprised?
RGV has been making trash for so long that he’s now achieved the hitherto thought impossible – he makes tawdry Tollywood look respectful in contrast!
Here take a look at the odium heaped on Department:
The film, to put it simply, is easily the most deplorable film seen in a long, long time and in a country where we largely make hell of a lot of mediocre films every year, that is one hell of an achievement.
Varma’s latest, Department, takes the director’s increasingly schizoid cinematographic tendencies into a whole other league, and gives us, besides watery eyes and potential nausea, the filmmaker at his most insipid.
The camera angles are often much too casual to be considered ‘cinematic’….There are no punctuations except exclamation marks, no speed-breakers except songs, which are terribly screechy and grating with Nathalia Kaur’s item number hitting rock-bottom, and no way out for these restless law-enforcers than to take the law in their own hands.
In my head, I always imagine Ram Gopal Varma, sitting in his office, legs up on the table, going through a checklist on the last day of a film shoot. Hyperactive camera angle – check. Lots of fake blood – check. Added some element of “Satya”, “Company” or “Sarkar” to the film – check. Leading ladies showing off cleavage – check.
How else do you explain a film like “Department”? That someone (Varma) thought they could make a film with such tacky production values, a convoluted and weak script, and some scenes that could be straight out of a soft-porn flick, and still convince a major studio to fund it and market it as a A-grade movie, is baffling.
…it’s the erratic and inconsistent writing that bogs down DEPARTMENT
Times of India
…jarring camerawork, flimsy acting and over-the-top violence.
…extreme pain and abuse-inducing film
And here’s the Upperstall review. A bit late as could only catch up on the film last night.
Thanks (I checked your site this morning and didn’t find it).
Added an excerpt from your review to the above post.
Is it a case of multiple personality disorder??? The title of the post is so old SI’s style.
Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, old SI did not copyright English title styles.