Verdict: Raw and realistic.
Set in the backdrop of Srikakulam district, Palasa 1978 has caught immediate attention among the trade circles for its poster designs and decent trailers. Though the movie is filled with fresh faces, the setup and the backdrop ensured to cause a stir. With Raghu Kunche handling the music and background score, playing the main antagonist has certainly more buzz.
What’s Palasa 1978 About:
Set in 1978, Janni and Guru Murthy (Raghu Kunche) are zamindars of a village named Palasa. The village is controlled by them and they indiscriminately misuse their power over the people. Mohan Rao (Rakshit) and Ranga Rao (Tiruveer) are brothers who are strong and righteous. Mohan Rao falls in love with Lakshmi (Nakshatra) who belong to the same village. How the cruel zamindars use these brothers and who gets killed in the process forms the rest of Palasa 1978.
Rakshit has excelled in all forms of the artistic craft and has used a powerful role in his favor. Thiruveer, who was earlier seen in George Reddy, is equally good. The scenes involving both these brothers look really well. Nakshatra does her part well but the scope of her character is limited. Raghu Kunche is the surprise package and his villainy is at its best. The three get-ups that he has played spanning from 1978 to 2018 are commendable. Debutante director Karuna Kumar is already an award-winning short filmmaker before he donned the director’s hat for this feature film. He has used his craft impressively and is successful in getting the best out of the cast and the crew. Raghu Kunche’s music and background score are brilliant and have taken the movie to the next level. The cinematography and visuals are at its best and the screenplay is amazing. Artwork, editing, and production values are decent for a medium budget movie.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Though the movie is brilliantly made and has stuck to its theme, there is a lack of entertainment that usually attracts the major chunk of the audience. One has to wait and watch how it would fare at the box office.
Why You Should Watch:
Palasa 1978 has stayed true to its plot and is realistically portrayed on the screen. All the artists have performed to perfection and the technical crew is brilliant. If you are a fan of raw and rustic movies, this one is not to be missed.