Kondapolam Review: A ‘novel’ concept!

What’s it about?

Hailing from the forest area of Nallamala, Ravindra Yadav (Panja Vaisshnav Tej) lacks the arrogance to speak effectively on the IT job interviews in Hyderabad. 4 years of a number of makes an attempt and successive failures make him return to his roots. His grandfather (Kota Srinivasa Rao) suggests he take a journey of Konda Polam alongside together with his father to beat his fears and acquire confidence.

When famine strikes, they take the cattle into the hill forest for 4o-days. This journey known as ‘Konda Polam’. 

Ravindra Yadav decides to accompany his father, Obulamma, and different shepherds for the ‘Konda Polam’ journey. Of their lengthy yatra, Ravindra develops a liking for Obulamma (Rakul), additionally learns life classes. How did it form him and provides him the arrogance to clear the UPSC examination and turn out to be an IFS (Indian Forest Service) officer? That’s the remainder of the drama.


Director Krish’s profound adaptation of author Sannapureddi Venkata Rami Reddy’s novel ‘Kondapolam’ to display is a coming-of-age story of a shepherd ‘changing into’ an achiever in life. It is sort of a e-book of character improvement or self-help information that conjures up others to realize one thing in life from the story of Ravindra Yadav.

The phrase Konda Polam means forest grazing by livestock. The idea and the phrase are alien outdoors the Nallamala area (forest space that spans Kurnool, Kadapa, and Mahbubnagar districts). Such a narrative has by no means been explored on the display, both. So, ‘Konda Polam’, the movie, has a novel and completely different idea, to start with. It’s a mixture of genres of journey thriller, inspiring drama, and coming-of-age story. 

Krish retains the movie as near the novel as attainable. The romantic thread between Rakul and Vaisshnav Tej is his addition. Krish has created Rakul’s character for business elements.

The story of a shepherd changing into a forest officer, a rural engineering scholar overcoming his low vanity and deficiency in English language expertise are informed with the primary themes of the conservation of forests, drought situations of Rayalaseema. However Krish has packaged it extra of a coming-of-age story, the protagonist studying classes within the forest. The Nallamala forest births him once more. 

As stated, the idea is exclusive, and Krish narrates the second half of the convincingly. The primary spotlight of the movie, as talked about, is the story. The opposite spotlight is the tiger and hero’s observe within the second half. Initially, the hero is offered as an individual who has no confidence in his expertise. He wants catharsis. He turns into a person to face something after he overcomes the troubles within the forest. To inform this story, Krish has taken a variety of time. As soon as he finds his groove within the second half, the movie turns into fascinating. 

However the drought situations ought to have been filmed in a greater means. The omnipresent greenery within the frames us overlook that the hero is making this journey as a result of drought. That was the main flaw. It’s comprehensible that forests, generally, look lush inexperienced, however the distinction between drought conditions and forest sequences ought to have been made clearly. 

The character of Raviprakash and his downside doesn’t make us contain. His monologue at a phone sales space is unconvincing. Apart from slow-paced narration, these are the problems in an in any other case completely different story.

So far as performances are involved, Vaisshnav Tej, who made his debut in ‘Uppena’ which hit the screens early this 12 months, delivers a convincing efficiency as Ravi Yadav. His dialogue supply with Rayalaseema slang is considerable. Rakul Preet Singh in her first out and out de-glam rustic character is sort of spectacular. That is her finest efficiency.  

Spectacular cinematography by VS Gnanasekhar enhances the movie’s viewing expertise. Veteran music director MM Keeravani’s music works. Dialogue by Sannapureddi Venkata Rami Reddy is considerable. 

As a director, Krish has completed a reasonably good job, however he appears to have been constrained by COVID-19 situations (the movie was shot in the course of the partial lockdown in Vikarabad, distant from Nallamala).

Backside line: Primarily based on a novel of the identical title, ‘Kondapolam’ positively has a novel idea, a narrative that has not been informed. It is sort of a class of a personality-development. It wanted a extra convincing narrative. However that is for under area of interest audiences who can’t thoughts very gradual narration.

Score: 2.75/5

By: Jalapathy Gudelli

Movie: Kondapolam
Banner: First Body Entertainments
Solid: Panja Vaisshnav Tej, Rakul Preet Singh, Sai Chand, Kota, and others
Story: Sannapureddi Venkata Rami Reddy
Music: MM Keeravani
Cinematography: Gnana Shekar VS
Editor: Shravan Katikaneni
Artwork: Raj Kumar Gibson
Producers: Saibabu Jagarlamudi and Rajeev Reddy
Screenplay, directed by: Krish Jagarlamudi
Launch Date: October 8, 2021

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