My Year of Prakash Raj

Some people spend a year
cooking Julia Child's recipes, or following all of the rules in the Bible, or reading books by people who spent a year doing something. My quest is to watch the 200-some films of South Indian character-actor-extraordinaire, Prakash Raj. (It'll probably take more than a year... and I'll post about some Prakash-less films here as well.)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Round-up for June-July, 2015

Monthly Prakash Raj Movie Total: 10 (June-July, 2015)
Overall Prakash Raj Movie Total: 244 (as of 07/31/15)
Thaila Nagaram, Viyabari, Aadivaram Adavallaku Selavu, Devudu Chesina Manushulu, Katha, Golimaar, Damarukam, Arai En 305-il Kadavul. Balapu, Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam


I didn’t watch any films in June, but got back into the swing of things in July. There must be something about summer that screams “binge-watch South Indian Films.”


The theme for the month is divine characters, since I watched films in which Prakash Raj portrayed:
Shiva
Vishnu
Brahma
Jesus
Buddha


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Round-up for May 2015

Monthly Prakash Raj Movie Total: 5 (May, 2015)
Overall Prakash Raj Movie Total: 234 (as of 05/31/15)
Hai, Thekkekara Superfast, Juniors, Preethi Prema Prenaya, Bimba
Still working through the early 2000s. The find of the month were two great Kannada films directed and written by Kavita Lakesh, that were really interesting "slice of life" films with well-developed female characters.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Round-up for April 2015

Monthly Prakash Raj Movie Total: 6 (April, 2015)
Overall Prakash Raj Movie Total: 229 (as of 04/30/15)
Preminchalani Vundi, Adrustam, Usire, Baava Bamaida, Premakke Sai, Dhaya
Still working my way through turn-of-the millenium films, full of dancing and saxophone-playing psychopaths.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Round-up for March 2015

Monthly Prakash Raj Movie Total: 9 (March, 2015)
Overall Prakash Raj Movie Total: 223 (as of 03/31/15)
Nagavalli, Shart: The Challenge, Pandipadda, Chinna Chinna Kanile,  Tirumala Tirupathi Venkatesa, Sadduku Podam Randi, Alexander, Mommaga, Keralida Kesari
     
Before the long break I was mostly watching the films in no particular order, as the mood struck me. Now that the end is in sight, I’m trying to be methodical and watch them chronologically. I was so happy that I’d made it through the 90’s, and was done with 2000, when I decided to check up on the Prakash Raj filmography on Wikipedia. To my surprise, another 8-10 films, mostly from 1990-2003 had been added to the list! The good news is, most of the films are also available on youtube channels. So back I went to the slow, rock-up-the-hill task of checking off films, year-by-year.
   
Themes of the month:
1) This street set in Ramoji Film City.

Tirumala Tirupati Venkatesa

Shart: The Challenge
2) Prakash Raj characters burying murder victims, then frantically digging them up again.

Chinna Chinna Kanilae

Nagavali