Praveen Kandregula’s ‘Cinema Bandi’ (on Netflix) is a pleasant excursion into a villager’s passion for movie-making

Posted on May 14, 2021


Spoilers ahead…


Cinema Bandi is a small, charming film. You have a village, Gollapalli, which has all the usual problems of an Indian village: no rains or irrigation for cultivation. On the other side, you have the fantasy world of cinema where rains are available for something as frivolous as a rain dance. You have pipes showering water on people who are dancing when there are villages going dry. What if these two worlds — a village with no rain and a fantasy world where everything is available — came together?

The plot kicks off when Veerababu (Vikas Vasistha), an auto driver, finds a fancy and expensive camera mistakenly left behind in his auto by someone. He looks at it and decides to make a film. A subtext of the film is introduced when an announcer on TV says that indie movies are making it big at the box office right now because of the changing tastes of the audience. Raj and DK are entering the indie space as producers with this film, too.

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