Yamadonga ★★★★

Jr. NTR arrives as a tiger leaping through flames, an initial spelt out with each cut. Riffing on Yamagola and Yamudiki Mogudu, the lineage of superstardom moves from NTR and Chiru to Jr., with grandson and reanimated late grandfather conversing and inhabiting the same frame, implying that the only true way to supplant the God of Death is through cinema. Then again, for me, nothing will ever supplant the image of Jr. NTR’s non sequitur pirate costume.

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