Each movie comes with its own unique set of tastes, preferences, and expectations. The populist film, in contrast, translates to enjoyable viewing. World cinema may communicate a feeling of elegance and developed taste. Cinema may be artistic or enjoyable, elite or popular. It has the power to propel you toward the future or take you on a leisurely journey through your past. Bhuvana Vijayam by Yalamanda Charan is categorized in the latter category, although not without some creative writing that comes from clever genre merging.
Cast – Sunil, Viva Harsha, Balireddy Prudviraj, Goparaju Ramanna, Vennela Kishore, Dhanraj
Bhuvana Vijayam stands head and shoulders above the mythos-modern films of the 1980s and 1990s, a beloved but all-but-forgotten subgenre where dramatic stories are set around celestial or/and otherworldly creatures interacting with mortals. Contemporary tributes to old-school hypermasculinity are rife in Telugu cinema, but Bhuvana Vijayam stands head and shoulders above them. Childhood favorites with a strong dose of nostalgia are SV Krishna Reddy’s Yamaleela (1994) and Raghavendra Rao’s Jagadeeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990), to mention a few.
These films represent a transition from the simple mythological films of the 1950s and 1960s, which were the sole source of NTR Sr.’s professional success. In line with the filmography of EVV Satyanarayana, where a number of comedians (including Brahmanandam, Babu Mohan, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam, MS Narayana, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Kovvai Sarala, Kalpana Rai, and others) appeared alongside one another, Bhuvana Vijayam also features an ensemble cast without a clear protagonist or antagonist.
A film still requires the support of a strong script to thrive even when it has a solid cast, a tried-and-true genre, and an established genre. Bhuvana Vijayam creates a narrative about screenwriters because she takes the need a little too seriously. Over the course of one day, two yamadhooths appear and tell an ordinary auto driver (Dhanraj) that he has passed away and that they are coming to take him to the hereafter. They must, however, remain seated at a movie producer’s office since they need to pick up another individual who will pass away there within the following few hours.
The producer (Goparaju Ramana), who has just secured the dates of an actor with the satirical moniker “Feelings Star” Preetham Kumar (Sunil), arrives to hear the experiences of seven different authors before anybody can mentally dismiss a joke about shared uber trips. The authors are a fascinating group. A robber on the lam, a haughty veteran (30 years Prudvi, in a character where he never uses the phrase ’30 years’, a driver in need of the producer’s advance payment, a bhajan specialist, and to my joyful surprise, two female writers who don’t put up with idiots, are all present.