Skylab is a fictional tale based on real incidents dating back to 1979 set in the remote village Bandilingampally of Karimnagar district. Starring Nithya Menen, Satyadev and Rahul Ramakrishna in the lead roles, the story deals with the hilarity that ensues when NASA’s space station SKYLAB’s debris is expected to hit the village Bandilingampally.
Cast & Crew:
Starring – Nithya Menen, Satyadev, Rahul Ramakrishna, Tanikella Bharani, Tharun Bhascker and an ensemble cast.
Producer: Prithvi Pinnamaraju
Writer-Director: Vishvak Khanderao
Presented By: Dr. K. Ravi Kirane
Co- Producer: Nithya Menen
Cinematographer: Aditya Javvadi
Editor: Ravi Teja Girijala
Music: Prashanth R Vihari
Production Design: Shivam Rao
Art Director: Chandrika Gorrepati
Costume Designer: Poojita Tadikonda
Executive Producer: Pravallika Pinnamaraju
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“Skylab” Telugu Movie Review:
Gouri (Nithya Menen) is an aspiring journalist who works for a publication in Hyderabad with a dream of becoming a renowned writer. Dr. Anand (Satyadev) comes to visit his grandfather in the village and tries to convince him to lend money and try getting his doctor license back. Subedar Ramarao (Rahul Ramakrishna) comes from a family of commissioned officers and is knee deep in debts fighting legal battles involving their lands. In the remote village of Bandilingampally, Anand joins hands with Subedar Ramarao to open a clinic where people trust tantrics and gurus. Gouri realises that her editor in Hyderabad is still employing her because she is the daughter of the local landlord. When the news of Skylab falling onto the earth breaks out, the entire village turns into mayhem while Gouri, Dr. Anand and Subedar Ramarao see it as an opportunity to redeem themselves. How Skylab changes their fate and the villagers’ lives is the crux of the story.
Nithya Menen as Gouri is endearing and she reminds us why she is hailed as the queen of expressions. Satyadev shines bright in his role as Dr. Anand. The scenes where he has to choose between leaving to the city or staying back in the village will leave you teary eyed. Rahul Ramakrishna finally gets a role of his caliber and he excels in it with his impeccable comedy timing and witty one liners. The supporting cast, mainly Tanikella Bharani as Dr. Anand’s grandfather, Gouri’s helper Sreenu and Ramarao’s grandmother did one hell of a good job.
All three lead actors’ performances stand out as highlights in the movie. Nithya Menen’s honesty in playing Gouri, Satyadev’s conviction in his portrayal of Dr. Anand and Rahul Ramakrishna’s quirky sense of humor added a touch of themselves to the characters. The music is soulful and fresh and lends support beautifully to the storytelling of director Vishvak Khanderao. The art in the movie and the cinematography deserve special mention as well.
Skylab takes off without any fuss and takes its time to establish the characters, the setting and the mood of the film. Once the impending doom of Skylab hitting the village sets upon the villagers, the layers slowly peel off and the story takes a much more invigorating tone. Skylab deals with a lot of issues pertaining even to today’s society such as casteism, income disparity and blind beliefs. In summary, Skylab is not so much about the ending, but about new beginnings. So head over to your nearest theatres and do not miss watching Skylab with your loved ones.
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