"How to Be a Gentleman", inspired by the book of the same name, is a comedy about the unlikely friendship between a traditional, refined writer and an unrefined personal trainer. Andrew Carlson is an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has lead to a life detached from modern society. Infectiously optimistic, Bert Lansing is a reformed "bad boy" from Andrew's past who inherited a fitness center, but can still be rude, loud and sloppy. When Andrew's editor, Jerry, tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less "gentle man" and more "real man." Andrew's mom, Diane and his bossy sister, Janet, support the plan, as would Janet's husband, Mike, if he was allowed to have an opinion. Though Andrew and Bert's views may be centuries apart, they may find they're each other's missing link.
Runtime: 30 minutes
How to Be a Gentleman - Gentleman (2016 film) - Netflix
Gentleman is a 2016 Indian Telugu-language romantic thriller film directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti and co-written by R. David Nathan. Produced by Sivalenka Krishna Prasad's Sridevi Movies, Gentleman features Nani, Surbhi, and Niveda Thomas in the lead roles; it marked Prasad's return to film production after an eight-year hiatus. Srinivas Avasarala, Sreemukhi, and Rohini play supporting roles. The film narrates the story of two women, Aishwarya and Catherine, whose respective lovers, Jayaram “Jai” Mullapudi and Gautham, are lookalikes. When Gautham dies in an accident, Catherine suspects Jai's role in it and spies on him, which reveals further truths about Jai and the people around him, including Gautham. P. G. Vinda was the film's director of photography. Mani Sharma composed the soundtrack and score; Marthand K. Venkatesh edited the film. Principal photography commenced in November 2015 and lasted until April 2016. Except for a schedule in Kodaikanal, the majority of the film's portions were shot in and around Hyderabad. Produced on a budget of ₹150 million, Gentleman was released on 17 June 2016 in 700 screens globally. It was also the third biggest South Indian film released in the United States to that point in terms of screen-count. Post release, the film received positive reviews with praise directed towards the performances, Sharma's score, and the scripting. It was commercially successful, grossing a total of ₹326 million globally, with a distributor share of ₹177.2 million.
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Indraganti signed his protégé Nani as the protagonist after being impressed with his performance as a selfish businessperson in Yevade Subramanyam (2015); it marked their second collaboration after Ashta Chamma (2008). In February 2016 Nani was reported to play a dual role in the film and Srinivas Avasarala's inclusion was confirmed. Indraganti described the latter's role as “something very complex”, unlike the comic and supporting roles he has undertaken in the past. It was later revealed that Nani's character would feature a negative streak and that a pair of spectacles would be instrumental as a “key contrasting feature” for the dual role. Indraganti stated that the film “explores human frailties” and lacks a “conventional villain, one who is completely bad”. Surbhi and Niveda Thomas were cast as the female leads in September 2015; Gentleman marks the latter's debut in Telugu cinema. Surbhi's name was suggested by Nani to Indraganti, who was impressed with her performance in Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014). Commenting on Aishwarya's characterisation, Surbhi stated that she would play a rich young entrepreneur who “has her values intact and takes life very seriously” besides being “generous and compassionate”. Her costumes were a blend of ethnic and urban casuals. Niveda called her role as Catherine an “independent, vulnerable and modern girl who is ready to take on any challenge head-on”. Two romantic tracks were written for the leads; while one was cinematic, the other was more realistic. Niveda learnt Telugu during the film's shoot and was encouraged by Nani and Indraganti to dub for her portions. She gave up the attempt to attend her architecture exams in Chennai. Vennela Kishore was cast as Sudarshanam, a comic role of a suspicious team leader. Sreemukhi played the role of Nithya, an investigative journalist, which was reported to be a key supporting role.
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