Most expected release of the season, TAGARU which stars Karunada Chakravarthy Dr. Shivanna, Manvitha,Dhananjaya and Vasishta Simha had the audience literally wait and number the days until it was released. The movie’s Audio and teasers were a smash hit amongst the netizens and finally it has hit the silver screens today.
Let’s see how the movie fares:
Director Suri whose previous stint Dodmane Hudga which was a Family Entertainer is back to his usual raw underworld based film. Going by the trailers and the posters it’s for anybody’s guess that it’s a Police Vs Anti Social elements story, but it’s not a routine Masala Entertainer.
Suri has etched out a simple story with non-linear screenplay which makes the audience think what next. Though at times u may feel the director forcibly confuse the audience in his narration. The Last 30 odd minutes are the strength of this narration; it reveals most of the unanswered questions.
The find of the Tagaru Movie is Dhananjay who has debuted playing a Villainous role and has played it to perfection,it is definitely a game changer in his career. Vasishta Simha also has enacted a fantastic role with ease.
However the movie belongs to Shivanna who has literally carried the movie on his shoulders very convincingly.Shivanna is back as a Khadak police officer after a long time, Probably after Rakshasa. He has played the cop role effortlessly. His Mannerisms, Dialogue delivery and his performance in Action scenes are top notch.
Manvitha Harish, Bhavana & Devaraj fill the emotional content of the film. They all have done their job and definitely add value to the movie.
Tagaru gets better as it progresses and it’s tough to tear your eyes away from the screen. The only time it pauses is when it breaks into songs. They’ve been shot beautifully, but the screenplay is so good you don’t need those breaks. The film doesn’t have a separate comedian or comedy track like every other movie, but still makes you laugh at times with some witty one liners.
Music Director Charan raj needs a special mention. His Music in the film elevates the experience of the film to the next level. The Tunes and Music bits used are so fresh and add to the punch that the movie packs. Mahen Simha Camera work is very apt to the content. Deepu S Kumar might have had a tough time on the editing table and he has done a great job too.
There is not much to the family audience, the heavy bloodshed and the uncensored Below the belt dialogues might not go well with them, otherwise this film is for the ones who like Action Dramas
Tagaru will certainly entertain and it is a Must watch for Suri and Shivanna Fans.
Sunil HC Gowda
ವಿಷ್ಣು ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳನ್ನು ನೆನಪಿಸುವ "ರಾಜಾ ಸಿಂಹ"
ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ: ಡಿ ಬಸಪ್ಪ
ಸಂಗೀತ: ಜೆಸ್ಸಿ ಗಿಫ್ಟ್
ತಾರಾ ಬಳಗ: ಅನಿರುದ್ಧ, ನಿಖಿತಾ ತುಕ್ರಾಲ್, ಶರತ್ ಲೋಹಿತಾಶ್ವ, ಅರುಣ್ ಸಾಗರ್, ಭಾರತಿ ವಿಷ್ಣು ವರ್ಧನ್, ಸಂಜನಾ
ಊರಿನ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಜಾತಿ ಮತ ಇವುಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಬೇಧವಿಲ್ಲ, ಜನರ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗಾಗಿ ಆ ಊರಿನ ಜಮಿನ್ದಾರರ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬ ಸಂದೇಶಗಳು ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿರುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಈಗಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿರುವ ರಾಜಾ ಸಿಂಹದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಅದೇ ಇದ್ದು, ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್ ಅವರ ಅಳಿಯ ಅನಿರುದ್ಧ ವಿಷ್ಣು ಮಗನಾಗಿ ನೋಡುಗರನ್ನು ಸೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ.
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಎನ್ಜಿಓ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಯುವರಾಜ್ಗೆ (ಅನಿರುದ್ಧ) ಪಲ್ಲವಿ (ನಿಖಿತಾ) ಮೇಲೆ ಲವ್ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಪಲ್ಲವಿಗೂ ಯುವರಾಜ್ ಮೇಲೆ ಲವ್ ಆದರೂ ಆಕೆ ತನ್ನ ಫ್ಯಾಮಿಲಿ ಕಾರಣ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಯುವರಾಜ್ನಿಂದ ದೂರಹೋಗುತ್ತಾಳೆ. ಪಲ್ಲವಿಯನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕಿಕೊಂಡು ಅವಳ ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗುವ ಯುವರಾಜ್, ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಜನರ ಕಷ್ಟಗಳಿಗೆ ಸ್ಪಂದಿಸಲು ಆರಂಭಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ವಿಪರ್ಯಾಸ ಎಂದರೆ ಆ ಊರಿಗೂ ಯುವರಾಜ್ಗೂ ಸಂಬಂಧವಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಆಸೆಳೆತವೇ ಅವನನ್ನು ಆ ಊರಿಗೆ ಎಳೆದು ತಂದಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಆ ಸಂಬಂಧವೇನು, ಅದು ಗೊತ್ತಾದ ಮೇಲೆ ಯುವರಾಜ್ ಏನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾನೆ ಎಂಬುದೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಕತೆ.
ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್ ಅವರ ಹೆಸರನ್ನು ಬ್ಯಾಗ್ರೌಂಡ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾವಾದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅವರ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಅದರ ಮೇಲೆ ಬಹಳ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಇತ್ತು. ಕೆಲವು ನ್ಯೂನ್ಯತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊರತು ಪಡಿಸಿದರೆ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್ ಅವರ ಛಾಯೆ ಎದ್ದು ಕಾಣುತ್ತದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ವಿಷ್ಣು ವರ್ಧನ್ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಜಾತಿ ಧರ್ಮ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಒಂದೇ, ಊರಿನ ಜನರಿಗಾಗಿ ಒಬ್ಬ ಊರಿನ ಗೌಡ ಏನು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದನೋ ಅವೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿದೆ.
ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಅಂಶ ಇಷ್ಟಪಡುವ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗಾಗಿ ಫೈಟ್ಸ್ಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಸುಂದರವಾದ ಹಾಡುಗಳು ಸಹ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿವೆ. ಅನಿರುದ್ಧ ಅವರ ನಟನೆ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಜೀವಾಳವಿದ್ದಂತೆ. ನಾಯಕಿ ನಿಖಿತಾ ತುಕ್ರಾಲ್, ಶರತ್ ಲೋಹಿತಾಶ್ವ, ಅರುಣ್ ಸಾಗರ್, ಭಾರತಿ ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್ ಎಲ್ಲರು ತಮ್ಮ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಒಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜಾ ಸಿಂಹ ಈ ವಾರ ವಿಷ್ಣು ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಆರಾಧ್ಯ ಧೈವವನ್ನು ಕಣ್ತುಂಬಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಈ ರಾಜಾ ಸಿಂಹ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನುನೋಡಬೇಕು. ರಾಜಾ ಸಿಂಹಕ್ಕೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಕತೆಯಿದೆ, ಆದರೆ ಚಿತ್ರಕತೆ ಇನ್ನು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ವೇಗವಾಗಬೇಕಿತ್ತು ಎಂಬುದು ಲಾಸ್ಟ್ ಲೈನ್.
Movies with a different names are not a rarity in Kannada cinema, the latest release Churikatte is one more addition to the list of the movies with a different name.
The movies of the Crime Thriller Genre is one of the toughest genres to be handled especially when the director is a newbie – but in the case of ChuriKatte the debutante filmmaker Raghu Shivamogga passes with distinction.
Crime Thriller movies with a star hero limits the storyline as there will be a template or a formula to be followed for a STAR HERO movies to please their followers , but Churikatte has no limits and director has utilized this freedom and etched out fantastic screenplay which is the strength of the movie.
This movie is about Timber Mafia and its proceedings which is untouched as far as Kannada Cinema is concerned. There is also a love affair in the film, which is very well connected with the storyline.
First Half is pacy enough, though there are unwanted fight and a song; nevertheless it sets the tone by introducing all the important characters in the movie and marvelous interval bang which makes the audience wait for the 2nd half with a baited breath. Second half is very gripping; it would have been the best if the director had not given the commercial touch to the climax.
Biggest draw to the movie is the realistic treatment of the screenplay and the people involved in technical department.
Every artist in the movie does justice to the role and renowned Character artist Achyuth Kumar steals the show and we wouldn’t be surprised if the audience gives a standing ovation for his acting skills. Praveen Tej and Balaji Manohar are sure to get few offers by fellow Gandhinagar people post this film.
Background music by Nobil Paul is the biggest highlight of the film. Advaitha Gurumurthy Cinematography adds value to the movie. Vasuki Vaibhav songs connect well with the movie proceedings.
All in all, Churikatte is a well made edge of the seat thriller, which is definitely watchable by all kind of audience.
Cineloka Rating – 3.75
Sunil HC Gowda
Production: MNK Movies
Cast: Puneeth Rajkumar, Rashmika ,Ramya Krishna, Mukhesh Rishi , Ravishankar, Chikkanna,Sadhu Kokila, Giri
Stunts: Ravi Verma, Vijay
Dialogues: Chethan Kumar and Raghu
Music: Ravi Basrur.
Director Harsha who is known to name his movies with synonyms of Lord Hanuman like Bhajarangi, Vajrakaaya has now come up with the film Anjaniputra and this time he has Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar in the lead.
After a Industry Hit ‘Raajakumara’, Puneeth is back to entertain the audience through a Mass movie. So how did this new combo of Harsha and Puneeth Work out? Let’s check out.
As Said, this movie is a Commercial package and is a remake of Tamil Hit Movie Poojai Starring Vishal.
It has all the elements of being called as a Mass cinema with no Qualms. It has heaps of supporting actors to pitch in the emotional quotient, in demand Comedians to evoke laughter, Formulaic 5 songs for music lovers, Eye catching Fights for Mass public and dialogues which play to the gallery.
Talking about the story, Puneeth Rajkumar Saves the ACP (Ravi Shankar) from a Fatal attack, and comes in the way of a contract killer. This leads to Misconceptions, coincidences & the consequences lead to form the crux of the story of Anjani putra. If you are too inquisitive as to why do our hero save the ACP, you need to watch the movie on silver screen.
Puneeth brings his Macho image on screen and delivers the role with ease. He looks tough and gives out subtle expressions which are his strength and he has oozed out energy in each and every scene. Rashmi Mandanna as his love interest plays a good natured, jaunty girl next door and delivers a good performance.
Supporting Artistes led by Ramya Krishna, Ravi Shankar do their job neat and adds value to the movie. Chikkanna,Sadhu Kokila & Giri Comedy has worked out well but in some scenes it looks forced.
Couple of songs are hummable and back ground music has worked out big-time. Ravi Basrur is on a roll here after the success of Mufti and Kataka.Ravi Verma and Vijay choreographed Stunt Sequences are feast for the action lovers.
DOP, Swamy has done a neat job, while Deepu’s editing is sharp. Chethan Kumar’s dialogues are tailor made for Puneeth fans and do gets applause from them in the theatres.
Though this is a remake movie Director Harsha has made required changes and also chopped unwanted sequences from the original while filming this mass and family entertainer. He has cooked a pure commercial film, which goes very well with Appu fans and the ones who love Action Genre Films .
The First half of the film is very engaging and entertaining, but the second half could have been better. Though the film plot is quite familiar, the screenplay is engaging and keep you entertained throughout with right mixture of action, comedy and emotions.
Overall, it is a Paisa Vasool Mass Entertainer.
Rating - 3.5/5
In an industry where there is no scarcity for horror genre films of various fashions, Mantram is an attempt to join the list.
Mantram with its name and a Good trailer had created quite a good buzz in Gandhinagara. The Director Sajjan is a debutante who has etched out decent Scaring scenes in the movie has managed to blend in emotional quotient & a message to the society which is a rarity in horror movies.
As a cliché, the movie opens up in a Large old house ,where weird things happen. Sticking to the formula of a horror movie which has a ghost , young couples , an old house , strange happenings, creepy Background music – there by the director does some justice to the genre.
First half is completely about building curiosity – and coming to 2nd half which forms the crux of the movie where there is scene reversal and the movie takes a complete U turn.
The director and the screenplay writer Wins here & it’s up to the audience to lap it up or not by watching it on screen.
We could easily say that this is good attempt at making a decent horror movie in kannada.The climax is really good and its disturbs the audience and makes them to think about it for a while.
Lead Actress is good in her role,this might her fetch few offers. Cameo by Gaurish Akki is interesting.
Editing in the 2nd half is very good and in 1st half its average. Music By Ravi Basurur is too good and he is creating a brand for himself.
So all in All Mantram is a great attempt and managed well.
Movie: Psycho Shankara
Cast: Pranav,Navarasan,Sharath Lohitasva
Music: Sridhar Kashyap & Ravi Basrur
Editor: NM Vishwa
Directed by: Punith Arya
Release date: November 10 2017
Its not a rare thing in kannada to make a film based on the true events or notorious personalities. We’ve had quiet a few of them like Veerappan , Umesh Reddy,Dandupalya Gang etc and co-incidentally few of them have striked well at Box office too. So following the que Psycho Shankara is one more addition to the kitty which is based on the notorious serial killer Pshycho Shankara and his wrong doings.
Even though the movie title may sound that the movie is completely based on Life history of Shankara , but it’s not.
It’s based on one Rape and a murder and the happenings around this murder, though Psycho Shankara takes the centre stage – he is well supported by other characters too in the movie.
This movie marks the entry of Pranav - one more debutante to Kannada film industry. He plays the role Narasimha and he is impressive in his body language and dialogue delivery. Biggest highlight of the movie is the characterisation of Navarasan(Pyscho Shankra) where he is not seen mouthing any dialogues at all. From beginning to the ending Psycho Shankara doesn’t utter a word. Navarasan has played it to the perfection.
Sharath Lohithaswa as police office has excelled in his role and it’s a gift for Kannada industry to have such a talented Character Artist in the form of Sharath.
There is also a track of brother Sister sentiment in the movie,which is the main strength and this has to be watched on screen as to which brother- sister are we talking about.
Director Punith Arya has done a very neat job and his Effort is seen in every Frame of the movie. He has used Kollegala dialect to the perfection,which is very appreciable.
Cineamtography is very pleasing , as for a movie which is based on real life characters , it’s hard to etch out thrillers if it’s not aptly supported by technical team, especially editing of the movie should be crispier and we have a winner here.
Background music of the movie by Ravi basarur is worth mentioning and it adds value to the movie.
So we could comfortably say that this movie is worth a watch. Go watch in your nearest theaters.
Movie: Satya Harishchandra
Producer K Manju
Cast: Sharan, Sanchita, Chikkanna, Bhavana, Sadhu Kokila, Sharath Lohithashwa
Music: Arjun Janya
Cinematography: Faisal Ali
Dialogues: Raghu Samart, Swamiji,Dayal
directed by: Dayal Padmnabhan
Release date: October 20 2017
Sharan , one of the most successful comedian turned hero has come up with his latest outing called Satya Harishchandra and this time he has teamed up with Director Dayal Padmanabhan who time after time churns out different movies.
Directors last few movies like Actor, Haggada Kone were different attempts , lets see how his recent movie has turned out
Going by the name , one could think the protagonist would be inspired from the very Famous king Satya Harishchandra who is known for the virtue of his character of not lying or sticking on to the truth no matter what situation he is in , but on the contrary our leading hero basks on lies to earn his daily bread and butter.
His habbit of lieing lands him in trouble and how does he come out of it forms the rest of the story.
Sharan is at his best , his comic timing and his one liners are the best and he lives up to the character of the movie. Heroines Sanchita and bhaavana hav supported him well and they look gorgeous on the screen which is an added bonus.
Other comedy artistes like chikkanna and sadhu Kokila does their job neat and evokes laughter in many scenes. There are hilarious scenes etched out for the comedy artistes and it has worked out well.
Other supporting actors like sharath lohitashwa Seetha have done what they are supposed to do.
Cameo by National award winner Sanchari Vijay isn’t too convincing but can’t be ignored.
Dayal Padmanabhan has yet again delivered a different film and he still knows the pulse of the audience. He has everything included in a movie which a sharan movie should have. So the audience won’t be disappointed with this movie.
Cinematography, artwork and production values all are pretty good.
Arjun Janya Music is nice , 2 songs are hummable. Editing could have been crispier in the 2nd half – but nevertheless not much to complain.
Overall A good comedy Entertainer, which is worth watching.
Vaira is a suspense thriller released this week which is directed by debutante Navarasan.
Vaira, is basically a revenge drama, but the director intelligently narrates it to cater all genre audience with good amount of friendship,love and thrilling scenes. He has made sure the screenplay is engaging enough for about 110mins.
Coming to the storyline, A wannabe Actress is found missing in Madikeri and the suspect is a photographer who shot her pics in an event and the investigation leads to a haunted house and the story unfolds.
The first half of the film seems slow because the screenplay looks a familiar one,but it takes good turn towards the interval. The post interval scenes are very engaging and audience are sure to glue to the seats.
The first time director Navarasan is impressive. The shot composition of few scenes doesn’t give the feel that he is a debutante. The pre interval and climax scene are composed very well. As a director he is here to stay.
The background score of Ravi Basrur is the major highlight of the film. Time and again he is proving to be the best in the business.
Apart from Tabala Nani and couple others, the rest of the cast is new and thy have justified their selection.
Tabala Nani is a treat to watch in this film. He has got a meaty role. Navarasan,Priyanka Malnad and Raghav(character name) performance stands out among others.
Overall Vaira is definitely watchable film if you are game for suspense thrillers. Worth spending this weekend watching this film.
Cineloka Rating - 3.5