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 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. 

Rating 3/5

 

Mufti – a very famous Slang term to depict a policeman who is undercover and performing his righteous duties.
When we get a Kannada movie Announced with this name & with an ensemble star cast like Dr.Shivarajkumar and Sri Murali the audience were excited for obvious reasons.
The trailer of this movie had created ripples all over social media and fans of Shivanna were on their toes to see him on the silver screen with salt and pepper look which is the best look for him in recent years.
Going by the Teasers and Trailer anybody could guess that Sri Murali is the policeman in Mufti and Shivanna is a dreaded Don.
Is there any cat & mouse game between the two? Like all other movies where the protagonist playing a don role, will be a robin hood type Don? Has the new director Narthan followed the norm and picked up the same formula even here?
Well it’s up to the audience to watch the movie on the Big Screen to know what exactly the director tells in his narrative.
Talking about performances of the artists, Sri Murali owns the first half of the movie with his stylish looks & mass dialogues, though there are shades of Ugramm in the film, it’s an inevitable comparison the audience does.
Dr. Shivanna owns the Second Half. He has portrayed the role of Bhairathi Ranagal in such a way that you could say that he was born to do this role. Such is the aura and charisma he carries on the screen while enacting a Don role.
Devaraj and Vashishta Simha as baddies scores well. It is Chaya Singh who surprises all with amazing performance. Her screen space is less but she is seen in some real good scenes of the movie.
Shanvi Shrivasthava’s Role isn’t a meatier one and she is wasted.
When it comes Negatives of the film. The comedy sequences are not up to the mark and the romance part too isn’t impressive.
This isn’t a movie where we have 4 songs, 5 fights which has a formulaic story– this is a different narrative with Dark Shades.
We’ve had quite a few movies with darker themed movies but this movie stands out.
Ravi Basrur as a music director has done a commendable job along with the Cameraman Naveen Kumar. The Dialogue writer scores good marks too.
All in all you have many reasons to watch this movie – Shivanna & Sri Murali Performance, The Narration, Brother-Sister Emotional Scenes, Top class Making and High production values.
Don’t miss it.
Cineloka Rating - 4/5

Movie: Psycho Shankara 
Cast: Pranav,Navarasan,Sharath Lohitasva 

Music: Sridhar KashyapRavi Basrur

Cinematography: Nithin
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.

Story:

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.

 

Analysis :
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.

 

Technical Excellence: 

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.

Rating: 3.5/5

Movie: Satya Harishchandra
Producer  K Manju 
Cast: Sharan, Sanchita, Chikkanna, Bhavana, Sadhu Kokila, Sharath Lohithashwa
Music: Arjun Janya
Cinematography: Faisal Ali 
Editor: Shri 
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

Story:
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.

Analysis :
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.

Technical Excellence: 

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.

Rating 3.5/5

 

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

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 veey 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 in this film.
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

Dasara Festive season has arrived on silver-screens with one of the Most Anticipated Movies of the Year, TARAK. Irrespective of Prakash’s abilities in varied genres, there is no denying the fact that he excels in Complete Family Entertainers. The latest offering TARAK Holds significance for two Main reasons – One is the supremely gifted Star power of Darshan & Other is the proven track record of Prakash in Class Movies. Naturally, the expectations are monumental. Let’s check out what the movie has in store for Audience.

 

TARAK, meaning Protector is the name of lead characters – Challenging Star Darshan and Dynamic Hero Devaraj in the Movie. Movie welcomes you to the world of TARAK RAM Family, where Grandfather (Devaraj) and Grandson (Darshan) are in 2 worlds totally different from each other for few family truffles. The story takes a turn when Darshan returns to India from Europe to suffice the promise made to his lover Meera (Shanvi). How Darshan gets locked amidst the Family values and Triangular Love Tale? Will he get back to his roots permanently and reunites with his joint family? All these action along with Engaging commercial elements have to be witnessed on big screen.

 

First half goes at a smooth pace with Regular Commercial & Family elements. Eye-catching Locales of Europe are a treat to watch. The plot has enough laugh-out-loud situations and emotional outbursts, especially in the second half to win Audience Hearts. Breezy performances from an ensemble starcast with neatly etched screenplay are the mainstay of Tarak. All Lead Characters have complemented each other extremely well which looks colorful on screen. Second half of the movie is truly an absolute gem.

 

Darshan is effortlessly charming as ever. There’s an innocent, adorable quality to his humor. This can be ranked as one of his career best performances. He is Lovable as Tarak, wins hearts as a Lover-Boy. His performance nearing the climax leaves audience moist eyed at times. His chemistry with Devaraj looks refreshing. Devaraj delivers a riveting performance as the Head of the Family. He brings his natural composure to the role and walks away with all the honors in the film’s emotional moments.

 

Shanvi Srivastava along with her infectious charm acts confidently and pairs off very well with Darshan. She delivers right expressions with ease and shocks with her performance in the Pre-climax sequence. Sruthi Hariharan is outstanding, complementing Darshan at every step. She makes the most of her Girl next door role and provides full justice to it. The camaraderie between Kuri Prathap & Mahendra (Drama Juniors Fame) fetches good laughs. Senior actress Sumithra is excellent in short yet effective role. Rest of the star cast inclusive of Avinash, Rajesh, Sharath Lohitashwa, Chitra Shenoy and others have done their role perfectly.

 

On the Technical Front, Movie deserves Full Marks for their sheer brilliance. Arjun Janya’s chartbuster tracks and Background score would surely give Goosebumps for the Audience. Lavishness personified in each and every frame, which looks extremely beautiful on Big Screen. Cinematographer deserves a special applause for casting magic with his lenses. Editing is crisp.

 

On the Whole, TARAK is full on Family Entertainer which cannot be missed. This is one of those Movies that will have strong Word of Mouth. With good festive season around, As far as Business Prospects are concerned – It’s a SURESHOT BLOCKBUSTER.

 

Cineloka Rates 4/5

- Marthish S

Movie : BHARJARI

Cast: Dhruva Sarja, Rachita Ram, Hariprriya and Vaishali Deepak in the lead roles

Music: V Harikrishna

Written and Directed by: Chethan Kumar
Release date: Sep 15th, 2017


Dhruva sarja is back to the ground  after a very long gap and he hits a Sixer .

The recently released trailer and the songs coupled with Dhurva Sarja's sensational dance moves with Massy dialogues  raised expectations on the film.

Let’s Find out if the movie was worth the wait or not as director hero duo are back after their previous super hit Bahaddur.

Dhruva Sarja called as Surya in the movie is happy go lucky guy with the boy next door looks and a  carefree attitude. He is the doting son to his mother who loves him to the moon and back.

Dhruva hates to see loved ones getting separated , but why ? we gotta watch the movie to know why.

 Whilst Dhruva aspiring to become a soldier , His mother’s only aim is to find a suitable bride for her adopted son and Surya comes across 3 female leads in the movie as the story progresses along with them.

Was his mother successful in finding the right girl for Dhruva? Did he become a soldier ?  forms the crux of the story.

It is Dhruva’s Show all the way, he has lived and loved the character he has played and does it with ease. All the 3 female leads do the job neatly but its Rachita ram and Haripriya who excels amongst them. The supporting cast has some big names from the industry and all have done justice to their respective roles.

Challenging Star Darshan Fans have a reason to rejoice as Darshan has given a voice Over which is blended well and also adds value to the movie.

Director Chethan has excelled in all the departments and has exceeded the expectations in his 2nd movie. It’s not an easy task to work on various departments like Story-screenplay-lyrics-dialogues and to excel in each of them.

This movie proves that he is not a one time wonder director and we could comfortably say that we have got a director who is worth the praise and accolades this movie might fetch.

Dhruva’s characterization in the movie would be a rage amongst the youth. The hero elevation scenes , the massy dialogues are top notch.

 Other Highlight of the movie is the fights choreographed by Vijay and Ganesh which is at par with the other industries, especially the Train fight receives huge applause from the audience.

Cinematography by Shreesha is a very pleasing. Even though the 2nd half seems bit dragged but for a commercial entertainers like this its inevitable.

V.Harikrishna’s two songs are foot tapping and other songs were average.But his Background Score is one of the main highlights of the movie.

 All in all this is Family commercial entertainer which can be watched by the whole family with no hesitation.
Cineloka Rating - 4 Stars

'ಸಿಂಪಲ್ಲಾಗ್ ಒಂದು ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ'ಯಂತಹ ಕ್ಲಾಸಿಕ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೊಟ್ಟಂತಹ ಸುನಿ ಈ ಬಾರಿ 'ಆಪರೇಶನ್ ಅಲಮೇಲಮ್ಮ' ಎನ್ನುವ ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್‍ ಚಿತ್ರದೊಂದಿಗೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

Toss is the New movie which hit the silver screens across Karnataka this Friday , starring Vijay Raghavendra , Sandeep and Ramya Barna in the lead roles.

Director Dayal Padmnabhan who is known for variety in his movies has yet again come up with a different movie where a Coin’s tossing plays an important role too.

The story revolves around 3 main characters i.e. the two heroes and the heroine.

No points for guessing that both the male leads who are close friends  fall for the same girl and will they choose love or retain the friendship forms the crux of the story.

Performance:

Vijay Raghavendra has literally lived the role, he is on a roll this year after Mesmerizing performance in chowka he is back in this movie and right to the expectations he has delivered it.

Sandeep - the new comer who gets a equal space role as Vijay raghavendra’s has also performed well and he is here to stay.

Ramya Barna – who is deprived of good roles generally has got a meaty role in this movie and has lived up to the expectations

Technical Department:

Dayal Padmanabhan who is a strong technical writer and director has come up with this movie and has played to his strength yet again.

Background Music by Gowtham is apt and at times it seems loud but it matches the tempo of the movie and audience hardly concentrated on the BG music, such is the tightness in the script. The bit songs are refreshing.

To point out there are some drawbacks too,the film could have been more lavish,since the film is shot 4years ago, we can even find some timeline issues, but they are negligible since the plot isn’t old.

Movies like this should be applauded and lapped up by the audience. Another plus point of the movie is the Run time which is only 97 mins which is a welcome development in the Kannada cinema.

Rating : 3.25/5

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