“Mythri” – Exclusive Movie Review (Kannada)
Ratings – 4 Stars
Box Office – Slow Start will Pick up Big From Today 2nd day because of Positive Reviews & Excellent WOM from Audience.
ACTORS: Puneeth Rajkumar, Mohanlal, Jagadish, Atul Kulkarni,
DURATION : 2 Hours & 17 Minutes.
The release of the Kannada film Mythri today is special for director Giriraj, who is elated at having worked on a realistic movie. He tells us just why the film, which stars Aditya, Mohanlal, Puneeth Rajkumar, Atul Kulkarni and Archana in the lead, is a must-watch. l Puneeth plays himself in the film and has an hour of screen time. Yet, this is not a typical Puneeth film and will not have him spout punch dialogues, break into song and dance or fight thugs.
l The story has been woven together from real-life incidents that Giriraj came across — most notably that of youngsters serving life imprisonment. “Mythri transpires through the point of view of a youngster, his lost childhood and the characters that he comes across in his life,” he says. l A stellar star cast, comprising Mohanlal, Puneeth and Atul share screen space for the first time. Add to that music by maestro Ilaiyaraaja, and you have a heady combination. l The treatment of the film and the story itself is very realistic. “We believe in what we are showing onscreen,” says the filmmaker, adding that there is a social message that will be difficult for parents and elders to ignore.
What a bounce back by director Giriraj! After the engrossing Jatta, he made the forgettable Advaitha. But, Mythri is, without doubt, one of the most sensible films Sandalwood has churned out in recent years. There is no item girl doing a navel show, there are no fantasy songs where the lead pair strut their impossible fashion, there are no fights where the hero kicks cars and villains out to the stratosphere. And yet Mythri is not an art film that was made for awards.
It is silver screen magic in its truest sense that does not treat audience as dumb people who seem to be in need for superlative stimulants.
All along during the making of the film, the only talking point was whether Puneeth has enough screen space to please his fans.Malayalam superstar Mohanlal was projected as the protagonist. But in reality, Puneeth is on screen throughout the movie while Mohanlal is in an extended guest role. But the real hero of the film is the young Aditya. Along with another youngster Jagadish, he steals the show and once the film builds itself up, you are not wondering whether it is Puneeth or Mohanlal on the screen.
That’s what enchanting scripts can do.
Giriraj narrates the story of a juvenile delinquent who makes a reluctant bid to bring himself out of misery. The screenplay gives every character a meaningful presence and through them the story is propelled forward. A rough edge there and an unpolished shot here do not divert attention from the engrossing watch Mythri provides. At the interval, you suspect that the film may turn out to be a Slumdog Millionaire clone. No, the director knows where it’s clearly headed.
When Mohanlal enters the screen well into the second half, an obvious question is answered, but with an unexpected twist. It is too good a film to have its story revealed in a review, but you can rest assured that Mythri will leave you satisfied.
Giriraj chooses his subjects and characters well. Unlike regular commercial film-makers, he shows reality in human form. There are no black-and-white characters. Of interest in this film is the fact that even the two superstars Puneeth and Mohanlal have shades of grey.
Puneeth plays himself and without making it obvious, his image is given a subtle boost. Mohanlal as a scientist thirsting for revenge puts the stamp of his presence in the film.
Bhavana and Archana are little more than guest roles. Ravi Kale cannot be faulted and it is hard to think of another actor who could have bettered Atul Kulkarni. Again it is Aditya and Jagadish who are the real stars. Jagadish particularly has an effortless attitude that is perfect.
Ilaiyaraaja’s tunes let you hear and understand the lyrics which are powerful.
And as is with the veteran, he knows when not to make the music intrusive. The film is not made on a shoe-string budget but neither does it have a ‘star budget.’ However, it hardly matters as you can immerse yourself and be part of the film that grows on you. Giriraj deserves all the applause for his conviction and narrative style. This one is a total delight.