Krishna-Leela shows what team effort can do. And this team is exceptional and Shashank has led them well. One of those rare films where almost everything falls in place and the audience can’t have enough. We may have loved to have more dramatic end, but the journey over two-and-a-half hours is such a joy that you would have long made up your mind to watch it again.
Lovable characters (not just the lead pair), taut screenplay and an utterly believable story make Krishna-Leela a riveting affair.
Ajai has become synonymous with the characters named ‘Krishna’ which incidentally started with Shashank’s Krishnan Love Story. With Krishna-Leela, Ajai is confident enough to become a producer. Krishna-Leela has some of the best characters we have seen in Kannada films for a while. Shashank has proved his mettle before in this aspect of filmmaking. Remember the amazing characters of the doctor and the police officer in his Bachchan? If that was made for great characters in a commercial potboiler, in Krishna-Leela, he creates some of the most realistic characters from the middle and lower-middle-class families.
The characters played by Achyuth Kumar, Shobraj, Rangayana Raghu and others are seen to be believed. Every role/character in the film stands out for its uniqueness and individuality.
Ajay plays a cab driver who has the family responsibility on his shoulders. He manages it like a typical responsible son would. A college girl (of course with her own specimens of a family) tries a prank on an unknown person who turns out to be our hero. Their invisible friendship that develops while chatting on the phone takes a dramatic turn halfway through the film. What you watch turns out to be an endearing romantic story that never strays away from reality.
Full credit to Shashank for the way he styled the film. Ajai has one of the best roles of his career. Among the supporting cast, Achyuth should be vying for awards next year. A good film has much homework behind it and it shows. The technical department has done a brilliant job, giving the film that extra zing.
“Rudra Tandava” – Exclusive Movie Review (Kannada)
Remake of Tamil Film “Pandiya”
Ratings – 3.5 Stars
Box Office – Good Start
Basking in the success of Raja Huli, director Guru Deshpande has become successful in bringing another tough subject of Tamil cinema to Kannada. Rudra Tandava, the remake of Tamil hit Pandiya Nadu features Yuva Samrat Chiranjeevi Sarja and Sizzling beauty Radhika Kumarswamy in the lead roles. Though the storyline is predictable, the movie is worth watching once. Guru Deshpande has made the necessary changes in the screenplay to suit the requirements of native audience.
Rudra Tandava deals with the story of a common man (Chiranjeevi Sarja), who falls in love with a school teacher (Radhika Kumarswamy). Chiru’s brother (Kumar Govind), a honest government employee ruffles feathers with mafia don Narasimha (Ravishankar), who rules Kolar with the iron fist. The murder of Kumar Govind will make Chiru’s father (Girish Karnad) and Chiru to take revenge on Narasimha separately. What happens next? How will the father-son take revenge on Narasimha? Forms the rest of the story.
Compared to his any other previous movies, Chiranjeevi Sarja has given his best for the role. By default Radhika Kumarswamy is an eye candy to see on screen. Beside these two leads, Ravishankar steals the show with his terrific performance in the role of mafia don. His acting in the movie deserves appreciation. Girish Karnad, Kumar Govind, Chikanna, Krishna and others are commendable in the supporting roles of the movie.
Sensational music director V Harikrishna has scored catchy album and thrilling background score.
Guru Deshpande is the winner with the good Direction once again. The tuned screenplay and changes has made the movie to provide a different experience.
Final Verdict: A movie to be watched for the weekend.
“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.
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“ಹೆರುವುದು ಅಸಹ್ಯವಲ್ಲ; ಇರುವುದು ಅಸಹ್ಯವಲ್ಲ; ಸಾಯುವುದೂ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸುವುದು ಅಸಹ್ಯವೇ? ಗಂಡು ಹೆಣ್ಣುಗಳನ್ನು ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಬೆಸೆದು, ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದಕ್ಕೋ ಕೆಟ್ಟದ್ದಕ್ಕೋ ಸುಖಕ್ಕೋ, ದು:ಖಕ್ಕೋ ಒಂದುಗೂಡಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಅಸಹ್ಯವೇ? ” ನಾ ಓದಿದ ಮೊದಲ ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಪುರಸ್ಕೃತ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ಮೂಕಜ್ಜಿಯ ಕನಸುಗಳು ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಒಂದು ಸಾಲು. ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಏನಾದರು ಓದಬೇಕು ಬಿಡುವಿನ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂತ ಅನಿಸಿ, ಅಂಕಿತಾ ಬುಕ್ ಹೌಸ್’ನಿಂದ ಕೆಲವು ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳನ್ನು ತರಲು ಬಸವನಗುಡಿ ಕಡೆ ಹೊರಟಾಗ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿವರಾಮ ಕಾರಂತರ ಈ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ನನ್ನ ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದಿತು. ಮಾನವ ಜೀವನ, ಇತಿಹಾಸ, ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ನಂಬಿಕೆಗಳು, ಮಾನವ ಸಹಜ ನಡವಳಿಕೆಗಳು, ಸಂಸಾರ ಮತ್ತು ಆದ್ಯಾತ್ಮ ಮುಂತಾದುವುಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದು ಹೊಸ ಕಲ್ಪನೆಯನ್ನು ಮೂಡಿಸುವ ಕಾರಂತರ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಗಳಲ್ಲೇ ಇದೊಂದು ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟವಾದ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ. ಈ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕೆಲ ವಿಚಾರ ಸರಣಿಗಳು ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟೂ ಬಿಡದಂತೆ ಕಾಡಿದೆ, ಕೆಲಬಾರಿ ಘಾಡ ಮೌನಕ್ಕೆ ದೂಡಿದೆ. ನನ್ನ ಯೋಚನಾ ಲಹರಿಯನ್ನು ಬದಲಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿದೆ.
ಇಡೀ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯ ಜೀವಾಳ ಮೂಕಜ್ಜಿ, ಸುಬ್ಬರಾಯನ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳು. ನಮ್ಮ ಯೋಚನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರತಿಬಿಂಬಿಸುವ ನೈಜ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳಾಗಿ ಕಾರಂತರು ಇವರಿಬ್ಬರನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕಥೆಯ ಉದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಮೊಮ್ಮಗನಾದ ಸುಬ್ಬರಾಯ ತನ್ನ ಅಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ದೇವರ ಅಸ್ತಿತ್ವದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಕರ್ತ್ರನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಮನುಷ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರಾಣಿ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಎರಡು ಜಾತಿಗಳಾದ ಗಂಡು ಹೆಣ್ಣಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಪುರಾಣಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ನಾವು ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿರುವ ಜಾತಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಮುಕ್ಕೋಟಿ ದೇವರುಗಳ ಇರುವಿಕೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳ ಸುರಿಮಳೆಯನ್ನೇ ಸುರಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಈ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆಲ್ಲ ಅಜ್ಜಿಯ ಉತ್ತರವು, ಅವರ…
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In a significant move towards reiterating that the Tulu industry has witnessed an upsurge, Mangaluru witnessed its first ever Tulu cinemotsava on Saturday. Held to acknowledge local films that created both box office magic and drew public acclaim, the event saw Sandalwood director Nagabharana and veteran comedian Tennis Krishna honour the awardees. While Bangarda Kural swept away most awards, Rickshaw Driver and Telikeda Bolli also bagged a clutch of awards. Sandalwood actor and teleserial artiste Shivadwaj won the best actor (male), while his co star Paaki Hegde bagged best actor (female) for Bangarda Kural. Best supporting actor (female) went to Sandalwood character artiste Padmaja Rao for Rickshaw Driver.
Tulu cinema’s best-known comic artistes Devdas Kapikad and Naveen Padil jointly won the best supporting actor (male). Sandalwood choreographer Madan Harini was adjudged best choreographer for Bangarda Kural, while Ramya Barna won best actor jury (female). Lifetime achievement award was given to veterans KN Tailor and Sanjeev Dandakeri. The tone has been set and Kudlaites hope Tulu cinema achieves greater heights.
Chaali Polilu is a Tulu language film directed by Virendra Shetty Kavoor starring Devadas Kapikad, Naveen D Padil and Bhojaraj Vamanjoor in lead roles. Chaali Polilu is produced under the banner of Jayakirana films by Prakash Pandeshwar.The film has shared valuable message to the society. The film completely reflects upon social evils in the society and also provides equal amount of entertainment to the audience.
The first half of the film tells about the three main characters Pandu (Devdas Kapikad), Damu (Naveen D Padil) and Manju (Bhojraj Vamanjoor). They are best friends from childhood and stay in same neighbourhood. They are naughty and are not interested in studies at all. They are jobless and do not do any work. The trio are called ‘Chaali Polilu’ by the people in the area.
Chaali Polilu has crossed Rs one crore in box office collections in just three weeks, breaking all previous box office records. The film, which hit theatres in the coastal districts South Canara and Udupi on October 31 and later released in Bengaluru, has so far collected Rs 1,12,00,560. Film has completed 100 days in Man galore in Jyothi, PVR AND BIG CINEMA Till date film has collected Three Crores in box office
Everything seems to be going on fine in their life until one day they are accused of stealing the ornaments from the sanctum sanctorum in the village temple. Will they come out of the problem? How will they solve the problem? All this is shown in the second half.
“Siddhartha” marks the debut of Vinay Rajkumar, the grandson of legendary Kannada stalwart Dr. Rajkumar. The movie is directed by Prakash of “Milana” fame and has Apoorva Arora in the female lead role.
Expectations are always high when a movie from the Rajkumar family releases; and it is no exception this time too. More importantly, “Siddhartha” will be the debut movie of late Dr. Rajkumar’s grandson and Raghavendra Rajkumar’s son.
Fans are eager to find out if Vinay shows signs of continuing the legacy with his debut movie “Siddhartha”. The trailer and audio of the Kannada flick have successfully generated positive reviews.
“Siddhartha” has V Harikrishna’s music and Krishna Kumar’s cinematography. It is produced by Vajreshwari Combines, which had last produced Dr.Rajkumar’s “Shabdavedi”.
As per the audience and critics, like a usual debut movie of stars’ kids, “Siddhartha” does not portray Vinay Rajkumar like a mass hero or does not have over-the-top dialogues. It is a simple story of a boy falling in love with a possessive girl. The hero needs his own space and takes 20-day break. What happens next is the crux of the story.
Vinay has made a decent debut by showcasing his dancing and fighting skills. The youngster should work on acting as it is not up to the mark. Below, we bring some tweets related to the movie: