Once again, I did it! 3rd day, 1st show after the movie's release, I watched it.
When I read the reviews in the newspapers, the movie seemed to be just so so. Nothing to write home about, as the English would say! Reviews just said " It's supposed to be a murder mystery". After all, watching Crime Story, Crime Diary doesn't make murders seem mysterious, exciting, not anymore.
Ramesh Arvind, the male lead & the director said in an interview "...like in ಅಮೃತವರ್ಷಿಣಿ, I have tried something different...". To some extent, this made me waver: Should I watch the movie or not! Because I never liked ಅಮೃತವರ್ಷಿಣಿ. On an impulse, I booked my ticket @ PVR.
After the usual credits, the movie started. The first song with 6 friends dancing, n making merry... the usual works. Then the accident! A car slowly slides onto the railway track. The train, the behemoth it is, simply swats it aside and moves on, unmindful of the consequences. The wife of the hero is found dead in the car, along with another male friend. Whispers about an affair they had between them..........
From here, the story begins to unravel. Never realised1 hr had passed, when the Intermission sign came on. Wow, that's all I could say.
Ramesh Arvind has portrayed the role of the anguished husband who has lost his dear wife, very very well. He has proved that he is not only good actor, but a great director too. The story has no loose ends/dead ends, anywhere. He has been able to extract the best out of all the members of the cast. He has managed to keep the suspense till the end.
The songs too are great. "ಬಾ ಮಳೆಯೇ ಬಾ, ಅಷ್ಟು ಬಿರುಸಾಗಿ ಬಾರದಿರು"is one I liked very much. Ofcourse, the item song "ಜಿಗಿದು ಬಂತು" seems superfluous, but then.......its more for the mass!!
Ofcourse, the movie is not bereft of 'lemons'(I always keep an eye on them).
A woman is chased by 5 people, in the midst of a ಸಂತೆ,but no one pays attention. Even the woman does not utter a word. A simple "ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡಿ" would have turned the crowd on the attackers.
The other: A huge gunfight breaks, scores of gangsters,the Health Minister and an SI are killed. The police don't even turn a Nelson's eye to it.
I suppose, we could attribute it to "director's convenience", to ensure the focus stays on the main plot.
Some of the dialogues are rib tickling, especially the Home Minister's earthy dialogues. A sample few (not verbatim, though)
"ವಾ, ಹೊರ್ಗಡೆ ನೋಡಿದ್ರೆ ಹರಕ್ಲು ಅಂಗಿ, ಒಳ್ಗಡೆ ನೋಡಿದ್ರೆ ರೇಶ್ಮೆ underwear."
"ಯಾರ್ ಲಾ ಇವ್ನು, ಒಳ್ಳೇ ಪಾತಾಳ ಭೈರವಿ setನಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಣಿಯೋಂಗೆ ಕುಣಿತಾವ್ನಲ್ಲಪ್ಪಾಜುಟ್ಟು ಬಿಟ್ಕೊಂಡು"
"ಸತ್ಯಹರಿಶ್ಚಂದ್ರನ ತರ pose ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಚಾಣಕ್ಯನ ತರ ಕೆಲ್ಸಾ ಮಾಡ್*ದ್ಯಲ್ಲಾ ನೀನು"
I would committing a grave injustice if I do not mention these 2 things:
1. Rekha: The original ಜಿಂಕೆ ಮರಿ gal. Wow, she looks pretty. She seems have made a nice comeback from this movie. Hope she can catch that elusive "Lucky break" which never occurred after ಚಿತ್ರ!!
2. Computer Graphics: The simulated landscape are cool. This songs proves that such landscapes need not be restricted to Star Wars, but to romantic songs too.
By now, you will be wondering why I am not talking more about the story. My friends, 1 word more will ruin your experience of watching this movie. I realised why the reviewers in the papers said so less about the story.
What are you waiting for? Switch off your computers,Ready 1.. 2.. 3.. GO! n watch this awesome movie, now!!!!