Bangalore! A city that elicits both sighs of nostalgia, and exclamations of disgust at the mention of its name. But like every other city, Bangalore too ended up burying its share of skeletons on the journey to becoming Bengaluru.
What is it about a hero’s journey that fascinates a storyteller? Is it the fact that they are willing to go where nobody’s ever gone before, or their perseverance in staring down odds that might deter one even slightly lacking in spirit? With Ugramm, director Prashanth Neel made a rather impactful debut, and ensured that he’s a talent to watch out for.Continue reading “KGF Chapter 1 Movie Review: All That Glitters…”
Love and adversity make for strange bedfellows. When one comes across love at the most inconvenient time possible, there is hesitancy that one faces, especially if one were to believe that one does not deserve love, or to be loved. Debutant director Senna Hegde attempts to give us a glimpse of what goes on in the minds of broken birds when the matters of the heart take control.
Tarun (Diganth) is a young entrepreneur struggling to keep his passion project, a holiday resort, afloat while resisting a buyout bid from a local builder. When a guest, Tanya (Pooja Devariya), shows up at the resort in the strangest circumstances possible, Tarun finds himself quite taken by her, and Tanya finds herself slowly being drawn into his world, populated by his loving uncle and aunt (Babu Hirannaiah and Aruna Balraj), and his supportive staff (Ashwin Rao Pallakki, Shreya Anchan and Prakash Thuminadu). But can these 2 wounded souls put aside their emotional baggage long enough to find love again?
There is a fascinating stretch in the middle of Ondu Motteya Kathe, when the protagonist agonizing over his uninteresting love-life wonders if he should look up a childhood playmate on Facebook. As he strikes up an awkward conversation with her, the interaction shown to us through a Facebook Messenger chat window seems to be between Dr Rajkumar (Our protagonist’s display picture) and Deepika Padukone (The display picture of the playmate) and you end up wondering, is that what Raj B Shetty, the writer, director and lead of the movie is trying to do, an attempt to promote Kannada Cinema in a time where Bollywood commands the longest lines while Sandalwood is just scraping by? Is Raj’s debut effort a ray of hope for Sandalwood, being another indie production while eschewing the normal masala tropes, instead narrating a slice of life tale?Continue reading “Ondu Motteya Kathe Movie Review: To Make An Omelette…”
Directed by Raj B. Shetty and presented by Pawan Kumar of Lucia and U-Turn fame, Ondu Motteya Kathe is a forthcoming Kannada feature film that is produced by Pawan Kumar and Suhan Prasad. Featuring Raj B. Shetty himself in the lead, the film talks of a young bald man trying to find his soulmate, who would see the person he is and not the shine up his forehead. And in this journey of finding his true love, he discovers more about himself. Not only does he have a shiny head, he also has a dark spot in his heart. Will he find the girl of his dreams? Will he make his heart shine brighter than his head?Continue reading “Ondu Motteya Kathe: Trailer”
Given that a good number of debutant directors usually prefer to stick to a safe subject that’s audience and box-office friendly, it was a bit of a surprise when the promo of Shuddhi showed up on YouTube in February, and ended up garnering a massive number of views, and considering that the subject matter involves Violence against Women (VAW) and the much abused Juvenile Justice act, in the backdrop of the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape, the audience expected some strong storytelling. So, is Shuddhi a powerful indictment of the situation that women face in India, or yet another cinematic aberration that attempts to use current events for sheer shock value and nothing else?Continue reading “Shuddhi Movie Review: The Dawn of Durga”
When it comes to Sandalwood, a Sudeep movie isn’t just another movie. It’s an event worthy of celebration, equivalent to that of a Khan release in Bollywood. You’ve got your multiple teasers, social media buzz turned up to 11, promotional events on Kannada channels, massive cutouts etc. But putting all this aside and considering that Sudeep’s recent output has consisted of 2 barely watchable remakes (Maanikya and Ranna), a cameo in Baahubali, and an absolutely awful bilingual (Kotigobba 2), one does approach his latest venture with a certain amount of trepidation. So the question would be, is Hebbuli a good solid old school masala entertainer, or yet another run of the mill movie pandering to Sudeep’s fans?Continue reading “Hebbuli Movie Review: He’s A Tiger, Watch Him Squeak”
Adarsh Eshwarappa‘s Shuddhi is a forthcoming Kannada film which is the the story of an American girl’s spiritual journey in India, after she befriends two female journalists who are fighting against the country’s lenient Juvenile Justice Act. Produced by Nandini Madesh & Madesh T. Bhaskar, the film features Niveditha, Lauren Spartano, Amrutha Karagada in the lead. Andrew Aiello is the DOP while Ramisetty Pavan is the editor and Jesse Clinton is the music composer. The promo has been well received already.Continue reading “Shuddhi: Trailer”