U Turn: A Quick Review

U Turn Poster 3Suspense movies need a very acute sense of film-making acumen. Not only does it need a good story and direction, but also a sustained effort in keeping the audience engaged continuously, changing the plot and ‘whodunnit’ angle and finally revealing the plot at the right time.

Pawan Kumar managed this almost to near perfection in his debut film ‘Lucia’ that also made for a strong case study in crowd-funding and crowd-distributing a movie. Sadly, his next Kannada language films falls short of expectations in many counts. Though, to his credit he starts of very well and navigates the twists and turns effectively in the first half.

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U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction

Over the past 3-4 years, it seems that a small section of the Kannada Film Industry, inhabited by indie filmmakers is making a serious attempt to shake off the cobwebs that have been gathering for nearly 2 decades. While the audience is assailed with cinematic atrocities in the name of masala in the form of regurgitated formulaic potboilers, and remakes of hits from other Southern industries, we do occasionally come across rare gems, some polished, some not fully, and it reminds us that there may still be hope for Sandalwood if more movies like last year’s smash hit, Rangitaranga, Ulidavaru Kandante, Simple Aagi Ondh Love Story, and this director’s very own Lucia are made more often. But the real question here is, does Pawan Kumar’s sophomore effort live up to expectations?Continue reading “U Turn Movie Review: Mystery Junction”

Trailer Of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada Movie – ‘U Turn’

U turn1Director Pawan Kumar’s Lucia is perhaps the most successful crowdfunded Indian film till date and can surely be a considered as a case study for the crowdfunding model. The film which was made at a budget of Rs 51 lakhs (raised entirely through crowdfunding) was a box office success and the satellite rights were sold to Udaya TV at a very lucrative price. The film was also remade in Tamil as Ennakul Oruvan, while the Hindi remake rights were sold to Fox Star Studios.Continue reading “Trailer Of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada Movie – ‘U Turn’”

Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment

 

In the last few years,  Crowdfunding has fast emerged as one of the newest and innovative ways to raise money for  investing in projects in the creative arts, especially movies.Director Pawan Kumar made a reasonably good debut as a director with the Kannada film Lifeu Ishtene in the year 2011. Interestingly for his second film titled Lucia, Kumar undertakes the route of generating finances through crowdfunding .

Lucia tells the story of Nikki aka Nikhil (Satish Neenasam) a largely aimless guy working as a cinemausher in a decrepit theatre in Bangalore owned by Shankar anna (Achyuth Kumar). Owing to his dreary and his monotonous life, he is also not able to sleep. As a result of this, he starts consuming pills which help him to sleep and dream peacefully. In his illusionary life Nikki is a film star. But soon due to an overdose of these pills, his reality and illusions soon start to intersperse dangerously.  In the midst of this are also Swetha (Shruthi Harihran ) who also plays his real life interest and a couple of cops who are hot on the trail of the drug mafia.Continue reading “Lucia Movie Review : A Commendable Experiment”