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”
Suspense 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.
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”