Film: Kanasoloo Neene Mansaloo Neene (Kannada)
Director: K Nanjunda
Cast: Vineeth, Prakash Rai, Ayesha Jhulka, Swarna, Dattatreya, Sampreetha. S P Balasubramaniam
IT is a love triangle with a different climax. The debutant director succeeds in making it worth watching till the first half of the flint After which he seems to have lost control over story. Though the film is equipped with guest appearances of actors like Ramesh and Ravichandran. the inefficient editing by S Suresh makes the film a bit of a bore.
Raghunandan (Vineeth), a law student, fails in love with his classmate Chandana (Ayesha Jhulka) but does not have the courage to confess it. He spends most of his time building castles in the air. When he is falsely accused of raping Julia (Swarna), his classmate, Chandana comes to his rescue.. and makes it clear that she too. is in love with hint
Meanwhile. Lankesh (Prakash Rai), a lewd guy who changes women like his clothes, is insulted by Chandana. He kidnaps her and tries his best to impress her by cooking and putting rangoli, etc., in vain. He respects her true love and allows her to go home when she saves him from the jaws of death. He even gets injured while saving Raghunandan from being shot down by Guru (Gurudutt) a mafia leader. Finally, whether Chandana accepts Raghunandan as her life partner is what the climax is all about.
Vineeth is good in dance scenes but he is yet to go a long way to impress in the emotional scenes. Prakash Rai is impressive as an anti-hero. We wonder how the producer and director opted for Ayesha Jhulka, who has neither acting skills nor the looks for the role. Music director Chaitanya provided a few hummable tunes. It is above average film. —
V MAHESWARA REDDY
Mature acting, right touch
Film: Veerappa Nayaka (Kannada)
Director: S Narayan
Cast: Vishnuvardhan, Shruthi, Hemachaudhary, Sudhir, Shobaraj, Bavyasri Rai, Agro Chikkanna.
VEERAPPA Nayaka (Vishnuvardhan) is a respectable person in Garaga village in North Karnataka. A die-hard patriot, he owns a weaving unit where national flags are made. He can’t tolerate any display of dishonour to the tricolour. Angered by his brother Sambhunayaka’s (Sobharaj) act of trying to burn the national flag, Veerappa Nayaka cuts off his hand and the family ties are also severed at that point.
To avenge this act, Shamunayaka’s father Chikkanaraka creates problems for Veerappa Nayaka and his neice Hema (Shruthi). However, the latter wins her love and marries her.
Things are moving smoothly until Veerappa Nayaka notices that Hema is spoiling their son Subhash by pampering him. He slaps her and both are not on speaking terms for the next 18 years.
Meanwhile Subhash falls prey to Sambunaynka’s bad influence, becomes a terrorist and is involved in a train blast case. While Veerappa Nayaka tries to hand him over to the police, he escapes. To preserve her family’s prestige, Hema enacts a drama to get her son arrested. Impressed by his wife’s sincerity, he asks his mother to send her to a temple as he wishes to speak to her. He waits for her at the temple. Meanwhile, Hema is getting ready to go to temple and her son suddenly appears on the scene. He foils the poignant meeting of his parents by killing her. The climax is about how Veerappa Nayaka still manages to protect his family’s honour.
This film may remain as one of the best films of Vishnuvardhan’s career. With his mature acting, the film’s story has been handled with the right touch. He never indulges in overacting. Shruthi is at her best and Hemachaudhary provides good support as character artist. Sobharaj is convincing as a villain.
Some powerful and punchy lines like ‘We Indians got freedom from the British in the dark and we still remain in dark’ and ‘When military jawans kills the enemies of our country they get rewards but when a civilian kills an antisocial element he gets imprisonment etc are worth hearing.
Music director Rajesh Ramanath provides hummable tunes. The director S Narayan succeeded in making this film worth watching.