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Another venture of Wadeyar as director, Rana-Vikrama witnesses his screenplay and writing potential too. Featuring Rajkumar in the lead.
Plot: The story encases the border feud between Karnataka amd Maharashtra. Vikram, a brawny and true-blue cop. He is the poor man’s savior and single handedly deals with the baddies. He is given the task of investigating the case of a lost journalist. On reaching the den of the goons, where the person has been kept captivated he faces an encounter. While doing so, he digs up his past life and somehow feels a connection to the place. What was the connection? Did he triumph over the evil? What happens in the end? Watch the movie to find out the answers.
Analysis: A high-octane action thriller. A tale of the age old saying - Good Triumphs Over Evil. It is an old wine in a new glass. An ambitious concoction of two storylines, having a common link. One exists during the last reigns of the British Raj and the other in the present day. After Mythri, this Rajkumar film appeals to the wider audience. Pawan Wadeyar’s direction is at its best, and takes the Kannada Film Industry a step higher. This movie is all set to draw an insane number of crowds. The film has great production values. It is Adah Sharma’s debut venture, and is one of the headlines of the movie. The presentation and package makes up for the lack in good screenplay.
Star performance: No doubt that Puneeth steals the show. He grabs the eyeballs by his kickass actions. The movie seems to be custom built for him. He proves that he is an all rounder. His comic timing is wonderful. Anjali is appreciable. The second half belongs to her. Adah Sharma is not quite up to the mark, though as a debutant did her best. She occupies the screen mostly in the first half.
Girish Karnad as the dutiful Minister is 100 upon 100. The others too have delivered well for their roles. Raghu, Avinash, Chandru- all of them shine in their roles and add the much required thrust to it. Vikram Singh’s part as the antagonist will ensure many offers for him in the future.
1) Puneeth plays a double role here, but none of them are seen in a single frame together.
2) The sequences of the movie were shot at a massive outdoor setup, in the ruins of Hampi, by the Tungabhadra. It is considered as one the most upscale outdoor set of a movie in Kannada.
3) It is V.Harikrishna’s 8th project with Puneeth. Puneeth, himself, had lent a voice to a track in the film.
4) The film delivers up to its expectations. Not a speck less- with a gripping story, engrossing screenplay and kickass dialogues. It has the mix of all in the right proportions.
5) Ravi Verma’s stunt reaches a new high in this movie.
What’s not there?
1) The action sequences and the not-so-fresh a storyline is suited for your one time watch.
2) The screenplay lags behind in its grittiness. The film, nevertheless keeps you hooked on.
3) Twists and turns at the perfect corners of the movie were missing.
4) The story lacks in comedy. 5) At times the story becomes predictable.
6) The songs though melodious, Harikrishna does not seem to have delivered his best.
7) The camera work and the editing could have been better.
Verdict: A onetime watch. It caters to the huge fan following of Puneeth. Fans won’t be disappointed as the movie is up to the mark.
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