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Plot: Siddhartha ( Vinay Rajkumar) is a happy-go-lucky college Casanova from an ordinary middle-class family. His relationship with his father ( Achyuth Kumar) is great, and he has a lot of good friends he spends time with, playing gully cricket or downing dozens of beer bottles. He also drives his father's cab to earn a little extra money. One day, a challenge from his friends lands him as a nude model in Chitrakala Parishath art school. Here, he meets Kushi (Apoorva Arora). They hate each other at first but soon fall in love. Their parents support their relationship, and they decide to get married.
A few days before the event, Siddu asks Kushi for a twenty-day break, and she agrees. He goes away to Goa, and she follows him there, and she thinks he's with another girl, Anju Mallige (Nikki), but he was actually just helping her out. Convinced Siddu is cheating on her; she tells him she wants a one-year break to study abroad. When she returns, she has a new guy Rahul in her life. Will they ever solve their misunderstandings and get back together?
Analysis: When you hear it's a movie that's casting Vinay Rajkumar, grandson of the very iconic Dr. Rajkumar, you expect a lot from him. And he delivers it. He goes well from being a boy-next-door to a brash youth and makes you fall in love with him. He's good at the dance sequences as well as in the fighting scenes. Apoorva Arora, though relatively new, shines throughout as well. Nikki Galrani, Achyuth, and Ashish Vidyarthi are great choices as a guest appearance.
The story holds up well, especially in the first half because of innovative scenes. The second half feels a little laggy and builds up to a rather predictable climax. The film has a good lesson, though, and it is that people should give each other space in relationships. It also teaches moral of friendship and trust. Some of the songs are great to hear, and you'll keep singing for days after you watch the movie.
Star Performances: Vinay Rajkumar played the lead male role Prakash Jayaram directed the movie and is also co-writer of the screenplay with Mahadev. The story was provided by Jayanth, while Raghu Samarth penned the dialogues. It was produced by Smt Parvathamma Rajkumar under the Sri Poornima Enterprises banner. A V Krishnakumar did the cinematography, while Sachin did the editing. K Ravivarma was the stunt person, and quite a few people were brought in for choreography.
The movie's songs - Free Ide, Jaadu Madidanthe, Acchagide, Ninninda Dooragi and Ninna Nenape were sung mostly by Arma Mallik, but Sonu Nigam has sung one too. Jayanth Kaikini wrote all the lyrics. V Harikrishna was the music director.
1. The movie has great actors - despite some of them being new to the industry. They keep you hooked throughout.
2. The songs are really peppy and melodious; some even touch your heart - Maathe Maathe is a very emotional song.
What's not there?
1. This kind of routine campus love story with a predictable ending might not be everybody's cup of tea.
2. The second half is an unnecessary mess of scenes, and don't add much to the movie.
Verdict: A great dose of romance, with the right mix of comedy and action makes this movie a great watch. Add that to the excellent music, and you have a perfect entertainer.
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