“Everything is done for entertainment”, dont take it seriously. These words echoed long back in my ears and while watching a movie I still follow it. He advised me to enjoy the movie and not to take it very emotionally. I like to watch good movies and those hours have to be totally entertaining, though I don’t have the habit of visiting the theater regularly. My preference is watching very good and sensible movies at the comforts of my home and not movies which always have run around the trees singing songs.
While i have a 5 day break and its diwali, nowadays it is difficult to spend time watching movies and I had decided to make time specially for this particular movie. The title of the movie is “Ulidavaru Kandante” (when translated in English it would be “As seen by the rest”) and true to the title the movie plot revolves around the different versions of the stories as presented by people. I feel Kannada cinema has come a very long way and now this is very serious stuff which has been noticed by many different genres of movie goers.
So, the plot starts with a guy called Richi who is a local Henchman for a small time Don who happens to own a small fleet of trawlers at the port of Malpe (Malpe is a fishing harbor near the town of Udupi). Richi is associated with two other accomplices who are his friends and his partners in crime. Richi takes up crime at a very young age by killing a man who was tormenting his best friend Raghu. On witnessing a murder Raghu is shocked to ditch his friend and run away to Mumbai only to settle down there by working at a hotel as waiter and then ending up by taking illegal activities. Richi finds himself being arrested by the police and end up in a remand home for a very long time also nurtring a vengeance secretly.
There is a girl in the movie Regina who grows up to like Richi and also happens to become a Journalist. Richi is fond of her too but a tough nut to crack and even though his father is a Priest in church, there are no elements of sympathy in him. A small kid in the movie has very interesting name “Democracy” (– i wonder what it has got to do with India) and along with a bunch of kids he sings a song “Medicine Paper”. The song is very good and it brings back those innocent memories i spent long ago.
Meanwhile Raghu who ran away years ago and returns to his native, his father has expired and he intends to meet his mother and take her to Dubai. The finite cutting edge of the movie is the moment when Ratnakka (Raghus mother and enacted by senior actress Tara) meets her son Raghu, no dialogues spoken between the two. The moment mother realises it’s her son who has returned after 15 long years, the frame freezess and i felt so much out of the world. What happenes in the movie has to be experienced by you and also the movie has retained the age old look of Temple town “Udupi” and the famous “Huli Vesha” (Tiger Dance). Watch this movie for some other characters like Balu, Munna and Shankar. The tulu dialogues are very comic and entertaining, you also get a subtitle version if you do know the language so i really suggest you to forget the watch for a good more than two and a half hours.
The Actor/Director Rakshit Shetty has done a fine job in just his 2nd movie and i feel this movie is Quentin Tarantino stuff. People will wake up and watch movies made by him at the edge of seat and I will wait for more quality stories.