Banners: Anand Pandit Motion Pictures, Sri Siddheshwara Enterprises, Invenio Origin
Cast: Upendra, Kiccha Sudeep, Shiva Rajkumar, Shriya Saran, Murali Sharma, Posani Krishna Murali, Kota Srinivasa Rao, John Kokken, Sudha, Anoop Revanna, Kabir Singh Duhan, Dev Gill & Others
Music: Ravi Basrur
Cinematographer: A J Shetty
Editor: Mahesh S Reddy
Director: R Chandru
Producers: R Chandru, Anand Pandit, Alankar Pandian
Release date: March 17, 2023
Real star Upendra is known for some radical subjects and this time he chose a period backdrop for a mafia tale. Let us see if he manages to click or not.
Set on the backdrop of pre independence era, Arkeshwara (Uppi) is an Air Force officer and his family is that of true patriots. He has a strong love for Madhumati (Shriya) who belongs to a rich family. Meanwhile, there is a power struggle happening between gangsters and political leaders for capturing the area of Amarapura. Things take a turn when Arkeshwara’s brother Sankeshwara (Suneel) is killed by mafia don Khaleel (Danish Akhtar). Arkeshwara kills Khaleel in revenge and he gets into the underworld. What happens from there forms the rest of the story.
Upendra has given a sincere performance and made an impact. Shriya was beautiful and did her role as required. Murali Sharma was good. The main highlight is the brief appearances from Kicha Sudeep and Shiva Kumar, they were excellent. Posani was alright, Kota was okay, Kabir Duhan didn’t have much to do, Sudha was standard, John Kokken was moderate. The others were there to fill the screen.
The story was written with multiple characters and twists but the execution was complete disaster. The script was weak, the screenplay was shoddy. The background score was too loud and noisy. Songs didn’t have much impact. Cinematography was excellent. Editing was missing at key places. Costumes fitted the period era while the art department was impressive. Production values were good but it ended up as sheer waste of money. Technical values could have been better.
Cameos from Sudeep, Shivanna
Too much of KGF copying
Gangster dramas and that too in period backdrop makes for a good entertainer onscreen but it needs to be laced with the right pace, balanced emotional quotient and very composed performances. Here, everything went overboard. Most importantly, after the heavy impact of ‘KGF’ the director should have been wise enough not to copy the same palette and follow the same route even for the narration. The film takes off on a rather ordinary note and within no time, one can understand where it is going. There are not much of twists or surprise elements so the expectations come down quickly. The interval bang was more of a relief from the proceedings. The second half was equally boring and there was absolutely nothing the audience could look forward to. Overall, this is a film which came without much of a noise and it will go without making any noise.