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Lucia Movie Review

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Perhaps no other Kannada film has made so much noise online (and of course in mainstream media) that very few films, including those of big stars, can aspire. Director Pawan Kumar's debut success (Lifeu Ishtene), the novel crowd-funding of the film and a big support from the online Kannada community helped the film along.
The film, a little over two hours long, has a complicated narrative that requires attentive viewing. There are different tracks involving the same actors but in different characters running along. The first track reveals Nikki (Satish) on a ventilator and police investigating about why he got into that condition. The second track is about a theatre usher (Nikki) and his love for a pizza outlet employee. The subplot here is about the single-screen theatre owner's attempt to save it for Kannada films and from land sharks. Now Nikki starts popping pills called Lucia which is actually a drug that induces hallucinations. He starts dreaming that he is a film star. The film star's story now starts running along. This film star too has a complicated story; an actress he loves, another actress who loves him, his manager who has his own story and so on. All these narratives combine in the end.
The problem with the film is over ambition. Every character has a background that is unnecessarily played out. The film takes up too much responsibility on itself from saving Kannada films to trying to understand the impossible line between dreams and perceived reality. Overburdened, the film almost collapses under is own ambitions.
Neenasam Satish's acting skills are on full display in the film. Achyuth Kumar proves to be master-class. The big find in the film is music composer Poornachandra Tejaswi. Overall the film is a good attempt that deserves a look in. But it could be a tedious effort and overwhelming experience for the audience.

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