At the very outset there is a disclaimer which says the film is not based on anyone or any incident. However there is not much doubt that Ring Road is based on a murder incident that happened in Bengaluru some years ago where an engineer was killed and his fiancee and her lover were convicted. But Ring Road is not about that incident but about the psychology behind how perfectly normal people could become murderers. In that sense, it is a psychological thriller.
The film goes preaching in the first 10-15 minutes and only gets about its job after a few scenes. In the very beginning itself the murder is shown, but the why and how of it unfolds in two timelines. Did Suma really try to get rid of her fiancee? Was it an accident? Did she really have an affair with her junior in college? The film introduces some new characters and gives a very different reasoning to the murder. The film makers may have taken liberty in analysing the psychology of the main character. But in the end there are no good people or bad people. Everyone has done only what was expected of them at that point of time.
Another interesting angle of the film is the sub-plot of the investigation officer and his wife. Duniya Vijay and Nikitha Thukral are impressive. There are so many others who have done guest roles in the film including Srinagar Kitty, Sanjjanna, Nenapirali Prem and Patre Ajith. But the first 10 minutes of the film was unnecessary. It delays setting the mood for the film. But once it starts it is full throttle. The second half of the film is impressive.
Khushie is the star of the film and her acting and assets are fully exploited. There is an aesthetically appealing kissing scene between her and Ajith which is one of the best seen on Kannada screen. Her belly dance and intimate expressions will make surely steal the dreams of young men just as her character does to several men in the film.
The all-woman team has made a bold film. Applause to them. Though some of the things shown in the film is shocking, the film itself is a treat to watch. The music is beautiful with lovely melodies. The background music and bit songs are perfect. The acting is perfect, the mood is perfect and in the end there is hope for even the bad characters.
Ring Road is a must watch film and except for the first ten minutes, you will enjoy the show.
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