It is an excellent assorted sweet box. What is unfortunate is the tragedy part of the film. Yet it is a fine mixture of sentiments, love, comedy and tolerable music. The high point of the film is superb performance by Ravichandran, Prakash Rai and Rachana.
Had Dr.Raja Ram Mohan Roy (who stopped the ‘Sati’ system) alive today he would have been ‘kush’. At least the script -writers remember and film makers put it on the screen with a novel thought the thought of doyen of Indian Independence movement in this way is something widely appreciable.
One could call this as the real ‘Sathiyodane Pathiya Sahagamana’. The lovers are not married but it is the height of sacrifice to live in the breath of each other. The lover Muthu unable to live no longer falls on the pyre of his lover Chandri. For Laila Majnu, Romeo Juliet, Salim Anarkali list adds up Muthu and Chandri. While it is the last few reels for you how the debutant director A.X.Prabhu narrates the film in this digital world is bit difficult to digest. The caste system still prevalent in this developing nation and the ‘Sati’ system in Northern India a decade ago is still afresh. Agreed. When there is medicine for dreaded diseases like Cancer and AIDS (provided if they are early detected) it is sob of sub continent that caste system has not yet been uprooted from the society.
Love blossoms between Muthu (Ravichandran) and Chandri (Rachana) after a great strain from the former as he belongs to a lower caste. More than anything else Muthu is a responsible servant in the prestigious chieftain Rudre Gowda (Prakash Rai) family. While Chandri the daughter is one eye for Rudre Gowda at the same time Muthu is another eye. Caste factor is like a Himalayan mountain between Muthu and Chandri. Chandri makes all efforts to please Muthu and on the other hand Muthu is not interested. He does not want to bring down his loyalty to his boss. On her marriage to a forceful bridegroom Chandri succumbs to death. When the fire is lit on her the dejected Muthu also fall on the pyre.
In the comedy, romantic and tragic situations Ravichandran has given a calm and collected performance. He underplays the role wherever it is necessary. For a lover boy of Kannada screen this film has come opposite to his image. Imagine this dream merchant of Kannada cinema ending his life that too on the pyre of his lover. Is it the ultimate for the lovers!
It is a punching performance from Prakash Rai. In a scene he utters the word Hogolo.., he catches attention and Prakash Rai dropping water from the eyes is something unusual too.
Rachana looks charming and she reminds Sonali Bendre and Saakshi Shivanand. She is a combination of both the actress in some angles. Through the film her role is poised to under play and she possesses the ability.
The comedy track in this film is really unforgettable. Doddanna getting beaten and Sadhu Kokila in receiving ends and Doddanna writing a tragic letter on behalf of a person, looking at the time raising the tail of a donkey etc sends you in to peels of laughter. You feel that your ‘Uppinayaki’ – pickle is not missing in your sumptuous food.
Music Maestro also does not disappoint. Three songs are hummable and special thanks to Kalyan for writing wonderful lines especially in Janapada song and Preethisu….
It is a pleasant package for the Kannada audience well made from the Tamil original ‘Bharathi Kannamma’. Once again the Rockline Venkatesh and Ravichandran combination has turned victorious.
This is Onde Usirali Naanu Neenu.
Banner : Rockline Productions
Producer : Dheera Rockline Venkatesh
Direction : Prabhu
Lyric : K. Kalyan
Music : Illayaraja
Cinematography : Ashok Kashyap
Cast : Ravichandran, Prakash Rai, Rachana, Doddanna, Sadhu Kokila etc.