Sunday, January 20, 2008

Movie review of Gaalipata



Rajesh Krishnan, Ganesh and Diganth - Gaalipata


This weekend has been really good and I had some real good fun with my college buddies. Today we 14 of us decided to checkout Yogaraj Bhat's eagerly awaited movie 'Gaalipata - Manada mugilalli Muhabbat'. I must confess here that my intention behind accepting the offer to join my buddies for the movie was just to hangout and have fun! I had read the reviews of gaalipata on TOI, which rated this movie with 4 stars. I knew that Yogaraj Bhat wouldn't let us down after the mesmerizing spell he casted in the form 'Mungaru Male'. So with the expectations of a typical sandal wood fan, we all entered Adarsh Theatre at Ulsoor, for the matinee show.

The introduction of the star cast is pretty unique in the sense that you get to hear Ganesh spilling out dialogues (typical
Yogaraj Bhat lingos) at the background while the intro runs on the foreground. The story is about three guys viz. Ganesh (Gani - an MBA grad), Diganth (Diganth - A medical student) and Rajesh Krishnan (Kitty - an engineer + a love failure + also his debut as an actor), who are bugged up with the mundaneness of a city life and are desperately in need of a break. So the they decide to go over to Diganth's grandpa's place called Mugilu pete. At their grandpa's place, they meet the 3 daughter's of Ananth Nag (kodandarama - an avid hunter) and Padmaja Rao (Padma - kodandarama's wife). She has been paired up with Ananth Nag yet another time (after Mungaru Male) and does justice to her role. The 3 female lead actors viz. Daisy bopanna (Sowmya) who plays a widow, Neethu (Radha) who plays a rough and tough girl(?) and Bhavana Rao (pavani) who plays the role of a chul-bhuli cum she's-yet-to-mature-kinda girl, manage to woo the eligible bachelors. The rest of the story is all about how these 3 studs manage to get their 'dilrubaas'. The climax is worth your time!

But the real highlights of the movie are:
  • Yogaraj Bhat's unconventionally scripted dialogues. I am full of praises for this man's great ability to discover beautiful places and share them on silver screen beautifully, so much so that you plan your next vacation to those places!
  • Ratna Velu's magical spell behind the camera (Man you gotta see those waterfall scenes in this movie! You will be swept off your feet). All credits to the best cinematographer of the south India.
  • Jayanth Kaykini, Hrudayashiva and Yogaraj Bhat's lyrical magic powered by Hari Krishna's 'pied piper-ish' music, really command a big round of applause as they collectively manage to give that much needed 'feel' to this love story.
  • A couple of excellent audio tracks just make you life easier. I personally liked 'Minchaagi Neenu baralu' sung by Sonu Nigam and the title track 'Gaalipata' which is a very lively track.
My Rating: ***1/2

* Watch it at your own risk!
** No harm in checking it out once!
*** A decent movie on offer!
**** If you are an avid cinema-goer, you shouldn't miss it!
***** A master peice. Audience just couldn't have asked for any better. Paisa vasool!


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12 comments:

Harish - ಹರೀಶ said...

I appreciate your blogging spirit :)

Chandrakanth N G said...

Nice review man... How did u manage to grasp so much info..really appreciable

Suresh S. a.ka. Suri said...

@ Harish,

Thank you:)

@ Chandrakanth,

Oh! No big deal yaar. Visted their website for a few details. But I must say that we had a gr8 time yesterday da:)

niveditha said...

Nice, I think the standards of kannada movies have really improved these days.

divya said...

hey movie is too gud for youngsters ,,really cool.
I am sure this will be a trend-setter movie...

Suresh S. a.ka. Suri said...

@ Niveditha,

Yes. With talented directors like Yogaraj Bhat and music directors like Mano Murthy who are giving us some wonderful movies and ear pleasing music, I see a bright future for kannada film industry.

@ Divya,

I am sure the youth will love it. Kannada films have come a long way especially after the huge success of Mungaru Male.

Prathap said...

Hey, does any one have Yograj Bhat's email-Id??

Prathap said...

waiting..

Suresh S. a.ka. Suri said...

@ Divya,

I guess it goes with anybody who can relate to the characters in this movie. Especially the youth!

@ Prathap,

No clue boss!

Milan said...

good movie. I saw this with my kannada girlfriend. really liked it.

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Deepak said...

Songs, Direction, Dialogues, Camerawork,Art Direction really good to make this movie a must watch movie.