Monday, February 26, 2007
Sundeep Malani's Message (Sandesha) - SMS 6260 is a film for all age groups between 6 to 60 years. The film is about today's generation, the misuse of mobile phones and the consequences that occur due to it. The film, although starts like its being dragged, builds up and is sustained till the end of the movie. The film's main protagonist is Janu, who is a call center employee. Roshan (Diganth) plays a rich Casanova for whom wine and woman are the daily routine. At a weekend bash in a disc, Roshan meets Janu and falls in love with her. He follows her to the company where she works and joins the place as a Team leader. After a few reels, eyes meet and they both get closer to the extent of having pre-martial sex.
It's at that particular point, the film takes a serious turn. There is some suspense element in the film when Roshan gets to know the real truth about who the ravishing beautiful Janu is. It's then that Roshan tries to avoid Jenny and the film takes a different turn telling us exactly why he does so. The rest of the main characters in the film play very important roles in shaping the film. Badri is a DJ in a club, who is an ardent Chiranjeevi fan. He speaks Telugu and Kannada in the film. Krishna (Danny), a Tamilian is a marketing executive who always gets into a trap when his role happens to be in a comic relief. Rahul (Karan) is a HR Manager in a IT company and Mahesh (Arjun) ia software professional who is far ahead of time. His room mate Lal (Loy) is a Punjabi.
There is enough room for glamour in the film. While Prithvi (Prithvi) is Janu's colleague at a call center, Julie Darling (Amithananda) - a gay adds lots of oomph in his character. Tina (Smrti), Chrissy (Karen) and Tressy (Sony) all have college campus roles. The film shows us another perspective of the story - the elderly Dattanna and Jayalakshmi. Dattanna plays an ardent Aishwarya Rai fan and Jayalakshmi always ends up pulling his leg when he gets into the character of Salman Khan, Vivek Oberoi and Abhishek Bachchan. The film starts with kids playing then goes to the teenage group of today's society - the IT sector, Software techies, call center employees, the club-disc culture, and the campus life ending with the grand finale of the re-union on the occasion of Suvarna Karnataka.
Performance wise, the film belongs to Janu, who has given a splendid performance. It is hard to believe that, after Miss California, she has improved a lot. Smrti in a small role is the best newcomer in today's times. She would surely be flooded with offers, if she takes an attempt to continue acting in Kannada films. Sony, Karen and Prithvi look beautiful and have portrayed their characters well. Amithanand, as Julie Darling - a new entrant to the industry is a treat to watch. Jayalakshmi, no doubt, can give sleepless nights to todays genre of heroines. At her age, she has maintained a look so ravishing and does a salsa dance too in a disco. Diganth has been justified in his character by being what he is.
As a debut director, Sundeep Malani has done his best. He has managed to get the pulse of today's generation and today's audience. Although the film is Kannada, he has made it to wider audience of all sections. You can get to hear all the south Indian languages besides a few North Indian languages too. English of course is the main slice of the film. There is no background score in the film. But, you can get to hear songs played on a radio throughout the film. The film has no cinematic dialogues, but very realistic dialogues which one speaks in their day to day life. Hamsalekha's Prema Loka song brings back the old memories of the 80's. Its picturisation at the college campus is good.
It's a must watch for all the IT sector&software professionals, College youngsters and the class audience - not to forget, the kids of 6 years to the cross over of 60 years too. Basically, it is an universal film without an age bar for all sectors of audience.