Kamannana Makkalu is a remake of the 2005 Malayalam mass entertainer Thommanum Makkalum with Mammootty in the lead role, which was already remade in Tamil as Majaa with Vikram, Asin, Pasupathi, Vadivel, Manivannan, Vijayakumar, Muthukalai, Murali, Ilavarasu and Abu Salim in the lead roles. The Kannada version lives up to expectations and matches the original in creating empathy and providing entertainment. It is a treat for Sudeep fans as he plays his character with ease and perfection. Kamannana Makkalu is a complete commercial pot boiler with the right mix of comedy, action and the usual love story.
The story revolves around the lives of three thieves who realize their mistakes, reform, and the events that follow. Kamanna (Doddanna), a thief, adopts two kids, Ramanna (Sudeep) and Kittanna (Rockline).As the boys grow up, they learn all the tricks of theft and all three flourish in their 'business'. But they decide to reform and earn their living by hard work. So, they buy an old truck and travel in it to a far away place. Unfortunately, the truck breaks down in the middle of a forest; there, they take shelter in the house of Kanaka (Vaibhavi) and her father. Soon they understand the troubles that Kanaka has to undergo from the village head. These tough guys take things in their own hands and solve the issue, much to the dismay of the village head.
The three jolly ex-thieves settle down in the village and begin cultivation. One day, Ramanna meets the village head's beautiful daughter and falls for her. With a twist in the tale, he marries her without her father's knowledge. A surprise awaits the audience in the climax scene at the marriage hall. And as in most love stories, Kamannana Makkalu ends by showing the lovers united.
All the actors have done a good job with Sudeep leading the pack with his dynamic performance. Rockline gives a decent presentation and Doddanna is charismatic as Kamanna. Vaibhavi as Kanaka gives a scintillating performance
Director Gurudutt has done a good job in conceptualising and narrating the story in a neat and crisp fashion. Although the editing department disappoints a little, the camera work makes up for it, giving a beautiful feel to the movie. Vidyasagar's melodious music is lifted from the Tamil version.
Kamannana Makkalu, with all the elements of a commercial movie, is a good watch and worth the money
Banner: Udayaravi Creations
Cast: Sudeep, Rockline Venkatesh, Doddanna, Deepu, Vaibhavi, Sadhu Kokila, Ramesh Bhatt, Adhi Lokesh, Pooja Gandhi and others.