When two big stars come together, people expect a good film. And when it involves a well-known producer like Prabhakar who has given several hit films, expectations tend to rise higher. Lava Kusha does not meet these expectations.
The major weak point with the film is its story and predictability. Despite some very good action scenes and songs, the movie fails to offer anything new and different.
Chakri and Cheenu are two close friends who live with the only aim of earning money. Cheenu works as a henchman for a rich don, Vishakantha (Sayaji Shinde) and is in love with Vishakantha's daughter, Sowmya (Jennifer Kotwal). Chakri is a thief who is in love with Sinchana (Charmee). Both Chakri and Sinchana earn their livelihood by cheating people.
The movie begins well with some good comic scenes; the latter half is based on same old stories and the ensuing scenes are predictable. Sowmya accuses Chakri in a theft case. Ignorant that Sowmya is Chinnu's lady love, Chakri misbehaves with Sowmya. This leads to a difference between the close friends Chakri and Cheenu.
Things turn worse when Vishnukanth utilizes Cheenu to take revenge from Chakri for misbehaving with his daughter. He even devises a plot to get Chakri killed by Cheenu. Due to a series of misunderstandings between the two friends, they tend to go their separate ways. However, they soon learn about Vishnukanth's evil plans and come to know that they are actually brothers who were separated in their childhood.
Both superstars Upendra and Shivrajkumar have done commendable jobs. Charmee excels in her Kannada debut. Jennifer has given an average performance. Sayaji Shinde is ok. Mandya Ramesh, Chidanand, and Tennis Krishna provide the comic element.
Music maestro Guru Kiran has done a good job. The song 'Hottappa Hottu' sung by Puneet Rajkumar is excellent. Cinematography is average.
Upendra and Shivrajkumar fans will enjoy the film.
Cast: Shivrajkumar, Upendra, Jennifer Kotwal, Charmee, Ruthika, Sayaji Shinde, Satyaprakash, Girish Karnad, Mandya Ramesh, Vikram Soori, Vinayaka Joshi, Tennis Krishna, Chidanand, Hema Chaudhary
Banner: Vijaya Films
Producer: K. Prabhakar
Director: Om Saiprakash
Music Director: Gurukiran
Cinematography: R. Giri
Editor: K. Eshwar
Lyrics: Kaviraj, Hrudaya Shiva, Upendra
Screenplay: S. Mohan