Dr. Vishnuvardhan-Dinesh Babu combo movie Bellary Naga (Ballary Naga, Ballari Naga) has finally hit the screens after a week"s delay. Although it is a remake of Malayalam movie Rajamanikyam, director Dinesh Babu has tried to give a touch of nativity by using Bellary accent. He could have made the movie even more effective, if he had done little more hard work.
Bellary Naga is a purely action movie. It would not be wrong to say that the film is made for Vishnu fans. The movie is about a Buffalo dealer and his rough behavior is the highlight of the movie. Another highlight of the movie is LN Shashtri's musical score.
The Sahasa Simha actor has appeared in totally different get up in the movie. Visnu"s dialogue delivery, look, body language and mannerism are totally different in the movie. From the beginning to end, the film is out and out comedy. The first half of the movie is a good entertainer and second half is fully sentimental.
Bellary Naga (Vishnuvardhan) is a buffalo dealer. A bad experience in his childhood forces him to leave the home and make him ruff-n-tuff man. His stepfather Vishwanatha Gowda is worried that his son Raju and daughter will not take care of his estate. So he leaves a will that makes his second wife's son Naga in charge of his estate for the next 25 years. What happens next will form the rest of the story.
Despite growing old, Vishnuvardhan has given wonderful performance as innocent Naga. He becomes 'Vishnu - the showman', while delivering his punch dialogues in Bellary accent. Through his action, he has compensated the lack of the heroine in the film. His acting in the movie reminds us of Ramachari of the movie Nagarahavu.
Rajesh as villain and Chithra Shenoy as mother have also given brilliant performance in the movie. Ramesh Bhat, Avinash, Shobharaj, Karibasavayya and Bank Suresh have done justice to their respective reols.
After vishnu"s acting, LN Shashtri's music is another highlight. His background music gives a push to the movie. Songs like Jagwaare Jaagwaare Jaga and Hait Lagori impress the audience. Dinesh Babu"s camera work is good, but it does not have magic effect that is there in his previous movies.
The film Bellary Naga is a family-oriented comedy with some sentiments too. It has all commercial ingredients to make it a big hit. Vishnu fans should not miss to see him in different get-up.
Producer: K Manju
Director: Dinesh Babu
Cast: Vishnuvardhan, Rajesh, Chithra Shenoy, Ramesh Bhat, Avinash, Shobharaj, Karibasavayya and Bank Suresh
Music: LN Shashtri