Puneet Rajkumar's last two movies Paramathma and Anna Bond had got mixed response from critics and had failed to impress all section of audience. His last superhit film was Hudugaru, which was the remake of Naadodigal. Now, the Power Star has teamed up with Samuthirakani, the creator of Naadodigal for the remake of his own Tamil film Poraali, for Yaare Koogadali.
The Power Star has been doing films which are youthful and that
were liked by both mass and class. Puneet Rajkumar, this time, has
taken up the subject which is intense and message-oriented. In
fact, the actor has taken a break from his usual roles and has done
a challenging role played by Sasikumar in the original. However,
Yaare Koogadali has regular masla elements like action,
item song, love and sentiment too.
Yaare Koogadali starts off with Kumar (Puneet Rajkumar)
and Natesh (Yogish) escaping from a mental asylum at the
midnight after fighting hard against baddies. They directly land at
the house of Sishupala (Sadhu Kokila). The duo wants to achieve
something in life and desires to take the righteous path to be
They soon get job at a petrol bunk where they meet a girl named
Sindhu Lokanath. After working for a while, the trio decide to
start their own business and partially succeeds before Kumar and
Natesh's past haunt them again. The director has kept their earlier
lives in suspense and it is only in the second half it gets
revealed. Are Kumar and Natesh mentally ill? You have to watch the
film to know this.
Samuthirakani takes quite a lot of time to arrive to the main
story. In the first one hour, Yaare Koogadali entertains
audience with light moments. The audience will be desperately
waiting for the flashback of the duo and it is only by the end of
the first half that we get hints about their characters.
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Yaare Koogadali connects well with ordinary people than
class for the director brings in problems faced by common man at
every given opportunity. It is a good versus bad battle, where the
main character practices 'live and let live'. Samuthirakani also
leaves the audience to decide who is mentally ill in this mad and
Yaare Koogadali is a good entertainer and has a strong
subject. There are good number of action scenes. More importantly,
the film has quite a few touching scenes. Once again, the director
has sent out a message that friendship is more important in a man's
life than his relatives.
Puneet Rajkumar has done a brilliant job in Yaare
Koogadali. His chemistry with Bhavana is good and his
combination with Yogish works big time. Yogi, like in
Hudugaru, shines with his one-liners and acting. Sindhu
Lokanath is okay but watch out for Nivedhitha's role in the second
half. The actress, in her limited role, wins a lot of appreciation.
But Charmy in item number does not make any impact.
Sadhu, Shobharaj, Malavika and others have played their parts
well. Technically, V Harikrishna's music has not lived up to
audience expectations. The music director, who has given hits like
Jackie and Paramatha to Puneet, has failed to
impress audience. But his background score is better. Guruprasad's
dialogues strikes hard at parts and funny at times.
Sukumar's cinematography is good and Ravivarma's stunt
choreography is excellent. The first fight scene, where Puneet and
Yogi hit a baddie in the air, is praiseworthy. Deepak S Kumar's
scissors could have been sharp to give the film a good
Audience will be desperately waiting for the main story to begin
in the first half. Though the comedy is good, after sometime, it
fails to keep audience's attention. And also, at parts, the
director has taken too many liberties to come up with dramatic
scenes and as you read before, music has failed in the
Yaare Koogadali stands different from all Puneet
Rajkumar's earlier films. It is a message-oriented film and
entertaining. But will this save the film at the Box Office? That
needs to be seen.