The love of auto drivers is evident when we see the auto stands named after Shankar Nag and witness auto drivers flaunting their affection for the late actor by mounting large posters of him in their auto's interiors. Well, they worship him even today.
After three decades, the Auto Raja title, which won the
fan following of huge number of auto drivers for Shankar Nag, is
being used for Ganesh, Bhama and Deepika Kamaiah starrer movie. Has the
film lived up to audience expectations? Find it in the
First things first. The Ganesh starrer Auto Raja is not
a remake of the yesteryear Kannada movie. But Shankar's voice will
be heard everywhere. In fact, the voice has been wonderfully used
by the makers of the movie to inspire and to add value to their
Auto driver Raja (Ganesh) is sincere and honest man. There are
superstitious people, who believe that if a cat crosses your way
from right to left, then that would bring bad luck to them. In case
of Raja, he falls in love with a village bella Radha
At this juncture, situation makes Raja to take up a challenge
thrown by a radio jockey (Deepika Kamaiah) to speak with its
listeners. With his Shankar Nag's imitation, he wins people's
heart. As the story progress, we can find several twists.
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Raja is in love with Radha, but she wishes to have radio jockey
Shankar as her life partner. On the other end, Deepika Kamaiah
starts liking Raja. Meanwhile, we are told that goons are chasing
Radha and they want to have her blue film. What happens next should
be seen on-screen.
Shankar Nag Memories
Firstly, we should appreciate newcomer Uday Prakash's courage to
remake a superhit movie. With dialogues, he brings back the
memories of Shankar Nag. But will those one-liners have positive
effect on audience? I doubt!
The screenplay is not up to the mark. The film is not a pure
romantic story or about Shankar Nag. The screenplay is dragging in
the second half. However, the climax is different and Ganesh's
characterisation is brilliant.
Ganesh Is At His Best
Ganesh has pulled off the famous role with ease. His imitation
of the yesteryear actor is simply amazing. His co-star Bhama looks
good most of times except in the item number.
Verdict: Ganesh and Shankar Nag's fans will
enjoy the film.