Darshan-starrer Gaja, directed by debutante Madesha, is a full-time entertainer with the right mix of comedy, action and sentiments. Though the director claims that it is not a remake of the Telugu film Bhadra and is based on a Telugu novel, it does have shades of Bhadra.
Darshan plays the title role of Gaja, a close friend of Krishna. He accompanies his friend Krishna on his trip to his home in a village. Gaja's arrival is appreciated by all the family members due to his polite and friendly nature. Gaja falls in love with Krishna's sister, Shwetha (Navya Nair).
With a series of events that take place in the village, Gaja finds that Krishna's brother Davendra is being chased by a rival leader. The rival leader kills Devendra and his wife. In order to save Krishna and Shwetha's life, Gaja decides to take them away from the village.
While they try to escape from the village, Krishna gets killed by the rival gang. In anger, Gaja kills the rival leader's brother and manages to escape from the village along with Shwetha. He takes Shwetha to his house where everyone greets her with love. Shwetha has to go abroad for her studies but the rival gang is in search of Shwetha and Gaja as he had killed the rival gang leader's brother. Will Gaja be able to save Shwetha?
Director Madesh has done a splendid job with his first film. Darshan has given yet another scintillating performance with lots of charisma. He looks good in the songs and has delivered a power-packed performance when it comes to the action sequences. Malayalam beauty Navya Nair steals the show and looks gorgeous with her superb smile.
Ekta Khosla does her role with perfection. Komal and Master Hiranniah add to the comic elements of the film. Devaraj, Subbaraj and Rawat have done their job well.
Harikrishna gives some melodious songs. 'Aithalakadi', 'Lambooji Lambooji' and 'Maathu Nannulo' are the best tracks of the enterprise.
Cinematography by Ramesh Babu is perfect.
Cast: Darshan, Navya Nair, Ekta Khosla, Sourav, Master Hirannaiah, Komal
Banner: Sri Seethabyraveshwara Films
Producers: D. Suresh Gowda, P.S. Srinivasmurthy
Director: K. Madesh
Music Director: Harikrishna
Cinematography: Ramesh Babu
Screenplay: K. Madesh