There were a lot of expectations from Birugaali by choreographer-turned-director Harsha. But just like his first film Gelaya, Birugaali also turns out to be a disappointment. The film has no freshness in story or narration and tends to traverse the same path of gangster movies which feature a good guy trapped in the underworld. Chetan, with his impressive height and build is apt for the lead role, but the film seems empty and there are no intriguing scenes or twists to grab audience interest.
Hachchi (Chetan) is separated from his parents as a boy when his father is killed and his mother (Tara) is unable to protect him. Luckily, a stranger takes Hachchi under his wing and becomes his mentor. Hachchi grows up to be a fine young man who spends his time helping others. Not satisfied with the little help that he provides to the unfortunate people, he wants to do more. To make more money to fulfill his dream, he moves to the city and finds a job. He earns pretty well but he does not know that he is working for an underworld Don. Meanwhile, his mentor's daughter (Sithara Vaidya) is in love with him but Hachchi falls for another girl (Charisma Bharadwaj) in the city. It is quite late when Hachchi realizes that he is in the grip of the underworld. With the help of a policeman, he returns to his village, only to find that the people there have become unfriendly. He loses both the girls in the end and in the climax, Hachchi's mother returns to reunite with him.
Chetan has managed to get a totally different look from his first film Aa Dinagalu. He excels in romantic and action scenes but needs a little improvement when it comes to emotions. Sithara Vaidya and Charisma Bharadwaj could have staged better performances. Music by Arjun is good and the highlight of the film is H.C. Venu's cinematography.
Birugali is merely an average entertainer with a bit of action, romance and sentiments thrown in.
Banner: Adarsha Enterprises
Camera: H.C. Venu
Cast: Chetan, Sithara Vaidya, Charisma Bharadwaj, Monisha, Kishore, Mico Nagaraj, Parameshi, Giri, Pawan, Kurigalu Pratap