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Antharathma – Review

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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It is believed that if a man dies with unfulfilled wishes or meets an unnatural death, his soul remains on earth for two reasons: i.e too much of love or too much of revenge. His soul will not leave the earth till his desires are completed. Now director Shankar B has done his latest movie Antharathma on the existence of the spirit.

Antharathma is a Kannada version of Oscar winner Hollywood movie The Ghost and Mithun Tejaswi, Vishaka Singh and Umashree have played the roles, which were reprised by Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in the original. Even though it is a remake, with his lively narration, the director is successful in making it interesting from beginning to end.

Shankar B has chosen a good storyline for the movie Antharathma. The story is all about a soul protecting his wife from a man, who is planning to rob his amount Rs. 14 crores deposited in his bank account. Although the movie has a serious subject of supernatural, the director has also included a few comedy sequences.

Shyam (Mithun Tejashwi) and Rohan (Rohan Gowda) are close friends. Once an amount Rs. 14 crores is accidentally transferred to Shyam's bank account and he reveals this to Rohan, who murders him in order to rob that money. But Shyam"s spirit remains on the earth to save his wife Mahi (Vishakha Singh). When she does not see him, the spirit takes Chowdamma"s (Umashri) help. How she helps him is an interesting part of the film, which should be watched on screen.

Mithun Tejashwi and Vishakha Singh have delivered brilliant performance. Besides them, Umashri"s acting is another highlight of the film. Rangayana Raghu"s comedy and Rohan Gowda"s villainy act are superb. Bramhavar and Harish Rai are also good in their respective roles.

Giridhar Dewan has composed a few wonderful songs, but they do not suit the mood of the film and placement of the songs is not apt. Sundaranath Suvarna"s camera work is pleasant.

Overall director Shankar B has taken a deviation from the regular themes of Kannada films. Despite being a remake, his movie Antharathma is an interesting movie, which should be watched at least once.

Producer: Shankar B

Director: Shankar B

Cast: Mithun Tejashwi, Vishakha Singh, Umashri, Rangayana Raghu, Rohan Gowda, Bramhavar and Harish Rai

Music: Giridhar Dewan

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