Director Pradeep Raj's latest Kannada film Kirataka is a remake of hit Tamil film Kalavani. The movie has come out really well, but it has some lengthy sequences when compared to the original. If these scenes were trimmed during editing, the film could have been even better.
Kirataka is a romantic comedy, which features actor Yash in a totally new getup. His energetic performance is the major highlight of the film. V Manohar's music, R Selva's picturisation, dialogues, costumes and beautiful locations are its other attractions.
The movie is a love story of a wayward boy and the director has remained very honest to the original by copying frame to frame. Meanwhile, he seems to have struggled to convince his stand to the viewers by including unwanted scenes. This too-much-of spoon feeding seems to bore the audience.
Nandisha (Yash), who is fondly called Kirataka, is a wayward youth in the village and is a tormentor with his gang. His father (TS Nagabharana), who lives in Dubai, is sending money to his mother (Tara) for livelihood. Nandisha smartly snatches money from her and spends it for playing cards, smoking and drinking. He falls in love with Nethra (Oviya), whose brother lives in a small village that has strong rivalry to his village. How he gets his lady love is an interesting story.
Yash rocks the audience in his whole new getup. He steals the show with his superb dance and dialogue delivery. Oviya, who has played the same role in the original, looks pretty and naughty. As a mother, Tara has delivered natural and innocent performance. TS Nagabharana, Sankesh Kashi and Daniel George are also good in their respectively roles.
In the technical front, V Manohar's music is the main highlight. His compositions like 'Kendavare Hoove...', 'Dankanaka...' and 'Dama Damma...' are superb. Selva has beautifully captured the greenery of Mandya. Art direction, costume, make up and editing are also commendable. Overall, it is a wonderful love story, which can be watched and enjoyed at least once.
Producers: Sharavana Murthy, Shantha Kumari
Director: Pradeep Raj
Cast: Yash, Ovia, Tara, TS Nagabharana, Daniel George, Sanketh Kashi
Music: V Manohar