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Kaddipudi Review

By: Prakash Upadhyaya
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Shivaraj Kumar has been due for a massive hit for a few years. His all much-hyped movies, including Jogaiyya and Shiva, in the last few years have not lived up to audience expectations. In spite of coming up with excellent performance, Shivanna was let down by the scripts. Now, his latest Kaddipudi seemed like a last attempt to regain his losing popularity. Will this film give him a much-needed break? Find out in the review...

Director Suri, who is one of the successful directors in Kannada film industry, became a star filmmaker overnight with Duniya. The film won praises for bringing in fresh elements in the screenplay. Later, he was caught with the bug of hero-centric movies. He was accused of taking the much-treaded commercial path and giving up on his signature style. In fact, Anna Bond came under severe scanner for the wafer-thin storyline.

In Jackie, he tried to throw light on human trafficking, and Anna Bond was about drug trafficking. Well, in Kaddipudi, he tries to expose a bit on gang rapes. Kaddipudi is about a man's struggles after bidding goodbye to underworld. His fights, constant threats of being killed by his ex-rivals and how he tries to survive in the bad world of rowdyism.

Shivaraj Kumar plays the role of Kaddipudi aka Anand. His friends and underworld call him by the second name. He accidentally enters underworld and rules it for sometime. But suddenly, on a fine day, an incident makes him to bid goodbye to the underworld. The next phase is the most difficult part as his enemies are trying to gun him down.

Kaddipudi has three options, according to the cop played by Ananth Nag: He could enter politics, or open his own newspaper or leave the place forever to survive from being killed. But Kaddipudi decides to be in his own place as he wants to lead a normal life. He marries Uma (Radhika Pandit).

Will he survive? Will he return to rowdyism? Can he protect his wife and lead a happy life? Watch the film to get answers for all these questions. Continue reading the review on slideshow...

Suri Is Back To Basics

By watching the film, you will clearly come to know that Suri is back to basics. But the interesting part of the story is that Shivaraj Kumar, who is known for popularising waving swords in films, will stun you with his role. Thanks to the director, who dared to imagine the situation, which a rowdy goes through, after leaving the underworld.

Suri Excels In Every Department

Suri has almost succeeded in every department. Starting from the credits, till the meaningful and believable climax, he has worked out in such a way that the film does not look like a film, but a story, which could have occurred in any rowdy's life who wanted to transform himself as a good human being.

Not A Regular Film

It is not a regular movie where we see a man bashing his enemies badly or a rowdy becoming a messiah of masses. But a film that is as natural as it can be. The strong point of the film is that fights, scenes and the story, all are believable and there is no exaggeration.

Shivanna Is Outstanding

Shivaraj Kumar is outstanding with his role of Kaddipudi. His expressions, when confusions hit his mind, are treat to watch. Radhika Pandit has come out with best performance till date, Ananth Nag and Rangayana Raghu are at their usual best. Aindirta Ray makes an impact with her cameo.

V Harikrishna Rocks

V Harikrishna's 'Soundarya samara...', and 'Bere yaaro..' songs stand out in the album. However, he creates magic with his background score. In fact, it has added huge value to the film. Krishna's cinematography is illuminating and editing by Deepu S Kumar is sharp.

Screenplay Is The Hero

Suri's screenplay gets cent marks. The biggest strength of the film is that it keep you curious till the curtains drop down. All in all, technically, story wise and performance wise, the movie is a brilliant outing.


Verdict: All these years, Shivanna did action films and entertained audience. But Kaddipudi is a film that could go down in the history as a classic. It is more of a class film than a mass movie.

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