Mudinja Ivana Pudi is a bi-lingual (Kannada & Tamil) movie direction by K S Ravikumar. The movie features 'Naan Ee' fame Kiccha Sudeep & Nithya Menon in the lead.
The movie is being produced by Babu MB under Rockline Venkatesh's production house. The film will be produced by Rockline Venkatesh in Tamil and M. Babu in Kannada as Kottigobba 2, is not a sequel to Kotigobba (2001). D Imman is debuting in Kannada industry with this movie.
Sudeep plays a dual character in this movie, namely Shiva and Satya one of which will be a thief and the other one an innocent. Police starts doubting on the innocent Sudeeep with some of the robberies happen in the city. Somehow Police think that there are no two Sudeep's but only one.
Who is the person behind the robberies? And did the innocent Sudeep, who looked upon suspiciously by the police to get justice? What is the link between both the characters? Is the rest of the story to be watched on silver screen.
The film begins with an interesting hi-tech heist sequence that is typical of Ravikumar’s style of execution; one would have felt that the commercial director is back with a vengeance. Unfortunately, he could fulfill the audiences’ expectations only partially.
Sudheep gets his share of a mass opening song and gimmicks that’s normally associated with a superstar flick. He shines in both the characters and pulls it off with consumable ease.
It is Ravikumar’s smart commercial packing that works to a large extent to the film’s favor and makes it a decent entertainer.
The film tries to subvert the classic evil-twin template. Here, it’s the lovable Satya (Sudeep) who creates his evil alter ego (Shiva), a vigilante, who steals unaccounted money from unsuspecting millionaires.
But the problem isn’t with the film’s idea to merge a hero like Robin Hood with a film like Anniyan. We get no real sense of what Shiva wants to do with all the money he’s stolen.
Almost all the actors seem to have gotten the lip sync right (or to the point where we don’t feel cheated). Even the villains, playing North Indian characters, seem to be speaking in Tamil. There’s also a certain amount of effort that has been put in to make the film look like it’s set in Coimbatore.
As the title suggests, Mudinja Ivana Pudi is a chase story. But like the chicken and the egg mystery, the movie keeps you guessing as to who chases whom - the worse seeks the bad or the bad chases the worse? They all keep running in a circle, and who in the end keeps his chair is the thread that the director has used to keep his audience tied.
Nithya Menen plays a strong, but seen-a-lot kind of female lead and she does it very well. Sai Ravi, who plays a dirty cop is another great strength for the film. With him being one of the main men involved in the big chase, he creates a lot of tension to help the film run fast.
Verdict: Mudinja Ivana Pudi is a classic KS Ravikumar, loaded with heroics, drama, thrills, comedy and an energetic performance from Sudeep
Starting the film with a heist scene that is well conceived, executed and convincingly portrayed to a large extent the audience sit straight with the expectation that vintage Ravikumar is back. But this expectation gets fulfilled only to an extent.
The film(story by T.Sivakumar) has a lot of ideas and scenes we are used to in many other films involving two different and distinct male characters and the confusion whether they are same or different persons. There is one particular scene which resembles the super hit transformation scene of Ajith in Ravikumar’s own ‘Villain’.
Verdict: ‘Mudinja Ivana Pudi’ is a commercial entertaier packed with thrills, twists and likeable entertainment. But the hard-to ignore dejavu feel and excessive length spoil the broth.