Sudeep’s first movie as a director was My Autograph. It was lifted frame by frame from Cheran’s Tamil super hit Autograph. His second movie was #73 Shanti Nivasa. It was a Kannada version of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Bawarchi. I was apprehensive about his 3rd film Just Math Mathalli, though I heard good words about the film. But here, he has gone for original story written by himself and the way he has executed it, has swept me off my feet.
The approach towards the story is very realistic. He almost breaks all the set rules of formalistic film making and surprises throughout. There is never a forced comedy scene or action scene. The whole film has been treated accordingly to the story and I assume that absolutely no compromises have been done just for pleasing the audience. I don’t think it’s possible without the support of the producer I guess. Sudeep must be really lucky to get a producer (Shankar) who would give such freedom. And moreover, the production value of the movie is top notch. It could have been easily the best crafted movie but I found many scenes were not focused correctly/blurry/dull. In many scenes, background was blurred intentionally in post production which I didn’t like. Talking about other negative points, 2nd half drags a little and some portions are predictable. But hell, the honesty and dedication with which Sudeep has made the film makes you forget all those things. (Notice the graphics of moving clouds in the scenes involving aeroplane). It takes guts to make movies with such sensibilities with hardly any mainstream elements prevailing in Kannada movies.
This movie has to work in the box office, as it will at least make some producers to put their money on story based cinema rather than star centric khichdi’s that we continue to churn out in Kannada film industry. (BTW, if I am not wrong, Sudeep has already signed a remake of Telugu film Kick 😦 ) Still, hats off to him for making this film like the way he has made it.
Sudeep, I am floored 🙂
PS: I am wondering if I have blabbered too much without knowing anything. But I am posting this anyway 🙂