Debutante heroes, especially from film families have a huge load of expectations and hype surrounding the launch of their maiden ventures. The pressure is equally heavy on the director who is responsible for their breakthrough movie. Quite often, the genre to be selected and the final outcome of the flick will depend on how well the helmsman narrates his story.
A still from the movie
Having stuck with the usual stock set of scenes, nearly till the interval, the movie makes amends in the second half with a better and fleshy role to Murali Sharma, a character actor of great potential. As the hero realises himself, with an understated support from the heroine (Malavika Nair), Rakesh Shashi shifts focus from the hero to his father, whose unrequited ambitions are those which the former seeks to fulfill to emerge as the ideal son and a star family member.
If sentiment alone can drive a film, this is the one. By lightening the load on the new star, the director works out a screenplay which is clearly old world and looks dated, a throwback into the social drama eras of the 1970’s and 80s. This makes the film watchable but does not vest much value on the box-office potential of the hero.
For viewers comfortable with such kinds of films, this would be a feel good film. One more notable point in the film is short on the love quotient with the romantic interludes between the lead pair very few and muted. Unlike many other heroes, who prance around with the heroine in their very first film in exotic foreign locales, this lover boy is shown escorting the family to a foreign trip in Cambodia! Having said that, the new entrant definitely needs to work on his acting abilities and screen presence, which one expects will make him stay in the intense rat race and hopefully emerge a ‘Vijetha’ in future.
BY K Naresh Kumar