Friday 13 February, 2015
Starring: Ravichandran, Navya Nair, Sadhu Kokila, Shivajiprabhu, Srinivasamurthy, Shivaram, Suchendra Prasad,
Achyuth Kumar, Asha Sharath, Jaya Muruli, Swaroopini, Unnathi, Suresh Mangalore, Bangalore Nagesh,
Dayal Padmanabhan, Jai Jagadish, Siddi Prashanth, Rohith B, Madan, Sujay Karanth, Victory Vasu,
Krishnamurthy Kavatthar, Auto Nagaraj, Anjanappa, Vibhinna Srinivas, Umesh Sirigere, Imran, Mahesh
Director: P. Vasu
Producer: E4 Entertainment, C.V. Sarathi
Music Dir: Ilayaraja
Lyricist: V. Nagendra Prasad
Singers: Vijay Prakash, Pooja, Manasi, Surmukhi, Sharath
Distributor: AP International
Genre: Family Drama
Rajendra Ponappa (Ravichandran) who lives in Coorg is a Cable-TV operator by profession. He lives with his wife, Seetha (Navya Nair) and his two daughters, Sindhu (Swaroopini) and Shreya. He is the sole bread earner of the family, often working late in the evening. He spends a lot of time watching movies. They are a happy family, playing practical jokes on father. They tease him that he is only interested in movies, and that he is mean, and does not like to take them on shopping trips. However, everything is done and said in a good-natured way. In one of the songs he sings that their’s is a love-filled story. Sindhu, his teenage daughter wants to go to a School Nature Club Camp, and he complains about the cost, but gives her the money for the camp. When she returns from the camp, she tells them that she has enjoyed herself, but complains that there was a boy, Tarun (Dharma, I think) who kept taking photos of the girls, herself included – and she did not like this. One day, Rajendra exposes the corruption of a constable, Surya Prakash (Achyut Kumar), who then vows to get even with him.
Sindhu and Shreya are returning home one day, when a car pulls up beside them. It is driven by Tarun, who has filmed Sindhu undressing in a changing room, using a concealed mobile phone. He threatens to publish the video clip if she does not agree to meet him in the backyard late that night. He arrives, and mother is there with Sindhu. Father is working late. He says he will publish the video if either Sindhu or her mother to not agree to have go with him. Tarun is on the point of attempting to rape the mother when Sindhu hits him over the head with a gardening tool. He falls back, bangs his head on the ground, and to their horror, they find that he is dead. They bury his body in a trench that Rajendra had been digging in the garden, because he said it was cheaper if he did it than if he paid a coolie to dig it. Rajendra comes home to find the family in tears – they tell him the story, and he has to (using knowledge he has obtained from watching movies) find a way to protect the family.
However, the finger of suspicion points at Rajendra, as Surya Prakash had seen him at the time of Tarun’s disappearance, driving away in a yellow car which matched the description of Tarun’s car. The constable has his revenge by constantly stirring things against Rajendra. However, Rajendra has very cleverly constructed an alibi for the time of Tarun’s death. But the police will leave no stone unturned, as Tarun was the son of Inspector General Roopa Chandrashekhar (Asha Sharath), who with her husband (Shivaji Prabhu) will apparently stop at nothing to discover the truth. This film comes to a tense and thrilling climax.
1. Ondu Kathe Kelu
2. Devare Kelu
Released Year: 2014
Running Time: 154 minutes/Colour/Kannada
This film is a remake of the 2013 Malayalam film “Drishyam” which starred Mohanlal in the lead role. What struck me most in the Malayalam version of the story was the ingenuity of the construction of the alibi. When I watched the Kannada version, I already knew about that. What struck me most in the Kannada version was the loving relationship between Rajendra Ponappa (Ravichandran) and his family, his wife and two daughters. They were a family who were not very well off, and bickered about spending money, on a shopping trip, on a mobile phone, on a car – but it was much more good-natured and in fun, compared with that in “Drishyam”. They are both excellent films, with different actors playing the roles, and I am glad to have watched them both. But I preferred the Kannada version. If you have seen “Drishyam”, do watch “Drishyaa” – you will see what I mean.
1. Ondu Kathe Kelu is the shopping trip, all that happens on the way there, at the shops and on the way back – a pleasant time for the family, including a brief scene from the nature trip. It’s a lovely happy song.
2. Devare Kelu is a sad song, in total contrast to the first. Watch the film to find out what it is about!
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