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Nenapirali - 2005 DVD
Movie : Nenapirali
Year : 2005
Cast: Lovely Star Prem, Naveen Krishna, Vidya Venkatesh, Varsha, Ananth Nag, Jaijagadish
Music: Hamsalekha
Lyrics : Hamsalekha
Direction: Rathanaja
Production: Ajay R Gowda
Genre : Love
5 Film Fare Award Movie

DVD Info
DVD9-English Subtitles-NTSC All Regions-Color

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Director Rathnaja deserves full praise for making a fabulous film in the midst of violent, action and inconsequential films. Excellent photography, memorable music and lyrics, tidy screenplay, timely and apt dialogues and passable performance lift the film from what would have been a mediocre film.

Rathnaja joins the band of first time directors who made it big in Kannada cinema. But he has remained definitely different from others. For his own subject he has worked vigorously for the neat presentation of the film. The film has the shade of Nammura Mandhara Hoove, Chandramukhi Pranasakhi - triangle love story films. But where Rathnaja is outstanding is in his touching presentation of emotions by not going overboard. The watching of this film definitely leaves a strong impression that this is the best way of narrating the yesteryear tales.

Indhu (Vidya) and Bindu (Varsha) are sisters. Indhu is in love with business magnet Ekanth (Naveen Krishna). Ekanth is a big business magnet and he has no time to care for his fianc?e. Indhu uses her brain and utter a lie that her parents are looking for someone for her marriage. Ekanath evolve with an idea and sends his friend Prakash (Premkumar) to pretend as Indhu's lover. He does so but Indhu somehow feels that she should have met Prakash first in her life. At this stage the friend indeed does the right thing from vacating the scene. The marriage of Indhu and Ekanath takes place. The business magnet Ekanath sends his friend Prakash to Mangalore to head the branch. This is exactly wanted by Prakash. In comes Bindu to prepare a project on administration to Mangalore. She stays in the family of Prakash works under him for her project. But before the completion of the project circumstances forces Prakash to accept Bindhu as his better half. Both of them fall in love later after deciding to get married. The tragedy strikes at this point of time. Ekanath in Bangalore dies of a car accident. The elders in the family compel Indhu to marry again. Indhu turns opportunist at this point of time and decided to accept Prakash. This is the bitter pill for Bindhu because she is in love with Prakash. The feelings in all the three - Prakash, Bindhu and Indhu shoot up. What is ultimate result. You have to watch this film in the theatres.

The first hero of the film is cameraman Ramachandra. The Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore he has captured in his camera in a fabulous style. The first pleasant aspect of the film is cinematography. Then comes Hamsalekha the Ustaad. Five songs are very neatly composed. A song on Mysore, Drupadi?., Banigondu?., are memorable. Then the director flashes to your mind. Rathnaja has really worked hard and whatever he has told so far he has made it. The dialogues and screenplay technic adopted by him is a treat to watch.

Premkumar, Vidya and Varsha share the top honors of acting. The tall heroine Varsha in her debut has come out superb. She has been a promising actress. Vidya has shown her mettle in Chiguridha Kanasu and in this film she has been so precise and apt. Premkumar should change his style of dialogue delivery. Otherwise he has given a neat performance. Naveen Krishna is not that convincing. Ananthnag, Jai Jagdeesh rendered good support.

All the areas of a film making coming together - Nenapirali is a good example.

Worth watching. Rating 8/10
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Douglas DB
Tuesday 30 October, 2012

Indu (Vidya Venkatesh) lives in Mysore. She is an artist, and has painted a portrait of Ekanth (Naveen Krishna) with whom she is in love, a business magnate who lives in Bangalore. Because of the time he has to spend looking after his business, and his father (Anant Nag), he has no time to spend on Indu, and most of the time, he is too busy to even talk to her on the phone. Indu lies to him that her parents are looking for someone for her marriage, and that person must be an IAS Officer, or he must come from a political family: they don?t want her to marry a businessman. What Indu says is untrue, because when a visiting aunt and uncle visit Indu?s family, they are told that the groom will be of Indu?s choosing.

Indu is shopping one day in a supermarket, when a young lad hands her a pink rose, and points to a young man standing behind him. He introduces himself to Indu as Kishore (Prem Kumar), and tells her that he is in love with her, and will marry nobody but her. The song is interspersed with Kishore meeting her in a coffee shop, and then on his yellow motor-bike, on the hills where she goes to paint. Each time he keeps tells her that he wants ten minutes of her time to explain. She rebuffs him every time. He gives her his cell-phone number, and says he will wait next day till dusk in the Chanmundi Hills for her response. Then he arrives in her bedroom that night, wakens her, and tells her again that he waited in the Hills all day for her, and that he only wanted ten minutes of her time. He says he is a B.A. Graduate, an eligible bachelor, and that his mother wants him to settle down and get married in two months. He says there are many beautiful women in Mysore, but he is looking for one with a beautiful mind, that?s why he has chosen Indu. It turns out that Kishore is Ekanth?s best friend, and it was Ekanth?s idea that her parents see her going around with Kishore, find him unsuitable, and then lower their expectations, and when Ekanth comes along, he will be found to be more acceptable.

As Kishore knows nothing of romance, he enlists the help of his young sister, Roopa, known as Putti. She shows him video-clips and songs from films, and says that they should let people know that they are in love, and sing and dance! Then follows Song 2, "Koorakku kallikare", which shows many beautiful locations in Karnataka. But the song annoys Indu, so much so that she slaps Kishore at the end of the song. This annoys Ekanth, but Indu says she will apologise to Kishore, and Ekanth persuades Kishore to continue, but to let Indu decide the plan. Indu and Kishore become friends. Gradually she seems to be falling in love with Kishore, and she tells him that she has felt that he could be the man in her life, rather than Ekanth. He is horrified, and says that that would be wrong, and he avoids making mistakes like that.

Then, Ekanth and his father turn up at Indu?s house, with a marriage proposal, which is accepted. At this point we see Bindu (Varsha), Indu?s younger sister, who is doing an MBA, and who hopes to help her father in his business. When they are married, Bindu asks Ekanth if he can give her a job, in Bangalore. However, he tells her that he will give her a job in Mangalore, where his close friend, Kishore is the general manager. He says she will stay with Kishore?s family, in the guest house. She obviously knows nothing of Kishore, and his friendship with Indu.

Bindu is quite different from Indu, an extrovert giving to talking feely and very outspoken. At work, Kishore is very strict with her at first, but at home he gradually learns to treat her like a guest. Gradually they become closer to each other. She is beginning to fall in love with him.

Then Ekanth dies in a motor accident. Ekanth?s father makes out documents of his entire property in Indu?s name, in case anything happens to him. Ekanth?s father wants Indu to remarry, but she says she will never remarry, when her parents ask her. Bindu says she will try to convince Indu. Then Indu says she has changed her mind, and she will re-marry. Bindu is delighted, until Indu tells her that she will marry Kishore...


1. Nenapirali (Olavu ontiyalli)
2. Koorakku kallikare
3. Hattiradalli
4. Manase mahaa markate
5. Indhu banigelle habba
6. Nenapirali (Preethi Nanna)
7. O Beladingale

Released Year: 2005
Running Time: 142 minutes/Colour/Kannada


I watched this superb film in 2012, seven years after it was made. It is compelling viewing. The story is unusual, and the writer/director has paid great attention to detail, which you only realise when you re-watch the film several times, and it is a film well worth watching several times. It is very well directed and very well acted. All the characters are convincing in their roles. The song and dance routines are excellent ? with the most beautiful music, particularly in the title song. The lyrics are beautiful. The choreography is very imaginative, and the dancing is impeccable. The picturisation is superb, in beautiful locations, which I presume are all in Karnataka ? the car registration plates "KA..." show frequently. The only minus point for me is that on the DVD, the subtitles are missing in several important dialogues throughout the film, and two songs are not subtitled. Unfortunately I do not speak Kannada, or there would have been no problem!

My impression of the film was that is an excellent film which deserves a wider audience than people who speak Kannada. It could be dubbed in Hindi (but "Yaadein" does not sound so poetic as "Nenapirali" for the song. And anyway, Subhash Ghai has already made a delightful film in 2001 called "Yaadein" which had a totally different story).

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