Monday 22 July, 2013
Starring: Sharan, Madhuri Itagi, Sadhu Kokila, Rangayana Raghu, Tabla Nani, Umashree, Shruti, Sanket Kashi,
Umesh, Dharma, Naveen Krishna, Kurigalu Pratap, Umesh
Director: M.S. Sreenath
Producer: Atlanta Nagendra, Sharan
Music Dir: Arjun Janya
Lyricist: Nagendra Prasad, Kaviraj, Hrudaya Shiva, V. Manohar, Ghouse Peer,
Singers: Arjun Janya, Priya Himesh, Vijay Prakash, Shankar Mahadevan, Naveen Madhav, Baba Sehgal,
Distributor: Aananda Video
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Thriller
This film is the story of a “con-man”, Krishna Murthy known as Kitty (Sharan). He describes himself as a “car-broker”.. If someone wants to buy a second-hand car, he finds out what make, model and colour of car they want, then he and his uncle, Prem Kumar (Tabla Nani) look for that type of car, and they use a pig to butt the car from behind. Then, taking advantage of the widely held superstition in that area, that if a pig head-butts your car, it would bring danger to your life – he then has a pig trained to head-butt that car, and then he offers to buy it from the owner at a low price. He then sells it at a large profit.
His mother (Umashree) wants to get him married, but whenever he is taken to see a potential bride, he misbehaves with her, and is rejected – that is, until he goes to meet Revathy (Madhuri Itagi), whom he later confesses he sees as the Goddess Mahalaxmi. The wedding is fixed.
Shortly afterwards, Kitty gets a phone call from Deepa (Shruti), Revathy’s friend, inviting him to a party with a friend. The girls get them both drunk with Johnnie Walker whisky, to find out the truth about Kitty, during which Kitty sings a line of the title song from the Kannada film “Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam”. Revathi says that the wedding cannot take place, but Kitty apologises suitably, and is forgiven.
Kitty decides to be honest and stop their car business, but they are asked by a Swamiji to find another car, a black one. They do so, and buy the car from Umesh (Umesh). They drive away, and see Revathy and her family, who have been on a shopping expedition. Kitty gives them a lift to their home, where the car is greatly admired by the villagers. Kitty says the car is his, and that he has bought it for Revathy. Then he takes it home, and tells his mother it is for her. He opens the boot (“dickey” in India), to show her, only to find a big red bag, with a dead body inside. They find that Umesh has given them a false address and phone number. He and his uncle then spray the car silver, and change the registration number. However, they land in even more trouble, as the number and colour of the car is now that of a car that has been stolen from former minister Annappa (Rangayana Raghu), who had hidden Rs. 25 crores of black money in it, as he expected a raid from the tax authorities. Annappa cannot call the police, so he contacts a gangster, Dumil Krishna (Sadhu Kokila), who answers his phone from a Carriage in the shape of a large pumpkin on wheels (as in the Cinderella Fairy Tale), and who promises to keep a look-out for the missing car.
The story continues, developing into a crazy comedy thriller, which involves Krishna trying to find the money, and terrorists trying to find the body. Just before the end of the film, we find out why it is called “Rambo”.
1. Manethanka Baare
2. Kanna Muchche
3. Jaya Jaya Jackettu
4. Rambo Rambo
Released Year: 2012
Running Time: 144 minutes/Colour/Kannada
If you want an evening watching the funniest and craziest romantic comedy thriller from the Kannada film industry, then this is the one to watch. With Sharan, Sadhu Kokila and Rangayana Raghu it could not fail to be extremely funny. Tabla Nanim as the uncle, and Umashree as the mother also contribute to the fun. Madhuri Itagi as the fianceé, and Shruti as her friend are excellent, as is the entire supporting cast.
“Manethanka Baare” is a love song on an athletic and sports theme, in which Kitty sings “Come to my house, I will love you till my last breath...” with a small group of male and female dancers, dressed in various costumes to do with different sports, and including Kitty as a matador – sometimes with a slowly revolving motor-bike in the backgound. “Kanna Muchche” is a sad song sung after the lovers have had a quarrel (not mentioned in the synopsis – watch the film for the reason!). “Jaya Jaya Jackettu” is, I think, the craziest love song I have ever heard. It has numerous dancers, as well as Kitty and Revathy. The dancers are dressed in a variety of weird costumes, and in a few scenes the girls have pigtails that are turned up in the shape of a letter “U” (the only other time I have seen such a style was in the highly entertaining Swedish films based on the children’s tales of Pippi Longstocking, an extremely precocious and truculent nine-year-old girl). The craziness of this song is summed up in two lines, when Revathy tells Krishna that she will apply Fevicol (an Indian super-glue) and stick to Kitty, and he describes her cheeks as being like potato fritters (Aloo Pakora in Hindi). You can’t get much more romantic than that!
The final song, “Rambo Rambo” accompanies the credits, but starts off as a part screen feature, like a stage with cardboard cut-outs of various well known world comedians, including Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Walker of Hindi film fame, and Laurel and Hardy. Into this scene come the stars of the film and probably just about everyone involved in the making of the film, in the manner stage actors take their curtain calls at the end of a theatre presentation. Golden-star Ganesh appears briefly, as an RJ. We also see scenes in the making of the film as well as some out-takes. It’s a great film.
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