Sunday, January 20, 2008

Gaalipata - Movie Review

Gaalipata - Flying High!!

I had thought the era of fairy tales was over. But Yograj Bhat has woven a "nice" fairy tale around three friends, their love and a wild boar (???)!!! Yes that’s what the thin story line of Gaalipata is about. It’s a movie with a great concept of weaving these together. And Yograj Bhat does the weaving well and comes up with a nice entertaining fare.

Here goes the storyline… Three rich carefree friends Ganesh (Ganesh), Diganth (Diganth) and Kitty (Rajesh Krishna) have different characters distinctly. They come to a remote Malnad place called Mugilupete to Digant’s grandfather’s house. There they have to stay with Kodandaram (Anantnag) and Padma (Padmaja Rao). They have a widowed daughter-in-law Sowmya (Daisy Bopanna) and two daughters Radha (Nitu) and Pavani (Bhavana Rao). Kodandaram’s legs are paralyzed while hunting a wild boar in the jungle and hence he has the feeling to avenge his loss. The three guys help him in hunting the boar again but in vain only to gain scoldings from Padma and her daughters despite which Ganesh’s will to hunt the boar grows. In due course, Ganesh falls for the always silent Sowmya, Diganth for the ever-scolding Radha and Kitty for the talkative and naughty Pavani. Ganesh somehow brokers the engagement between Digant-Radha and Kitty-Pavani. But when it comes to his love, Sowmya rejects his offer saying she is better off with her memories of her childhood friend and husband who passed away just two hours after their marriage. This breaks down Ganesh and his parents’ (Sudha Belavadi and Rangayana Raghu) efforts to persuade Sowmya to marry Ganesh fails. What happens to Ganesh and his love? Will he get Sowmya or he has to forget her? Watch in the movie for its hurried climax!!!

Storyline is simple and what catches here are the dialogues by Yograj Bhat. They are comic and punching at the right places. All the best dialogues are “reserved” for Ganesh and he delivers well. But alas!! Each and every dialogue and his body language remind us of his Mungaaru Male act. No doubt they evoke lots of laughter, but feel sad that Ganesh hasn’t given anything new in this! Signs of becoming KFI’s SRK?? Huh!! Or is it intentional from the director himself to give the same effect as MM. Not quite clear.

Diganth is just a poster boy here and gives some nice smiles all through. Rajesh Krishnan who is supposed to be the serious guy amongst the three is too serious to notice that he has got nothing to do here. Totally the other two are overshadowed by Ganesh. Daisy looks graceful and performs well too. Nitu has got her share of scoldings in the movie and carries on her proceedings well. Bhavana Rao is good in her act as the playful youngest daughter of Anantnag. Anantnag hams in this movie which is a bit disappointing. Padmaja Rao needs to tone down her voice. She almost blew my ears with her screeches and shouts. Rangayana Raghu impresses as Ganesh’s father.

Rathnavelu has done a great job in capturing the locales well. Kodachadri, Bekal fort and Shivanasamudra are breathtakingly picturized. But the effect of Jog as in MM is missing. No complaints but.

Songs add to the feel of the movie. The title song is shot well. Minchagi Neenu Baralu has got great photography and settings. Aha Ee Bedaru Bombege is good with some nice costumes. Nadhimdheemtana picturized at Kodachadri with Yakshagaana artists is a treat to watch.

Despite these, what does Galipata lack? I feel it lacks a vision. There is no proper justification for the title except for the title song which claims the lives of youngsters to be like a kite-free flying and racing ahead. The climax is a bit of let down. Why was such a situation and location required? The same thing could have happened on road or elsewhere. Is it just to complete a track that Sowmya had lost her husband there? Other thing which irked is the wild boar track! The dialogues and situations are woven around that and make it a hero and also a God towards the end. No doubt Yograj Bhat has given a great entertainer with some good dialogues, photography and music. But he could have extracted something different from Ganesh!

Totally it’s a good timepass entertainer. Watch it if you are a Ganesh and Yograj Bhat fan.
You wont get disappointed for sure :)

9 comments:

Gururaj said...

First Comment to this topic. Review tumba chennagide.. Climaxnu heliddidre film nododu ulitithu.. :P just kidding.. One of the best review by you.. Keep posting..

Naveen L N said...

Thanks for the review chetan.

irrespective of story line., I would certainly watch this movie for the camera work.

I think you will also agree that the presentation of the sequence and nature give different feeling while watching the movie..

music is good.

keep up the good work.

Thejesh Giri Chikmagalur said...

ನೀವು ಬರೆದ ಚಿತ್ರ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ.
ನಾನು ಕೂಡ ಚಿತ್ರ ನೋಡಿದೆ.
ನಿರ್ಧೆಶಕ ಯೋಗರಾಜ್ ಭಟ್ಟ್ ರಿಂದ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ

ತೇಜೇಶ್

Tsuvik said...

Nice review Chetan

Naveen L N said...

Galipata Rocks !

There is absolutely no second thought on the quality of the movie.

One can really enjoy this movie and also every aspect of the movie is good.

songs, the backdrop nature, small kick dialogs are really good and joy to watch.

there could have been some song near the falls, which could have added the beauty.

Heroines could have done a better job.

Absolutely no loss to watch this movie.., Galipata is flying high

Neeraja said...

A beautiful picture in Kannada, a must see picture with light hearted and witty dialogues. Hats off to the Gaalipata team!!

KannadaDuniya said...

Thanks For Review :)))

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