Rambo and Snehitaru have been big releases in recent weeks and the latest Kannada release, Mr 420, directed by Pradeep Raj, has something in common with both.
Rambo and Mr 420 are both banking on the magic of the time-tested pairing of the main actors.
Tabala Nani and Sharan brought success to Rambo while Ganesh and Rangayana Raghu are the uncle-nephew pairing in Mr 420.
Snehitaru revolved around a spoilt young brat and four friends who ensure all the drama. Mr 420 is about a village bumpkin, Krishna (Ganesh), who leaves home to stay with his uncle in the city and earn a living. Uncle Ranganna (Rangayana Raghu) is a pickpocket who makes no bones about making a good living on his earnings from crime.
Krishna takes up the same 'profession' after he is robbed by some goons in the city and is bailed out by
Krishna meets Rukmini (Pranitha) who helps him when he is in difficulties and Krishna promptly falls in love with her. His problem is that he cannot tell her that he earns a living pinching pockets.
There's an element of suspense at the end of the first half that sends members of different gangs running behind one another. The underworld gangs, the uncle-nephew duo and the police all seem to be chasing one another.
The film is okay just for passing the time and for those looking for a little entertainment. The first half is breezy with some laughs but the second half goes a tad slower.
Sadhu Kokila as an inspector gets the most laughs. Rangayana Raghu acts well in the first half but tends to overact in the second half. Ganesh has performed well but is overshadowed by the others. Pranitha is good.
Director Pradeep Raj appears as a villain in the movie.
The music is just average, as is the camerawork.