Srikanth Srinivasa feels Kannada film Yaare Koogadali is a neat family entertainer and worth a watch.
Director Samuthirakani, who had directed the Tamil original Porali, was chosen to direct the Kannada version as well which has all the ingredients of a mass entertainer.
After Paramatma and Anna Bond failed to meet audiences' expectations, Puneeth Rajkumar gives an intense performance in this film.
Kumar (Puneet Rajkumar) and Natesha (Yogish) escape from a mental asylum in the middle of the night. They settle down in Shishupala's (Sadhu Kokila) house under rather funny circumstances.
Kumar has a hidden past with people baying for his blood. Both of them find a job at a petrol station. Kumar's good nature wins him friends and helps him start a service.
He meets Bharathi (Bhavana), who lives next door and at first dislikes him but then comes to know how kind-hearted he is and falls in love with him.
Things change when Shishupala advertises Kumar and Natesha's new service in a newspaper, together with their photos.
A chase ensues. Cut to the past and Kumar's childhood and his family life. What has led him to the mental asylum, and how he overcomes his troubles is revealed in the second half.
The film has some interesting twists and turns with the chase sequence shot particularly well.
Sukumar's camera work is superb.
Puneeth Rajkumar has come up with a powerful performance. Yogish entertains and repeats his act from Hudugaru.
Bhavana gives a restrained performance and Nivedita is superb in a brief role. Malavika impresses. Sindhu Lokanath and Varsha Krishna shine.
Achyuth Kumar and Lakshmi Hegde make you laugh, and Sadhu Kokila too is as usual funny. Charmee dances to a special number in the film.
Director Samuthirakani has tweaked the original a bit to suit Kannada audiences while retaining the essence of the original.
Harikrishna's background score is breezy and the film doesn't bore the viewer with unwanted songs.
This movie is a neat family entertainer and worth a watch.