Meera Maadhvar Raaghava breaks fresh grounds with content but disappoints a little in its treatment.
Directed by T N Seetharam, the movie in a way is similar to his television serials -- problems faced by middle class families --- which follow the same pattern of narration that made him the sultan of Kannada television serials.
So, you come back from the theatre feeling that the film needs something more than powerful dialogues. It also does not possess a certain level of technical content that is necessary for the film, which may just take away the chances of the film making it to the top.
But the writer-director deserves a pat on the back for choosing a contemporary and realistic story. Also, full credit goes to him for the fantastic narration in the situations leading to the climax and for getting amazing performances from a youngster like Tilak, who is simply outstanding in the film.
Seetharam is known for writing the best dialogues for his negative characters in his serials, and this trend continues in MMR too. As a writer he gets full marks. But as a film director he clearly shows his shortcomings.
Despite the services of a great cinematographer like H M Ramachandra, the technical narrative falls short of expectations. Even the important twist in the story like the gunning down of an MLA, is shot in a way that fails to create an impact. Music director Hamsalekha has also not made things easy for Seetharam by composing ordinary songs.
The story goes like this: Meera is being stalked by a rowdy Raghava who wants to marry her. Meera refuses Raaghava's overtures and marries Maadhava instead. She encourages her college lecturer husband to take up the Civil Services Examination and promises to arrange funds for him through a Rs 10 lakh loan from Raaghava, who is now a don in the district. Raghava forces her to sign a forged document for obtaining the loan.
Meanwhile, Maadhava becomes a Deputy Commissioner of the district and create problems for Raaghava, who then threatens to use the forged document to discredit Meera and Maadhava. What happens later is best watched on the screen.
Coming to the performances, Ramya manages to strike the right emotions in a very good role. But it is Tilak who outshines every other artist in the film by his amazing performances. Diganth looks handsome and has performed well in his limited scope.Most of the television artists who have worked for the film have done their parts adequately.
MMR is worth a watch for its terrific story content and brilliant performance by Tilak.