Much was expected in the Kannada film industry from the Vishnuvardhan starrer Varsha, a new movie from the prestigious Rockline Productions banner, and directed by S Narayan. The Vishnu-Narayan combination has always worked wonders in the box-office ever since they worked together in Veerappa Naayaka.
That film was followed by Suryavamsha and Simhaadhriya Simha, which completed silver jubilee runs. Jameendhaarru was also a money-spinner.
Both Vishnuvardhan and S Narayan had huge hits like Aaptha Mithra and Mourya respectively to their credit before they came together for Varsha. Thankfully, Varsha does not belie the expectations it had raised. The film has everything in the right proportion -- emotions, comedy and action. And the product is supported well by its technicians and cast.
Varsha is a remake of Malayalam hit Hitler, which had Mammootty in the leading role. The film was remade in Telugu with Chiranjeevi in the lead. Before acting in this film, Chiranjeevi's career was in the dumps, but Hitler revived his flagging career.
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Though Varsha is another version of the same story, it looks different because of the presentation and changes made by the director.
S Narayan has got everything right in this attempt -- he has selected the right artists, used the best technical support and presents his hero not only as a short-tempered human being but also as a possessive and protective brother of five sisters.
Varsha is the story of Sathya who has come up in life the hard way. He lost his mother while a small boy, and his father was framed and arrested by the police on criminal charges. But Sathya, who is unaware of his father's innocence, takes custody of his five young sisters.
Sathya's father Bhadra has been cheated by his brother-in-law who poisons his sister's mind to move away from her husband. Later, she commits suicide and her son Sathya is left with his five sisters.
Sathya looks after his sisters well and educates them. But they are under his strict control and any person who plays foul with them faces his wrath. Later, he finds himself in trouble because of this.
Meanwhile, Sathya's father is released from prison and now wants to take revenge on his brother-in-law. The latter joins hands with some villains who want to settle scores with Bhadra and his son. They hatch a plan to a create rift in Sathya's family, and succeed.
Will Sathya reunite his family again, and prove his father's innocence?
Vishnuvardhan plays the role of Sathya well, and underplays emotions. His dialogue delivery stands apart, and creates a good impact in the emotional sequences. He is also good in the action sequences.
Heroine Maanya proves her merit in her first Kannada film. Full marks to Ramesh and Komal who have delivered top performance in the comedy sequences. All other artists including Sreenivaasa Murthy and Doddanna have done well.
Varsha has a sound technical support in music director SA Raj Kumar, cameraman PKH Doss and editor Soundar Rajan. Vasanthi Vasanthi, Ikku Maga and Kanneerige Kanneereke will certainly top the charts.