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Sudeep makes Kashi work!
R G Vijayasarathy |
April 27, 2005 19:48 IST
The new film Kashi, From The Village is yet another addition to the list of films where a competent actor like Sudeep is shown with a larger than life image, and which has bits and pieces of every commercial ingredient in it. The film's story revolves around Sudeep alone, and he single-handedly lifts the film many times from the depths it keeps dropping to.
The film features the glamorous Rakshitha, who is really good in her comedy sequences in the first half, and finds nothing much to do in the second half of the film. It looks as if Sai Prakash, the director, handed over his responsibility to these two artists to make Kashi what it is -- an enjoyable film.
Though the story of the film is credited to actor-director-scriptwriter A R Babu, many sequences in the film are straight lifts from successful non-Kannada films like Vijay's Bhagawathi and the recently released Nagarjuna-Jyothika starrer, Mass. Many sequences in the film are predictable, but despite all these handicaps, the film is still entertaining because of Sudeep.
Kashi (Sudeep) is as a simpleton with a loving brother. Kashi works hard to ensure his brother's medical education, and, at the same time, gets involved with television anchor Rakshitha.
Sudeep's brother Harsha is in love with Shilpa, who is studying with him. But unfortunately, this is not to the liking of Shilpa's father, a dreaded underworld don. Harsha gets killed when he tries to elope with Shilpa. Shilpa later reveals to Kashi that she is pregnant, and now Kashi wants her to give birth to the baby -- at least for him -- so as to enable him to remember his deceased loving brother. But, on the other hand, the Don forces his daughter to get married to another undesirable person, resisted by his daughter and also by Kashi.
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Finally, Kashi takes the battle right into the Don's empire, and succeeds in taming him.
This is an out and out Sudeep film. He does everything -- dazzles in the fight sequences, cries in sentimental scenes, and even does a bit of comedy in the first half. Rakshitha looks glamorous and wears the right dresses for the songs. She has dubbed for the film herself, and shows a good timing in the comedy sequences with Bank Janardhan.
Kashi has all the commercial ingredients -- though not in the proper proportions. Rakshitha looks good in the dance sequences, and proves that she can be good with comedy as well. Sathya Prakash has delivered a good performance as villain, but Dharma needs to improve. Bank Janardhan is impressive.
Technically, the film is well made with JG Krishna scoring well with the camerawork. Koti's re-recording has enhanced the quality of the film, and two songs are catchy. Kitcha, Kitcha, Rakshi, Rakshi is well choreographed.
Kashi will provide some relief for the audience looking for decently made commercial films, though too much sensibility is not to be looked for in such films. The film belongs to Sudeep and his fans will be immensely pleased.