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Galipata: A class act

R G Vijayasarathy | January 18, 2008 14:06 IST

A still from Galipata.

What happens when three modern youngsters go in search of mental peace in a remote village?  Well, they come face to face with some eye opening facts, that's what. That is the premise of Galipata, the Kannada flick directed by Yogaray Bhat and starring Ganesh, ace playback singer Rajesh Krishna, Diganth, Bhavana Rao, Daisy Boppanna and Neethu.

Bhat has unleashed his best writing and narrating talents in this delightfully original and slickly presented entertainer which is witty, pretty and emotional.  

Galipata starts off with three city boys from different backgrounds looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. They undertake a trip to remote village where they encounter experiences alien to their upbringing. Most of the encounters include thrills, and spills which are humourously presented.

Credit goes to Bhat for not only taking a story that is offbeat but also for showing his fresh thinking in almost every sequence in the film. You will not find melodrama nor unnecessary commercial ingredients in the film. 

What you will find, however, is enjoyable song picturisations, funny situations and also some touching some moments -- all brilliantly presented by Bhat. The dialogues too are outstanding. 

Yet, Galipata is not an immaculate film and could have done with tighter editing.

Performance-wise, all the actors have acted well. Ganesh's superb dialogue delivery, comic timing and radiant screen presence is a real treat to watch. His one liners, in particular are hilarious.

Singer Rajesh Krishnan is in his element during the emotional sequences, though he could do with more acting assignments. As for Anant Nag, we get to see another commanding performance yet again. However, the film's surprise element is certainly Diganth who rocks with a vibrant performance. Daisy, seen in a totally different role -- sans her peppy looks -- gives a commanding performance while newcomer Bhavana Rao delivers a spontaneous performance. Neetu is good with her mannerisms. 

The film rocks in the technical department as well. Nature's beauty is artistically captured by cameraman Randy aka Rathnavelu. Award winning technicians like editor Suresh Urs and art director Shashidhar Adapa have effectively performed their tasks too. 

Musically, too Harikrishna's music composition adds a lot of pep to the film. Minchaagi Neenu Baralu (lyrics by Jayanth Kaikini) rendered by Sonu Nigam [Images] and Thadeem Dheem Thana by Chithra deserve special mention for good composition and brilliant choreography. 

In short, Galipata is a must see for those looking for a classy film.

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