SHORT TAKES There was happy music and good food when Ambareesh threw a party; Krishnan Love Story just about makes it
A mbareesh seldom needs an excuse to throw open his gates for a party buSunday marked a double delight. A party was planned to celebrate his nephew Madan Kumar's birthday when news came in that Chandan Kumar, the flautist who's also Madan's brother had won the prestigious Sangeeth Natak Academy award. A select gathering of close friends streamed onto the lawn. The evening was kicked off with the budding classical singer Karthik Hebbar singing a medley of Hindi film songs in the popular raag, Yaman. Ambareesh was at his boisterous best urging his friends to grab the mike and belt out songs while apologizing to the orchestra for their off key singing. Spirits were soaring and the host too belted out a few lines from an old Kannada hit after failing to convince S. Narayan to sing a song. “Anyone can sing if I can,” said Ambareesh though he has a surprisingly pleasant voice. When I heard an old Lata hit being belted out I looked around and was surprised to see Sumalatha singing with the ease of a practiced professional. It was time to cut the cake and also honour Chandan. Ambareesh showed mock fury when a friend pointed out that Chandan was the only one who had inherited the artistic genes of his great grand father ‘ Peeteelu' Chowdiah. The reluctant guests gravitated towards the sumptuous spread of food only after midnight. It was time to leave and allow the illustrious family to indulge in nostalgia.
Shashank has shown some talent among the fresh crop of directors. I liked bits of his “Moggina Manasu” and also the fact that it takes some gumption to make a female-centric film here. “Krishnan Love Story” is run of the mill with a few twists. The hero with his cronies and heroine surrounded by cute brats is getting on my nerves. The first half is predictable with hero falling for heroine at first sight and she resisting. It's in the second half that Shashank tries tweaking the oft told tale. I agree it's not easy repeating scenes when narrating a love story, but Shashank is ambiguous just as he was in “MM”. The heroine chickens out just when you want to stand and applaud. There are shades of “Sharapanjara” and the climax is “Gaali Pata”, nearly shot by shot. There are some scenes of substance but they are few and far between. The disappointment is Radhika Pandit who showed such promise and poise in “MM”. She's over made up and definitely not her subdued self. I have a sneaking suspicion that Shashank wanted her to do a Kalpana. The film is not bad, but Shashank has a long way to go before he can get down to all the lofty self-praise. Reliable friends in the trade tell me the film will make a marginal profit which is a great achievement in these days. Shashank should just sharpen his skills.
S. Shiva Kumar