One has to really scavenge for words to say anything credible about Chiranjeevi Sarja in Vaayuputra

The art of emoting effortlessly can neither be inherited nor imparted. You have to be born with a basic ability but it’s definitely not a legacy left in a person’s DNA. Amitabh Bachchan’s father was a poet while Kamal’s was an advocate and they are two of the finest actor’s around. If this is the case of offsprings who have chosen not to follow, star sons seem to be on a rise every other Friday, and the latest is Chiranjeevi Sarja, though, in the strict sense of the term, he is not a star son. He’s the late Shakthi Prasad’s grandson and Arjun Sarja’s nephew.

Chiranjeevi is the typical wannabe with the now ubiquitous six-pack, trained to perform back breaking stunts and be nimble footed in the song sequences. Sadly, basic expressions elude him. He has a tailor-made tale; of course a remake of a successful Tamil film, “Sanda Kozhi” but “Vayu Putra” fails to kick up a storm. With due respects to the latedirector Kishore Sarja, the basic essence of the original is lost in translation. ‘SK’ was not a great film but Lingusamy’s narrative never meandered from the basic premise. The heroine’s role has been cut to lengthen the hero’s and an unnecessary sentimental scene is added because Ambarish plays the patriarch. Set in a small town, the ill inserted songs shot in Dubai are jarring. It took some years for Arjun Sarja to hone his acting skills but he had a terrific presence and scorched the screen in the action sequences. Chiranjeevi must have watched his films avidly but has not imbibed anything. He badly needs a haircut and shave, has a permanent slouch and his dialogue delivery is devoid of any emotion. He does come alive in the action sequences but they’re not worth waiting for. Aindrita Ray is over the top enacting the exuberant character played to perfection by Meera Jasmine in the original. Very few aspirants get the kind of platform and publicity that Chiranjeevi has and it’s criminal to have made a mess of it.

There’s plenty happening in the Kannada film industry. By the time this appears the first copy of Yograj Bhat’s “Manasare” will be out. Slated for release at the end of this month the trade is again looking up to Yograj to set the box-office cash registers tinkling again. The director with the sardonic smile and a permanent ‘please tell me why ‘Mungaru Male’ did so well’ look is unruffled. “I’ve done my job. The audiences will decide the rest,” he says. Chaitanya has finished a month long schedule of “Suryakanthi”. “Five more days of shooting remain. Everyone has worked very hard and I think the film has shaped up really well,” says an anxious, but enthusiastic Chetan. A couple of songs in the film are vintage Ilayaraja. The much-bandied “Prem Kahani” is getting released today. The self-adulatory statements by the director are a put off. Let’s hope his work speaks louder than his mouth.

S. SHIVA KUMAR

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