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MURALIDHARA KHAJANE
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KNOCKOUT PERFORMANCE: The film is Ramya's through and through.
KNOCKOUT PERFORMANCE: The film is Ramya's through and through.

Sanju Weds Geetha (Kannada)

Cast: Ramya, Srinagar Kitty,

Suhasini, Jai Jagadish,

Director: Nagashekar

After all the hoopla, Sanju Weds Geetha, directed by Nagashekar, is a welcome relief from all those dreary remakes. Supposed to be based on a real-life incident, the film is a treat for Ramya fans.

She with her restrained performance lives the character of Geetha alias Puttakka, excelling in both romantic and emotional sequences.

The impending tragedy is hinted at the beginning itself. A simple and straightforward narrative of Sanju, an engineer, wooing Geetha, scarred by a traumatic childhood experience thanks to her cousin. But the romance is blighted by the cousin who comes in their way.

However, the narrative is patchy and had the director focused more on the script, it would have been more appealing. Engrossed in constructing lyrical and poetic shots, Nagashekar loses his way, leaving a lot of loose ends.

Tighter editing would have made all the difference.

But despite its weaknesses, the film is refreshing.

Sathya Hegde's cinematography is outstanding.

The dilapidated Bidar fort, the night shots in Coorg's mist and pouring rain are impressive. There are shades of Mungaru Male because of the incessant rain as the backdrop.

Jaasie Gift has enriched the narration through lyrical songs such as “ Gagganave Baagi” and “Sanju Mattu Geeta Serabeku Anta”.

Despite presence of heavyweights such as Suhasini, Jai Jagadish, Avinash Sharat Lohitashwa, it is Ramya who carries the entire film through.

Srinagar Kitty seems to have invested all emotions in certain scenes, which is why in others he doesn't seem to have any.

Shreya Goshal deserves all appreciation for rendering melody.

Tighter editing would have made a world of difference.

Had Nagashekar deleted some unwanted sequences such as jail song, the film could have got the expected results.

Any how an attempt of the kind under the circumstances is really welcoming.

MURALIDHARA KHAJANE

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