Bad remake of a good comedy

Pakkadmane Hudugi


EVEN BY something that would be considered the greatest act of generosity, it is impossible to consider Pakkadamane Hudugi a comedy film. It is ludicrous.

The original film Adittaveettu Pen in Tamil, was made in the early 1960s, and was subsequently made into Padosan in Hindi, in the 1970s. Padosan, which became a landmark in the comedy genre, had stunning performances by Mehamood, Kishore Kumar, and Sunil Dutt. In the original Tamil film, comedian Tangavelu put together such a fine act that he catapulted into the top comedian slot.

But Pakkadamane Hudugi, coming from M.S. Rajshekar, winner of the prestigious Puttanna Kanagal Award, is a big disappointment. It neither has outstanding performances nor does it have a good screenplay. Literal translation of dialogues and frame-to-frame copy of the screenplay, leave the film with nothing original, so much so that it makes it illogical. However, Ananth Nag, who plays the role of music director Chakravarthi and Mohan as the Tamil music master, Amaran, give some occasional spells of respite. Even though both of them imitate the body languages of Kishore Kumar and Mehamood respectively, their efforts draw attention. The ease with which Mohan delivers Tamilgannada dialogues with varying nuances, and Ananthnag's ability to breath some life into the washout dialogues is what makes it tolerable.

Ranjita who plays Indu (the role played by Saira Banu in Padosan), wears little to draw attention. And she also does very little acting. No logic or reason seems to have gone into the characterisation of the hero Raghavendra Rajkumar. Comedian Doddanna and a host of junior artistes are in the cast. Rajesh Ramanathan has scored the music.

K.N. Venkatasubba Rao