FILM REVIEW ‘Madhagaja’: Most of the Kannada movies are full of spices. Perfectly in the category of mass entertainer. This has been going on for a long time, so many times good stories are not seen, but recently the Kannada film “Madgaja” has been released on Amazon Prime Video, which is a great masala film as well as quite reliable. Looks like too. There’s a different kind of pleasure in watching a movie like this to get a respite from the occasional intelligent movies. Look because like Mastane Hathi, this film also looks very cool.
The story is very formulaic. The leader of a village is a good man, Bhairav Durai (Jagpati Babu) and he always raises the voice of rights for his villagers. Whereas the leader of the other village is a goon, he always works to grab land, stop water, beat him up. Troubled by the bloody battle going on between the two, Bhairav’s wife wants to keep her son away from them and for this reason she hands him over to a fakir. This fakir takes him to Banaras and raises him and once a year, on the pretext of asking for alms, he gives a full report to his mother. Bhairav’s son grows up to become Surya Madagaja (Srimurali) and does the work of buying and selling controversial properties in Banaras and hence also does the washing of goons. Luck takes him to his native village and slowly he comes to know about his past and he then fights on behalf of his father to eliminate the goons, get the villagers their due and in between He also falls in love with a girl. All’s well that ends well.
The main cast is Mr. Murali, who delivers stellar action like the hero of a typical masala film. The story of the film is written by Shankar Raman, Suresh Arumugam, and Mahesh Vishwakarma and dialogues by M Chandramouli. The script of the film is tight, except for the issue of a few songs, the film goes on in a straight line and continuously. The grammar of action and revenge film has been kept correct by not creating any parallel track. For editing, the team of Vinod Kumar, K Harshvardhan and RKesh Gowda has kept the pace of the film and Chief Editor Harish Komme has not left any stone unturned. The story is very old, so something could have been done with its speed and action. Action is also handled by the team of three people Ram Laxman, Ambrev and Arun Raj. Gravity mocking stunts have been kept, like most Kannada films, but it is not wrong to expect it in a spicy film.
This is the second film of director Mahesh Kumar and he has made a very good film. If the audience trusts the characters, then the director’s job becomes easy. Such a story in which there is nothing new, yet getting the artists to work so that they do not seem strange, it is a difficult task in itself. Mahesh has easily justified every redundancy in the film.
Srimurali’s character in the hero’s story of returning to his roots from a fictional village to the dome of Varanasi and then passing through the same eighty ghats seems to be believable. The emotions that can make people cry have been kept under control so as not to deviate from the center of the story. Jagapathi Babu often becomes a villain, but this time his character is much better and considering his experience, he has worked very hard in it. The character of Jagapathi Babu is a bit different. Devyani has also acted very modestly in the role of Surya’s mother. In the film, extravagant dialogues, spicy songs, extravagant Tali Pitu action scenes have been avoided. Love Story also has the same song. Ravi Basrur’s music is not only good, but a lot of hard work has also been done on the background score of the film.
There are two or three main attractions of the film, one is its run time which is just 130 minutes, due to which it is fun to watch. Second, the pairing of Mr. Murali and Ashika is not only good, Jagapathi Babu and Devyani must have impressed the audience in some scenes too. And the best part is the background score of the film. Masala is a perfect film for movie lovers.
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