By now, that some tentpole movies not simply name for prepared suspension of disbelief however vociferously demand it. The Kannada film Yuvarathnaa, starring Puneeth Rajkumar and directed by Santhosh Ananddram, falls within the latter class. The film launched in theatres on 1 April and dropped on Amazon Prime Video on 9 April.
Puneeth is understood to be sharp on health and his Insta web page is filled with him defying gravity through the lockdown. You see fairly a few related scenes within the film too. Enjoying Arjun or Yuvaraj, relying on whenever you start watching the film, he shimmies down pipes and slides on the ground, all in good time to dispatch the dangerous boys the place they should be. Puneeth is a good dancer, and pairing up with him is Sayyeshaa, additionally identified for her dancing expertise. So, motion and catchy dance hooks are assured — to Thaman’s music, which does not likely seize consideration, although.
It’s a Puneeth film and the scope is huge for some meta-ness, which the director, who can be the film’s author, grabs, hardly ever letting go of 1 likelihood. Be it Puneeth’s father, the legendary Rajkumar’s appearing and singing, or the truth that Puneeth and his eldest brother Shivraj Kumar appear to have held age at bay, the film manages to seek out a solution to sprinkle these dialogues ever so usually.
Lastly, the story. Er, what did you ask? Is the film about non-public establishments taking up training, failing authorities schools, a former scholar returning to set proper the ills plaguing training or… you get the drift. If solely the group had caught maintain of 1 strand, held on to it tight and explored that angle, you may need had a good masala film. Right here, it aspired to cowl all bases. This doesn’t come collectively properly and the film stretches on, needlessly to about 160-odd minutes.
The film has an ensemble solid of fine performers. There’s Prakash Raj taking part in the do-gooder principal, and that is an actor who can actually promote you “good” and “evil”. There’s Prakash Belawadi, whose very twitch can convey a lot, and there’s Achyuth Kumar, one other easy performer. However, there’s solely a lot they’ll do to rise above the script. Diganth performs one of many alumni, and you’ll see the twist from a mile away.
Sayyeshaa disappears after a bit, and also you don’t even ask why. The ladies within the film are so terribly written. In a single scene, you cringe when Puneeth congratulates a hastily-put-together ladies’s cricket group, as a result of they did their job properly — their transient is to scratch the ego of the male gamers, in order that they overlook their variations and group up! Like, why, why.
There’s one set of scenes that includes dad and mom in school. It’s fleeting, however serves some objective. Some film should definitely flesh out the scrumptious prospect of fogeys getting again to school, crushing on individuals and putting bonds with the dad and mom of their youngsters’s classmates, and sure, combating new-age arithmetic.
Sure, that is a industrial film so why should or not it’s up for scrutiny, one would possibly marvel. It attracts eyeballs, and so, all of the extra cause why there’s a want for sensitivity. The drug habit scenes are a hoot. Are they excessive on medicine, or is that this one thing else we see?
Prakash Raj performs a vastly standard school principal, however he doesn’t know that a former scholar of his is a youth icon professor! This stated youth icon can be an knowledgeable in getting college students off medicine, apparently. How? You’re asking too many questions.
The writing of the film is wise in locations. There’s a hat-tip to Tamil Nadu politician Annamalai, who was a former police officer in Karnataka. Additionally, one doubt. If some scenes are set in Mangaluru or coastal Karnataka, is it crucial that huli vesha within the fish market and Yakshagaana on the stage are a should?
As per the film, Puneeth’s character is a professor in his early 30s, and Sayyeshaa is Vandana, who teaches in a medical school. A film like this might have accomplished with some gravitas, relating to displaying the skilled lives of its leads. She is coy about him understanding she’s a professor. Why? Once more, too many questions.
That is a film that doesn’t demand a lot of your consideration, which could go well with these pandemic instances. However, at a time when the Kannada film business is arising with attention-grabbing fare that’s massy but stylish, this film falls brief by a mile. One simply needs Puneeth exhibits the identical care he does whereas backing movies as a producer (he was a a part of Hemanth M Rao’s pretty Kavaludaari!) when selecting movies he stars in too.