I had discussed with Arun Bhat about watching a Kannada movie together a few weeks back. On Tuesday(28th August) Arun pinged me asking ....
arunchs: seen Mathad Mathad Mallige?
heard that it's good
me: what abt u ?
arunchs: neither have i.. thinking of seeing
wanna go tomorrow or day after?
The deal was done, we decided to see the movie at PVR. The next task was to book the tickets. I contacted Gururaj Naik immediately on gtalk for booking the tickets, he promptly agreed. Next day in office I saw my colleague Rollei booking tickets thru ICICI platinum card (1+1 offer). I immediately messaged to Guru that he need not book tickets, thought of booking tickets using Rollei’s card. But as per online booking rules one has to produce the credit card while claiming the tickets. Therefore I ended up booking tickets with my Citibank gold card paying full amount :). Also, by the time Guru saw my message he had already booked the tickets, double booking !!!. Ultimately, he ended up seeing the movie with Naveen Sajjan as he couldn't cancel the tickets.
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Mathad Mathad Mallige is the latest directorial of venture of Dr. Nagathahalli Chandrashekar[NHC], who made excellent movies such as America America, Amrithadhare previously. The movie is about a village Jenukoppa and it's protector Hoovaiah[Vishuvardhan]. The main revenue for the village is floral cultivation. The village soil is very rich in minerals, as a result very rare kind of flowers can be cultivated on it.
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Life will be going on as usual, and then a MNC company 'USD' discovers thru remote sensing that mining in the region around Jenukoppa can fetch them millions of dollars. The company tries morally questionable means i.e. bribing ministers with Vitamin-M(money) to start mining. The government orders villagers to move some other place. Hoovaiah objects the order, saying that mining is illegal and would the villagers will lose their livelihood. The villagers will be in catch-22 situation whether to go for the government compensation or to support Hoovaiah.
Hoovaiah faces setbacks. His two dearest daughters end up marrying against his wish. This incidence makes some villagers lose trust in him. His critics try to take advantage of the situation, but are not successful initially. The authorities manage to start mining by unmoral means by attacking the village in absence of Hoovaiah, when he was in the city discussing issues with the MNC and the ministers.
The policing firing result in death of Hoovaiah's wife[Suhasini] wife also. His elder daughter (10th fail one) joins a Naxalite group led by Sudeep. The naxalites assain the minister, corrupt panchayat leaders. The persistence of Hoovaiah rules. He files petition in Supreme Court with a help of a lawyer(played by NHC himself) and starts hunger strike. His voice reaches all over the country, thanks to coverage of TV9. The farmers of nearby village come for his support and offer resistance to the attack of police (who were supposed to arrest Hoovaiah, suspecting him as Naxalite). The attempt of police is foiled by farmers.
Finally, Hoovaiah wins the war when Supreme Court orders to stop mining in Jenukoppa. The ending I felt was somewhat abrupt. The policemen were planning to attack Hoovaiah in helicopter and next scene was his lawyer[NHC] landing in JenuKoppa carrying Supreme Court judgement and congratulating Hoovaiah. There is no connection between this scence to previous scence in which police decide to attack Jenukoppa using a helicopter.
The movie reminds us of recent battle against industrialization in Singrur and Nandigram. Nagatahalli Chandrashekar(NHC) has got the important facts right such as Mines and Minerals Act etc. In the movie, the effects of industrialization all over the world in Kenya, Ghana, and Indonesia are mentioned. Hoovaiah mentions that government is doing nothing for farmers, in Vidharbha region a everyday three farmers commit suicide.
Overall the movie is good when viewed from angle conceptualization and storyline. One is treated with decent comedy throughout the movie. Technically movie could have been better. The cinematography and visual effects are not so good. This statement may be harsh, but the Mungaaru Male phenomenon has raised the bar in Kannada film industry, everyone expects other movies to match the benchmarks set by Mungaaru Male.
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