19 January 2008

Gaalipata : One step forward, two steps back

Gaalipata was one of the most awaited movies of Kannada film industry in recent times. As of the core team of the movie was same as that of most successful movie of the industry - Mungaaru Male, obviously expectations were very high. The hype was built up in a nice way, courtesy marketing team of the movie.

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After such hype, getting tickets in the first weekend is an arduous task. Since it was known that the movie is technically is very good and majority of shooting was done in beautious locations of Kodachadri, I thought of seeing the movie in PVR itself. I was continuously waiting for opening of online booking of the tickets in the PVR website from 2 days before release. Unfortunately, the bookings for the movie never opened. Even on Friday morning the movie was not coming in the options for online booking. At 12 noon when I checked website again, the Gaalipata option came in combo-box, but the tickets were sold out. This is very unfair indeed, and illustrates one more example for lack transparency with respect to booking of tickets in PVR.

Now we had look forward to single screen. As we(Harsha, raveesh & me) didn’t want to waste our time standing in the queue, hence decided to go for tickets in black if it is available at a reasonable price. On Saturday morning as per the plan we met at Eshwari theatre at 10 am. The tickets for the morning were sold out by that time, so we hunted for the people selling tickets in black. After all searching we got a man selling the tickets at three times the actual price. As we had no other option we unanimously agreed for his deal.

The show was supposed to start at 11.15 am, we went casually inside the hall ten minutes before the start. But we had to rush to our seats as the movie had already started, the title song ‘Akaasha ishte yaakideyo’ was getting screened.

The movie is about three friends Ganesh, Digant and Kitty frustrated with city life, this decide go away from city for peace of mind. The place they chose is ancestor house of Digant in Muglipete somewhere in Sahyadris. From there on, audience are treated with many clichés and stereotypes such as
  • Three guys meet three girls in a single incidence.
  • Out of location duet songs.
  • Seeking of parental permission for marriage.
  • Percepting a wild boar as vishnu’s incarnation.
The major USP of Mugaaru Male was its unique treatment and absence of stereotypes. I am sorry Yograj Bhat avare, in Gaalipata you have taken a few plusses of Mungaaru male but packaged it with many stereotypes. This is what happens when one tries to emulates success.

It’s unfair to compare the movie with Mungaaru Male, but it is inevitable as there are many similarities.
  • Protaginist: There is hardly any difference between characterization of Pritam in Mungaru Male and Ganesh in Gaalipata.
  • Dialogue Delivery: The comical sequences are nice, but emotional dialogues are very much similar to that Mungaaru Male. For example famous Pritam’s monologue in Mungaaru Male, the similar type of monologue is emulated not once but 2-3 times in Gaalipata.
  • Shooting locations: In Mungaaru Male, Jog Falls was captured in a unique perspective. Similarly in Gaalipata the director has tried to project Shimsa falls from a different angle.
  • Songs: Music wise and situation wise Minchaagi neenu baralu ninthalliye is very much similar to Anisuthade yaako indu.
The movie could have been better if all the departments had blended together seamlessly, as it was in Mungaaru Male. But in Gaalipata some stuffs such as cinematography and comedy stand out very evidently. Overall it’s a watchable movie, but not worth the hype.

What others say:
- Abhishek S. N. : Gaalipata Gimmick - A Funny Review
- Raveesh Kumar: Gaalipata(Kannada) - Film Review
- Times of India: Gaalipata - Movie Review
- Rediff.com: Galipata: A class act
- Deccan Herald: Gaalipata-Review

This post was listed in a thatskannada.com editorial ಬ್ಲಾಗ್‌ಮಂಡಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಗಾಳಿಪಟ ಚಿತ್ರವಿಮರ್ಶ(Gaalipata reviews on blog posts).


  1. Good intro to the movie

    Thanks for not telling the whole movie

    Any case i will try watching the movie

  2. Anonymous12:03 PM

    correct maga, same thing happened to me also, so much hype, i also took the tkts in black, same theatre, but movie could have done in better way, still movie is watchable for excellent camera work!!

  3. The snap preview looks annoying

  4. @manish: there is nothing reveal as the story line is waferthin.

    @ano: thanks for dropping here and commenting.

    @srinidi: thanks for complements. i will read urs too ...

  5. Strange are the ways different people perceive a single movie. Though I felt slight disappointment like you but one of friends who is a harshest critic of the movies praised heavily!!
    Also the response I received from different people after watching the movie was mixed. So anyway Gaalipata is here to stay. Atleast it is 100 times better than machchu longu movies in Kannada

  6. Anonymous5:53 PM

    Ur opinion is respected ,and movie has some flip sides , but i guess movies are a means of entertainment and Gaalipata was a good entertainer.FULL PIASA VASOOOL. Ganesh dialogues delivery is awesome .out and out its a entertainer MUST watch movie

  7. Anonymous4:05 PM

    A lot of reviewers have missed the parallels with dil Chahta Hai. The three guys are characterized just like Dil Chahta Hai. Rajesh Krishnan's character is like Akshay Kumar's, silent, artistic etc., Saif's innocence is there in diganth as well. Aamir's arrogance and ability to come up with obnoxious statements had to come out of Ganesh. But Ganesh could not act like that. It looks like Ganesh has made the character fit his acting instead of the other way round.

  8. Nice review.

    Even I went by taking block ticket in Navarang paying thrice the ticket price. But I felt movie is worth seeing and entertaining.

    If you take any most expected movies released in any movie industry they have not even reached at least 50% of the expectation. But Gaalipata has reached 80% of my expectation.

    Very natural and nice movie I liked this movie very much. Good effort by Yogaraj bhatt. Thanks to the director for giving such a nice movie in Kannada.

  9. Hey thanks for the review. May be I will give it a skip :)