12 September 2010

Pancharangi: Colorsgalu Ishtene

Kannada movie Pancharangi is the latest offering from the Yograj Bhat & Co, the team whose showcase movie Mungaaru Male has been the indsutry’s most successful movie.  Personally for me it was one of the awaited movies in recent times as my college mate Pawan Kumar is the scriptwriter plus supporting actor of the movie. I was regularly following his updates in facebook when the movie was under production.

Coming to the movie, what I can state is that it’s a decent package for family audience segment of Sandalwood. The story revolves around the modern day arranged marriage drama, complexities associated with it and which in turn spawns a new love story in parallel.

I feel that the makers have played safe in many ways by keeping the commercial aspect in mind. Without discussing much about the storyline, I will straightaway jump into my personal likes and dislikes of the movie. I am trying to be as unbiased and frank as possible. Btw, I have not seen Manasaare so my opinion may vary from regular Sandalwood followers.

  • Diganth and Nidhi make a good couple on screen and their chemistry is the major plus point of the movie. Diganth has improved a lot from Mungaaru Male days.
  • Some sequences are were well scripted, especially the girl(Lata) meeting boy(Lucky) for first time was narrated through dialogues between Diganth, Nidhi and Ananth Nag.
  • Climax was wrapped up pretty quickly in a dexterous way, there was not even a minute drag like usual formulaic movies.
  • The dialogues comprising Lifeu ishtene and ******galu: it’s going to be most commonly used phrases among people who speak Kannada casually.
  • Cinematography: the beach sequences have been shot nicely with good color tones. If I am not wrong the location is close to Kapu(Kaup) as I could spot the famous lighthouse in background many times.
  • Still not sure why the movie was titled Pancharangi. Sorry, my literary quotient is below average :)
  • Most of the songs were like speed-breakers in the narrative, especially the ones which were shot indoor in studios.
  • Background score was not up to the mark, my idea of background score is that it should linger in our minds even after getting out of movie hall. I feel some tunes from OST could have been used as a value add to romantic scenes.
  • For supporting roles, I feel  the director has to look for different faces in subsequent ventures. I don’t have any personal grudge on Sudha Belwadi and Padmaja Rao, but somehow I still recall  them as Kamala and Bablee of Mungaru Male :) Please take a leaf out of Rajkumar Hirani’s movies and how he gives importance in selecting a person who has only a few seconds on the screen.
  • Dedicated comedians: too many of them spoil the show.
  • A few subtle details have been ignored .. sometimes the condition of Diganth’s moustach and beard used to vary in a single sequence .. and in the beginning Lata(Ramya) and Ambika(Nidhi) are shown asleep under a quilt ! Can’t imagine how can it be possible in coastal Karnataka where temperature hardly goes below 20 degrees celcius even in winters :)
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  1. Anonymous11:32 PM

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  2. Good analysis of the film. Listing them in points gives the analysis a professional touch.

    I agree with some of your points - Climax part was well done. I was expecting the twist but at the time was feeling the film may run out of time as it was almost crossing the 2 hour mark and there was no sign of a twist. Bhattru did a good job there. Regarding 'galu' suffix - its going to be the trend for few months now. Also the point you made out about coastal weather is right - coastal areas experience hot weather at any time of the year. May director needs to do a reality check.