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'Suntaragaali' offers action-comedy combo
By R. G. Vijayasarathy, Indo-Asian News Service
Film: "Suntaragaali"; Producer: Kadur Umesh; Director and music director: Sadhu Kokila; Cast: Darshan, Rakshitha, Rangayana Raghu, Ashish Vidyarthi, Seetha, Umashri, Sadhu Kokila, Bullet Prakash.
The title of the film says it all. "Suntaragaali" ('Storm') is an out-and-out action film tailor-made for its hero, Darshan.
Director Sadhu Kokila, however, has used all possible commercial ingredients to enhance the film's mass appeal. It is not disappointing fare for viewers averse to excessive action because the film offers rip-roaring comedy as well.
Besides, there are good performances from Darshan and veteran artistes like Rangayana Raghu and Sadhu Kokila himself.
The title reminds one of a popular lyric in the hugely successful film "Kalasi Palya", featuring Darshan and Rakshitha. But the hero's character is quite different here.
Yes, Darshan has a larger-than-life image, but he makes you laugh. Playing a slum-dweller, he succeeds in speaking with the accent that the role demands.
"Suntaragaali" is strewn with allusions to recent political incidents in Karnataka. The election background offers scope for comedy and the references to coalition politics give the film a contemporary touch.
Rakshitha does well.
Bollywood actor Ashish Vidyarthi, as Darshan's father, is just about adequate. Seetha makes a difference with her dignified presence. Comedy sequences featuring Sadhu Kokila and 'Bullet' Prakash are a highlight of the film.
Anaji Nagaraj's camera work is good, but Sadhu could have provided better music. "Nannaane Nannaane" and "Neen Nan Attig Belakiddange Manju" are well-choreographed songs.