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Times of India
Shiva and Shekhar, cousins, live in Bettangere and are two fearless youngsters who dote on each other and want to do good to their village. What happens when power, crime and action come between their equation?
This team has maintained that the film has its roots in the infamous Bettangere gangster cousins, what with the director being related to them. Ironically, the film begins with a disclaimer saying this is a fictional film. To add to the fiction element, the names of the cousins are changed from Seenu and Shankara to Shiva and Shekhar. The film has an interesting narrative and screenplay, though it falters at places.
The movie begins with Shiva being cornered by cops when he's on the run. At gunpoint, he recounts his tale of how he stumbled upon the path of crime and underworld. While most films romanticize the idea of the wronged man who ends up being a gangster and show him as a hero, director Mohan Gowda has managed to maintain a neutral stance and narrated the story of two cousins and their tryst with the underbelly.
This film has great technical values, albeit editing is jagged at points. Though, the two lead heroes fumble through their roles. Sumanth as Shivu has the bigger screen space considering the first of this two-part film focuses on his tale. He has improved as a performer from his earlier films, but there are some crucial scenes where his delivery falls just short of expectations. Akshay as Shekhar seems earnest but lacks the fire that his hot-headed character requires. Vinod Kambli in his much-hyped debut is entertaining in the cameo.
Should you watch it? The film does show glimpses of one of the recent underworld tales that gained notoriety. If crime tales interest you, watch it overlooking some of the film's shortcomings.