Raja, a street boxer, falls in love with a blind girl Lakshmi, who shows him love and compassion. Raja, who has a few enemies, dreams of living happily ever after with her. Is this possible?
Preetham Gubbi's strength as a filmmaker lies in his portrayal of urban love stories. In Boxer, which also has a little action thrown in, he has taken more than just inspiration from the Korean romantic film Always, but has altered a few things. While the film works at most times, the second half does seem to stretch a bit too much, even with the film's relatively short duration.
The original had two youngsters, both without any familial ties and both very self-reliant, falling in love awkwardly. The romance had a lot more emphasis than the action, which happened to be a part of the tale. The Kannada adaptation has been tailored suitably to project the macho image of the hero, replete with an introductory fight sequence, and also alters a lot of his background to make him the quintessential lovable hero.
The film is technically quite solid, with good cinematography and editing, with rich visuals in most scenes. The music by V Harikrishna is soft and caters to the tone of the young romance. Dhananjaya is impressive as the Boxer, with ample scope to show off his body, acting and even dancing skills. Kruthika's character speaks a lot more than the original and there's a point when you wish she stopped calling Dhananjaya Boxer, for the fact has been established enough. While she is sincere, there's scope for improvement. Charandeep makes for a good villain, while Rangayana Raghu has a role similar to what crowds expect of him.
Though Boxer isn't quite the perfect love story that one would want to watch, it still has enough romance and sentiments to make young lovers' hearts melt. This one definitely will resonate with the younger couples. The U certificate is an added bonus.