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Times of India
Tippu is the undisputed king of the underworld in Bengaluru. His long time rival, Delli, wants him gone. He orders for a 'hukum' or an open call for assassination of the kingpin. Will Tippu survive this and his trusted aides stand by him?
Santhosh proved with his first film Gombegala Love that he is a director to look out for. With Dada Is Back he tries to showcase the underbelly and hidden side to the underworld. The process of choosing and challenging the heir to the throne, which is called 'hukum' forms the crux of the story. The film follows the rivalry of Tippu and Delli.
Tippu has two trusted aides, who are like his left and right hand. Delli wants the throne and power for his sons. The hukum sees the two parties ready up to fight it out. And in between is an awkward little love triangle too that comprises Tippu's two aides and a woman. There's also a secret about Tippu revealed. What will happen to the throne amidst all this drama?
This film sees Santhosh grow considerably in terms of technical values when compared to Gombegala Love. The film has an interesting plot. The interesting cinematography and music add to it. Though, it does seem long at times despite its short run time. The cast, which majorly comprises new faces, does a good job. R Parthiepan as Tippu is good, though the stylization seems a little excess at crucial moments. The narrative also has Yakshagana artistes in the background to add to the drama.
Should you watch the film? It will entice those who like tales revolving crime and underworld. Though, it doesn't provide as much action one would expect from an underworld film.