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Times of India
The story may not be new to Sandalwood but debutant director Samuel Tony has put up a good show. Doodh Sagar has two parallel tracks — one set in the city and the other in a village. Its crisp script and neat narration enrich the movie-watching experience.
As the story opens, we're introduced to Harini (Deepika Das), who's heartbroken after the loss of her lover Justine Robert. On her way to his grave near Doodh Sagar falls, she meets Akash (Akshay) and gets attached to him. In due course of time, she gets to know that Akash is a rapist and murderer. Then Akash reveals his side of the story. He was in love with village belle Archana (Deepika) but his sister and brother-in-law (Neenasam Ashwath) didn't approve of the relationship. One fine day, Archana is found dead in the village pond and Akash is accused of killing her.
Whether it's the distraught Harini or the demure Archana, Deepika portrays the twin roles with equal ease. Akshay's amateurish act is dull in front of Deepika's riveting performance. Mithra deserves a pat on the back for his flawless diction of Mangalore Kannada. Ramya Barna shines in the item number Radhe Radhe Yenu Ninna Baadhe. Nagesh Acharya's camerawork is brilliant and Gautham Srivathsa's music is good.