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Times of India
Gaali reflects the frustration of a young man who wants to make a name in the Kannada film industry as a director. Director Lucky has done a good job with the narration by making fun of the Kannada film industry which has the tendency to treat youngsters with contempt. The movie is a fight by a young director who swims against all odds and makes a name. There is a good flow of the story in the first half, but too many dialogues mar the narration in the second half. Totally, it is an enjoyable fare.
Jeeva (Jeevan), son of a farmer, has a dream in his life. He wants to become a film director. He comes to Bangalore from his village with a script and meets a number of producers to fulfill his dream. But he is treated with contempt by all. However, one producer agrees to fund his movie but asks him to take popular actor Abhayasimha as hero as he had his dates with him. Jeeva finds the hero very arrogant and not committed to his work and ill-treating the film crew. One fine day, Jeeva loses his cool and slaps him on his face and removes him as a hero. The producer is upset and decides to stop the movie. But Jeeva tells him that he would make a movie with a low budget of Rs 35 lakh. Jeeva himself becomes a hero and he has Roopa (Roopa Nataraj) as a heroine. He had saved her from rowdies earlier. His movie becomes a big hit and producers who treated him with contempt see him as their saviour and ask him to do movies for them. Fed up with the atmosphere in the industry, Jeeva returns to his village and takes to agriculture after marrying Roopa. Why did he do it? It's a reflection on the Kannada film industry.
Jeevan impresses you with a remarkable performance. Roopa Nataraj shows promise in her first movie. Music by Daniel Victory and camera by Santosh are good.