A sceptical young girl travels to Hampi and ends up finding answers to a lot of questions troubling her. In the process, she also meets a guy who might just be the perfect match for her.
The first thing that strikes you about Hampi, the film, is the location. Set in the capital of the erstwhile Vijaynagar Empire, Prakash Kunte's film offers a first-hand view of the beautiful ruins of the city. The cinematography is such that it not only establishes Hampi as an important character but transports you to the city. By the end of the film, you have a burning desire to plan a trip to Hampi.
If that was the whole point of making the film, it works astonishingly well! However, Kunte adapts a very different approach to show the journey of Isha (Sonalee) from being a sceptic to turning into a balanced individual. There are characters and their stories that take you on a philosophical trip of self realisation. Sometimes, this works beautifully with the meaningful dialogues but it also tends to be too heavy on the viewer's mind.
This might be one of those rare times when a film's technical finesse scores more points than its content. Having said that, the actors in Hampi are just perfect for their respective roles.
Sonalee brings authenticity to her role by underplaying it and yet catching your attention throughout. Lalit is so much at ease in the charming Kabir's shoes that his acting feels natural and not forced. Priyadarshan Jadhav as R Ranjit and Prajakta Mali as Isha's friend Girija are convincing but it is Vijay Nikam who stands out among the supporting cast. As the cool Shankar, he steals the scenes he is in.
You can't call Hampi an engaging film. But there's a lot to take away from it. It can definitely be given a watch once.