Out Of Theatre

Karma

Out Of Theatre
08 Aug, 1986 3 hrs 14 mins U/A
Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Sridevi, Poonam Dhillon
Synopsis

A Malayalam adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet

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  • Times of India
Story: A Malayalam adaptation of Shakespeare's play Hamlet

Movie Review: Karmayogi is to be lauded for the way it recreates a celebrated Shakespearean classic in Kerala milieu. The complex characters of Hamlet are convincingly enmeshed with a picturesque landscape. The tale imbibes Malabar legends and script writer Balram Mattannur weaves yet another film that is quite reminiscent of his earlier script Kaliyattom.

But the story, however, fails to gather pace. The director seems unsure of himself as if he has identified himself with his main character. He tries to replace Hamlet's indecisive nature with solidity in Rudran (his protagonist), played by Indrajith. It might be justified for cinematic reason but the character loses his innate mercurial self and strives to regain it desperately, often by force.

His moments of inaction always go unexplained, like the scene where he finds his father's killer praying. Hamlet restrains himself for he fears his evil uncle might go to heaven if killed during prayer. In the film, Rudran delays his uncle's killing to auspicious dates and drops his sword.

The arrival of his father's ghost, which is so crucial to the plot, has a detached feeling. It is played down and deprived of the tensions and hardly evokes any action from Rudran. Queen Gertrude's character is played by Padmini Kolhapure (Mankamma). She reflects varying emotions - she is an incestuous woman and a mother dismayed by her disconnect with Rudran. The film confines her character so mercilessly that her course of action and eventual self-realization remain shrouded.

Thalaivasal Vijay slips into the role of Claudius with his character Bhairavan, who displays skilful cunning, venom and lust. His controlled histrionics stand out when he sidles up to his newly procured wife and clumsily slays down his potential adversaries. Indrajith and Nithya Menon share a short-lived romance as the lead couple.

A forgettable song sequence and a shoddy camera work that fails to capture the film's intensity add to the casualty of the film.
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Mauli Agarwal
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Praveen Kumar
Karmayogi is to be lauded for the way it recreates a celebrated Shakespearean classic in Kerala milieu. The complex characters of Hamlet are convincingly enmeshed with a picturesque landscape. The tale imbibes Malabar legends and script writer Balram Mattannur weaves yet another film that is quite reminiscent of his earlier script Kaliyattom. <br/><br/>But the story, however, fails to gather pace. The director seems unsure of himself as if he has identified himself with his main character. He tries to replace Hamlet's indecisive nature with solidity in Rudran (his protagonist), played by Indrajith. It might be justified for cinematic reason but the character loses his innate mercurial self and strives to regain it desperately, often by force.
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Rohith P
Poor movie,advisable not to watch .
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