Two families are neighbours and share a warm bond. It seems like the perfect way forward when the son of one of the families falls in love with the daughter of the other. But, small misunderstandings lead to unwarranted fights and make the rest of this tale...
When lyricist Kaviraj finally announced his debut directorial project, there were a lot of expectations. He has delivered a fun family entertainer, without unwarranted item numbers, fights or other mass prerequisites. It is reminiscent of the soulful touch found in Basu Chatterjee, Sai Paranjape and Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies with a dash of the youth from Karan Johar, Sooraj Barjatya and Aditya Chopra films. This slice-of-life tale entertains and has a sweet message in the end.
The film is about two families, who are neighbours and live in harmony. The two patriarchs, Krishnegowda from Mandya and Chandrashekhar Patil from Hubballi, are very different personalities with their own quirks. In what seems like a perfect way forward for their friendship, their children fall in love. While the families get Suraj and Khushi engaged, a series of misunderstandings lead to the families calling off this union and parting ways. What ensues is a emotional, yet laughter-filled journey.
The best bit about Kaviraj's film is that he has chosen an oft-narrated thread, but given some new gags and laughs. What adds to this are the film's rich production values. Dinakar Thoogudeep, who is a filmmaker himself, must be commended for this, for the film looks glossy throughout. This setting in the beginning seems similar to the Malayalam film Niram that was remade as Ninagagi in Kannada, but that remains just to the basic premise of the hero and heroine being from the same neighbourhood. The rest of the film is different.
Where the film scores is in its characterizations. Each of the family members and guest characters in this ensemble has something to do. Be it the selfie and social media-savvy aunt, the cook who doesn't speak but just sings, the Bhagawad Gita-spouting Lokayuktha officer or the Shivajinagar driving instructor caricature, they do their bit and entertain.
Ananth Nag and Achyut Kumar lead the acting honours, with their age and experience bringing to life two good roles as the patriarchs. Amulya has a meaty character that allows to ride a Bullet, get drunk and do the local dance and even smoke, giving her ample scope to prove her versatility. Debutant Suraj is promising, while Chikkanna is his usual funny self. The songs by V Harikrishna are catchy and each of them is well-captured. The cinematography and editing too ensure this wedding celebration doesn't seem too long or boring.