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Times of India
A group of five prisoners break free from a Mysuru prison and set forth on a journey from Mandya to chase a lavish, underworld dream in Mumbai. Through their journey, one one of them finds love. Does that prove to be an impediment?
This is the official remake of the 2009 Tamil film Renigunta, which was one of the suprise hits of the year then. The Kannada remake has been in the making for long and has finally seen a much delayed release. Instead of sticking to the original hit story, the filmmakers here have taken liberties when it comes to changing a few things in the narrative. This has also resulted in the film being a few tens of minutes longer than the original. Does this work? Unfortunately, it is the length that gets to the viewer after a point.
The film has some rather stretched fight sequences, especially given that unlike Renigunta that saw a debutant Johnny playing the lead, you have an already popular Rakesh Adiga as the protagonist. Johnny's Sakthi was seen as mainly diffident in the original, while Rakesh's Ganesh oscillates between being heroic and diffident constantly.
The film has a few strong points, nonetheless. There are a few soulful ditties by Charan Raj, especially Mamatheya Madilalli and Kelamma Chinnamma. The cinematography, which begins on a rather shaky note, is top-notch when the narrative reaches the climax portions.
Rakesh is earnest in his role. Sanjjanaa's empathetic act as the elder sister is sincere. Amrutha, too, is commendable in her role as the mute love interest. This film does have its moments that make you sit up and take notice, but you need to stock up some patience to keep yourself without fidgeting between those scenes. Watch this film if you like stories that deal with the underdogs and their valour.