Pulakeshi is someone who has a problem since birth, he cannot cry and smiles through pain. He meets three different women, who teach him lessons in love and life. Does he get over his problem eventually?
When Yogaraj Bhat and Ganesh come together on screen, one gets to see good songs, great locations, some meaningful dialogues and perspectives on life and love. This time around, they are coming together after nearly a decade. And symbolic to the fact that both the filmmaker and actor have grown over the years, the film marks the journey of youngster with his first tryst with love and sees him change the perspective over heartbreaks and conversations through three relationships.
Ganesh's character is named Pulakeshi, since his father is a history professor. He is quirky, fun-loving and has his own take on life. He meets three different girls, an ambitious engineering student, a free-spirited guitarist and a selfless small town girl, who he ends up falling in love with at different parts of his life. Each of the women have different takes on relationships. Each of these teach him lessons in their own ways. Through this journey, Pulakeshi, who balances a successful career, a hot-tempered father and some extremely caring friends, learns to live, love and laugh in different ways.
The film's best moments are in the fact that that each of the women, too, have their own well-rounded characteristics. They could be prototypes in ways, but their perspectives on life are refreshing in a way, given the sense that they aren't limited to the 'heroine' tag but have their own personalities. In fact, Apoorva Arora's character stands out as one of the best written ones in the film.
When it comes to performances, Ganesh charms as the man with the 'mugulu nage'. He smiles his way through life and one can't help but feel with Pulakeshi. Apoorva impresses, both with her small town girl act and her dialect. This film really shows her acting chops. Nikitha Narayan and Ashika Ranganath also do a good job. Dharmanna Kadur needs a special mention for his role as the best buddy who drills sense and sensibility into Ganesh's character despite his lisp. Achyutha Kumar, as usual, is a delight.The cinematography by Sugnaan, too, is a treat for the eyes. The film, since it deals with love, heartbreak and the literal and figurative journey of the lead actor, takes its time to unfold, like films of this genre do, but it is worth a watch, especially since the second half scores with a good climax. A song or two, maybe, could have been done away with.
Yogaraj and Ganesh first got together to make a film about heartbreak. With Mugulu Nage, the combination has grown and learnt to move on, which in many ways is quite akin to the film itself.