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Times of India
A girl is kidnapped and brought to a hamlet in Tamil Nadu. She falls in love with the younger son of the kidnapper. Flashbacks reveal family feuds and ego clashes between the older generations. Can the younger couple find a happily ever after?
On paper, this could be a good story. Ratnaja, too, has a track record that assures him of a good storyteller, when it comes to romance. Unfortunately, this love and revenge saga, tipped as his comeback vehicle, seems to have been churned straight from the mould of a 90s commercial drama, replete with gaudy costumes, conniving uncles and the absence of any technology.
The film is the love story of Puttu and Chinnu. One-and-a-half decades ago, Nanna Preethiya Hudugi had newbie protagonists with the same names and it became a cult hit. Only, this new tale with newcomers fails to draw even half as much applause as the other one did. The story begins with the kidnapping of the leading lady, who is brought from Chikmagalur to a hamlet in Tamil Nadu. She is held captive as her uncle wants to settle an old score with her father.
Had the director just stuck to telling the story instead of the different sets of lovers across generations and the opposition faced in a simple manner, the film may have been more watchable. But, there are far too many songs and the first half lasts longer than it needed, leading to the two-and-a-half hour film seeming to be twice its length.
Should you watch the film? If you are game for 90s like love sagas, which induce unintentional laughs and have many improbable situations, then this one is for you.