A mentally-challenged father lives in his idyllic world with his daughter, both of them crazy about planes. In his quest to get his daughter that toy plane that she yearns for, he ends up in jail wrongly accused of a crime he doesn't commit. What follows is a bittersweet tale of a father and daughter trying to be together...
Pushpaka Vimana is the much awaited 100th film if Sandalwood actor Ramesh Aravind. Generally, a film starring Ramesh is assumed to be an emotional tale that has ample laughs too and is a good family watch. What Pushpaka Vimana delivers that, only with a magical touch with extraordinary audio and visuals that transport you to this world of unconditional love between the father and daughter in this film.
The film begins with Rachita Ram, who takes the story back to Ramesh Aravind's trails and tribulations as a father. This world that they live in is perfect, until they come across this toy aeroplane that Ramesh wants to badly gift his daughter. What follows are a few unfortunate incidents that lead Ramesh to be wrongly accused and sent to prison. But, his innocent cherubic nature ensures that he manages to make the prison his home with his honesty and love. His yearning to see his daughter, the relationships with his prison inmates and his fight for justice make for a bittersweet poignant tale.
The film scores high technically. Bhuvan Gowda's fantastic visuals are complemented beautifully by Charan Raj's soulful background score. There story is no edge-of-the-seat thriller but instead is a wonderful tale of love between a father and daughter, which unfolds in its own pace but keeps you hooked to the screen.
The film also has a cast that does ample justice to the film. Led from the front by Ramesh Aravind, for whom this could be an apt tale for a milestone 100th film, and young Yuvina Parthavi, each of the cast member adds their own touch. Ravi Kale, particularly, is a breath of fresh air in an empathetic role, something that one doesn't associate him with.
S Ravindranath and his young bunch of producers have done a good job. The film, which is the maker's tribute to films like Life Is Beautiful and Miracle in Cell No 7, is a lot like the latter, but is justified considering the makers have bought the rights to the Korean film officially. This film is no fast paced mass film, but the narrative, dialogues and performances more than make up for it. So if you're the sort who likes stories that talk about relationships and their frailties and don't mind shedding that extra tear, this film will satisfy that.