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Papu, the protagonist, comes to Bengaluru to be part of a TV show. Circumstances lead him to take shelter in a bungalow titled Preethi Nilaya, where he encounters five generations of his forefathers trapped as spirits waiting for salvation.
Veteran director Sunil Kumar Desai makes his directorial comeback with this film. Said to be in the making for a while, there were many expectations, for he teams up with Ramesh Aravind and Ananth Nag - two actors he has given memorable hits with. This film is a comedy set in an old bungalow that houses five generation of spirits, who are waiting for the youngest of the progeny to lead them to salvation, according to an astrologer. Ramesh Aravind, as the protagonist named Papu, lands in Bengaluru for a TV show and ends up in that bungalow following a series of events. He meets his forefathers' spirits there and from there begins a comedy of errors. Meanwhile, there are two heroines to ensure that Papu is busy and never short of female company. Veteran Desai has written an interesting tale that engages at most points. Considering that there are so many characters and twists, he ensures they all have a decent role to play in the film.
The film will definitely have a connect with the generation that enjoyed Desai's work in the 90s and early 2000s. For the Gen X, certain scenes and the soundtrack may be jaded. But, that said, the film offers 'clean' entertainment for the entire, which is a rarity. Ananth Nag takes the cake when it comes to performances, while Ramesh Aravind comes a close second. The comic ensemble that includes Loknath, Shivaram and Govinda Rao are a treat. The extra comical track involving PD Sathish Chandra and Biradar evokes a lot of laughs. Harshika has delivered a good performance. While the soundtrack from Hamsalekha could have been a tad more contemporary, that can be forgiven given the old-world charm to the entire tale. Watch this for a dose of laughter, with some intelligent witticisms as the bonus.