ಗಾಳಿಪಟ -5 out of 10

Gaalipata in San Jose, California

– Review by manthramugdha

 

The opening scene was quite impressive. They have the 3 heroes talk in the background while the credits run. It sort of established the general personalites of the 3 heroes Ganesh, Digant and Rajesh Krishnan more known for this ‘Closest to SPB’ voice. The opening song is shot well.

 

Technically speaking, photography by Rathnavelu has captured the soothing locales of Kodagu quite well. The songs are noted for their lyrical quality. The tunes by Harikrishna sound too much like Mungaaru male tunes. Still the 3 dance songs are catchy and  a couple of Sonu nigam’s solos are melodious. But the background music is confusing. Many times during dramatic moments the background music prompts for a different mood and sets some false expectation. For example when there is a tense scene leading to a happy ending, the background is a brooding orchestra, which seems to portend that the happy ending is actually short lived and some thing else is waiting to happen. No. Nothing like that happens leaving one wondering what was the musical cue all about ? 

 

Some time after the middle the movie stopped being interesting for me. It relies too much on feel good gimmickry leaving the audience with the impression that it is too contrived. The scenes showing the mischief committed by the wayward daughters are not at all believable.  The so-called practical jokes by the Ganesh character were getting tiresome. The audience did not laugh much either. The story line is quite predictable. The film itself should have been reduced by at least 45 minutes. The well know editor Suresh Urs should have given more work to his scissors – but I wonder if the editor is allowed so much influence in Indian movies.

 

Ananthnag’s presence is a plus especially his dialog delivery. Rangayana raghu seems natural. Ganesh does show some good expressions and in general does a fine job of being likeable. Rajesh Krishnan looks very uncomfortable and Digant’s character is too silly.

 

Among the female stars Daisy looks like an advertising model and in that sense looks good. But she has very little emoting to do. Unfortunately that entire slack has been over-compensated by Neetu‘s character who is absolutely intolerable in her over-the-top acting trying to be a Tom-boy. If there is any classic lesson to be followed while playing a Tomboy one should just watch Manjula in Sampathige Saval.  Bhavana Rao has very good expressions especially in the Yakshagana song.  Still I cannot think of one person I know who would behave like her.  A good acting is one where the audience believes that the character and the actor are one and the same. In this movie I could find the acting believable only in the case of Ananthnag and Ganesh. The director seems to get the actors to make wrong choices. One thing I should mention is that Ganesh looks more assured in his acting. It is good to see a confident actor.

 

One notable aspect is the artwork by Shashidhar Adapa. It is very colorful.

 

In comparison with some other movies Gaalipata is some what decent.  Still I would give the entire movie a 5 out of 10.

 

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