It has been a while since I have watched and reviewed a Kannada film. The Kannada Film Industry has always been under the shadows of other industries like The Tamil, Telugu or the Malayalam industry. When you talk of films from down South, you generally tend to overlook this industry despite them producing some gems like Tithi. So I have just finished watching Yuvarathnaa on Amazon Prime. Is it worth your time, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Yuvarathnaa is a full blown mass masala entertainer where the story follows a teacher’s struggle against privatisation of their college. The thing with masala entertainers is that they are meant strictly for entertainment and usually have less emphasis on a proper storyline. Instead they rely on over the top antics. Here, though there are many over the top antics, there is a storyline attached to it. The screenplay plays to the masses in the first hour where our main protagonist makes a grand entry beating many people to pulp and also having a love story on the side. There are deft twists that will keep you engaged although you will be left wondering as to what is going on. But your answers lie in the second half where the writing carries much more value. Even though far fetched, but the proceedings are more engaging and entertaining than the first hour and also makes up for certain flaws in the first hour(where our hero randomly breaks into a jig). Overall the screenplay is very entertaining and you won’t be disappointed.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are massy and would cater to the front benchers. The BGM by Thadam is captivating and it adds a whole new layer of style and intrigue to the drama. The music is peppy although it disrupts the flow of the proceedings. Direction Santosh Ananddram has done a swell job balancing the drama between it being a masala entertainer and adding an emotional thread as well as a message at the end.
All performances are good. Dhananjaya, Sonu Gowda, Diganth, Prakash Belawade, Tharak Ponappa all manage to shine in their respective roles. Sayyeshaa Saigal as Vandhana looks very pretty and does a fine job too. Prakash Raj as Gurudev Deshmukh is excellent in a very endearing character. The star of the show is undoubtedly Puneeth Rajkumar as Yuvaraj. Another superstar down south the man can act, dance and exudes with a lot of style.
Yuvarathnaa is another mass masala entertainer nailed down by the makers down South. Available on Amazon Prime and Highly Highly Recommended.