Among the young breed of directors K.M.Chaitanya has shown exemplary style and substance in his second directorial venture 'Suryakanthi'. He has proved in his presentation that he has the nerves. He was sidelined for 'Aa Dinagalu' as it is Agni Sridhar film the writer of the story and screenplay. But Chaitanya has responded fittingly to his detractors.
'Suryakanthi' has good standards, the film is worth watching and screenplay has the shades of other non Kannada films. That is not the mistake of director Chaitanya but the story, screenplay and dialogue writer KY Narayanaswamy making entry to filmdom has to own the responsibility.
'Suryakanthi' is worth watching once for many reasons - the tall, lanky and beautiful Regina, handsome Chetan, extraordinary cinematography from HC Venu, exotic locations of Uzbekistan, Goa, Belgaum, three marvelous tunes from music maestro Ilayaraja - what else is required for a commercial cinema!
The film begins with a shoot out in Uzbekistan is chilling and ends in a power packed action. In between there is high drama, misconceptions, sentiments, lovely songs. Avigna Media producer BN Sujatha and M Vasu have made a rightful choice with the maiden venture.
Rohith (Chetan) brought up in life by don of highs standards Stalin (Ganesh Yadav) is a sharp shooter and hired killer. The target is not local but all at the international level. Rohith on a challenge posed to his boss Stalin is forced to travel Bangalore. At the airport he is confused as Surya and taken away. That in fact saves his life. Surya landing is confused as Rohith and the bomb blast finishes him. Hearing this deadly news Rohith uses his brain to pretend as Surya. Before he takes up the job of CEO of a multi millionaire company he is given the task of consoling his fiancĂ© Kanthi (Regina) who is living with her grand parents (played by Nasser and Kishori Ballal). Free from some tension in life Rohith as Surya comes to Belgaum. He is bowled over by the beauty of Kanthi. But it takes a few days to convince Kanthi. In this time Surya faces a ticklish problem to solve the ancestral problem of Kanthi without taking the help of Kanthi's father who is a multi millionaire. It becomes inevitable for Surya to turn back to his wicked activities. He loots the huge amount in Goa that is in the control of his boss Stalin. This invites problem to Surya as Stalin is confirmed that Rohith is alive. Stalin comes to Belgaum and he is on an assignment to finish off Kanthi. Saving Kanthi and coming out of disgrace in life is the task of Surya alias Rohith.
Chetan is a treat to watch for his looks, costumes and well built physique. In the song Swalpa Soundu Jaasthi Maadu...with lovely lasses in Uzbekistan he is cynosure of all eyes. In two other songs he is comfortable but the dialogue delivery is where he falls flat. Regina is the real respite. Her height, looks, costumes and quick ability to emote are superb. She will be a good competitor to existing heroines in South India. Ganesh Yadav is cautious, Ramakrishna is agile and Nasser is fine.
HC Venu through his camera has given a feast to the eyes. His framing is so accurate and lighting lift up the scenic beauty. Maestro Illayaraja is back with some fine tunes - Swalpa Soundu Jaasthi Madu Ollu Songu (written by Yogaraj Bhat and sung by Anitha, Roshni, Suvvi, Reshma, Neha and Illayaraja)....is for front benchers, Mouni Naanu (sung by Karthik penned by Kaviraj)....and Edeya Bagilu Thattade Mella Bandeya (sung by Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Goshal - penned by Jayanth Kaikini)....are good melodies.
Worth a dekko!