'Tony' tonic of entertainment is fed in excess. There is moral, there is definitely stuff in this director Jayathirtha and he has gone overboard. It is the deviation that distracts the mood of this 'Pukka' entertainer qualities film. The stuff is captivating in the main track. The unconnected tracks that test the patience could have been avoided.
Of course Jayathirth is over confident and he has feeling that anything he stores in the camera and edited audience would watch. He has the qualities of Sunil Kumar Desai (in giving captivating screenplay) and offbeat film makers concern.
Out of 2 hours 16 minutes and 50 seconds film half an hour plus is grabbed by the two tracks. Minus the two the film would have been crisp, tidy, and taut in narration. It is like 'Spicy Dosa' served with 'Curd Rice'. With multiple angles for the film director Jayathirtha has fractured the main track.
There is Tony track - Keshava alias Tony is interested in taking risk in his life. He wants to earn the big money to keep his fiancé Pammi (Aindrita Ray) happy. He is a guy who goes and gets the job. He is missed by an intelligent criminal gang that is not so far caught by the police department. The task for Tony is to change the sym card of 40 mobiles and place it at places he is instructed. It is morning 8 am to 6 pm assignment and his salary for the month is Rs.1 lakh. He dreams big from this money. He is not aware that he is in tight trap. Some of the dangerous instructions he follows is chilling. His fiancé Pammi is missing Tony from this task but the police is alert on this crime happening.
According to the police trace out in seven stages of the crime, five stages it is difficult to find the clue. It is only trapping the 6th and 7th stages criminals could be trapped in case followed tightly. The police know that Tony is innocent in handling it. At the dot of 6 pm he finds to his shock the realities behind what he is doing. Tony is in fact supported by police in his act. He is set free from dangerous crime.
There is a Tolstoy theory track (how of much of land you need) in the film that also speaks of greed. The land lord asks his workers to run to a stretch they can and come back before dusk by putting a flag. That means the area they have covered belongs to them. It does not happen as the greed increases and trick of landlord is a big drain on workers.
The third track is the folk culture that is missing from our eyes. The 'Janapada songs' fascination of this director is given well but it remains away from 'Tony' main track.
The brilliance in the film is quite impressive. Srinagara Kitty has given very good performance. Aindrita Ray innocence is what appealing. Suchindra Prasad as cop gathers attention for his dialogue delivery. Preethi Jingiani looks really aunty like she is referred by female protagonist.
Three tunes of Sadhu Kokila are worth hearing again. Sugnan wielding the camera has done some experiment in camera angle.
The editor could have been a best guide to overloaded director Jayathirtha.
Score - 6.5/10