Starring: Prakash Rai, Ramesh Aravind, Achyuthkumar, Seethara, Veena Sunder, Rajesh, Sihikahi Chandru and others.
Direction: Prakash Rai
Screen play, Dialogues: Prakash Rai
Photography: Ananth Urs
Produced by: Duet Movies and Media House Studio
Verdict - An excellent entertaining movie which explores the love a father has for his daughter which gets tested when she becomes an independent adult. It has good funny dialogues, great acting, superb photography and nice music.
Score: 9.5 out of 10
While watching Kannada or Indian movies, have you got bored of the stale adventures of the hero and heroine who fight against all obstacles and eventually teach us that love conquers all - that too not before the most stupid misunderstandings between the lovers themselves.? Have you got sick of how the hero-heroine gyrate in response to gross lyrics and head banging music? Now don't even get me started on movies that try hard to prove that in order to protect our personal dignity and survive in this unruly world, each of us men need to be the equivalent of a Jackie Chan or a Bruce Lee capable of beating the pulp out of twentyfive knife and chain wielding thugs !!
Yes.We badly need an antidote to such movies. We need a movie where the story is about some thing we can relate to, where the characters speak the kind of lines that are spoken around us? Still better, why can't the hero or heroine be in situations which are plausible and natural such that we the audience can relate to it?
Well, seek no more. Such an antidote has arrived. It is the Kannada movie Naanu nanna kanasu directed by Prakash Rai.
Prakash Rai (also known as Prakash Raj) is a popular national award winning actor well known in South Indian cinema. With this movie he has given a stellar performance as a director too.
The story is very new compared to what gets shown on Kannada movie screens. It is about the beautiful relationship and love a father enjoys with his daughter. The story is told by the father as he recollects one joyous event after another involving him and his daughter kanasu right from her birth. The story warmly unfolds as the girl grows from a baby to a toddler, to an adolescent and steps into adulthood. All along the father has been fully engaged in every walk of his daughters life and enjoying it. We also see very humane tendencies displayed by the father. It is to be admired that the story explores some very sensitive aspects like the father's resentment at his little baby growing up to be an independent individual.
In this movie, Prakash Rai has adopted the original Tamil movie (Abhiyum Naanum by Radha Mohan) and transformed it into a movie which fits the Kannada environment very well. Ramesh Aravind, Sihi Kahi Chandru, Seethara and Veena Sunder are very good in their roles
Prakash Rai shines in the role of the dad who tempers his desire to make his girl a strong and capable individual while at the same not wanting to let her out of his circle of love and influence. He has given a really genuine and bold performance bringing out his character's vulnerability, immaturity and fatherly love. His transition from a tense father to a relieved father is very nuanced and convincing.
AchyuthaKumar shines in his role as Patel and executes some juicy moments with assurance and confidence. I am always thrilled when young actors take charge of their role and hold their own. Amoolya as kanasu has given a dignified performance and personifies the role of the adorable daughter. Rajesh Nataranga's portrayal of the role of the supportive friend is very likeable and refreshing.
There are some very colorful picturization of songs with Hamsalekha providing interesting lyrics and fine music. The photography is pleasing. The dialogues are very natural, meaningful, sharp, funny and heartfelt. The song sung by Kailash Kher 'ondu maamara' has a haunting melody and is sure to be a hit.
I liked the cool and confident attitude displayed by Jogi when interacting with his prospective in-laws. This is in keeping with the times and shows the audience a character that has real personality as against the traditional tough guy hero who never-the-less exhibits over the top humility and modesty in front of elders. (I mean the dude who does not forget his culture of folding his hands and stands respectfully in front of guru hiriyaru).
The movie succeeds in being very entertaining while being realistic and natural. The movie demonstrates that a wholesome entertaining movie can be made while being highly artistic too. Going by the box office news, people are coming to watch this movie in large numbers in Karnataka.
So, Gandhinagar, you cannot give this excuse anymore. "We make crude cheap entertainment because if we make clean realistic movies, our Kannadigas do not come to watch it". I have always maintained that this is just taking the easy way out. I know there is always a market for movies which appeal to our base instincts. If people want to cater to it, that's fine. But if they channel their enormous resources they can make movies which they themselves can feel proud about.
I submit there is a huge segment of Kannada film goers who are desirous of watching well made movies. Let's not forget that the most popular and commercially successful director in Kannada is till today Puttanna Kanagal who appealed to such film goers. If Kannada can produce high quality literature, there is no reason why we cannot make high quality movies on our own. As can be see with movies made all over the world, it is the story and script which is the foundation for a good movie. I think we need more people like Prakash Rai who have the desire and confidence to make good movies based on good stories and strong scripts.
naanu nanna kanasu is the kind of movie Kannadigas deserve and have been craving for it. It is a very nice movie which must be watched by all kala rasika kannadigas especially fathers with daughters.