Kannada movies titled after important localities in Bangalore have become hit at the BO. ‘Shivajinagara’ featuring mass hero Duniya Vijay and Parul Yadav is set to join the list with the movie being tailor-made for fans of the Black Cobra of Sandalwood. Plenty of action sequences laced with power-packed dialogue, soft romance, melodious songs and excellent cinematography make Shivajinagara an interesting fare, particularly for the B and C centres.
The protagonist (Raam) has a disturbed childhood because of his father, who has two wives. He hates his father to such an extent that he develops violent behaviour. After his father’s first wife dies, Raam and his family move into his house in Shivajinagara reluctantly. There, Raam falls for the charm of the first floor tenant’s daughter Pavithra (Parul Yadav). Love blossoms between the two. But Raam’s family is struck by the tyranny of a local goon (Ashish Vidyarthi), who is hell bent on destroying them. This prompts Raam to unleash terror on the local rowdies and thereby become the target of the police.
Pavithra’s father discovers his father’s affair and begs Raam to stay away from her. He even relocates to a different neighbourhood. A disappointed Raam even attends the wedding of Pavithra. Incidentally, Pavithra’s husband (cop) discovers that she is in love with Raam. He does his best to reunite Raam and Pavithra. The rest of the movie is about Raam trying to restore dignity to Shivajinagara by eliminating all the rowdy elements and eventually emerging as the don.
The movie is highly-paced with a few dull moments. High octane action scenes, gory and killings form a significant part of the plot. There are plenty of unwanted characters while the screenplay is marred by poor editing. In the performance department, Vijay stands out as the protagonist by performing daredevilry stunts. However, he fails to emote in sentimental scenes. Nevertheless, his fans will love him in this avatar.
Parul Yadav sizzles on the screen, particularly in emotional scenes. She makes acting look natural in the role of a Brahmin girl and justifies her character. Her dance number Rangeela reaffirms her credentials as an accomplished dancer. Music by Jassie Gift is hummable. Two songs Rangeela and Aase o Aase have become chartbusters. On the whole, the movie is entertaining, particularly for those loving action sequences.