Critic's Rating: 3/5
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Prathap Narayan, Anushree, Arun Sagar, Prakash Belawadi
Movies are made on every class of this society- the poor, the middle and the elite class. While middle class stories are top favourite for every film maker, there is another class- the ignored class, which is ignored by majority of the people including film makers. This ignored class have come out live on screen, as a story, in Benkipatna.
A unique love story set in Benkipatna village is a murder mystery. Hanumanthu (Prathap Narayan) is an innocent man who does the work assigned to him without questioning it. An orphan Paani (Anushree) is in love with him. She works in market and her manager (Prakash Belwadi) is an arrogant man. While he overpowers everyone at work, Paani is the only girl who talks back to him; they share a love-hate equation.
One fine day, back to back murders happen in the village and a series of suspense follows this murder. There is another important character in the film- Arun Sagar, whose character itself is a story, which has to be witnessed on screen! Rest of the story completely revolves around the murder.
Prathap Narayan and Anushree are the wisest choice to play the roles of Hanmanthu and Paani respectively. The unique love story, the rugged looks, the emotions are brilliantly brought out by these two. Prakash Belawadi's role is small and classic indeed and Arun Sagar is at his best performance till date.
Director T K Dayanand, who was a journalist earlier and has criticised almost every film, has rightly chosen to script to make his debut as director. Narration is good but there are too many unnecessary characters and dialogues in the film, which could have been avoided.
Music director Steve Kaushik's music is melodious and striking! Songs Bogaseyalli Male Hidiyuvante and Doori Doori are melodious and remain in your minds after coming out from theatres. Lyricist Jayanth Kaikini is back to his glorious days!
Over all, the movie is a good start for director T K Dayanand and worth watching once for audience.
Sufiyum Sujatayum has a few good moments but gives the feeling that with so much potential, this one could have been a better watch
Bajpayee essays a near-silent role, for Bhonsle is a man of few words. The subject of Bhonsle has been attempted in Hindi cinema, but no one has dared directly mention ethnic identities