Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 21 March 2015
Dhananjay, Shruthi Hariharan, Bullet Prakash, Suchendra Prasad
Raate in Kannada translates to Pulley-an axle designed to support a movement, keeping up the equilibrium. With Raate, the director has managed to keep up the equilibrium equation with the script, screenplay and the phase of the film.
Set at three places- Gokarna, Bangalore and a thick forest in Karnataka, the movie is a journey embarked by two people-played by Dhananjay and Shruthi. As the sub title suggests, it is the tale of Raja and Rani, played by Dhananjay and Shruthi Hariharan respectively.
Raja is a cable operator and a content man, while Shruthi Hariharan, a small town girl, is a major fan of Challenging Star Darshan. The duo comes to Bangalore city and on their way they encounter a series of problems. Meanwhile they also fall in love with each other; how their lives changes after they come to the city forms the crux of the story.
The difficulties the duo face when they come from a small town to a city is shown brilliantly and this is where the director wins.
Arjun, who is high with two back to back successes- Ambaari and Addhuri is sure to score a hat-trick with Raate. The way he highlights small issues throughout the film is notable. Overall, a good movie by Arjun and the team deserves to applause.
Lead actors Dhananjay and Shruthi have excelled in their roles. Their journey in the thick forest and their excitement to come to a huge city like Banagalore and finding happiness with small moments is excellently canned by Arjun. Dhananjay has emerged a clear winner and has created expectations for his next ventures, while Shruthi Hariharan in her effortless acting is a treat to watch. There are few scenes in the film which most of the people can relate to. With this, the director has also proved that glamour content is not a criterion for a film to be a hit.
Songs need a special mention here; almost every song is shot differently and brilliantly. Songs Jodi Hakki, Nanna Bennalina and Raja Rani make one keep humming the song even after coming out of theatres.
Raate is an action thriller with necessary commercial elements. Make sure you don’t miss this one!