Uppu Huli Khara: A heist drama for the youth
A familiar straightforward heist film with a fresh youthful approach
Choreographer-turned-director Imran Sardhariya has been taking small footsteps, improvising on his filmmaking skills, and with Uppu Huli Khara, he seems to have succeeded in his endeavour. Although a straightforward heist film which touches on the topic of demonitisation, Imran gives a certain freshness to the familiar story about youthful aspirations and the corrupt political structure.
Cast: Malashree, Anushree, Jayashree, Masha
Director: Imran Sardhariya
Three youngsters (Sharath, Shashi Devaraj and Dhanu DJ) with different ambitions come together to rob a bank. Soon, they surrender, and an investigative officer (Malashree) is given charge of the case. But the trio have stories to tell with support from their girlfriends (Anushree, Jayashree and Masha). Will their bank heist put them into unforeseen situations or will the real culprit be caught, forms the rest of the plot.
The first half of the film only introduces the characters, with the actual story coming only in the second half. Imran has gives us a colourful film, with dialogues, fights and songs keeping the commercial aspects alive. However, if he had added more suspense, with a tighter script, this would have been a better heist outing.
As for the cast, Sharath, who has a good physique, shows off his dance skills, while Devaraj tries to make a mark with his dialogues. Dhanu does well with his street-smart character. The heroines have limited roles. Anushree shines, but Jayashree needs to gain some confidence. As for the foreigner (Masha), she has blindly followed the director’s instructions.
The film’s highlight is Malashree, who brings in the much required punch with her masala act as well as a few action sequences, while Sudha Murthy, who makes her silver screen debut, holds up as a good judge.
The songs take up a lot of space, and there are some popular medleys. Sudeep and Puneeth have lent their voices for the Ganapa song and Ro Ro Romeo, scored by Judah Sandy and Prajwal Pai respectively. Niranjan Babu’s picturisation adds to the youthful drama.
Overall, Uppu Huli Khara is a watchable treat, especially for the young audience.