Jantar Mantar Review: Nonsensical humour that just doesn't work
Govinde Gowda fails to make a smooth transition from the small screen to the big one with this directorial debut that falls well short of the mark
They say, ‘Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.’ But for debutant director Govinde Gowda, it may be called a year, if not more. With Jantar Mantar, he clearly showcases his inability to helm a full-length film, and adjust a script and narration for the big screen. He will need time to reflect upon the numerous mistakes he has made with the film, learn the skills required for a director of a full-length film, and probably then think about his next outing.
Casting himself and the comedy bunch from the reality show, Comedy Khiladigalu, the director tries hard to make the audience laugh, but their efforts go in vain. While the title created curiosity, sadly the film itself does not make an impression with a sense of humour which is completely out of place.
The film is about a case of mistaken identity. Three youths - Manja (Shivaraj KR), Ranga (Govinde Gowda) and Prem (Hitesh Kumar) attempt to kidnap Preethi, who Prem is interested in, but they end up kidnapping her grandmother. Fortunately for her, it is a blessing in disguise, and she finds solace hanging out with the three youngsters whom she gets to fulfill her small wishes. The film ends with a message about treating elders with respect.
Govinde Gowda has staged his film like the reality show, and the same is the case with the rest of artistes who seem to have not understood the difference between their small screen presence and working on a film. There are gags in abundance, but not all make you laugh. The director fails at the script level, and after a point, he doesn't know where to take the comedy drama, and ends up circling around with the same gags. For now, it would be better for Govinde Gowda to stick to doing comedy shows for some more time.
Among the actors, only Nayana stands out as she plays a role of an old woman, who is 10 times her age. Music by Rocky Son does not make any impact and cinematographer Suresh Babu seems to forgotten his specialty. Editor Shivaraj Mehu also seems clueless.
Overall, this is a definite miss.