Darshakudu: Stuck between love and passion
The film is a medley of intense emotions of love, hate, passion and despair
After Kumari 21F, director Sukumar returns as a producer with a subject he is always fond of - a quirky love story which wonderfully explores the conflict between art and love. It also vividly portrays the equations of a boy and a girl and the story will make you fret, fume and frown as each scene builds the character of the protagonist--an ambitious director played by debutant Harish (Mahesh).
Initially, you find it predictable as the guy tries to woo a girl (Eesha Rebba) on a train, but then director Hari Prasad Jakka’s potential takes a leap to present a story that’s quite unusual. The practical approach to one’s passion and love is something we hardly get to see among youth these days. It is this trait of Mahesh's which makes life too complicated for him. Incidentally, this character reminds us of Sukumar’s selfish protagonists right from Arya and 100% Love to Nannaku Prematho.
Cast: Harish, Eesha Rebba, Sudarshan Reddy, Kedar Shankar
Director: Hari Prasad Jakka
We are used to films where a gutsy girl changes her mind after falling for a guy with a rather strange and practical approach. And Darshakudu is no different from them. It also reiterates the importance of one striking a balance between the things they love the most.
Hari Prasad Jakka should be commended for choosing a fairly different subject and for sticking to his conviction. The film doesn’t offer inane comedy or a steamy item number just for the sake of it. Rather, it runs on emotions and some melodrama. A story showcasing someone who always draws a line between profession and passion needs to be convincing, and the director does this quite efficiently. The film's screenplay is sharp despite the absence of comedy. The pre-climax is impactful and so is the interval episode.
The high points of Darshakudu are the performance of the lead actors. Debutant Harish gives a confident performance, while Eesha’s performance brings the film to life. There’s some fun when Priyadarshi appears in a small role. Sudarshan Reddy, Kedar Shankar, and Gemini Suresh play their parts well. Sai Kartheek’s music and background score pass muster. Hari Prasad Jakka's direction is aided ably by Praveen Anumolu's cinematography.
Darshakudu is a medley of the intense emotions of love, hate, passion and despair. This film is not a stroll in the park as it requires some patience and attention.