Samhaara Review: A watchable thriller
This remake of the Tamil film Adhe Kangal is a fresh take on the original story, which has every element needed to make it a satisfying thriller
Joining the many remakes in Kannada is this week's release -- Guru Deshandpe’s Samhaara. But unlike others, this film seems like it might have a chance to do well. Inspired by the Tamil film Adhe Kangal, Samhaara has every element needed to excite the audience. Though credit has to be given to the scriptwriter for the film’s universal appeal.
Cast: Chiranjeevi Sarja, Hariprriya, Kavya Shetty
Director: Guru Deshpande
Sri (Chiranjeevi Sarja) is a blind chef, running a restaurant in Mysuru. His parents are supportive, as is his friend Janaki (Kavya Shetty), a journalist who has known him for 10 years. His life changes when Nandini (Hariprriya) enters the scene. He is charmed by her innocence and even offers to help her financially. But he meets with an accident and, in the hospital, the doctors are able to restore his vision.
His parents are happy for their son, and want him to settle down. But Sri feels guilty that he could not help Nandini when she needed him and goes in search of her. However, he decides to give up the search at one point and agrees to marry Janaki, as his parents wish him to.
When the wedding date approaches, Nandini’s father meets Sri and informs him that his daughter has been kidnapped for ransom. That’s when Sri’s journey in search for Nandini begins, in which he takes help from Rajahulli (Chikkanna), a police constable. Sri’s search for Nandini, his reaction to her circumstances and his handling of the situation form the rest of the story.
Guru Deshpande does not alter the soul of the original and only extends the run of the remake by 20 minutes. His talent shines through in the casting and the strong dialogue delivery. The second hour of the film is definitely thrilling.
Chiranjeevi Sarja does what his character and the script demand. Hariprriya gets lucky with a different kind of role and she makes no mistakes. She portrays a negative character with aplomb. Kavya Shetty too does a neat job and goes along with the story. But the highlight of the film is Chikkanna, who shares a good chemistry with Chiranjeevi. His presence and dialogue delivery makes the film lighter as it progresses.
Music director Ravi Basrur has provided some fresh tunes and a good background score. Beauty of the seas has been captured well by cinematographer Jagadish Wali.
A fresh take on an existing story, Samhaara makes for a watchable thriller.