Sankashta Kara Ganapathi Review: A romcom with a unique premise that gets most things right
The film takes a realistic approach while presenting the Alien Hand Syndrome with an empathetic storyline that is also entertaining
Debutant director Arjun Kumar’s Sankashta Kara Ganapathi is a romantic comedy that steers itself with ease into the minuscule league of watchable films. And it does this by keeping the entertainment quotient high throughout. The film takes a realistic approach while presenting the Alien Hand Syndrome, where one loses control of a hand, usually the left hand. But Sankashta Kara Ganapathi looks at this real disorder through a humourous lens. At the same time, it is not offensive to those managing the disease thanks to its empathetic storyline.
Director: Arjun Kumar S
Cast: Likith Shetty, Shruti Goradia, Nagabhusan, Achyuth Kumar
The romantic comedy mostly revolves around Ganapathi (Likith Shetty). Although an MBA graduate, he wants to pursue his passion to be a cartoonist. After much difficulty, he gets a job with a media house where he meets his college mate, Shruti (Shruti Goradia), on whom he had a crush but never divulged it. Just when life seems to be peaceful, things take a twist. He suffers from a fit and is operated upon, but the side effects lead him to his two enemies--one, his left hand, over which he has no control, and the second, Shruti’s fiance. Ganapathi’s life becomes complicated as he faces humiliation for no fault of his. Though it is his left hand which does all the damage, nobody believes that his hand can have a mind of its own. His attempt to go on with his life makes for some excellent scenarios.
Director Arjun has chosen a unique subject for his debut and his efforts towards getting it right are worth applauding. He does not lose track of his plot, never goes overboard with scenes or dialogues, and keeps his balance till the end, successfully pulling off a refreshing film. And a special shout-out to dialogue writer Raghu Niduvalli for his entertaining one-liners.
Likith Shetty does very well in an interesting role. He keeps us engaged with his character and makes the disorder believable. Shruti Goradia, who makes her debut in this film, manages to establish herself with a significant role; she handles varied emotions with ease and elan. Achyuth Kumar, Nagabhushan, Manjunath Hegde, and Chandu Gowda lend credible support.
Composer Rithvik Muralidhar has provided some good music, with the title track standing out in particular. Although there are some glitches (one wishes the screnplay was tighter, for instance), Sankasta Kara Ganapathi, made with a limited budget, gets a thumbs up for its refreshing story that also touches upon human relationships.