Tarakasura Review: An unconvincing narrative for an out-of-the-box story
Despite the novel attempt by the director and the competent performance by the lead, Vybhav, the loosely bound story fails to make a lasting impression
With his last film, Rathavaara, which focused on transgender people, director Chandrashekar Bandiyappa displayed tact in his understanding of a minority community. His ability to keep away from run-of-the-mill subjects is what makes him stand out as a filmmaker. However, with Tarakasura, though he digs deep into the community of soothsayers, Chandrashekar seems to falter. The loosely bound story fails to make a lasting impression.
Cast: Vybhav, Manvitha Harish, Danny Sapani
Director: Chandrashekar Bandiyappa
Carbon (Vybhav) works as an accountant in a garment factory, and stays with his colleague (Sadhu Kokila). While Carbon wants to lead a normal life, Kalinga (Danny Sapani) lures him into a business involving rice pullers (metal objects which attract rice grains). Even as he tries to distance himself, his past is explored where it is revealed that his roots belong to the soothsayer community. In parallel runs a cliched love story which haunts him.
Although Chandrashekar attempts to handle a new subject involving a new face, Vybhav, he dilutes his efforts with an unconvincing narrative. His tries to highlight the lives of a community going extinct, but fails to attract the audience.
Vybhav is a promising actor who pulls-off three shades of his character. Manvitha Harish, though the soul of the story, has very little to showcase as a heroine, while Sadhu Kokila is given a little too much screen space. British actor Danny Sapani is disappointing.
With a couple of medleys, some of which have been topping charts, the music director, Dharma Vish has concentrated on the background score, which comes with a lot of variations and blends in with the situations. Certain sequences picturised by cinematographer Kumar Gowda enhance the storyline, especially when it comes to capturing the traditions of the soothsayers’ community.
The director’s attempt with a new subject should be applauded, and Vybhav’s effort appreciated. However, Taarakasura leaves too many unconvincing episodes for the audience to give it more than a wavering thumbs up.