Demo Piece Movie Review: This run-of-the-mill entertainer tests your patience
A lazily-written, badly-executed piece of work masquerading as a message film
Demo Piece had raised a lot of curiosity among cine-goers with its interesting title. The story is about Harsha (Bharath Bopanna), a free-spirited college student who wants to lead a fun life, but is restricted by his disciplinarian father. He takes up a part-time job and earns good money. But he invests his earnings on betting in cricket and loses all the money. He is unlucky in academics and fails in his final year exam too. A testing situation following this pushes him to take extreme steps and it brings a drastic change in his life. Did the change bring him good fortune? Or did it put him in a soup? This what the climax answers, providing us with a message along the way.
Director: Vivek A
Cast: Bharath Bopanna, Sonal Monteiro and Rekha
Director Vivek seems to have had a good one-line story. But, unfortunately, he has not tried to develop it further. The film is all about what happens before and after the 'changeover' in Harsha’s life. It shows us how he manages to be happy with his friends, even when he is struggling for money, but loses his happiness later even though he reaches an influential position.
Amidst all this, the director introduces family sentiment and love. But almost everything fails and the film tests everyone’s patience. The repetitive scenes and the cliched dialogues, especially, which we have heard over the years, make us irritated after a point.
Bharat Bopanna, the teleserial actor, gets to do everything a commercial hero does, but makes no impact. Sonal Monteiro is the film’s 'heroine', but her role is essentially an extended cameo. Rekha, of Sparsha fame, plays the hero’s mother, but she feels out of place. Chandrachud, who initially comes out as a strong antagonist, does nothing to make things better. The rest of the cast don't even merit a mention.
The director seems to have considered this film his ‘demo piece’ in cinema. Something to test on the unsuspecting audience. All he ends up testing, however, is our patience.