‘Kiran Bedi’ - only for Malashri’s fans (Kannada Film Review)

March 28th, 2009 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS  

By R.G. Vijayasarathy
Film: “Kiran Bedi”; Cast: Malashri, Sreenivasa Murthy, Ashish Vidyarthi, Rangayana Raghu, Suchayeendra Prasad, Sadhu Kokila and others; Screenplaywriter-director: Om Prakash Rao; Camera: Vishnuvardhan; Music Director-Lyricst: Hamsalekha; Editor: Lakshman Reddy; Rating: **

Kannada filmmaker Om Prakash Rao, known as a remix specialist, comes out with another in the genre with “Kiran Bedi”. The film is a mix of several unsuccessful non-Kannada movies and is mainly inspired by Telugu director Rajamouli’s “Vikramarkudu”, which starred Ravi Teja and Anushka.

The first half is the copy of “Vikramarkudu”, while the the second half is a potpourri of several non-Kannada films.

“Kiran Bedi” marks the return of action-heroine Malashri, known as Lady Amithabh Bachchan in Kannada films. Her last film was “Durgi” and it was a hit.

Malashri is the mainstay of “Kiran Bedi” and she establishes that her enthusiasm to play action oriented roles is still intact.

The action sequences are the high point of the film and Malashri has tried her best to be flexible in the stunt sequences. But she has gained weight and could have done better if she would have lost some weight for the role of a police officer.

Om Prakash seems to have given importance to action sequences and ignored the script as there are some sequences that looks illogical.

In case you are wondering, the film is not about Kiran Bedi, the first woman to become an Indian Police Service officer - though it is about a woman cop named Kiran.

Kiran, who is determined to wipe out criminal activities in her area, is the daughter of a police constable. After joining the police force, Kiran tries to scuttle the activities of a dreaded gang headed by Bhoopathy. An enraged Bhoopathy and his cohorts hatch a plan to kill Kiran.

Meanwhile Kiran’s father approaches Bhagyalakshmi, a petty thief who is Kiran’s look alike, for help. He requests her to act as Kiran. Bhagyalakshmi agrees and eventually kills the villains.

Malashri looks good in the role of a police officer, but she could have done better in the role of Bhagyalakshmi.

Ashish Vidyarthi scores as the dreaded gangster Bhoopathy. Sreenivasa Murthy and Suchayeendra Prasad shine in their respective roles. Rangayana Raghu is passable.

The camera work of Vishnuvardhan is impressive. Hamsalekha’s lyrics are good, but compositions are ordinary. The background score is slightly better.

If you are a Malashri fan, you may like “Kiran Bedi”. Otherwise you may just feel it is ordinary fare.

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