‘Nishedajne’ poorly handled by Anantha Padmanabha (Kannada film review)

April 17th, 2009 - 7:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Film: “Nishedajne”: Cast: Aadi Lokesh, Abdul Azeez, Bharath Babu, Priyanka, Shankar Aswath, Ninasam Aswath and others; Producer: Narayana Swamy: Story-Screenplay-Dialogues-Direction: Anantha Padmanabha; Music Director: M.S. Girdhar; Camera: M.S.Appi; Rating: *
“Nishedajne” (Curfew) adds to list of amateurish Kannada films based on politician-police-criminal nexus. The film has nothing new to offer and is just a rehash of what has been told in many films before. It also suffers from lack of logic and tangible elements in the script.

Anantha Padmanabha, who has taken too many responsibilities for his first film, has tried to add too many things in the script which adds to the confusion. Not only the sequences, even the dialogues are predictable and shows that the director has just basic knowledge about politics and administration.

The story of “Nishedajne” starts off with riots and ends in a riot.

Padmanabha claims the story is based on an incident that took place after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. But it’s difficult to find any realistic element in the narrative.

Padmanabha should have done his home work to write the script to make the narrative interesting. Dialogues sounds like an amateurish political conversation in a tea shop.

“Nishedajne” starts off with police officer Azeem rescuing a child during riots. Azeem adopts the child whose parents are killed in the riots.

He christens him Bharat Azeem. When he grows up, Bharat too becomes a police officer. He is posted to Kolar where he gets many challenging assignments. The senior Azeem is posted to Bhatkal where he counsels the Hindu and Muslim leaders to burry the hatchet to prevent communal riots.

Thereafter, Azeem is posted to Bangalore where he dies in an accidental police firing during the Cauvery riots. A controversy brews up over Azeem’s last rites, but Bharat prefers to give the body to medical search.

As earlier said, there are too many things in the script.

Ex-police officer and politician Abdul Azeem makes his acting debut as police officer Azeem in the film. Aadi Lokesh plays his adopted son. Padmanabha seems to have given full freedom to both Azeem and Lokesh to perform in their respective roles, but neither of them impress. Shankar Aswath is too theatrical in the villain’s role. Less said about the new artists, the better.

Technically, the film is poor.

See “Nishedajne” only if you do not have any option.

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