Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu Movie Review
An adaptation of the celebrated writer Poornahandra Tejaswi’s novella of the same name, Kiragoorina Gayyalingalu could have reduced into a clichéd movie, if it were handled by a lesser director than D Suman Kittur. Instead of just shifting the medium from print to visuals, Kittu has done the job with more creativity and awareness of the medium he is equipped with, without losing the essence and core of Tejaswi’s words and theme.
The story, set in the rural Karnataka, is all about the petty political aspirations, power-play of the ones in position, the men, broken by the load of life and the unrelenting rules and laws following them. But the highlight should be the women power, which comes out like a tiger pouncing with stealth and precision to save their men and give back their backbone, which was lost somewhere in the struggle to live. However, do not think for a minute that since the story goes this way, the movie is drab and boring. With the essential amount of tongue in the cheek humour and simplicicy and ignorance of the villegers depicted comically, yet not with shades of offense or insult, is delectable. The focus never wavers from the system, the villain, and the cronies who are making hay while sun shines.
Characters come without a trace of the actors, small or big, and it is a delight to catch the brilliance of Agni Sridhar’s script and the finesse of director Suman Kittu. Music by Tejaswi is apt and never over the top, giving the movie the respect and credence it deserves.
It would be a loss for you if you don’t catch KG. Believe me when I say that you would enjoy it very much, almost as much as an out and out commercial movie.
This film should rank among one of the best films to come out of Sandalwood in recent years. The film is set somewhere 30-40 years ago in a village of Karnataka. The stories of Poornachandra Tejaswi must be the most difficult to make into a film in Kannada. His works are so steeped in nativity and word play and imagery that it becomes almost impossible to recreate even single scene. In that background Sumana Kittur's work is brilliant.
The film is not a translation of the Tejaswi's story to film. It is an adaptation that is a lesson for both writers who crib when the story changes to a film script and film directors who copy lock, stock and barrel from other films.
Rather than write about the story, script, dialogues and other things it is suffice to say that this is a film anyone who wants to enjoy a movie should definitely watch. It is not just entertainment that this film packs into 2 hours and 20 minutes. It records a part of Karnataka's culture.
Without going into specifics like the music is good or the acting of someone is great, this film is one you would need to watch for the whole package.
Wow for the film and all those associated with it. If as audience we don't support it, shame on us!