Controversies persist about the increasing number of remake films in the Kannada film industry which is now divided over any sops to the remakes. But there is also a strong lobby which argues that a large number of remake films in Kannada are only based on the strength of the scripts of the originals and the Kannada version will be like a new product. This section of the industry will certainly get a boost if they take a film like Rama Shaama Bhaama directed by Actor Ramesh as an example. The Kannada version is not only a remake of Tamil Hit Sai Leelavathi, but it also includes two of the great artists who have acted in the original.Rama Shaama Bhaama is an excellent product, though it does not look like a reproduction of the original film which was directed by Balu Mahendra for the Raj Kamal banner. The film stands out for top class performances of all the lead artists and the way it is stylishly presented on the screen. It is a fact that lot of water has flown in the Cauvery basin in both the states in the last fifteen years since Sati Leelavathi was released. Ramesh makes use of all modern gadgets, communicative tools like mobile phones and computers to enhance the looks and quality of the film.
Ramesh is no stranger to success in the film industry as an actor, but the success has come to him from some great efforts. He believes in the dictum that hard work and efforts will always pay. You can see lot of his efforts in his debut directorial effort Rama Shaama Bhaama. He has made this film with finesse adding its value in presentation and style.The colour combinations in the background, art department materials and above all the costumes of the artists really stand out.
Ramesh has retained the substance of the film which revolves around a happy family which is torn to pieces after the husband develops an extra marital interest in a good looking woman. The whole story is seen in a lighter vein, but a strong message comes out of the film. The strength of Sati Leelavathi was the way it was narrated with some punch dialogues by Crazy Mohan and some wonderful performances by artists like Kamal Hassan and Ramesh. Thankfully, these two artists have repeated their value addition performances even in the Kannada remake version.
The impact of the whole film is enhanced by the presence of Kamal Hassan who has delivered one of his strong performances in the film. There are many examples in Tamil film industry when this superb actor has generated most enviable performances in films like Avvai Shanmughi, Michael Madan Kamarajan, Tenali and Panchathanthram. For many of the Kamal Hassan fans who had thought that his Tenali is ultimate in terms of his variety in comedy presentation, Rama Shaama Bhaama comes out as a stunner. Kamal has not only surpassed the benchmark he had created in the original Sati Leelavathi, but goes a step ahead of all the above mentioned films. His dialogue delivery in the Hubli accent is the hallmark of a perfect artist in him. He has worked hard for getting this accent right, though he is not very consummate in speaking Kannada language. Ramesh Arvind gets full marks as an actor, though his efforts in direction seems to have gone above the bar. Among the female artist, there seems to be a virtual comparison between Oorvashi and Shruthi-both talented artists- to get top slot, and both of them are so close to prove difficult for selection to the slot. Daisy Bopanna looks glamorous and stylish and also proves that she can emote well. Actor Anirudhdh puts in a decent performance and he is sure to get laurels for the performance. The technical inputs for the film are top class, but surprisingly Guru Kiran is found wanting. Cameraman P.K.H.Doss and dialogue writers Yeshwant Sardeshpande and Rajendra Karanth have done well in their respective departments.
Rama Shaama Bhaama
Critic: R.G.Vijayasarathy,Dec 10, 2005