As the name suggests, the film is a remake of Sanjay Dutt starrer Munna Bhai (M.B.B.S) which rocked the box office two years ago. The film was made in Telugu and Tamil with established stars like Chiranjeevi and Kamal Hassan by the same producers which was released on time.But the Kannada film which was started around the same time as the other two regional language films got a delayed release for reasons best known to the producers. Thankfully for the producers,Uppi Dada has not become stale to lose its acceptability as could be seen from the good response it has received from the viewers on the opening day. But still it is not a match for the original Hindi film where artists like Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani, Arshad Varsi, Yateen, Dhothiwala came out with some excellent performances. If you are looking for the same impact as that of Munnabhai, may be you will be disappointed. As a film it is good, but as a remake it does not make a right impact. The film falls into the category of a good cinema, but still the viewers will come out remembering the original film.
The important message of the film that humanity means more than the clinical therapy (producer Vidhu Vinodh Chopra had written the script for Munna Bhai) does come through well in Uppi Dada M.B.B.S and that is the plus point of the whole film. Director D. Rajendra Babu has to be complimented for sticking to the original narration and keeping the native dada language for conversation. The film's dialogues written by Upendra makes a right impact in the film. Infact Upendra has taken other responsibilities in the film like writing the lyrics and even rendering one song which has become popular now.
Upendra is fabulous as the Dada who wants to become a doctor just to avenge the humiliation from a Dean. His dialogue delivery is amazing as well as his body language which gives much authenticity to his characterization. He tries his level best and excels in the role of the Dada, but he has not got adequate support from Gurudatt who plays Arshad Varsi's role in the original.Uppi Dada may well be a turning point for Naveen Mayur who acts exceptionally well as a cancer patient. The film's heroine Uma makes a good impact in her first Kannada film. In these days where every heroine wants to go on with the exposing spree, here is an actress who wants to prove something without baring and daring. She is good as a doctor and dean's daughter who eventually falls for the Dada. The other performers have done their roles adequately, though the director should have made good casting choices for a few roles of doctors and nurses in the film.
Two songs in the film are good and Music Director R.P.Patnayak scores well in Music composition though you end up feeling that the background score could have been better. Ramachandra's lightings and framing presents good visuals on the screen. Director should have taken more care while doing the dubbing work, as there are many sequences where artists voice does not sink in properly.
Over all, Uppi Dada (M.B.B.S) comes as a winner, though in comparison to the original Hindi film it falls several steps below. But then it should also be said that the film is much better in quality compared to Telugu and Tamil versions of the film.For the film fans who have not seen the original and the remake versions, Uppi Dada may come as the most pleasant film.
Critic: R.G.Vijayasarathy Feb 5 ,2006