Media baron Ramoji Rao has been encouraging a lot of creative talent in Kannada television and to an extent in the film industry. But he has also been producing remake versions of Telugu films in Kannada under his Usha Kiron Movietone banner, some of which, like "Chithram", have been successful.
Ramoji Rao's new film "Savaari" is a remake of the Telugu hit "Gamyam".
"Gamyam", directed by a debutant Radhakrishna won lot of kudos because of the way it was narrated and its sequences which looked convincing.
"Savaari" essentially retains the finer points of the original film, but somehow, the narration in the first half is slow and dragging.
The original film had a lot of dialogues and sequences related to the Maoist problem. There is no attempt in the remake to portray these sequences in a way that they relate to Karnataka.
The Maoists are confined to a few districts of Karnataka and are not a major law and order problem in the state, unlike in Andhra Pradesh.
"Savaari" succeeds because of the twists and turns in the second half and refined performances from the major and minor artists.
The climax is the highlight of the film and the dialogues towards the end of the film are very good.
Three songs of the film have been lifted from the original Telugu version. The musical score complements the narration but it is certainly not top class.
The film starts off with a journey undertaken by Abhiram, a dejected lover in search of his beloved Janaki who has left him because of a misunderstanding. He is joined by Gaali Seena, a petty thief.
On their journey, they go through a series of experiences which bring them closer to each other. Finally, Abhiram meets Janaki after getting completely reformed and realizing that humanity is more important in life than wealth. But in the process, he loses Gaali Seena in a shootout.
Raghu Mukherjee has delivered one of the best performances in the film. Telugu actress Kamalini Mukherjee has been a common factor in the original film and its two remake versions in Tamil and Kannada. She shows her competence in this film too.
Sreenagara Kitty really needed a break and with this role as Gaali Seena. He should go places.