Darshan starred 'Swamy' is a replica of the actor's previous hit "Ayya' in which he played the daring police officer's role with aplomb.
Director M.S.Ramesh who is known for his trade mark films has now gone a step ahead and has remixed some of the successful Kannada films. There are many sequences in the film which immediately remind you of the sequences of "Ayya'. If some one who sees the film feel that some left out sequences in "Ayya' might have found their way in 'Swamy', they can not be mistaken for this impression. But still "Swamy' may appeal to large section of Darshan fans despite this blatant and bungling error, mainly because of the charismatic screen presence of the actor as a police officer.
Ramesh who has penned the dialogues of the film with Rajashekhar has found an easy way to reduce the work load. He has gone through the dialogues written in many of his earlier films. He has taken many of the dialogues written in many films and has included these dialogues in the "Swamy'. As the director has not taken any initiatives to bring in some freshness in the script, the film could have fallen into depths. But it looks like Darshan has taken the responsibility of salvaging this rut on his broad shoulders.
The story revolves around Swamy who is posted to Hubli as a ACP. The city is controlled by a big family mafia which threatens the government officials and honest people to get their work done. But Swamy who pretends to be street rowdy in the beginning shows his true colours in the middle of the time and warns the mafia gang to keep their anti social activities under check or face the police on slaught. The challenge ends up with the hero winning his battle and eliminating all the villains. He uses both his brain and brawn to win the battle. There are many fight sequences, punch dialogues which have now become a big trade mark for all Darshan films.As usual you will find a strong villain character who speaks in the Northern Karnataka dialect who challenges the hero.
"Swamy" has many sequences that you have seen in many non Kannada films like Ajit starred "Anjaneya' and Vikram starred "Saami". The choice of Darshan in the role of the police officer just fits in well because the actor has the perfect body language and physique to carry the role. The police uniform sticks to him perfectly and even the repetitive dialogues and the same pattern of fights will appeal his fans. It is Darshan who takes the film on his shoulders. His distinct mannerisms and fights are really a treat to watch.
Swamy revolves around Darshan and from the moment he is introduced on the screen he takes over the entire show. He is the man of the match of the entire show.
Talented Gayathri Jayaram, the heroine of the film looks pale in front of Darshan. Other character artists like Avinash, Shobharaj, Rangayana Raghu have played their roles well. The non Darshan sequences including the horribly written comedy sequences become totally meaningless exercises on the screen. It is a measure of his strength and a great appeal that Darshan has been able to carry an ordinary film like this. It at all some directors chose to use him better and make some good products will benefit the film industry.
Two songs of the film "Dikkettu Hodhaaga …. Swamy Anthare' and "Jaaneman' are well composed and choreographed. Guru Kiran's background music is a good effort. But Dasari Seenu's photography is a big let down.
You may like or dislike the film depending upon your liking for Darshan. If you expect some thing more than the Darshan appeal, this is not a film for you.
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