Reviewed by Madhukar KR (email@example.com)
Planet Movies Rating – 4.5/5
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (Kannada: ಗೋಧಿ ಬಣ್ಣ ಸಾಧಾರಣ ಮೈಕಟ್ಟು) is a 2016 Indian Kannada drama film written and directed by Hemanth Rao, making his debut, and produced by Pushkara Mallikarjun. It stars Anant Nag and Rakshit Shetty in the lead roles. The supporting cast features Achyuth Kumar, Sruthi Hariharan, Vasishta N. Simha and Ravikiran.
GBSM as we kannadigas call it is a film which will make us proud that a film of this stature released in our mother tongue. Godhi Banna belongs to more than one category of genres. You can call it a thriller or an emotional journey of a son in search of his Alzheimer’s infected father who forgets things and names causing much distress and agony in the process.
The lead characters played by Rakshit Shetty and Vashistha both undergo transformations from negative to positive towards the climax of the film for good. Rakshith Shetty playing the role of a selfish son who ignores his doting father who raised him with such care in the past. Vashista plays a ruthless gangster who encounters Rakshit’s father played in an author backed career best role by Anantnag. It is this journey and the translation of perspectives that makes this film so engaging and soulful. The director Hemanth Rao hits the right notes in establishing father and son equation through haunting memories of the son Rakshit with his father Anantnag.
Anantnag plays Venkob Rao suffering from Alzheimer’s like a true veteran. The female lead Shruti Hariharan has performed brilliantly as the caring doctor of Anantnag. Vasishta’s baritone voice with great screen presence resembles so much with that of Sudeep. Rakshit Shetty does and gets all things right with this role and this film will further establish him as a superstar in KFI. A sweet love angle develops between Rakshit and Shruti when his father goes missing. Enter Achyut Kumar who gets embroiled in a web of gangsters along with the missing Anantnag. Achyut Kumar provides the much needed comic relief to the proceedings.
The film deals with ignored aged parents by their offsprings who leave them in the hands of old age homes since they are too busy in their new found life after they get out of college and when they become independent and start earning.
This sensitive theme has been dealt with, in an interesting wrapper of an edge of the set thriller which makes this a unique film in Indian cinema. The songs of the film are situational which helps with the narration of the film and are a curry to the souls of the audience. Such melodies in Kannada cinema have been few and far away in recent times. It’s such a welcome relief to listen to the songs of GBSM in car music systems and also in theatre while you watch the film. The film is all set to go miles ahead catapulting the image of Kannada film industry to greater heights.
The film provides wholesome family entertainment and is recommended to be watched with family especially with parents.