Masterpiece Kannada movie review – A commercial potboiler for the year end

Masterpiece Official Trailer

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Reviewed by Madhukar K R (krmadhukar@nehamediahouse.in)
Masterpiece (stylized as Master Piece, Kannada: ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ ಪೀಸ್) is a 2015 Indian Kannada action-thriller film written and directed by Manju Mandavya. It stars Yash and Shanvi Srivastava of the horror flick Chandrika fame in the lead roles. The supporting cast features Suhasini Maniratnam, P. Ravi Shankar and Chikkanna. The film released on 24 December 2015.

Though the posters depicts Yash in Bhagat Singh costumes, the movie is not about the life history of Bhagat Singh.

Overview

Yash plays a character for the first time that has negative shades but it’s not an in your face negative character. Yash plays a lad named Yuva who is a brat since his childhood. He likes to be The Boss since childhood. Chikkanna plays the role of Yash’s only friend who is his partner in crime for each of his notorities. Shanvi plays the love interest of Yash. The film is a typical potboiler containing all the essential elements of a commercially successful film with some plot points of social issues and national integration thrown in along with some intense mother sentiments played by the veteran actress Suhasini in an author backed role.

Plot

Yash is a spoilt brat since childhood much to the agony of his mother brilliantly played by Suhasini. The film begins with Suhasini giving interview to a TV channel about the misdeeds of his son. Yash makes Chikkanna win the college elections to gain political attention. 

In order to gain power and control Yash supports a local politician played by seasoned actor Achyuth Kumar in his election campaigning activities. Through him Yash starts doing good through his clout so that he can become good in the eyes of his mother who always disapproved of him. Yash soon encounters a drug mafia kingpin Ravishankar who gets into a tiff with Yash. How does Yash realize the dreams of his mother who always thought of him to become a freedom fighter for the nation like Bhagat Singh forms the rest of the plot line.

Analysis

The director of the film is Manju Mandavya who is a dialogue writer by profession has filled the film with witty punch dialogues by both Yash and antagonist Ravishankar.

Sample some of these dialogues from Masterpiece..

Yen nam kandre urkoloru obra ibra..

Dushman kaha hai Andre oor tumba hai..

Loss tumbi kodoke naanenu superstar Rajinikanth aa ?

Yash has been given ample buildup shots to show his heroism. Even Chikkanna has been given buildup opening entry sequences. Chikkanna impresses with his comedy timing, The successful pairing of Yash and Chikkanna since Rajahuli has worked out very well and has paid off. The sizzling chemistry of Yash with Shanvi has worked out well but Shanvi’s character is not author backed role and is just there for the glamour quotient of the film. The fight sequences are stylishly shot. Ravishankar amazes with his dialogue delivery and mannerisms. Suhasini acting is the icing on the cake for this Yash film. The film has gained certain respectability due to the mother role played by her. We wish that she had got more screen length.

Music

The music of the film by V Harikrishna is somewhat of a letdown. Apart from the Annange love agide hit number none of the other songs are worth humming. The songs are just sequence and situation oriented and do not reach up to the standards of Yash’s previous successful films like Google and mr and Mrs. Ramachari.

Verdict

The film has good production value and hombale films has maintained good standards especially in song sequences especially the Annange song and title track. The film is a treat to watch for Yash’s endearing mannerisms and dialogue delivery. The film has great ensemble cast due to which the film is a must watch for the Yash fans. The film has a social message about how we citizens are used to get adjusted to the lack of civic infrastructure and anti social elements and provokes people to raise their voice against misdeeds. The film though is an out and out mass entertainer for the year end.

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