Uppi 2 Kannada Movie Review – Naanu becomes Neenu.. Go figure!

Reviewed by Madhukar KR

Planet Movies Rating – 5.5/5

Uppi 2 (Kannada: ಉಪ್ಪಿ 2) is a 2015 Indian Kannada psychological thriller film written, directed by and starring Upendra in the lead role, and is a sequel to his 1999 film Upendra, and was produced under his production company, Upendra Productions. Alongside Upendra, the film stars Kristina Akheeva and Parul Yadav in lead roles. The supporting cast features Sayaji Shinde, Shobhraj, Satyajit, Bank Janardhan and Mimicry Dayanand. The soundtrack and film score were composed by Gurukiran. The dubbed Telugu version titled Upendra 2, was released the same day.

Upendra as a director has always experimented with screenplay and story telling. He generally likes to play  with the minds of the audience through his out of the box screenplay. ಉಪ್ಪಿ ಅವರೇ ಹೇಳಿರುವ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಉಪ್ಪಿ ಯ ಎಲ್ಲ ಹಳೆಯ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ತಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಳ ಬಿಡೋ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದರೆ ಉಪ್ಪಿ ೨ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಳ ತೆಗೆಯೋ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಉಪ್ಪಿ ೨ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಳ ಅಲ್ಲ ತಿಮಿಂಗಳ ವನ್ನೇ ಬಿಡೋ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ !

The film starts with the end rolling credits with Puneeth’s title song Uppittu. The screen goes blank making the audience think that the film got interrupted due to some technical problem in the theatre !! The film then ends with the title cards with the connecting scenes shown in the beginning of the film. If we follow the film carefully, we can realise that the film actually runs in reverse which is beyond traditional reverse screenplay. 

Plot analysis

The film starts off with where it left off in the first prequel film titled ‘Upendra’. In ‘Upendra’ the lead character ‘Naanu’ was behind 3 girls each representing fame, love and family. In the climax he realises that real happiness (Khushi) is not in the worldly pleasures but in solace when you kill the selfishness (Aham) within yourself.
Uppi 2 the sequel follows ‘Naanu’ (ನಾನು) about his whereabouts. It is learned that ‘Naanu’ has now turned into ‘Neenu’, a selfless man with a clean purified heart of gold.
‘Neenu’ preaches and practises that man should live in the present without thinking too much into the future or the past. If man lingers too much into the past or the future, nothing productive can happen. 

The screenplay shifts to an interlinked sub plot where there is a rich widow woman Mandakini who is harassed by a don and his henchmen who are after her property. Mandakini has a daughter called Khushi (Kristina Akheeva or may be Parul Yadav in reality) to whom all this wealth will be inherited. 

The police are in search of this don and also think that Neenu (You who is in reality is myself) is also involved in hatching the plot to gain control over Mandakini’s property by wooing his daughter Khushi. There is a mention of another girl called Lakshmi (wealth) who is never shown on screen. In the climax a question is raised if Khushi and Lakshmi are the same but found to be untrue.
The climax of the film is shown in the beginning itself where a psychology professor explains the traits of a human brain on how it perceives the visuals shown to it. It thinks more about the future and past without being able to hold itself on the present happenings. Mind runs with a train of thoughts which makes him restless and eventually leading to unhappiness and unsatisfaction. 

Looks like Upendra as a director who is the master craftsman of knitting such a mystery plot wants to keep few loose ends to the plot such that the core plot is left to the imagination of the viewers.

Sample some of the Dialogues in Uppi 2:
1. ರುಚಿಯಾದ ಉಪ್ಪಿಟ್ಟು ಮುಂದೆ ಇದ್ದಾಗ ತಿನ್ನೋದು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ನಾಳೆ ಒಬ್ಬಟ್ಟು ಸಿಗುತ್ತೆ ಅಂತ ಕಾಯಬಾರದು.
2. ಆಶ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಖವಿಲ್ಲ. ಆ ‘ಶ್ರಮ’ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಖವಿದೆ.
3. ಅವರವರಿಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವೆ ಕಚ್ಚುತ್ತೋ ಅವರು ಹಾಗೆ ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಬಿಚ್ಚುತ್ತಾರೆ.
4. ನನ್ನನೇ ನಿನ್ನ ಮಗು ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡು ನನ್ನೇ ಕರೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗು.                                                                                                       5. ನನಗೆ ಇರೋಕೆ ಆರು ಅಡಿ ಜಾಗ ಸಾಕು ಆದರೆ ನನಗೆ ಎಕೆರೆ ಗಟ್ಟಲೆ ಭೂಮಿ ಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತೆ ನಾನು ಇಡಿ ಭೂಮೀನ ಫುಟಬಾಲ್ ತರ ನಾನು ಕಾಲಲ್ಲಿ ಒದಿಬೇಕು. ನನಗೆ ಏನ್ ಸಿಕ್ರೂ ಸಾಲಲ್ಲ. ನನಗೆ ಏನ್ ಬೇಕು ಅಂತ ನನಗೇ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ.                                           

There are many such typical naughty scenes and dialogues which Uppi fans will enjoy. The heroine Kristina Akheeva and Parul Yadav have given oodles of body exposure on screen which adds to the spice of the film. The songs picturised in scenic locations like Himalaya sound even better.

Verdict

The film is a feast for your thinking mind. You might need at least 2 visits to the theatre if you need to get better clarity to the fast cuts and reverse screenplay of Upendra. No wonder Uppi 2 has a 9.8 rating on Imdb. Each viewer might have his own interpretation of the story. Go figure 🙂

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