I have been waiting to write a new blog for a while… but putting other priorities in front of my writing desires… but no more…
Ok, as you may have guessed, this is not a review of Kantara, the mega-blockbuster in India recently featuring Rishab Shetty…
It is a review of another Kannada Movie starring him… called Garuda Gamana Vrishaba Vahana (GGVV) … probably haven’t heard of it yet.
To get feel for the intensity of the movie, I would recommend watching this YouTube song video from that movie.
If you want to watch it before reading further to not have any spoilers, please do so NOW!!
Ok, where do you start to review this movie? It is not made for kids or a family drama… it is serious, deep and sometimes disturbing. If you want to watch while you are doing something else, you will miss most subtle twists or dialogues. So you have to give it your full attention.
You will also not find female leads, dance numbers, or comedy tracks… it is just pure storytelling.
First thing to note is the director and one of the leading characters… Raj B. Shetty. There is no glamour, no six pack, no fancy fighting sequences like bad guys flying into the air upon hero touching them… instead what you find is what natural storytelling is…
Unfortunately, this movie is not on Prime or Netflix… it is on Zee 5, that too only in its original language of Kannada. So you have to read the subtitles to follow it. One thing you will find interesting is that many actors from this movie show up in Kantara also… including the child actor that plays Rishab in Kantara is the child character in GGVV. There must be a reason Raj and Rishab trust their fellow actors so much. They are REALLY good.
I haven’t been this much impressed with an Indian movie in a long time… Considering we had RRR, Pushpa, Vikram, PS-1, KGF-2 , Kantara and other South Indian movies that dominated the box office and publicity.
You have to watch very closely or a couple of times to put the events together.. including Raj Shetty’s “shoes” fetish or why he did what he did.
I won’t spoil it for you anymore…if you watch it, let me know what you think of it.
BTW, my new word from both GGVV and Kantara is “Bevarsi”… seems like a common demeaning word … that is used frequently!!