Puneeth Rajkumar and Rashmika Mandanna
Cast: Puneeth Rajkumar, Rashmika Mandanna, Ramya Krishnan, Mukesh Tiwari, Ravishankar, Chikkanna, Sadhu Kokila, Vijaykashi
Director: A Harsha
Rating: Above Average
An unabashed remake of Tamil flick Poojai, suitably spruced up to suit the local palate, Anjaniputra is director Harsha's celebration of Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar.
Harsha leaves no stone unturned to ensure that Puneeth looms larger than life, as also cash in on the legacy of Sandalwood's first family. He ensures that the Power Star's derring-do deeds and thundering dialogues send his fans on a high.
The high-decibel fare panders to Puneeth's loyal fans and they, in turn, bring the house down with cheers, whistles, and what have you, as he goes about his tailored role in familiar fashion.
Faithful to the original, Harsha ensures that his Anjaniputra has the zip and zest of an action-surcharged family thriller as he brings to screen the tale of Viraj, estranged from doting mother Anjana Devi for no fault of his. The blameless boy abides by his stern mother's decision to keep away. He is forced to reveal his background to lady love Geetha. We also get to know why he is estranged from his equally fierce mother.
Needless to say, after mending fences with love and kin, it is time for a united fight against the demonic villain out to usurp land meant for the local temple.
Aided by editor Deepu S Kumar and Ravi Basrur's foot-tapping songs and background score, Anjaniputra is masala for masses, with dollops of fights, chases, family sentiments, comedy et al.
Being Puneeth Rajkumar's sole show, the others are a pale shadow. The much-hyped Kirik Party girl Rashmika Mandanna offers nothing new to her repertoire and is just a pretty prop.