Testing love and fidelity

Feast for the eyes: A scene from Stanley ka Dabba.

Pre-monsoon showers notwithstanding, Kool, watched in an air-conditioned hall, is a great way to beat the May heat. The locations almost bring down the temperature. Ratnavelu’s camerawork speaks volumes. Full credit to the producer for offering an entirely rich fare - instead of confining itself to Petra, the film, after Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu brings Jordan and other places close to Kannadigas at affordable cost.

Choreography and action are good; so is the artwork - all adding to the experience of watching a slightly watered down YashRaj production. Harikrishna is in his elements - the song Nodta nodta ... is particularly hummable while a couple of others are catchy.

Ganesh and Co deliver what they had promised - a technically rich, youth-oriented film. But the film’s soul - a sound story and coherent screenplay - is missing. Dialogues too apply brakes on all the excitement. It is painful to watch actor Ganesh taking the backseat and allowing a nervous and unsure director Ganesh to dictate terms – expectations take to their heels in the opening scene itself.

Ganesh’s fatigue and complacency is obvious in many places – the director should have taken care not to stretch his actor unnecessarily. The film’s leading lady brings Pardes girl Mahima Chaudhary strongly to mind.

Kool is expected to create ‘magic without logic’; those looking for getaways can check out the locations. Or there is always good ole rain.

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