Getting out of trouble is quite easy!

Getting out of trouble is quite easy!

Getting out of trouble is quite easy!

Yash in Kiraathaaka.

Gooli Nandish (Yash) is the terror of the village, content to leech off his gullible mother and fool around. Soon, he falls in love with a girl (Oviya) from the neighbouring village, whose brother (Daniel Balaji) bears a grudge against Nandish.

Nandish however gives two hoots and eventually abducts the girl before marrying her. The brother is out to slice him into pieces. Who succeeds will be revealed at the end in Kiraathaaka (spelling mistake again!). Barring an unnecessary penchant for ‘establishing’ his main characters and build-ups, Pradeep has acquitted himself rather well, with particular attention to detail. Backed by a strong story, courtesy the original Tamil flick Kalavani, Pradeep reconstructs the entire story to celebrate the quintessential Mandya culture. It is Yash who profits by this for he slowly emerges out of his sophisticated image to have a ball. Oviya is comfortable playing the same role again; her eyes and smiles make her job easier.

Balaji is ok. Special mention must be made of the casting, which the director gets right on his first time - Tara, Nagabharana and others. V Manohar and Selva deliver. B A Madhu is in his elements - viewers lap up the sharp dialogues with unconcealed glee! So what ails the film? Unnecessary song insertion,  the film’s run-time and little time to etch out the support roles well. Kiraathaaka is loud, but provides wholesome entertainment nonetheless.

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