Devaru Kotta Tangi


 A scene from the film.

In the 80’s it was Abbayi Naidu with his ‘Taayi’ series, followed by S Mahender who explored the dynamics of elder-younger sisters. Saiprakash came along and milked the brother-sister relationship for all its worth. He continues the noble work in ‘Devaru Kotta Tangi’, with contrasting results. The zealous man reminds a jaded and cynical urban audience the importance of observing certain rituals and tradition to nurture relationships. However, in those living outside Bangalore and other cities, lies the producer’s salvation.

Carrying the brother-sister torch, Saiprakash takes recourse to glorifying certain practices that are regressive and are harmful to an individual’s mental health. But then, it is all a matter of perspective. The story is worse than the ragpicker’s rags.

Still, ‘Devaru Kotta Tangi’ is watchable. For Meera Jasmine’s refreshingly natural performance. For Shivanna’s undefatigable spirit in executing action and dance sequences with the enthusiasm of a 16-yr-old newcomer. For Monica’s conventional beauty that suits her character. For the gravity Avinash brings to his role.

For the message in the comedy involving Sadhu Kokila and B N Lakshmidevi - Saiprakash takes the audience to the good ole 70’s and 80’s when filmmaking didn’t demand complicated storytelling. And yes, for some good music (not necessarily the songs) and painstaking detailing in the graphic design. B A Madhu does not go overboard. Editor Muniraju also deserves a pat. The film drags towards the end, and the climax is insultingly hilarious.

But the Meera-Shivanna combination weaves magic, obscuring ‘serious’ thoughts. Meera Jasmine should lose weight, shed the ‘god-send sister’ image and return to more meaningful roles. Quickly. Fine performers are scarce these days.

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