Virtue and temptation


 Srimurali and Radhika Gandhi

Never in recent times has a story on relationship tangles thrown up a string of surprises as this one. Right from director Dayal, everyone acquits him/herself well in “Sriharikathe”. The director’s treatment of a theme that’s been done to death earlier is refreshing to say the least. However, what stands the film in good stead is acting. Srimurali, in a soft role in a long time, endears himself all over again. Except during the errant-husband-heading-off-his- suspicious-wife act, Murali relies on his natural abilities than stock mannerisms.

Chubby Radhika delivers the next surprise. An innocent babe uncomfortable shedding her skin to get into other characters, Pooja’s sister seems to have understood what’s required of her. A pleasing turn here. Pooja takes a backseat, letting go of histrionics and providing relief to the eyes.

The biggest disappointment comes from watching Navin Krishna - why is this actor still on the sidelines? If the leisurely pace can be tolerated, “Sriharikathe” is an easy favourite pastime.

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