A roaring, ravishing tigress

A roaring, ravishing tigress

Film review

A roaring, ravishing tigress

Veera Ranachandi
Kannada (U/A)Cast: Ragini Dwivedi, Padmaja Rao, Ramesh Bhat, Sharath Lohitashwa, Saurav Lokesh
Director: Anand P Raju

Having played petite and hotly pursued heroine, Ragini Dwivedi goes for complete makeover. In Veera Ranachandi she turns badass girl, who socks men where it hurts them most, packing powerful punch.

She kick boxes. Fist fights. Draws gun like Django. Rides bullet majestically. Turns female Jackie Chan, sailing in air, avoiding bullets as they whizz by her, marauding goons, like hero. After Ragini IPS, Ragini returns yet again in solo show with Veera Ranachandi mouthing the catchy dialogue Nanna hesaru Nandini. Guddidare gooli.

Veera Ranachandi is celebration of Ragini in new avataar. Here she plays two shades of character. As Ragini feisty woman, who, along with her brother, takes on Gulli Krishna or GK. A compromise deal between two warring factions, however, goes awry due to GK’s deceit, turning into bloody shootout. With brother killed, a badly wounded Ragini is transported to distant village where she takes the form of Nandini, long lost lass of Nanappa Gowda and Susheela.

How Ragini as Nandini saves her benefactors from malicious Nanje Gowda, illegal sand miner, who is after his brother-in-law’s property, bashes his son who tries to rape her on orders from father, and fends off GK in final encounter, who is given supari by Nanje Gowda, to finish her, forms the fulcrum of Veera Ranachandi.

Besides providing derring-do action with panache, Ragini sizzles in every song, whose lyrics sing paeans about her. Indeed Mass Queen’s Veera Ranachandi is typical potboiler made for masses who get their fill of screen goddess. With three crime flicks releasing, audiences have not much choice, but go by their fan instinct.