Portrait of an artist in angst

AjaraamaraKannada (A) Cast: Ranvir, Roshini, Ramesh Bhat, Suchendra Prasad, Mithra, Yashodha, Thaarak Director: Ravi Karanji Kudos to Ravi Karanji. His Ajaraamara, as goes the title, turns out an ‘everlasting’ experience. Once again, debutants prove they have it in them giving Kannada cinema something to appreciate and applaud about.

Not that Ajaraamara is perfect art house fare. It is steeped in mundanity of box office economics. Yet Ravi Karanji has fleshed out honest, realistic and discernable narrative. This should be appreciated. The film is basically triumph of art thanks to superlative art design by Subhas Patil and awe-inspiring art work by Nanjunda Swamy, who deserve wholesome credit.

What makes Ajaraamara off-beat romance with delectable difference is prominence given to the female protagonist Ambuja. She plays a pivotal role in disheartened hero Jai find purpose in life. Debutant Roshini covets you with mature, memorable, meaningful portrayal of gritty, headstrong, singularly focused Ambuja. The subtle, larger message is also succinctly driven home in effective manner. Also giving audiences soulful song is Kailesh Kher’s superlative Sufi rendition “O devare ee jodigalu paadu” with his inimitable, magical rendition. 

While first half is bit disappointing with comedy taking over more subtle narration, in second half Ajaraamara beautifully falls into place coming into its own with bravura climax. Ajaraamara deserves meaningful watch to encourage more such ventures to light up Sandalwood marquee. Salute the brave new breed.

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