Misunderstandings do have happy endings

Misunderstandings do have happy endings

pulling through: Neethu and Ramesh in the film.

There was a time when the Mohan-Ramesh Arvind chemistry proved irresistible to the audience. ‘Krishna Nee Late Aagi Baaro’ does not depend on the two actors with impeccable timing. A mix of slapstick and subtle humour, this comedy stands out. For its fresh jokes, clean dialogues and the importance given to the supporting cast. Each character is fleshed out well - the most important prerequisite in such films.

The opening scene threatens tedium but the story develops into a surprise with deft handling and pucca timing. With the director himself responsible for the story, script and dialogues, ‘Krishna Nee...’ is that rare instance where the backbone of the film remains strong enough to resist all commercial pulls.

But that doesn’t mean there is nothing to entice the front-benchers. At least two numbers (Pravin Godkhindi’s done a slick job) dutifully raise the heartbeats, with actress Neethu setting the pace for her two middle-aged heroes.

Her energy and enthusiasm are just right for her role. At the other end is Nidhi Subbaiah’s Lakshmi who is a conservative (read dull and boring), giving the aspiring actress a chance to emote, finally.

In between the two are Mohan, Ramesh, Dattanna, Sundar, Sundar Raj and Tennis Krishna. Actor Sundar brings the roof down with his rendering of the hen-pecked groom-to-be act. The scene with an antakshari-loving psychotic is a guaranteed ‘seeti’-winner. But ‘Krishna Nee...’ is not free of shortcomings.

Mohan is guilty of giving the tall, athletic Neethu costumes that are way beyond tacky. He is also guilty of draping gorgeous Nidhi from head to foot. But most important, those looking for a full-blown story will be disappointed.

Verdict: This comedy is to be consumed whole. And immediately.

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