Review: 'Kanasemba Kudureyanneri'
The film is certainly one of the best by the master craftsman who has won four Swarna Kamal awards and the viewers would definitely get a feeling that the film needed much more in recognition from the Jury Committee.
As in the case of Girish's earlier film, 'Kanasemba Kudureyanneri' is also based on a literary contribution made by well-known story writer Amaresh Nudugoni.
As in all his previous ventures, Girish has written the screenplay for the film along with another writer, Gopala Krishna Pai.
It is the power of the script which led Girish to make such a simple, yet effective and an intense film. He has once again excelled in basics of good film-making like taking out the best from his artists and technicians.
The camera work from H.M. Ramachandra, who has won many prestigious awards for his cinematographic work, stands out, while V. Manohar's background score makes a good impact.
As usual, Girish has obtained the best output from all his artists featured in big and small roles. Nothing looks unconvincing in this film which is a delight to watch for the discerning audience.
One thing that immediately strikes in the film is the departure that Girish makes in offering a different type of narration in the film.
The film takes several dramatic twists where new angles in the story get unfolded in the non-linear narration followed by the director.
Besides being realistic in the film, Girish also tries to infuse a new hope in the life of the depressed who just chase dreams and live in a life of darkness.
Irya is a grave digger in a village whose life brightens up only when there is a death in the village. He lives with his wife Rudri, who works in a farm.
Irya believes that there is always a death in the village just after he sees a dream of a Sidhdha visiting his house a day earlier.
The same dream is seen by Irya, but there is no death in the village.
Irya believes that the big landlord who is suffering from prolonged illness is dead, but the inmates of the house humiliate him when he tells about this dream. Actually the landlord is dead, but his family members postpone his cremation because his son has to go for the sale registration.
Two days later the cremation takes place. Even Irya's wife Rudri sees a dream of a Sidhdha visiting the village to brighten up the fortunes of the ill-fated village. However, both of them do not lose faith in the power of the dreams, and another dream sets their house in order as they become agriculturists.
Girish Kasaravalli has chosen the best artists for the roles. Vyjanath Biradar who had worked in more than 200 Kannada films in small comical roles has for the first time been featured in a serious role of Irya comes out with a stunning and effortless performance.
National Award winning actress Umashri has once again excelled in her role of Rudri. Veteran actor Sadashiva Brahmavar is another actor who has delivered his best in the film underlining a feeling that this tremendous actor has been ignored by the Kannada film industry for long. Shivaranjan and Pavithra Lokesh have been quite effective in their portrayals.
H.M. Ramachandra mesmerises with his work as a cinematographer with his perfect frames to create a perfect mood for the story. Swamy who has been a regular editor of Girish's films has done a tremendous job in his work which sees the director making a departure in the way he narrates film. Manohar also scores in his background score.
'Kanasemba Kudureyanneri' is certainly a honest and touching film which scores with intense performances from artists and great work by technicians.
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