Kannada Movie Review - NANDA

DIRECTOR: Anantharaju
ACTORS: Shiva Rajkumar, Sandhya, Avinash, Rangayana Raghu, Sharath Lohitashwa, Sharan, Srinath

Even though this is yet another addition to Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar’s long list of films themed on the underworld, Nanda deviates from the much recycled storyline quite a bit. Take out the overpowering backdrop of the underworld and this film is actually a family drama. The much publicised ‘real life-story’ of producer Maheen turns out to be quite entertaining.

Our hero (Shiva Rajkumar as Nanda) takes on a formidable family and helps his friend unite with his lover. As luck would have it, he falls in love with the sister of his friend’s girlfriend. Nanda saves an underworld element and is soon caught in the crossfire. The mysterious death of the leading lady’s father is attributed to Nanda and he is set to lose both lover and life. Since the story is from the hero’s viewpoint many of the dramatic elements get subdued between fights and songs. But there are enough twists in the tale that keep the momentum going.

The songs are not good enough and are thrust into the narrative like a rowdy would jab his sword into his victims. Free download kannada film songs here. Though there is an array of veteran actors, their characterisation is not much to write about. Despite these drawbacks this film would entertain Shiva’s fans no end.