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:: Friday, August 31, 2007 ::

Movie Review: Mathad Mathad Mallige

Director: Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar
Cast: Vishnuvardhan, Suhasini, Sudeep

To summarize, the movie has a drab story, excellent screenplay, poor cinematography and good performance by Vishnu.

It is a winner, and is worth watching because there aren't many movies(yet) with the story line, and the good screen play makes up for other shortfalls of the movie.

At some point of time, I started wondering if Mathad Mathad Mallige is trying to induce an effect a la Bangarada Manushya with its viewers. There is plenty of talk to praise the farmers and the worthiness and holiness of the land he tills, mixed with bashing of the rich multinational companies which are projected as exploiters of the poor in the movie. A lot of things have been taken from the recent political scenario like the Naxal problem spreading to Karnataka, Singur SEZ episode and mining issues in North Karnata. Some of the ideals are valid and thought provoking though there is a lot of prejudice that goes with the script.

The story starts with a multinational mining company looking to acquire some land in a fertile village, eventually resulting in conflict between villagers and the government, with Naxalism and Gandhi's principles working against the forces of governance. There are a few sidelines to the story which don't add much to the movie but was probably needed to make the movie a little more interesting.

Nagathihalli has done an excellent job with the movie which has been packaged and presented well to ensure that there are no dull moments anywhere in the movie. Go watch it!


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