Film: 'Sarathi'; Cast: Darshan, Deepa Sannidhi and Sharath Kumar; Director: Dinakar S; Producer: K.V. Sathya Prakash; Music Director: Hari Krishna; Dialogues: Chintan; Rating: ***
'Sarathi' is surely going to lift up the spirits of its lead actor Darshan, who is currently in jail, facing charges of assaulting and harassing his wife. Directed by his brother Dinakar Thoogudeepa, the film is an entertaining venture and has all ingredients of a typical commercial film. The film is a must-watch for everyone who was eagerly waiting for a big blockbuster extravaganza.
This is Thoogudeepa's third venture and, just like his first film 'Jothe Jotheyali', this film too has massive potential to be a commercial success because of its neat packaging and gripping script.
The film has its flaws but all of that has been overshadowed by the brisk narration and rolling screenplay. Not to forget the crisp and sharp dialogues, which are literally the backbone of the movie. In short, each and every department has lent their support to make the film what it is.
Though 'Sarathi' is a star studded film, the technicians also deserve a lot of appreciation. Be it editing, art or costume designing, the hard work they have put in reflects all through the film.
But it is Darshan's presence and charisma that steals the show. His effortless action sequences and dynamic expressions are real treat for his fans.
The highlight of the film is the climax sequence where hundreds of ferocious cows chase the hero's father. It is a visual delight which has been shot with great precision.
The film has its share of flaws. The first half could have been pruned a little as there are many unnecessary and avoidable sequences. Hence it drags a little bit there.
The story of the film revolves around Darshan (Krishna) who has no knowledge about his past and is adopted by Raghanna (Sharath). The only thing that is constant in his life is a dream that disturbs him often, but he is unable to interpret it. Then he accidentally meets Rukmini (Deepa), a pampered girl, who always picks up a quarrel with others.
Slowly both Krishna and Rukmini become closer. Soon, situations lead him to a village where Rukmini has been forcibly taken by her cousin. Later Krishna realises that the place is his own village and his memory is revived which enables him to unravel the mystery of his dream. Finally, the suspense related to his background and his father's death is revealed.
Actress Deepa Sannidhi, who made her debut in the film has given a creditable performance.
Tamil actor Sharath Kumar makes a dignified presence in the role of Darshan's father.
'Sarathi' is certainly more than a paisa vasool film. Darshan fans will immensely like it.