Ole` suffers in narration
The title "Olavina Ole" may be misleading to an extent as the film is
not a romantic film or a story related to a love letter. The story relates to a
real life honour killing incident that occurred in Mandya district of Karnataka,
which had shocked the conscience of many people in the state.
The story is based on the life of two lovers, who got killed on account of the
high handedness shown by the grandfather of the rich girl from an influential
caste. The grandfather felt that protecting the honour of the caste was more
important than the life of his granddaughter.
Mallige hails from a rich and influential upper caste family, who is loved by
her family members. She falls for the intelligence of Narasimha, who belongs to
a lower caste, but who feels human values are more important than anything.
Mallige wants to marry Narasimha and proposes to him. But Narasimha rejects her
proposal in the beginning, but later gives in after his mother accepts Mallige.
However, their love affair is not taken lightly by Doddaiah, an upper caste
leader. Doddaiah, who is also the grandfather of Mallige, tries his best to
create bottlenecks. The film ends as a revenge drama.
Director Teshi Venkatesh deserves appreciation for basing his screenplay on the
real life incident even when caste conflicts have not subsided in several places
in Karnataka, and only a few honour killing cases are reported. In a way it is
similar to Maryada Hathya incidents in northern India.
The director has also tried to present the film authentically by choosing the
right locales and selecting artists, who look real in their roles. He has been
able to get good performances from many artists, and veteran actor Shankar
Aswath stands taller with his ferocious looks and perfect dialogue delivery.
The film is not devoid of mistakes. For instance, the comedy sequences in the
film are of poor taste. Nearly ten minutes of the film could have been edited to
make it a little more interesting. The director seems to be too eager to put in
all his thoughts in the film, as dialogues in many sequences are long and fail
to make impact.
Newcomer Santosh has tried to put his best foot forward in performing a complex
role. Neha Patil proves that she has been underused in the Kannada film industry
so far. Her emotional performance is sure to impress. Shankar Aswath excels in
the role of Doddaiah, while Auna Balaraj is another actress who makes an impact.
Technically, the film does not boast of any great work. Even the music by Yasho
Vardhan is average.
"Olavina Ole" has an interesting plot but suffers in its narration.