`Nanda` - lot of action, but no substance (IANS Film Review)
Shivaraj Kumar`s Nanda is the
latest addition to the long list of illogical and abhorrent gangster films being
made in Kannada in recent times.
The success of a few films like Om, Jogi, Daasa,
Duniya and Gooli has influenced a large number of young
producers and directors to make gangster films. But a majority of them are badly
written and directed.
Nanda is actually Anantha Raju`s debut film, though his second
directorial venture Masth Majaa Maadi has already released to a
decent public response. But Masth Majaa Maadi is a remake of Hindi
hit Dhamaal, which didn`t need any of Raju`s creative inputs.
Raju shows his lack of imagination while writing the script of Nanda.
There is nothing fresh in the story and many of the sequences seem to be a crude
take-off from similar non-Kannada films.
The movie lacks a reasonable pace, leaving audiences uninterested in parts. Raju
has also failed to effectively use talented veteran artistes. Many of them have
been wasted in Nanda. Though Raju is the director, it is the fight
composer whose work is seen more on screen.
The movie is about the protagonist Nanda, a self-employed youngster. He gets a
canteen lease in a college and is much liked by students and teachers alike. He
is always referred to as `senior` by college students who seek his advise on
academic and non-academic matters.
And then comes the romantic angle when Kavya, a college student, falls for
Meanwhile, Nanda helps his friend marry Kavya`s elder sister, which leads him to
a confrontation with the city`s police commissioner. Despite opposition from
Kavya`s parents, Nanda wants to marry her.
The police commissioner plans to kill Nanda and even puts him behind bars on
false charges. Finally, an enraged Nanda treads the violent path to kill all the
Shivaraj Kumar has very little to perform in emotional sequences, but he looks
extremely fit and dynamic in the song and fight sequences. But for Sandhya, who
has proved her talent in many Tamil films, Nanda proves to be a
disastrous entry into Kannada movies.
Ramesh Babu`s photographic work is good, but V. Manohar has composed ordinary
tunes for the film.
Nanda is strictly for action lovers who are willing to endure a
torturous narration to see a few good fight sequences.