Director P. Sathya has created enough sequences that give Sudeep a platform for his performance. But it is also a fact that the actor has gone beyond the boundaries of the script to deliver a terrific performance - especially in the climax, which is the film`s major plus point.
In the process, Gooli emerges as better than the routine gangster films released so often these days.
But the film has its failings, too.
Convincing performances have not been forthcoming from many other actors. The right artistes have not been selected for some important roles. Therefore, many sequences that do not feature Sudeep look totally diluted.
Sathya has penned punchy dialogues for every actor, and this does not serve the film`s cause well. Characters from different backgrounds speaking similar lines can only seem unreal to the audience.
Palaniraj`s choreography in the first two action scenes is stunning. And the fight-less climax comes as a surprise to the audience.
The film tells the story of Gooli, an underworld don with a heart of gold. College student Ramya understands him. Sensing her closeness to him, a rival gang abducts her. Gooli rescues the damsel in distress and declares his love for her.
He wants to lead a reformed life with Ramya, but now the girl`s brothers play the spoilsport. After many twists and turns, there is a message-oriented climax, which really leaves an impact on the audience.
Music director Anoop churns out two memorable songs, but his background score is even better.
Gooli will certainly please Sudeep`s fans, but it won`t disappoint others either.
Sudeep starrer Gooli is scheduled to release later this month, much to the delight of his fans who are looking for another action flick from him.
The year 2006 proved to be lucky for the actor with My Autograph and Hubli becoming hits. However, he couldn`t repeat the same success story last year and therefore has no expectations from Gooli.
Gooli is produced by Ramu Enterprises, a banner known for making big-budget entertainers.
Director P. Sathya, who had a string of hits like Majestick, Daasa and Shashtri with Darshan, is working with Sudeep for the first time.
Sathya has also penned the story and screenplay. Debutant composer Anoop scores the music for the film, which is already popular among music buffs.
Mamta Mohandas, who has acted in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films, plays the lead and this is her first Kannada film.
Mamta, who went to college in Bangalore, is happy for this break in Kannada cinema. Although Sathya refuses to reveal the story, he says the title role is tailor-made for Sudeep.
The title, which means Raging Bull, has negative overtones, which, according to some, may embarrass Sudeep`s female fans.
However, Sathya disagrees. He says: The film is not a complete action film. Action is part of the story line. The film has an excellent family angle as well.
Sudeep claims that if the film had focused only on action, he would not have accepted the role.