Dosti is a Bit too Gory for a Campus Story
By A Sharadhaa | Express Features | Published: 25th January 2014 11:00 AM |
Film - Dosthi (Kannada)
Director - V Anand
Cast - Satish Kumar, S Eshwar, Siddarth Prakash, Vikram, Nandesh, Niharika Mallya
Dosthi is incisive but too brutal and violent. The film, starring mostly newcomers, deals with college students and campus politics with the mafia as a backdrop. The film has been directed by V Anand, with most of the work handled by Nagendra Kumar C R including screen play, editing and music.
Shown in flashback, Surya (Satish Kumar) comes to Bangalore as a new student at a college. He becomes roommates with Pruthvi (S Eshwar) and is made part of a small group of friends that includes Pruthvi, Shashi (Siddarth Prakash), Vathapi (Vikram) and Mohana (Nandesh).
There is also a love triangle involving Surya, Pruthvi and the girl they both love Megha (Niharika Mallya). While Pruthvi finds it difficult to express his feelings, Surya opens up about his fondness for Megha. However, Megha is seen being friendly with both of them.
On the college front, a deep friendship grows between the gang of friends and Ravi, a studious character who joins them. As students, they are repulsed by the anti-social activities that occur on-campus and are fed-up of the bad facilities provided despite the donations paid. The group protests against K K, chairman of the college. Ravi is then found dead on the campus and it is reported as a case of suicide since he was not allowed to take his final examinations having not paid his fees.
A final fight ensues in which eventually, the students manage to kill K K and his henchmen. But do the students come to terms with what has happened and consider themselves winners? Who does Megha choose? These things are revealed in the end.
Dosthi is a dark thriller, though the title leads you to think of it as being about the bond of friendship. The gunfights, action sequences and the plot makes the blood and gore not quite worth the while. For, Dosthi becomes a tale of revenge by students taking on the law. It becomes an ambitious and frustrating gangster film.
Appreciable performances by the first-time actors makes the film viewer friendly. The cinematography, art work and music are okay.
The Verdict: Dosthi has tried to address issues plaguing colleges for long. This youth-based story could have been a clean film sans bloodshed and violence.