Film: Bhale Jodi
Cast: Sumanth Shailendra, Shanvi Srivastava, Harshika Ponacha
Director: Sadhu Kokila
A faithful remake of a Telugu film Ala Modalaindi, director Sadhu Kokila seems to have been so inspired by the original that he decided to retain even the character names in Bhale Jodi. But, with no freshness added to the Kannada version, the film fails to impress and never matches the charisma of the original.
Bhale Jodi is all about love, misunderstanding, and separation told in flashback by Goutam (Sumanth Shailendra) who works as a reporter for a TV channel. In search of a soulmate, he goes through his first heart break with his girl friend (Harshika Ponacha). Having no choice, he is forced to attend her wedding where he meets Nitya (Shanvi Srivastava) who has also gone through a break-up. The duo hit off well and just when he wants to express his love, she introduces him to her fiancé. While trying to get out of the emotional trauma, he meets a veterinary doctor, a role played by Hariprriya. Meanwhile, Goutam and Nitya keep bumping into each but fate drifts them apart during crucial situations. Will Nitya and Gautam find their soul mates or will they realise that they are made for each other, forms the crux of the film.
Except for the twists and turns, this romcom is slow paced and leaves too many gaps; the absence of the emotional impact might just be quiet damaging.
Though every character is totally inspired from the Telugu version, Sumanth Shailendra has tried to be original and put in his best. So has Shanvi Srivastava and Haripriya. The actual entertainment comes towards the end of the second half with humour by Ravi Shankar. Sadhu Kokila’s comedy seems unwanted. Other actors like Sumalatha, Jai Jagadish, Harshika Ponacha have supported well. Since it is a romcom, the film has too many songs but a few medleys scored by Sadhu Kokila is romantic. Cinematographer Jai Anand’s picturisation is inconsistent. Not much work has gone in at the edit desk.
This urbane entertainer could have been better if it had not loyally followed the original. It could still appeal to the youth who understand love and heart breaks.