'Mooka Hakki' review: A ‘mute’ film with little life

An art film is always a welcome change, but Mooka Hakki deals with an interesting subject that could have been handled better.

Published: 16th December 2017 10:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th December 2017 11:47 AM   |  A+A-

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Film: Mooka Hakki

Director: Manjunath

Cast: Sampath Kumar, Pooja Kaveri, Anil Kumar

Rating: 2/5

An art film is always a welcome change, but Mooka Hakki deals with an interesting subject that could have been handled better. The film tells a story of a group of nomadic siblings who are trying to make ends meet.

The elder brother is played by Sampath Kumar who takes the responsibility of his sister, Gowri, played by Pooja Kaveri who is mute, their little brother (Duggaya) and their two oxes.As destitute folk artistes, their daily survival is like a war. At the same time, Gowri also has to deal with constant sexual abuse. Gowri meets Sathish Kumar, also a nomad, and both develop feelings for each other. However, the two do not get an opportunity to express their love.

Just when she and her family try to bring their lives back to normalcy, one of their ox (their major source of income) gets ill.Sampath Kumar takes it to a veterinary hospital, but he never returns back. Pooja takes charge of looking after the younger brother, who is keen on going to school. With a lot of sacrifice, Pooja admits her brother to school. When she gets to meet Sathish again during this phase of her life, it brings back memories and the film reaches its climax.

The film leaves little impact. While individually, the actors they have justified they characters, even they cannot save the film. Pooja who featured in Thithi, and Sampath Kumar should choose their roles better. With late Anil Kumar featuired as a villain, the only saving is some soulful songs scored by Manikanth Kadri.Otherwise, Mooka Hakki is a film that can be ignored.

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