Romance is omnipresent in our movies, albeit there are a handful of directors who do complete justice to the mushy genre by fleshing out reality. Eradane Sala director Guruprasad narrates a love story that is often hushed up, by shedding light on the emotional courtship between a young couple (Dhananjay and Sangeetha Bhat) brought under one roof by circumstances.
The film is further bolstered by the underlying message that delves deep into the mindsets of elderly people and their fear of being abandoned by their children.
Eradane Sala is an intriguing story about a son torn between his mother and lady love, laced with dollops of reality. The story told by Dhanu to a few friends, traverses back and forth in time. As for the plot, Dhananjay’s mother - a character essayed effortlessly by veteran actress Lakshmi - brings home her friend’s daughter Nandhini (Sangeetha Bhat) for the latter’s higher education.
The ensuing situations see the lead pair growing close to each other and living life to the fullest oblivious to the outside world.
Soon, Nandhini completes her graduation and returns to her place. When Dhananjay’s mother starts a bride hunt, the mundane story takes a positive turn at this point. Will Dhananjay who considers mother his world successfully convince her about his love for Nandhini or not?
And why would a mother bring a young girl home despite having a grown-up son at home? These questions are answered in the rest of the film.
Despite taking three long years in the making, the film remains relevant. Guruprasad manages to keep the audience glued to conversations, romance and songs. The film has a sprinkling of sensuous scenes and double ententendre, but never does it feel forced.
The director has boldly conceptualised the rom-com moments that blend well with the premise, though at times feel one too many. The emphasis on elderly people’s issues, however, is bound to be lapped up by the audience.
The hallmark of romance is in the sizzling chemistry the lead actors share on screen, and Dhananjay and Sangeetha come up trumps. Dhananjay has always looked as if he would do better with a director that understands his strengths and weaknesses well. Guruprasad, who brought him to the industry with Director’s Special, does exactly that.
Sangeetha, too, oozes talent, and sheds any inhibition in romantic scenes. Ultimately, it is Lakshmi who holds the film together. A well-written character, she breathes life into the mother’s role. Sushmita, Murali, Srinvias Murthy Gowribidanur, Raghu support as friends to Dhananjay.
The film scores well with a couple of good songs, and the background music by Anoop Seelin elevates the story by a couple of notches. It is not easy to film most of a movie within four walls, but the cinematographer Ashok Samrat has succeeded in it and portrayed the tenderness of romance well.
The director has very well depicted the romantic relationship of middle-class family and if not, this film is definitely recommended to all those young couple who have a different mindset of wanting to abandon the elders after marriage.