Lift Man, played by senior actor Sunder Raj, is based on a real person Kaverappa, who worked as an elevator operator at Vidhana Soudha for 20 years. The film is a series of episodes anchored by Sheetal.
One such is when Kaverappa feels guilty for causing IAS officer Sandeep Sharma (Suresh Heblikar) to resign, after the Chief Minister accuses him of lethargy. Why Kaverappa blames himself for Sandeep’s resignation is one part of the story. The film throws light on the life of a man who spends most of his life in the elevator within the corridors of power and meeting men in command, all the while fighting loneliness and dealing with turmoil in his family.
Sreedhar had in hand a marvelous script that could have been made a great movie winning him accolades, but what he ends up doing with that is a reflection of his incompetence. Although actor Sunder Raj plays his part well, the director fails miserably particularly in showing the progression of the character and how he ages.
A lot is missing in Lift Man, given the fact that it could have been one of the best artistic movies to have been made. There is nothing noteworthy about the film’s music and cinematography. Except for Sunder Raj’s acting, the film has little to redeem itself.