A smashing follow up of Prajwal Devaraj’s routine romantic comedy entertainment continues with Ghalate. This pleasant boy-meets-girl story is more distinguished as its glam characters, songs, locations, comedy and action scenes, all add to make a good film. A funny and touching teen romance from director MD Sridhar, it is a love story between Abhishek (Prajwal Devaraj) also known as Abhi, a college student and his good friend Ankita (Kriti Kharbanda).
The twist in the tale comes when Abhi develops a fascination for model Shalini (Hardika Shetty). Ankita’s heart breaks when Abhi shares his love interests and requests her to pass on the message to Shalini. Jackie (Tilak), Shalini’s trainer and coordinator is not able to digest the fact that Shalini reciprocates to Abhi’s love. Under certain circumstances, Jackie stabs Shalini who in turn is stabbed by Abhi.
How Abhi finds his soul mate is discovered towards the end of the film. While the plot is straight and simple, a love letter create all confusion and the suspense is maintained till the end.
The director’s imagination becomes increasingly vivid as the film progresses. A comedy of sorts from Sridhar, it explores the concept of the characters being under the control of the director that creeps along the saga of the narrative.
The highlight of the movie is the action sequences, song picturisation, and choreography. Though in the first half, the progress of the story is slow and not so impressive, the director makes it up with some interesting twist in the end.
Prajwal Devaraj plays a sweet, naive, and love thy neighbour sort of character which compliments the love story. When it comes to performance, he has done a good job in fight sequences. Among actresses, Kriti Kharbanda is quite charming all through the film. Hardika Shetty garners attention as she flaunts her curves in a bikini. However, the actress was covered in a sarong.
The surprise factor of the film is Suman Ranganath, who has a played the role of a college principal. An actress who is always seen in a blink-and-miss role, has been put back to her acting capabilities in this film.
Tara, Shashikumar and Shobaraj support the film well. Krishna Kumar’s camera work, Jassie Gift’s music, Imran Sardaria’s choreography has tried to make it different by adding all commercial elements.
Verdict: If you are an avid fan of romantic comedies, then Ghalate is your film.