This social comedy Topiwaala is another follow up of Upendra's last directorial film, Super.
This political satire sticks to Upendra's favourite subjects and MG Srinivas's directorial follows Uppi's usual plot revolving around corrupt political leaders, beggars, middle-class situations...Topiwaala, which even bears the tagline - Thale Illadavarige has made stinging remarks on the present political condition; not only about the State but the current Indian scenario including Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev, 2G scam and of course not to miss, land de-notification. The movie also throws light on former ex-Lokayukta Justice, Santosh Hegde.
The first half revolves around the old formula of cops and thieves. The story begins with late Shankar Nag's voice taking off on corruption and black money at Swiss Bank when Upendra makes an entry. The very next scene, we see a clash between the cops and the goons. The cops infact are goons who have been carrying out a series of thefts, wearing the Khaki dress. The mastermind behind this group is Basak (Upendra).
On the other side, the real cop, Ramayana Raghu (Rangayana Raghu) is aggressivily pursuing Basak's criminal activities. But each time Basak escapes, giving a hard time to the police.
The second half revolves around Basak and his gang, including Suman Bedi (Bhavana) and Malashree (Mythria) chasing for the secret code to access a Swiss Bank account; the code known only to a beggar, Mr India (Biridar).
Will Basak will be able to track the code and transfer the huge amount from Swiss Bank to Indian accounts is what Topiwaala is all about. The director has tried hard to keep the audience engaged but sadly Topiwaala holds no curiosity. This ambitious, stylish and ideologically confused film, falters in each and every attempt with the plot, leaving a the audience bored to the core.
Upendra is among a very few actors in Kannada cinema who provides real intelligent humour, which no other performer can duplicate today and with Topiwaala too, he has done complete justice to his character. Bhavana and Mythria have nothing but come out as glam dolls. The scenes between Upendra and Rangayana Raghu gets irritated after sometime. Trying to capture Gabbar Singh's role of Sholay through Ravi Shankar in Topiwaala falls flat.
Predominantly shot in Bangalore, Switzerland and Pondicherry, this oft-repeated tale has punching dialogues, colourful songs and some humour, but on the whole does not instantly connect the audience. Topiwaala doesn't receive the attention it deserves because of its take on a serious subject in a funny tone. Harikrishna's music is entertaining but other departments do not match.
The Verdict: Watch it at your own risk.