Film: Bengaluru Underworld
Director: PN Sathya
There are certain truths in the cinematic world; foremost which is the most disheartening is that the best of filmmakers tend to believe that their success of yesteryears will always be applauded. With Bengaluru Underworld, PN Sathya proves he is living with his old times of typical gangster films, a formula long gone. With the film, he also proves that success is no upward ladder; it is a snake and ladder game, you fall too - Sathya has fallen, this time.
An atypical cliché coming from him, the film is a debacle for both Sathya and the emerging brand image of underworld movies, Aditya. The plot stultifies with a young boy Raam becoming Malik, who only known to commit crime, single-handedly setting to take revenge and plot perfect murders. Of course, there is an effortless romantic track too. Finally, the film ends with the most expected climax -- no escape from punishment.
There is no doubt that Sathya, one of the most popular names in Sandalwood, has a cinematic belief, but with this outing, his belief withers to the point that he will have to recreate his filmmaking potential, or better, start to believe all over again.
The saving grace of Bengaluru Underworld is perhaps Aditya’s performance. He shows promise which will definitely overshadow the mediocrity. Debutant Paayal Radhakrishna tries to bring out the best with her limited presence. She is one talent to look forward to, given that she accepts sensible plots. Another saving grace is the background score, well curated by Anoop Seelin.
In filmdom, the law is not in the hand of a judge, it is with the public. So, we leave it to them to give the verdict on Bengaluru Underworld.