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'Ko Ante Koti' Review: Amateur Attempt

Rating: 2/5
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Sarvaa Arts
Cast: Sharwanand, Srihari, Priya Anand, Raj and others
Music: Shakti Kanth
Cinematographers: Rakesh, Naveen
Editor: Marthand K Venkatesh
Director: Anish Kuruvilla
Producer: Sharwanand
Release date: 28/12/2012
 
Sharwanand has started a new journey that of a producer and he has teamed up with Anish Kuruvilla of ‘Avakai Biryani’ fame for this new venture. Let us see how this is.
 
Story
Vamsi (Sharwa) is a small time thief who gets into a transformation mode after going through a prison term and wants to reform himself as a good man. He is good at scaling tall buildings as a thief.
 
He is spotted by Maya Master (Srihari) a mastermind thief. The master also takes in two more men for a mission- to rob Diamond House. Meanwhile, Vamsi chances upon Sathya (Priya) and that takes him back to his past when they were in love and about to get married.
 
What exactly happened between both? What happens to the Diamond House mission? All this forms the rest of the story.
 
Performances
Sharwanand was a little shaky. At times he is found screaming and getting annoyed and sometimes he was looking sober and level headed. Basically, the fault lied in his characterization. But on a whole, it is only Sharwanand’s screen presence that made audience bear the film till the last.
 
Srihari had an important and interesting role but then his screen presence was not used properly. Still, he tried to do his best to infuse some life into the character. But what irks is at times he speaks in Sreekakulam slang, sometimes in his trade mark Telangana style and sometimes in Godavari slang.
 
Priya Anand was chirpy as ever and she looks very attractive whenever she wears traditional outfits. Her energy levels were good enough and she made her presence felt.
 
The fat guy was alright, the one eyed guy was okay. Kausha oozed some oomph. Raj doing the inspector’s role was effective. The main villain was scary enough but he was not used properly.
 
Highlights

  • Songs picturization

Drawbacks

  • Aimless plot
  • Erratic screenplay
  • Spineless dialogues
  • Intruding Background score
  • No seriousness

Analysis
Before a director puts his pen on paper and starts writing a story he has to be sure what genre of film he is going to work on. Once that is confirmed, the focus should be on plot making which is the backbone for any story. And then comes the rest of the aspects like scene composition, dialogues etc.
 
Well, we are not here to teach the basics to direct a film, but for this film maker, every layman feels irresistible to teach the above stuff. This film appears as if made by an amateur maker.
 
When the very plot is missing and the genre is confusing, what can the audience expect to see when they go to the theatres? That was the confusion which started while watching the film and it got further complicated by the time the interval bang came in.
 
As such, the line chosen was something serious but trying to infuse comedy into the characters and making them look like funny guys was definitely not funny. An attempt has been made to portray the characters like in a Quentin Tarantino film but it must be said that the difference is like chalk and cheese.
 
Either the robbery plot should have been focused strongly or the love track between Sharwa and Priya should have been justified properly but most of the time the film dangled in between and so did the audience trying to figure out what exactly was happening onscreen.
 
Overall, this is a film which had a reasonable thought but it lost direction as it proceeded and failed to score in any angle.
 
Bottomline: Example for how a film should not be made

(Venkat can be reached at venkat@greatandhra.com or https://twitter.com/greatandhranews)

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