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Movie Review: ‘Chaali Polilu’ touches the heart, strikes a chord

Movie Review: ‘Chaali Polilu’ touches the heart, strikes a chord

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Movie: CHAALI POLILU (Mischief Mongers) (Tulu)
Starring: Devadas Kapikad, Naveen D. Padil, Bhojaraj Vamanjoor, Arvind Bolar, Sundar Rai Mandara, Divyashree, Navya, Arjun Kapikad (Cameo) and others
Music by: Manikanth Kadri; songs composed by V. Manohar
Directed by: Veerendra Shetty Kavoor
Produced by: Prakash Pandeshwar, Jayakirana Films

By Mahesh Nayak
Mangalore, Oct 30, 2014:
Chaddi friends Pandu (Devadas Kapikad), Damu (Naveen D. Padil) and Manju (Bhojaraj Vamanjoor) are petty crooks. When they are not conning people they just loaf around, occasionally indulging in mischief and landing themselves in trouble. But they are basically good guys at heart and if it comes to that, would gladly rob Peter to help Paul.


Chaali Polilu

One night the local temple is robbed. Thieves have taken all of God’s jewellery and valuables. Naturally, the trio becomes the prime suspects, thanks to their lousy reputation. Though they are innocent, no one wants to believe them. The village Panchayat holds court and they are about to be condemned, when Damu begs the elders for one month’s reprieve to prove their innocence and see that the loot is returned.

Thus begins a wild goose chase that somehow finally leads them to vindication. This proves to be a life changing experience for all and everyone live happily ever after. Everyone except the real thief, that is.

A feel good movie with lots of laughs and a moral in the end. That’s Chaali Polilu.

In the last couple of years, Tulu cinema has been going through a renaissance. The amazing regularity with which new movies are being churned out is a tribute to its resilience and would in itself qualify to deem it an industry. Chaali Polilu (Mischief Mongers) is the latest movie to hit the screen. It is produced by Prakash Pandeshwar under his newly created movie banner, Jayakirana Films.

This much awaited Tulu movie lives up to its expectations. It has a simple story to tell, which it tells well, with a typical local flavor and a gripping climax. Though meant to be a comedy, it works better in the serious sequences. It wastes precious time in initially trying to be funny, but saves itself in the nick of time. Just when you begin to ask yourself, what am I doing here?, the real story unfolds, which draws you in with some compelling scenarios and makes you forget what was your question in the first place.

Chaali Polilu is packed with an ensemble cast and an even bigger supportive cast that includes almost everyone you would know from across the street. The personal chemistry between the three lead actors is superb and their happy camaraderie s is absolutely believable. Is their screen entry a humble homage to the famous ‘Walk’ sequence from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Reservoir Dogs’ (Bollywood remake: ‘Kaante’)?  Compare on YouTube and decide for yourself. 

Arjun Kapikad makes a surprise appearance in a Supermanesque rescue mission. And the movie can rightfully take the credit for giving what could possibly pass as Tulu cinema’s first ‘item number’, a raunchy show of sorts performed in a whorehouse.

‘Chalipolilu’ is by no means a story about 3 idiots. These are smart guys, though a trifle misguided, like all of us. That’s why they are able to take us along with them. Between all the theatrics, they are also able to squeeze in a social message or two. Watch this movie. It is time well spent.

“Chaali Polilu” will hit the theaters on October 31. The film will be screened simultaneously at Jyothi Talkies, Big Cinema at Bharath Mall and Cine Polis at City Centre in Mangalore, Amarashree in Moodbidri and Nakshatra Theatre at BC Road. The producers hosted an exclusive premiere show for the media fraternity and special invitees at Cine Polis on 29th October.

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