Prashant Neel’s KGF, which stars Yash in the lead role, has become the most controversially discussed Kannada film nationally dubbed in Tamil. There have been lots of expectations. Provides team? Yes they do. The film has a fast paced first half which seems a bit long.
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The screenplay is the most interesting part of the film. The non-linear pattern keeps viewers busy, with Rocky’s rise appearing in steady fashion. While there is a fair share of scenes and conversations that evoke jokes and cheers from the public, the producers still maintain a clever storytelling style that assures one to keep pace with the narrative.
The boy is taken by train to the dream city. He made a living by polishing boots in Bombay in the 1960s. He soon wrote a name for himself after he broke two beer bottles on the head of a police bald man. Word of the city’s new ambitious kid has reached every corner of the city. He named himself Rocky because it was easier and shorter for others to remember.
The thing about power may not be enough for you. He throws out all the top gangsters and gets so close to the current ruler of the Bombay underworld, who is also Rocky’s boss. The boss makes an offer to Rocky that he can’t refuse. “Kill the elephant I showed you and you can keep Bombay.”
As the story moves away from Bombay the narrative begins to lose steam. It seems that director Prashant Neel, who is also the writer of the film, is saving the remaining best bits for the second part. At one point he ran the picture in an empty tank. We learn about the exploitation of Rathi’s war in the words of a veteran journalist starring Anath Nag. And later Prashant added two more narrators to the description of the orphaned snake to create the legend of Rocky. The film works like a folktale, in which you tell the perfect creatures like the film’s office assistant, drowning in the story that he was confronted with constant brutality at work.
We get a scene where one of the several opponents unveils a statue of Garuda himself. Garuda is reminiscent of the iconic interval block of Bahubali: The Beginning with the help of camera panning up on a deadly frame. In another scene, Rocky pulls a food delivery cart in his hand alone, while others stand and stare in amazement, just like the scene when Bahubali pulls the giant statue of Valladeva alone.
The story is of Rocky, who will become the richest and most powerful man, which he promised his dead mother. He landed on the streets of Bombay and soon found his place as the most ‘popular’ don. He then went to the KGF for some purpose and in the meantime he killed countless others. Every character who knows about Rocky has simply admired him, and nothing is impossible for this Dawn. He briefly fell in love and soon the action shifted to a gold mine.
His job is to kill a man. In the end he killed him and the stage was set for the second chapter as the entire Indian army was pressured to question the gold mine. Wait for it in the next chapter!
Prashant Neel’s effort to sculpt an expensive statue is commendable but the statue ultimately looks something different. Hopefully, the second chapter brings all the major corrections, which give the statue much needed life.