Director: S Mahendar
Cast: Naresh Gowda, Anusha, Devaraj, Anu Prabhakar, Umesh, Bank Janardhan
Think of S Mahender from his glorious past, and suddenly handkerchiefs comes in handy for all his emotionally charged films which typically ends with a message. Such were the tearful days of this director, and one such saga was ‘Kaurava’ which now returns as ‘Once More Kaurava.’ The first Kaurava was a melodious hit due to musical maestro Nadabrahma Hamsalekha, whereas the ‘once more’ saga fails to score on the musical note.
The director takes off from where he has left from his tear-jerking moments. While the present generation mostly runs on frequent updates while adapting to the new changes, the entire experience of this is a slow paced journey is interconnected with emotion, revenge with a message at the dead end.
Here is a trivia to guess: Kiran, the protagonist, here is an upright police sub-inspector who is posted to a rural police station after a sensitive issue breaks out in a village which could have lead to communal disharmony. The village is closely connected to his childhood! If this is a difficult one to guess then the introduction of the villains who are village heads are responsible for the killing of his parents could give a clear picture to make the guessing job very easy.
There is more, the girl he studied along with, is now a shepherd. However, Kiran is all grown up like a hunk whereas the girl has managed to stay very young! Jokes apart, the tale is a serious one including a mythological drama which drags on right till the end. Meanwhile, there is a one change to the making of this once more tale, which is the use of drone camera because of which there are majority of aerial shots are ‘scene’! Naresh, who is also the producer playing the lead role is a far better actor than many debutants who keeps hitting the screen on a frequent basis while claiming to be one, and Anusha fits the bill as a female Shepard.
Unlike the title, this is not something which cannot be watched once more, as watching it once is itself a painful task but a ‘bearable’ one.