Cast: Ambareesh, Puneeth Rajkumar, Radhika Pandit, Ravishankar, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Sumalatha Ambareesh
To mark the 'big' celebrations of Puneeth Rajkumar's 25th venture, director Suri has cooked a special chicken biriyani. This time Suri's main ingredients are the high profile stars from the Rebel Star Ambareesh, Sumalatha Ambareesh, to Bharathi Vishnuvardhan with Ravishankar serving heavy punches and a pinch of sugar by the pretty Radhika Pandit - all cooked on a high powerful flame.
The cooking procedure of this silver jubilee 'biriyani' is as followed: As usual Suri starts with a simple story while heavily banking upon his trademark techniques of filmmaking garnished with creative fights. Surya (Puneeth Rajkumar) an upright hard working man runs a biriyani centre on a footpath in Hubballi city. He soon comes into picture with an obvious introductory fight followed with a pretty love story starring Radhika as Usha and then as Nisha. The first half is quite 'tasty' with a couple of good songs and the onscreen love birds doing their best evoking romance and humour.
Meanwhile on the other hand, a parallel story runs featuring the Rebel Star as Rajeevappa, the man with a big heart from the big house (Dodmane) in a village near Mandya. By now, Suri is done with couple of fights. In fact there are at least nine fight sequence before the biriyani is finally ready to eat! At times, the director gives an impression as more of a stunt choreographer than as a director.
The evil comes in the form of Ravishankar, for whom these kind of biriyani is just another snack item. For those who were dearly missing rebel star Ambareesh in action can cheer a bit as he delivers a couple of punch breaking the villain's teeth.
Further on, the all time formula of using flashbacks connecting it to the main plot comes in handy and Surya is revealed to be none other than the son of Rajeevappa, who had run away from the house during his childhood. The big house becomes the epicentre in the second half, which is more or less the battle ground, fighting for supremacy between the big man and Babu (Ravishankar) seeking revenge.
The first half of this biryani which tasted good soon turns out to be an indigestible meal with heavy masala and too many bones further spoils the fun. Howsoever, its a full meals for the big fans of rebel and power star.
Radhika Pandit as the glamour quotient is the sweet part of it and Puneeth utilising his powers at his usual best. Overall it's another masala entertainment of the cliché. Enjoyable when tasted once but too much of masala can test the digestion of the sensitive ones....