Movie: Tarle Village
Cast: Channegowda, Singri Gowda, Thammegowda, Abhishek
The main stars of the multiple award-winning film Thithi are back with yet another laughter riot. This time, it’s also within all commercial parameters. Unlike the critically-acclaimed film, this one with an apt title Tarle Village goes the whole hog, where tarle translates to mischievous in Kannada.
However, this one comes with a rider — it is best suited for audiences who have basic knowledge about rural life and lifestyles, customs, etc to get the maximum fun out of it. And, for those who have no idea how actual village life transpires, all we can say is, “try and understand through the real comedy at play.”
The mischief starts with a horror incident as the village witnesses the murder of two men near a temple located on top of a hill. The villagers are sure that it’s an act of the devil. Soon, the main characters come into play — (the two main characters of Thithi too) Singri Gowda and Channegowda who played Century Gowda and Gaddapa come on unchanged. One is bad mouthed, and the other is a practical old man.
The other highlight is Abhishek, the young star from Thithi, who is the proverbial Romeo here. Thammegowda plays the role of a broker who has an extra-marital affair with a woman living in the same village who runs a small hotel. Almost everything the director showcases through his characters is similar to what actually exists in a “real” village in the southern part of the state.
While this devil, love and extra martial affair continues, another plot is unfurled, the election of a gram panchayat. Raghu, the director has done a commendable job in highlighting the other part of this “real” village associated with elections and parties.
One-liners and situational jokes give the audience many a reason to laugh while the fun continues with an almost natural film making. When a few more are found dead near the temple, including the purohit of the temple, the film climaxes.
If you’ve always wanted to take relatives from your village or your grandparents for a film, this one is apt as they will understand and connect with every bit of this “real” village life. One thing though, don’t mind the jokes, as they are thankfully not vulgar especially when compared to a city and its constant use of “f” words to show a cool quotient!