Director: Imran Sardhariya
Cast: Malashri, Dhananjay B, Shashi Devraj, Sharath, Anushree, Jayashree
The drought continues for Kannada cinema with back to back worst films hitting the screens for the past few weeks. The latest is the turn of choreographer turned director Imran Sardhariya, who returns after his previous directorial debacle. With this, he beats his own record, making it an utterly disastrous and tasteless recipe. While the title of the film has no connection to the ‘done to death’ plot of a bank robbery involving the protagonists, digesting it for two plus hour is an upsetting experience.
Even before the film made it to the theatres, it had witnessed a bitter war of words between the director and the actress Malashri, after Imran expressed his dissatisfaction against the performance of the experienced campaigner! His exact words referring Malashri as her ‘performance was not up to the mark’ paved way for the controversy which ended after the director apologised for his remarks. Now, after the film hits the screens, it is none other than Sandalwood's dream girl - Malashri, who is the only saving grace of this film and whereas director Imran’s work is not only ‘not up to the mark but deserves no marks’!
Can a carrot halwa, a popular Indian dessert be made with the use of salt, sour and spice? Well, the director has proved it so in the plot when one of the female characters cooks the same dessert to impress her boyfriend's father. The sequence is such hilarious that when the girl asks the man if she can cook, and the response is unless she can do with proper mixture of salt, sour and spice. Later, what she cooks is a carrot halwa! Needless to explain, the taste of the whole film is something similar to the before mentioned carrot halwa recipe.
Even if such mistakes are to be ignored owing to cinematic freedom, Uppu Huli Khara is marred with such illogical sequences. The stale tale revolves around a bank robbery wherein three youths are accused of making away with 12 crores in cash. When arrested, they make it challenging for the lady cop investigating the case. Will the cop crack the case or the three manage to outsmart the cop fulfilling their actual purpose behind the crime, is the recipe which lacks salt, sour and all that much needed spice!
Better skip this tasteless recipe or digesting it mentally becomes a sour task.