Director: Imran Sardhariya
Cast: Malashri, Dhananjay B, Shashi Devraj, Sharath, Anushree, Jayashree
Rating: 1 star
The drought continues for Kannada cinema with back to back disasters hitting the screens in the past few weeks. The latest is choreographer-turned-director Imran Sardhariya returning after his previous directorial debacle. With Uppu, Huli Khara, he actually beats his own record, making an utterly disastrous and tasteless recipe. While the title of the film has no connection whatsoever to the ‘done to death’ plot of a bank robbery involving the protagonists, the perils of such movie going are many.
Even before the film released, we witnessed a bitter war of words between the director and actress Malashri. This was after Imran expressed dissatisfaction against the performance of the experienced campaigner! His exact words referring to Malashri’s performance were “not up to the mark” that created enough controversy which ended only after the director apologised for his remarks. Now, after the release, another controversy has risen! Sandalwood’s Kanasina Rani (dream queen) Malashri is apparently the only saving grace in this film! Director Imran’s work is not only “not up to the mark but deserves no marks!”
A carrot halwa made of salt, sour and spice! Really? The director’s plot sees one of the female characters cook the same dessert to impress her boyfriend’s father. The sequence is ludicrous, to say the least She cooks a carrot halwa! The whole flavour of the film is similar to the afore mentioned carrot halwa recipe — a mix of too many flavours for something that should have originally been sweet!
Even if such mistakes are ignored thanks to the ever-present cinematic freedom, Uppu Huli Khara is marred with even greater illogical sequences. The stale tale revolves around a bank robbery where three young men are accused of making away with Rs 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, — this is a recipe surely made in jest lacking salt, sour and that much-needed spice! Skip this tasteless recipe or digesting it mentally can be a sour task.