The film ‘Chingari’ is about how the CCB cop Parashuram (Darshan) saves
his lover from the human trafficking. It is set in Switzerland to save
his love where the danger is more and trace the hideouts is difficult.
It is done in stylish way in this film.
CCB cop Parashuram does not disclose to his fiancé Geetha (Deepika
Kamaiah) that he is a cop leads to all sorts of disturbances for him in
life. Geetha very affectionate to her drug addict brother (she is not
aware of this wrong route of her brother) Vishwa (Vishwa) is shocked to
see him dead and she holds Parashuram responsible for it. Frustrated
with it Geetha with Amrutha (Theju) her friend leave for Switzerland for
guitar audition. At this foreign country both Geetha and Amrutha are
kidnapped by a dangerous gang. The cop in Bengaluru knowing this fate of
his lover reaches Switzerland. He meets Bhavana and keeps her as his
secretary in tracing the hideout.
CCB cop in Switzerland faces lot of hurdles and how he successfully put
down the nefarious gang to unite with Geetha is the climax of this film.
This is no doubt a stylishly made film because the majority of the
developments are seen in Switzerland. Wherever the camera is kept it
looks visually good in ‘Chingari’. The dream of director is costly but
the net result is not all that great.
The Kannada audiences are ‘TAKEN’ (made in 2008 an action thriller set
in France – the protagonist trace his kidnapped daughter) for granted as
for as providing the good script is concerned. Look at what happened in
‘Jackie’ – the teenagers are transported from the village side for
prostitution business after inflicting drugs. Like how power star
Puneeth Rajakumar goes on war footing in tracing the wrong doers in a
local backdrop, in the same way Darshan goes hunting for kidnappers in a
far off Switzerland. There is not much of difference between the two
films as for as subject is concerned. ‘Jackie’ had the rugged backdrop
while ‘Chingari’ has the exotic Switzerland backdrop.
The point one cannot understand is that the ‘Human Trafficking’ is found
world over. Where was the necessity for director Harsha to use the
Switzerland backdrop and burn the coffers of the producers Mahadevu and
Manu Gowda. Director Harsha is not aware that the children are
transported from one place to other place in our country so that they
are not traced. It is a begging racket. Children kidnapped in Bengaluru
could be found in West Bengal. In the similar way there is demand for
Indian women in the foreign land is OK. But minimizing the cost of a
film the nearer location for director Harsha has not struck to his mind.
The food is eaten in ordinary plate or silver plate the result is filling hunger!
The film ‘Munnudi’ directed by P. Seshadri deals with the same subject.
The coastal living good looking girls are either smuggled or married by
Dubai moneywalla’s. That was dealt with lot of seriousness by the
director Seshadri in his debut film that got him Aravindam Puraskar
This film is made for the masses – that is Darshan fans. ‘Chingari’
gives the same old subject of punishing the bad by the protagonist in
the film. The only difference is that the stage is set in Switzerland.
Director Harsha as for as the subject enhancement from his previous
films ‘Birugali and Geleya’ has not shown any shine. The film is tailor
made for the fans of Darshan. There are pretty good dialogues on the
mother land that get whistle from the fans.
The action scenes are also not extraordinary. The stunts from Raviverma
not look in any way different from his previous films for Darshan. The
same old ‘Dishum Dishum’ is maintained here in the Switzerland. When the
director can bring a change in the action style for Bhavana at least
Kung fu style would have been sufficient for Darshan standards.
For Guitar audition director sends the heroine with her friend to
Switzerland. The latest Zamana is that the audition is done on online.
The reasoning of this is not correct. In addition to this costly lapse
there is hardly any guitar sound in the film.
Among the plus points the film ‘Chingari’ can boast of rich production
values on screen. That is primarily because of the expertise of
cameraman HC Venu.
The role of Bhavana as assistant is quite impressive. Bhavana skin show
at Switzerland is something not expected. Her Bikini costume to show her
beautifully chiseled body is a treat for the front benchers. With group
dancers all white skinned one has to search for ‘Bhavana’ in that song
Darshan looks are too good in this film. The costumes, his style of
dialogue delivery is underplayed in this film – that is because he is in
a foreign land. To please the fans of Darshan there are routine
dialogues on language, Karnataka and India.
In the Yogaraj Bhat written song Kai Kaiyya….Yamuda yamuda Thale Ketta
Bhatta….Darshan looks grand. A new variety of stunt was needed for him
in this film ‘Chingari’.
Deepika Kamaiah making debut deserved to be better. She is not that too
good looking. Theju her friend character is more beautiful than Deepika.
There are good dialogues for Theju.
Bhavana has moved to the new area of stripping from this film. She looks
like a foreigner and her skin structure is also so good. There is a
danger for this performer and two times Karnataka state award winner and
Bharathanatyam exponent. The Kannada producers may offers stereotype of
roles for her in the coming days.
Yashas Surya and Pradip are good. The scope for good performer Srujan
Lokesh has not come in this film. Ramesh Bhat as father to the heroine
is in his usual best.
The second maximum marks goes to cameraman HC Venu a veteran in the
profession has captured the beauty with his watchful camera work. The
dens, outdoors, interiors of a house and city backdrops are visual treat
from HC Venu.
V Harikrishna falls short in giving good tunes in ‘Chingari’. There is
one melody – Gamanava…sung by Shreya Goshal and Javed Ali and Kai
Kiyaya…..sung by V Harikrishna for Yogaraj Bhat lyrics is a peppy
The editing of the film is quite OK. The film moves pretty fast in two hours and three minutes duration.
Last But not the Least – ‘Costly dreams is OK, what about good results’!
OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLE –3/5
Cast – Darshan, Deepika Kamaiah, Srujan Lokesh, Theju, Yashas Surya, Bhavana, Ramesh Bhat, Aruna Balaraj and others. Music – V Harikrishna
Cinematography – HC Venu Producers – Mahadev and Manu Gowda Story, Screenplay, Direction – Harsha
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