Sanju Weds Geetha Movie Review
Scenery Weds Sentiments!
If the Tamil Nadu government was looking to promote Ooty tourism and was looking for some beautiful pictures of the place, it needs to look no further than the stills of Sanju Weds Geetha. The misty surroundings of Ooty become postcards from paradise under the creative lens of cameraman Satya Hegde, and Sanju Weds Geetha is worth watching for that reason alone.
Appreciably, the best thing about this film is not the cinematography alone. Director Nagashekhar expertly unites these cloudy, misty locales in the film with the mood of the story, which starts off on a tragic note and ends even more tragically. The narration is commendably restrained, with the background music (Sadhu Kokila) used sparingly and effectively, and the film is the happy coincidence of some talented people coming together and making a classy effort.
The story of the film is tailor made for the locales it is set in. There is this Sanju who comes from Bangalore to Virajpet after finishing his education and instantly gets hooked to Geetha, who resists in the beginning but finally gives in. Her parents have no objection to this marriage, but Geetha has a troublesome past where her relative molested her as a child. The same relative rapes her when she is on her way to wed Sanju and Sanju kills the relative in a fit of rage. Sanju goes to jail and Geetha loses her memory, triggering off a series of tragedies which sometimes look over the top.
Director Nagashekhar needs to be given credit for handling the subject in such matured style. Apart from making Shrinagar Kitty yell every now and then and disturbing the peace of a small town, Nagashekhar handles the subject very well. Dialogues are well written, although a little more slang would have made them look more natural. But otherwise, kudos to the man who had the guts to make a beautiful film without needless skin shows or item numbers.
Having said that, there are few glitches in the film, which Nagashekar could have avoided. He seems hell bent on making the film a tragedy and many scenes look illogical. It’s hard to accept that Geetha’s family members would be careless enough to leave her wander on a rainy day when she is pregnant and is suffering from memory loss. Also, her character is shown to be popular in the town, but nobody sees her when she goes missing in such a small town!
It’s also hard to understand why Avinash, who plays a jailer in the movie, does not inform Sanju that he has obtained parole. Again, it only serves the purpose of Nagashekar to make the protagonist escape from the jail and kill him in the process, making the film even more tragic.
The film seems to have been heavily influenced by Maniratnam’s Geethanjali in its narrative style. The scene where Ramya admonishes a road Romeo in a dimly lit market and the scene on a railway platform look like they are taken from Geetanjali. It’s only a coincidence that Suhasini Maniratnam is playing a small part in this film!
Arguably, this is the best performance by Ramya in her career. She looks gorgeous in some tastefully selected Churidars and her acting carries the film forward. Ban or no ban, Kannada industry needs performers like her. Shrinagar Kitty is good too. The supporting cast is perfect.
On a whole, we are pleased to watch a good film after a long time. Even with its minor glitches, the film is definitely worth a watch!
-Movie Review By Raju Shanbhag