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ಲೈಫುಇಷ್ಟೇನೆis a romantic-satirical-comedy movie directed by Pawan Kumar, who was an assistant director to Yograj Bhatt, it is the same pawan kumar who wrote screenplay for Manasaare, Pancharangi which were totally different from  the macchu-longu mainstream kannada cinema. Pawan and Yograj Bhatt have also worked together in Circus and Inthi Ninna Preethiya, it was only after the success of Pancharangi which made him to be the director for ‘Lifeu Istheneand it is produced under the banner of Yograj Movies and KK films. Except Diganth, Raju Thalikote, the star cast of the movie are all fresh and new; Samyuktha Belawadi, Sindhu Lokanath, Ramya Barna, Veena Sundar, Achyutha Rao, Mithra, Satya. Music is from none other than, the archetypal Mano Murthy and lyrics credits goes to the combined efforts of Yograj Bhatt, Jayanth Kaykini and Pawan Kumar.

Well, Vishal(Diganth) is always-confused-love-sick, wannabe rockstar who is pursing his MBA and according to his friend Shivu (Satish), Vishal’s heart is like a public toilet because he tumbles effortlessly in and out of love. With the help of a brilliantly choreographed song written by Yorgraj Bhatt ‘Yarig helona namma problemu’, vishal introduces to his past, his failed love endeavors : 7th class alli Kuntobille Vishali ( Complan problemu), PUC alli Sheela (Rakhee problemu), Degree alli , he cannot disclose the name because he became a baccha by being her 101th boyfriend.He has a background which is both economically, ethnically very sound and therefore he does not have to worry about anything. So, according to him, the only way to know that he is indeed alive is to feel pain, the pain of his bungled love scenarios.

Vishal now meets Nandini (Sindhu Lokanath) and both fall in love instantaneously and Jayanth Kaikini’s song “Ninna Gungalli” which is shot in ladakh, truthfully entertains. Jimmy Jib shots for the song are really very impressive. Problems arise for Vishal when Nandini makes an effort to make him understand the reality of being a rockstar, she wants him to switch his career to much more safer, secure job so that she can approach her father for their marriage. However, Vishal just wants to pursue his dream only in Music. This creates rift between them and Nandini eventually gets married to some random materialistic cookie-cutter mold.

Exit Nandini, Enter Rashmi (Samyuktha Belawadi) : Rashmi  is an effervescent-free-spirited girl who soothes vishal’s obliviated soul with the help of yet another smart number ‘Junior Devdaasa’, this time lyrics provided by the director himself. So, now Vishal takes some time to say the 3 word thing and when he abruptly looks inside his soul, he’s filled with infinite shame, holds back his thoughts about Rashmi. Vishal and Shivu get into some techie firm, Shivu gets seriously ill and in the end, Vishal is in dubai helping him to fight the cancer.

This is ‘Lifeu Istene’ which is really sharp, has good dialogues and very good script, Diganth’s performance is the best till date and there is much more maturity in his dialogue delivery, expressions. The movie is very simple, efficient in communicating the protagonist’s uncertainty, problems and with very subtle humor, the story is kept alive without incorporating much of sentiments. The songs are really good and are situational, not stuffed in the movie just for the sake of it. Expert performances from Veena Sundar, Achyutha Rao, Satish. Raju Thalikote, with his usual rustic north-kannada accent is exciting to watch esp when he shares his pathbreaking theory on awarding-medals for the couples. Really liked all the flashbacks that are present in the movie, esp Shivu’s. Appreciated the idea behind four characters who always are tagged with vishal. It is more like his inner voice guiding him to make decisions which he finds it very tough. John Nash from Beautiful Mind ?!?:)

I must say all the variety for the heroines were really bad, Sindhu Lokanath had more pimples than Diganth, Samyuktha Belawadi had a more western tone of voice and is very un-kannadaish. Also, director could have removed the pop-culture elements present in the movie which were very deviant, puny. Editing should’ve been better and also the props that are used for the songs, esp the NPC’s, they all were very unconvincing.

Lifeu Istene is very fresh; very refreshing for the fact that the mainstream kannada cinema is filled with oodoolae, hodiyolae. If the same theme were to be made into a Bollywood movie by a premier director, i bet it would’ve turned into a gigantic hit. I am really glad for the fact that these directors Yograj Bhatt, Suri, Guruprasad and now Pawan are making sincere efforts to restore the lost faith in kannada movies. I hope they get even more creative and effective in their approach.

More Reading:
http://eeprapancha.raveeshkumar.com/2011/09/life-ishtene-kannada-movie-review.html

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