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Posted date: 06 Sat, May 2017 – 11:08:52 AM

Title – Happy New Year, Producer – Smt Vanaja Patil, Direction – Pannagabharana, Music – Raghu Dixit, Cinematography – Srisha Kuduvalli, Cast – Vijay Raghavendra, Sonu, BC Patil, Margarita, Srushti Patil, Diganth, Dhananjay, Shruthi Hariharan, Saikumar, Sudharani, Rajsri Ponnappa and others.

Son of very famous director TS Nagabharana – Pannagabharana has shown his mettle in studious work. It was ‘Chowka’ for Kannada audience in the past. It is ‘Panchwa’ for audience from ‘Happy New Year’. All five pairs leading to celebration of Happy New Year coming out from different trauma in live is the crux of this film.

The music, cinematography and 136 minutes narration is not a torture. But the feel is that something should have been striking, surprising, shocking comes to mind with major onslaught Kannada films receiving from high quality non Kannada films. For every ten minutes the screenplay should have reached the startling moments to hold the attention. All five pairs carrying sad part of their life on screen is not interesting. Liveliness is missing is what we could say.

Dhananjay is in love with Shruthi Hariharan. She is bed ridden, counting her days. The only wish of her is to see Kashmir. Vijay Raghavenda as constable is duty bound. He has wish of seeing his cute daughter perform at school day. That goes in vain. There is Diganth and Srushti pair in Pattaya. Srushti carries a rare quality in life. How the varied mood of Srushti Patil changes for better of Diganth who is in love with her is another part. Next we have BC Patil, ex Kaurava explaining his past to a foreign lady Margarita. The pair of Saikumar and Sudharani has usual style of traditional and values coming in the happy life. Saikumar is almost bowled over to Rajsri Ponnappa. He does not have ‘Paani Puri’ in the house. They settle down for good when Rajsri Ponnappa says in radio chat that she found father in Saikumar her boss in the car showroom.

All the actors have given decent performance and the cute daughter of VR and Sonu is very attractive. Rajsri Ponnna is very lively among all. She has good fortune in the coming days.

Raghu Dixit has two lovely songs and Srisha Kuduvalli is good to the eyes of audience. Editing is quite OK. Three plus in dialogue department not convince with lovely lines.

This is one film with five short stories.

You can watch this film ‘Raaga’ that is different from usual commercial films. It is just 122 minutes journey of two innocent hearts.

3/5 ***

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