The Kannada film is too predictable, inconsistent and illogical
The star cast of the film will be incomplete without mentioning the dog called Zoo Zoo. The story of Lucky revolves around two young protagonists, essayed by Yash and Ramya, but Zoo Zoo also plays an important character in the film. You can call it an antagonist in the film, at least for Yash’s character named Lucky. Other than this fresh point in the film, which has given due importance to the relationship between the heroine and a dog, Lucky is too predictable, inconsistent and illogical. There is some humour in the film, but it would be too irksome to enjoy such comedy portions in the midst of many ill-conceived, cliched sequences in the film.
Story writer Ghouse Peer has also been influenced by Shahrukh Khan-starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, in which King Khan is seen confusing the heroine with two different looks. Peer has tried to incorporate this idea into the story of the film, which treads inconsistently. The film’s director Suri seems to have been hell-bent on making it an entertainer by hook or by crook. Therefore, he has taken a lot of cinematic liberties, which makes the film too farcical and silly.
The first half of Lucky moves at a snail’s pace. Except for the interesting second half, where the story moves forward to a little extent, the film could have ended as a below-ordinary fare. The narration in the last 20 to 25 minutes is quite absorbing. Another sour point in the film is that Yash and Ramya do not share a great chemistry on screen. The director has focussed more on the style quotient than working out some good emotional sequences. Though the conflict between the lead pair comes in the form of Zoo Zoo, the dog, there are not many situations which underscore the heightened differences between the lovers.
Now for the strong points of the film – it is to the credit of Suri that he made good use of talented cinematographer S Krishna and music director Arjun Janya’s skills.
Actor Yash scores well as a dancer, while Ramya looks good on screen. Yash has a tailormade role and he makes use of it quite effectively. His dance movements and style is sure to titillate the young crowd. Ramya, in her thirties, still has the glamour quotient to carry any film on her shoulders. Her performance is good towards the end of the second half. Sharan and Sadhu Kokila score very well in comedy sequences. Though other veteran artists like Padma Kumata and Lakshmi Devi have brief roles, they fill in effectively.
Arjun Janya’s musical score and background score are top class. Chennagidhyalle Neenu, Gowramma and the title song compositions are good. S Krishna once again proves that he is among the top cinematographers in the Kannada film industry. The weak screenplay and faulty first half make Lucky an average fare despite its top technical content.
Film: Lucky; Cast: Yash, Ramya, Sharan, Sadhu Kokila, Padmavasanthi, MN Lakshmi Devi; Producer: Radhika Kumaraswamy; Screenplay-Director: Suri; Story: Ghouse Peer; Music: Arjun Janya; Rating: **1/2.
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