27 February 2008


Hey people,

Finally managed to watch the much-hyped Kannada movie gaaLipaTa.

And to my surprise found it very entertaining:-)

I had very little expectations from it, since usually the second movie after a big one is always not up to the mark, for any director (Even directors of Maniratnam's standards & Farhan Akhthar, Gowariker etc). Also, the first day review published on the front page of VK was a warner against any hope.

But I found the movie attractive, very very glamorous (!) and beautifully done.
To be frank, I don’t usually like local movies, I have disliked movies of high order some times, but this one really caught my imagination.

To make a movie out of no-stuff is an art, and this movie crew has done a great job; have made an entertainer out of nothing at all.

The plus point is the locations it has been shot in, Kodachadri, Mullayyanagiri, the beautiful grasslands in western Ghats of Karnataka (usually called Scotland of India), Shivanasamudra waterfall, some wonderful lakes and dams like Kabini, the seashore in Kasargod with Bekal fort (One we saw in Bombay, TuHiRe song) in the backdrop etc... All of them prettily shown.

All along Kodachadri had been a trekkers' paradise, for its breathtaking Sunrise view. Just for that, people would trek up one of the hardest paths. Now that there is a jeep track that is carved, and shown so beautifully in gaalipata, I’m afraid it will be thrashed out of trekking map of the state, shortly. But no regrets if it becomes a popular tourist destination, and most importantly, if maintained well.

And almost everyone has performed well, the actors, plots and story are just like repercussionists in an orchestra, in an otherwise dominating scenery.

Songs are ok, but what catches your attension is the wonderful background score, that gives the best accompaniment to the enthralling landscapes.

I would highly recommend you the movie, if you have not yet watched it :)
Worth a watch, if not the second time.

Also read :
1. Mungaru male, blockbuster by the same director.
2. Other movie Reviews.


Prasanna L.M said...

hi srik, Yes.I too liked the movie very much. Read more of my thought's about the movie in my blog.

Srik said...

Yes, the VK article was uncalled for, and was in bad taste. I feel there must be some idea behind it. However, Gaalipata definitely moved me. To be frank I liked it more than Mungaru maLe, for the sheer beauty of its specialities. Though at times, it looked unreal(like the climax or last 10 mins), and the 'handi'(wild boar) was given a great deal of scene, and the PJs were really very poor, but the movie moved me, All because of the clean division of screen presence of each one of the protagonists and beautiful background score with apt locations. I'm looking forward to more movies of the sort. Nice review. Totally agree with u.

decemberstud said...

Well, I read all over that the only thing good in the movie was breathtaking views. Well, but with a name like 'gALipaTa' it's quite hard to make a crappy movie....so it better be at least averag!!!

Infolines said...

Ys VK Criticized the movie Very Badly. That too in Front Page. But, even Before that Rediff had Very gr8 review. And VK's Parent TOI had Positive Review!!!

The Following Week, The Galipata AD Featured Ads including VK and Thanked all around 15 websites and Newspapers For Positive Review. And also thanked VK and Lankesh Kids(2 Papers) for warning.....!!!!

Thats Media Malamaaaaal!