Karthik (Mukesh) is a rich guy who lost his parents and siblings
in an air crash. He has all the money and comforts in life
but he wants to leave everything behind and try to make a
living on his own. His only qualification other than his studies
is playing guitar. He thus embarks on a journey.
is another parallel story that's happening between two mafia
dons - Pandu and Neelam (both are guys). Pandu's aides are
in search of Neelam. Nobody knows how Neelam looks like. But
they know that he wears black dress all the time and carries
his ammunition in a guitar case.
Karthik also wears black dress and carries guitar case. With
the confusion, the henchmen of Pandu chase Karthik. The rest
of the story is all about how Karthik falls in love with a
beautiful girl in his journey and how he escapes from the
The entire film has new faces. With a chocolate boy kinda
face, the hero Mukesh resembles Varma's find Aftab Shivadasani.
Though his character has no scope for any performance, he
impresses with his performance. Heroine Kanishka is very beautiful
and looks like a model. She acted well.
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Before writing about any
of these aspects, we need to discuss more about the director.
Murali Raju is the director of this film and he is the maternal
uncle of sensational director Ram Gopal Varma. We have seen
many kith and kin of celebrities entering the film industry.
But for the first time, an elder (with a gap of one generation)
kin of a director made his debut as a director. Can you imagine
the father of a popular hero making his debut as hero because
his son is a big hero? Its something like that in this case.
direction is dull; screenplay is sloppy and the taking is
tasteless. You can find the thrillers on Telugu TV channels
far better than this film.
The best part of this film is good songs by Sashi Preetam.
But the picturization of the songs is bad. The background
music is hackneyed. Rerecording is awful.
departments: Photography of the film is mediocre. I am
told that the budget of the film is so low that they did not
have provision for the arrangement of lighting equipment like
reflectors and lights. Hence the film's quality is badly affected.
Editing of the film is not sharp. Dialogues are very boring
except for a few occasional popular English quotes like 'we
will not get the life we like. But we can always like the
life we get'.
The basic story line is a typical Varma genre story where
the hero is on the run and he meets a girl, then he is dragged
into mafia elements. But the taking and narration is no way
comparable to that of Ram Gopal Varma. The entire film is
taken in a couple of farmhouses and empty roads. You can see
more of the repeated sequences of flying helicopters and trees
in the songs than the faces of hero and heroine. The hero
wears single dress in the entire film. The heroine has a limited
wardrobe. The producer is little liberal towards heroine -
she has one new dress for each song. Over all - 'Karthik'
film is a failed attempt to ape Varma's films.