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Case No 18/9 review: An excellent remake

8/8/2013 12:34:46 PM

Remakes of hit films can be a let-down. But this week’s Kannada release, Case No 18/9, a remake of Tamil hit Vazhakku Enn 18/9, is every bit as good as the original.

Case No 18/9 is a film that will move you deeply. The screenplay of Vazhakku Enn 18/9, by acclaimed filmmaker Balaji Sakthivel was itself so gripping, that it could hardly be improved upon. All credit to director Mahesh Rao for not tampering with the original and being true to it.

The film begins with a brutual acid attack on a girl. After much investigation the Police arrest a road-side eatery worker called Mahadeva (Niranjan Shetty) and interrogates him. Mahadeva, who doesn’t know anything about the attack, tells his own story and his love for a girl called Lakshmi. After this, another girl comes forward to reveal her story to the police and this connected to Mahadeva and Lakshmi. What unfolds from then is a riveting narrative, both hard-hitting and sensitive.

The film, made up of two interwoven stories, showcases two different worlds and that is the real highlight of the film. Performances by Niranjan Shetty and Rangayana Raghu enhance the film. Niranjan Shetty as the innocent Mahadeva and Rangayana Raghu as the cunning Police Officer have done a great job. Shwetha Pandith, Karthik Sharma, and Girija Lokesh also deliver in the acting department.

Arjun Janya has little to do in terms of music composition in this film, but his re-recording is excellent. Sabha Kumar’s cinematography is realistic.

Case No 18/9 is a must-watch for those who enjoy good cinema.

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