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Tony: A new genre for Kannada

8/12/2013 9:08:19 AM

Director Jayatheertha had earlier said that his new film Tony can’t be slotted into a specific genre and the people who watch the film must decide where it fits. True to his words, Tony is not easy to define in terms of genre.The film is definitely a thriller, a love story, has a message and more.

Tony tells the story of Keshu (Srinagara Kitty) who wants to become rich the easy way. He indulges in some anti-social activities and one day he gets a call from a stranger telling him that he must finish some assignments given to him by evening or he will lose his girl friend. Why he is being blackmailed forms the crux of the plot.

Jayatheertha has left behind his debut film Olave Mandara and written a fresh screenplay for the Kannada audiences. Though the film looks inspired by the likes of Amores Perros and Babel, Jayatheertha has been successful in  interweaving four different tracks into one film. While the story of Tony struggling to fulfil his assignments by evening is shown in the first track, the second track has flashbacks on his life, while the third and fourth tracks have two different stories. Though the stories are not connected to the film, the messages derived from the two stories impact the climax of the first two tracks.

The only problem with the film is that there are so many tracks. The first half of the film moves without any problems. But as the film is about to end, it is distracting to have the other tracks when the audience is concentrating on the main track. Apart from these few distractions, Tony is definitely worth a watch for the entire family, thanks to an engaging screenplay by Jayatheertha and performance by Kitty and good camera work by Sugnan. Sadhu Kokila’s songs and re-recording are also excellent.

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