A fully crowd-funded effort, Daredevil Musthafa releases in cinema halls on May 19
Last Updated: 05.14 PM, May 19, 2023
Debutant Shashank Soghal's Daredevil Musthafa pursues a rather 'daredevil' task of bringing the work of ace author Poornachandra Tejaswi to life. Based on Tejaswi's short story of the same name, the film is set in the quaint town of Abachuru whose bustling government pre-university becomes its world in focus. Everything's rosy and pleasant in this world until a Muslim student named Jamal Abdul Musthafa enters the scene as the new joinee and compels the entire college, and the town beyond, to confront its own prejudices and misunderstandings.
Although the subject is highly sensitive and poignant on paper, Poornachandra Tejaswi casts his trademark affable gaze to imbue the story with not just humour and subtlety but also relevance.
Prior to the film's release in theatres on May 19, team Daredevil Musthafa organised celebrity and audience premiere shows and the verdict emerging from these screenings reveals that we have a special film in store. Aside from the critical reviews, netizens' feedback, too, has been unanimously positive and a few of them who took to social media to share their opinions have showered tremendous praise on the young team led by Shashank Soghal.
"Describing Daredevil Musthafa or reviewing it is not my cup of tea, I'd just say it's a #Kannada story from the heartland of #Karnataka 💛❤️Watch it this weekend, in Cinemas," wrote a verified Twitter user named Anekanth Bahubali.
“DAREDEVIL MUSTHAFA” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️A must must watch movie!🤩Beautifully narrated with a social message, enjoyed every bit of it from the beginning till the end. Kudos and hats off to #DaredevilMustafa team 🙌🏼 Watch at your nearest theatres from tomorrow🏼," wrote another user.
"ತೇಜಸ್ವಿಯವರ ಆಶಯಗಳನ್ನು ತೆರೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ತರುವಲ್ಲಿ ತಂಡ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. Entire movie is a Fun ride. Whole movie was a beautiful effort to make us think and they have done it successfully. Kudos to the team. A must watch for all!!" read another Twitter review of the film.
The fact that a thoroughly home-grown product, which is in turn based on a legendary litterateur's work, has managed to find space in the current environment has certainly pleased the early audience of Daredevil Musthafa. Text-to-screen adaptations have been rare occurrences of late in Kannada cinema and almost every review of the film (so far) has lauded the efforts to bring back the culture. Alongside, netizens have also highlighted the film's ability to transport its viewers to a bygone era of pure innocence and charm, one that is akin to the world that Shankar Nag rendered in his iconic Malgudi Days.