Yogaraj Bhat's sports drama is a classic underdog tale
Garadi was supposed to be Challenging Star Darshan’s gift to lead actor Yashas Suriya. Not only did the actor support the film, he also played a pivotal role in it, to give it the necessary boost. While the film team – director Yogaraj Bhat, producer-actor BC Patil – were happy with the outcome, the film was not a whirlwind success. Released in theatres in early November last year, the film is now available to stream. It has been picked up by Amazon Prime Video, which made the film available starting January 31.
Garadi had producer BC Patil and his son-in-law Sujay Belur in pivotal roles, in a story about a wrestling guru and his student. Yashas Surya and Sujay had to train intensively to get into character as wrestlers. The sports drama is a classic underdog tale with Yashas, as Soori, an aspiring wrestler who wants to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious father.
But owing to certain circumstances in his personal life, Soori is forbidden from formally learning the sport by the most revered coach Rangappa (BC Patil). Soori still manages to teach himself the nitty-gritties of the game and bides his time looking for a chance to prove himself, but that may not be an easy task.
Garadi’s main selling point was, no doubt, the fact that Darshan had a cameo in the film. But it was also talked about because it was a Yogaraj Bhat directorial and there were certain expectations attached to it. Even though it did not seem like a typical Bhatru movie, audiences were convinced that his magic would shine through somewhere.
Unfortunately, that did not happen, and Garadi had nothing that Yogaraj Bhat films are famed for. Even the love story was nothing to write about, which was, yet again, uncharacteristic of the filmmaker. Yashas was paired with Sonal Monteiro in the film, which also starred P Ravishankar, Nishvika Naidu, Dharmanna Kadur, Cheluvaraj, Tejaswini, Prithvi Shamanur, among others.