Many have gone to declare that 'Kaatera' boasts one of Darshan Thoogudeepa's best performances of the recent past.
'Kaatera' has opened in theatres to encouraging reviews from audiences and critics alike with Challenging Star Darshan's performance attracting a lot of praise. The 46-year-old actor has evidently shed his superstar image (to an extent) to allow for the message of the Tharun Kishore Sudhir film to take precedence.
As a result, not only is the film being applauded by many have gone to declare that 'Kaatera' boasts one of Darshan Thoogudeepa's best performances of the recent past.
Here is OTTplay's review of the film:
Maasthi's dialogues win hearts
Another major highlight of 'Kaatera' is the authenticity with which the culture and the idiosyncrasies of the Mysuru/Mandya region are explored. The film, of course, is set in a village named Bheemanahalli in the 1970s and Tharun Sudhir and his co-writer Jadesh K. Hampi have done a great job in bringing out the essence of the place and the setting. More importantly, it's Maasthi's dialogues that have struck a chord with audiences who can't help but rave about just how effective and "punchy" they are.
"A movie that will be remembered for ages!! Hats off to @TharunSudhir for choosing this script. I just loved the storytelling 💥 Maasthi dialogues will be in talk for a few months for sure," wrote one user to echo the sentiments of several others. Another user pointed out that though Maasthi's lines were cinematic in nature, they were still very "meaningful, simple and crisp".
Indeed, the dialogues in 'Kaatera' carry a lot of charm and their conversation-like quality has impressed audiences. In an era where films are being made for a 'pan-Indian' viewership and authenticity is slowly diminishing, Tharun Sudhir & Co. have proven that it is possible to deliver a pure "Kannada" film that's high on both content and entertainment.
V. Harikrishna's background score does the job
The music of 'Kaatera' was a subject of discussion prior to the release of the film with many expressing apprehension over its "old-school-like" quality. V. Harikrishna's soundtrack includes multiple romance songs and a consensus said that a serious action film such as this should not feature the routine song-and-dance numbers.
While the songs are nothing to write home about, it's the background score that has done the trick for audiences. Harikrishna employs several traditional instruments like the nadaswaram to render a score that's energetic and also complementary to the film, which social media users have brought to our attention.