Summary The movie revolves around the life of a rowdy Real life thugs who were ruling the roost in Karnataka have come alive on screen However the movie d

Kariya Movie Review

Kariya Movie Review Kannada Movie Review
Review for the film " Kariya"
Runtime: 2 Hours 24 Minutes
Certificate: U
Released: 01-10-2003
Genre: Drama
3.5 / 5.0




The movie revolves around the life of a rowdy. Real life thugs who were ruling the roost in Karnataka have come alive on screen. However, the movie does not go well with every section of the audience, particularly young children and women. This movie portrays the reformation of the rowdies. It is better to read through the review before choosing to watch the movie.


Darshan plays the role of Kariya in the movie. He proves to be a nightmare for every other rowdy in the vicinity, but even a thug falls flat when it comes to love. There are romantic scenes between Darshan and Abhinayasri. There is a streak of tragedy in the love, since Darshan does not express his love for Abhinayasri till the very end.


The director must have found it hard to make real life thugs do roles in the movie, but that is the major highlight and asset of the movie. The numbers in the movie bear a striking resemblance to Hindi songs. The movie also has dark and dingy backgrounds, and the dimly lit scenes have been captured beautifully by the camera’s eyes. M. R. Seenu, the movie’s cinematographer, needs to be saluted for his efforts.

Star Performances:

The swashbuckling hero, Darshan, is in full form in this movie. His height and his appearance prove intimidating on the big screen. Debutant actress, Abhinayasri, daughter of yesteryear actress Anuradha, reminds us of her mother in many scenes. Jayashri Devi has a scant scope of performance, but her role is deeply moving.

What is there?

1. The story has sufficient weight to it.

2. The performances by the movie actors are above par.

3. The director deserves kudos for making real-life rowdies act on screen.

4. There is a fine humorous vein running in the movie, apart the seriousness in it.

What is not there?

1. The theme might not work with every section of the audience.

2. Sickles and daggers add up to the violence, which might not go well with women audiences.


The movie is definitely one of Darshan’s best, and could draw more of his fans to theaters to watch the different effort.