The eternal love story of Shahjahan and Mumtaz seems to have been reincarnated in the Kannada flick Mumtaz. This is a story line which can either win or fail.
Two children, a boy, and a girl, who are friends, are separated when the girl moves to a different location. The guy (the Shahjahan of the film) yearns for the girl's love. Will they meet again when they become adults? Will the boy's love succeed? This is the crux of the film.
The lead pair, Dharma, and Sharmiela share good chemistry. Darshan, in his special appearance, gives the necessary luster to the flick, through his punch dialogues and action. The comedy track of Chikkana could have been molded well.
The flick is set in a rustic backdrop. The director seems to have been inspired by the real life Shah Jahan and Mumtaz, and the flick starts with a play on the eternal lovers. The director concentrates on the pining of the hero to a great extent. There are lots of close-up scenes of the hero and the heroine in the flick. Wonder whether the director wanted to bring out even the minutest expressions of the lead pairs on screen. Dharma Kirthiraj is introduced in the flick as Cadbury Star. One wonders the reason.
1. Cameo from Darshan is the highlight of the film.
2. The music is outstanding.
3. Debutant director Raghava Murali's way of presenting the love of the boy is appreciable.
What's not there?
1. The film is very much in the predictable lines. We are in fact tired of seeing the age-old action scenes, comedy track and the pre-matured attitude of the children.
2. The dialogues could have been written better.
3. The film is ver slow-paced.
Love is a universal feeling. It is liked by the young and the old alike. And Mumtaz, which deals with true love, works to an extent.
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