Feature Name: K.G.F: Chapter 1
Cast: Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Achyuth Kumar, Anant Nag, Malavika Avinash, Vasishta N. Simha
Director: Prashanth Neel
K.G.F: Chapter 1 is an action drama set in the Kolar Gold Fields of Karnataka and talks about the journey of Rocky, an orphan who makes it big in Bombay (now Mumbai) and then in Karnataka.
The film traces the life of Ramakrishna aka Rocky (Yash) by senior journalist Anand (Anant Nag) whose book on India’s worst criminal is burnt by the Government of India. What’s shown in the movie is his struggles and tribulation to ascend to the very top.
The first half is focused on how a young Ramakrishna heads to Bombay from Karnataka post the demise of his mother at a very young age. After suffering at the hands of the powerful in the city the lad who wants to make a name for himself (his mother’s last wish) becomes a Don loved by the people but feared by the enemy. When given a chance to rule Bombay, by getting rid of a bigger don in Bangalore he moves there. Here’s what happens in the second half – he meets and falls for Reena (Srinidhi Shetty) and goes to KGF to complete his mission.
Yash is fab as the maverick mastermind who will not stop for anything until he reaches his mission. The screenplay by Prashanth is amazing and the music by Ravi Barsur goes well in sync with the tone of the movie. The song placements too are good. The cinematography by Bhuvan Gowda is beautifully done and credits are in order for art director Shivakumar for bringing alive the gold mines of KGF.
You will feel the first half a little lengthy with Yash killing a couple dozen guys every 15 minutes. Srinidhi has a pretty small role, hardly making an appearance. Some scenes have great potential for which justice isn’t fully delivered. The dialogues are good but they may bore you at times.
We are really waiting to know more about Rocky in Chapter 2 of KGF: Kolar Gold Fields. We give K.G.F: Chapter 1 two stars with a kink!