'Kousalya Krishnamurthy' has been touted to be the story of a poor farmer's unusual daughter who becomes a national heroine. A remake of the Tamil movie 'Kanaa', this one has been directed by Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao. Produced by KS Rama Rao of Creative Commercials, what does this sports drama-cum-family entertainer hold? We tell you here.
Kousalya (Aishwarya Rajesh) grows up with one big dream: to play international cricket just to make her cricket-crazy father (Rajendra Prasad) a happy man. Even as her father struggles as a poor and indebted farmer, Kousalya faces discouragement from her impatient mother (played by Jhansi).
A self-taught cricket player, Kousalya finds resources in her small village by teaming up with a few men who play professional 'galli' game. Eventually, her talent gets recognized and she stands a chance to make it to the World Cup.
But is it so easy? Do poverty and discrimination cow her down? What role does Nelson Dilipkumar (Sivakarthiekyan) have in her career? Answers to these questions are found in the second half.
As performances go, Aishwarya Rajesh gives her best shot as both a damsel in distress and a determined player. Rajendra Prasad proves that he is a fine artist. However, with a beard, he looks somewhat out of place. Jhansi should have mellowed down.
Sivakarthikeyan's role was touted to be an extended cameo. Quite contrarily, he gets a very important role. As a cricket coach, he shows finesse. Vennela Kishore, Ravi Prakash, Karthik Raju, Mahesh Achanta and others fit the bill.
Dhibu Ninan Thomas' music is drawn from the Tamil original and his songs and background score prove to be appetizers. The childhood song of the heroine is melodious and works as a running background tune. B Andrew's cinematography passes muster.
By and large, the portions after the entry of Sivakarthikeyan are impressive. They hold interest because of the zing his right expressions bring.
The cricketing scenes related to the World Cup matches are fair enough. But after watching cricket-based dramas like 'Jersey', one feels these portions should have been way too better.
The last 30 minutes should work with the audience, both those who love cricket and those who like standard templates.
The village scenes are too cliched and simplistic. The entire first half looks too stagy.
The way Kousalya gets hold of the game is not told in a realistic manner
There is nothing called proper detailing in the way cricket is shown in the movie.
The dialogues involving Rajendra Prasad and also almost all major characters are either too old-fashioned or too melodramatic.
The element of farm distress is shown in a routine fashion, reminding us of the overrated 'Maharshi'.
There is too much expression of meaning through dialogues. This is not imaginative.
The subject is good only to the extent that it shows a woman's rise in a world dominated by men. But that is the only big highlight. Director Bhimaneni narrates a cliched story that packs too many artificial scenes. Good music and reasonable performances are a plus.