Cast: Puneeth Rajkumar, Rashmika Mandanna, Ramya Krishna, Ravi Shankar, Mukesh Tiwari, Akhilendra Misra, Sadhu Kokila, Chikkanna, V Manohar, Haripriya (special appearance), Lakshmi Devi and Ugram Manju.
It is a re-make of Tamil film Poojai that was released three years ago. Choreographer-cum-director Harsha has faithfully followed the original version while ensuring the necessary ingredients to entertain mass audience, especially Puneeth Rajkumar’s fans.
It is about Viraj alias Raj (Puneeth Rajkumar), a humble money-lender at a market in the city. Raj happens to see Geetha (Rashmika Mandanna), a girl from an affluent family. Smitten by Geetha’s beauty, Raj falls in love with her.
Meanwhile, circumstances compel Raj to save Superintendent of Police Surya (Ravi Shankar) and his wife from Bhairava’s (Mukesh Tiwari) henchmen. Bhairava’s main business is usurping properties of hapless people and eliminate those who oppose him. As expected, Bhairava engages his goons to attack Raj but in vain.
At this juncture, director narrates under what circumstances Raj was disowned by his mother Anjana Devi (Ramya Krishna), the owner of Raj Group of Companies. What happens to Bhairava and whether Viraj reconciles with his family or not is the climax.
Puneeth Rajkumar has acted well, especially in stunt sequences. He walks away with all honours in a particular scene where he preaches family values and advises eloping lovers to go back to their parents to seek their blessings before tying the nuptial knot. His dancing skills are a treat to watch.
Rashmika Mandanna has also acted well. Her dialogue delivery is good. Mukesh Tiwari is convincing as a villain. Ramya Krishna has done justice for her role in the film.
Sadhu Kokila and Chikkanna provided comedy but it would be good if the director reduces the length of the comedy scenes.
It is a worth watch for mass as well as class audiences.