|Pungidasa Kannada Movie Review|
Cast: Komal, Asma, B C Patil, R N Sudarshan, Sowcar Janaki, Padmaja Rao, Rajendra Karanth, Dharma
Duration: 2 hours 36 minutes
Though Komal is in the lead role, the movie does not qualify as a comedy and ends up as a family drama. With too many characters and twists, director Srinath has stretched the story to 156 minutes which needs to be trimmed by at least 20 minutes.
The entire story revolves around Devadasa (R N Sudarshan), head of a family, who slips into coma. He has a son Kalidasa (Rajendra Karanth), daughter-in-law (Padmaja Rao) and grandson Ramu alias Ramadasa (Komal). Suddenly, there's a storm in the family when Gayathri Devi (Sowcar Janaki) and her granddaughter Nandini (Asma) join them. The twist is that Gayathri Devi is the second wife of Devadasa. While the entire family is shocked over the uninvited guests, Ramu is happy working hard to please Nandini to win her heart. The story takes a curious turn when Devadasa dies. Then two persons claiming to be his sons appear on the scene with their families. One of them is Shivadasa (B C Patil). In another development, we come to know that Gayathri Devi is the real wife of Devadasa. Luck turns bad for Kalidasa again when he finds that his father has not mentioned any property in his death will. The story goes on and on with Ramu and Nandini getting close to each other. But here also a major crisis creates ripples in Kalidasa's family. What is that? How does the family overcome it?
Komal is at his best with excellent dialogue delivery. Asma has done a neat job of her role. B C Patil, Rajendra Karanth, Sudarshan, Sowcar Janaki, Padmaja Rao and Kuri Prathap are a treat to watch.