Film: Dear Sathya (Kannada)
Cast: Aryann Santosh, Archana Kottige, Aruna Balraj, Ashwin Rao Pallakki, Arvind Rao, Gururaj Hoskote, and Appanna
Music: Sridhar V Sambhram
Cinematography: Vinod Bharathi
Editor: Suresh Armugam
Directed by: Shiva Ganesh
Duration: 122 minutes
Release Date: 10 March 2022
The movie Dear Sathya highlights the problems of middle-class families in society and also narrates how a few greedy and lecherous people ruin the lives of prospective young entrepreneurs.
Let us analyse
The title of the movie – Dear Sathya – is a little bit confusing. It is like any action-cum-romantic movie but the specialty is to have two climax scenes. It is about Sathya (Aryann Santosh), a food delivery boy who nourishes an ambition of becoming an entrepreneur. He happens to meet Anjali (Archana Kottige) at a bus stop. He falls in love with her and joins the same hotel where she is working as a cashier. He decides to marry Anjali.
Meanwhile, he arranges a special programme to express his love to Anjali. What happens to Anjali is the climax.
Aryann Santosh has been trying his luck in Sandalwood for more than a decade but he finally got an opportunity to play the lead role in this movie. Though he has acted well in stunt scenes, he has to go a long way to establish himself as a hero. He looks stoic in sentiment and love scenes.
Archana Kottige who makes her debut as a heroine in Sandalwood with this movie has acted well. She looks beautiful and glamorous. Her dialogue delivery and body language are good. If she takes acting seriously, she has the potential to become an asset for Sandalwood.
It is quite surprising to see Arvind Rao in a different role. He is convincing as a villain. Aruna Balaraj, as a concerned mother, has acted well.
Archana Kottige and Arvind Rao. Cinematography by Vinod Bharathi and music by Sridhar V Sambhram. A song – Beda Maga Lavvu – rendered by Real Star Upendra is an added value to this movie.
Poor screenplay during the pre-intermission.
It is quite surprising to come across either overconfidence or negligence of director Shiva Ganesh who handled the megaphone for this movie. It is too difficult to sit through the pre-intermission of this movie. It is claimed the story of this movie is based on a real life incident that took place in Chennai. However, the first half of the movie has nothing to offer for the movie buffs. Prior to this, Shiva Ganesh had handled the megaphone for Kannada movies such as Trataka, Jigarthanda, and Aa Drushya. He should have made the first-half of the movie interesting by not allowing the hero, who is one of the producers, to wander as per his whims and fancies.
Bottom-line: It is worth watching only for those who can cope with the first half of this movie.