Monday, July 10, 2017

U Turn ... A Thriller Movie in Kannada To Remember For A Long Time, Which Is Unusual!

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A well-made Kannada movie, U Turn!
I like the way the letters are shown here! This is the story of people who try to use short cut by moving the divider slabs on a highway bridge and leave them outside the line, which might lead to accidents!

The movie starts with the leading lady, Rachana (played by newcomer Shraddha Srinath) who is an intern journalist with a daily, The Indian Express noticing a two wheeler driver removing the divider slab on the double road bridge (the story takes place in Bangalore), to take a short cut U-turn and save few mts. more of driving down, leaving the slabs haphazardly in the middle of the road.  She replaces them back and notices that an old man jotting down the vehicle number in a piece of paper.  She comes to know that he had the habit of jotting down numbers who disobeyed the rules. She collects all the numbers he had and returns to her office and discusses this issue with her colleague and asks him if any accidents had happened on the bridge at the spot where the slabs were moved from the divider line.  He promises her to check.  She thinks that this will make a good article for the newspaper. 

The director shows an incident in the beginning, how independent Rachana is and how she is eager to do something good in her career.  It was fun moment to watch the scene!

Through right contacts, she gets the address of the motorist via the license plate number.  She visits his place and rings the bell but nobody opens the door.  When she was entering her apartment complex later, a police man comes and inquires about her name and asks her if she went to the address (the motorist's) before coming home.  She says yes and was taken  to the police station.  The inspector starts questioning her rudely since the motorist Rachana visited had committed suicide on the same day she visited him. She explains her side of the story but the senior police officer rejects it but the sub-inspector who was there, believes her story.  He explains to the senior officer who states that so many murders were taking place and notices that all the numbers in her list were the numbers of the people who committed suicide on the same day they did the u-turn on the bridge....the story develops from here.

I and my husband watched this movie 3 days back and are still discussing about it and am compelled to review it now so that people who want to watch good movies can watch this! Well, very few question marks crop up after the end of the movie but still, the way the movie was made is interesting!

And this is a 'no song' movie! No love triangle too! Just a bit of attraction between Rachana and her colleague, that too, it was shown very decently and the police also are shown decently, which is rare!

The same director of this movie, Pawan Kumar, had directed the well acclaimed movie, 'Lucia' (his first movie!).  Both the movies, Lucia and U-turn were crowd funded and both were well received!

Now, to the trailer of the movie:





I came across an interview with the director of this movie.  Some of my questions which arose in my mind after watching the movie, are answered by him here!

Shraddha Srinath, who acted as Rachana, has acted very well here.  She is a lawyer, theatre artiste and now an actor! She got 'The Best Actress' Filmfare award for acting in this movie!

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14 comments :

Bhagyashree said...

Sounds interesting. Is it a new movie? If it is will check which theatre is running it

Sandhya said...

BHAGYASHREE: Welcome, Bhagya! Seeing you after a long long time! Thanks for the first comment! This is last year's movie! Very famous movie. Very well-made thrilling movie! I am sure you will like it! Might be coming in TV too! I watched in Netflix!

SG said...

Sounds like a very interesting movie. When I read the title of your post, I thought you wrote about the 1997 movie with the same title (U Turn) starring Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez. No, the stories are not the same. Just same title.

Sandhya said...

SG: Whenever I looked for information about this movie, I saw the links to the English movie. I liked this movie very much. Very engrossing till, well, nearly the end. Questions started popping up later in the mind. But it was really interesting! This type of movie, without romance or fights or songs...is really a turning point in Indian cinema. Got many awards and was a hit, it seems.

Destination Infinity said...

Want to watch it. Is it a bollywood movie or Kannada movie? I remember lucia being kannada..

Destination Infinity

Loco mente said...

I am big fan of Lucia... In fact its imprints are still there in my mind...
And UTurn has been in my to-watch movies for quiet sometime now...
Your review makes me want to run and catch up with it..
Thanks for sharing!

Zephyr said...

Somehow I don't like to watch thrillers these days. But just loved your review and sneak peak into the movie. You make the movie sound irresistible :)

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: Kannada movie by the director of the famous Lucia!


LOCO MENTE: I am not yet able to believe that Lucia was Pawan Kumar's first movie. UTurn also has been directed very well. No slagging moment. It is not easy to make a movie without songs, that too interestingly! Both of us liked it very much. Thanks, Loco mente, you will love this movie too!


ZEPHYR: I don't fancy thriller either. And very rarely I watch Kannada movies. I loved 'Thithi', a Kannada movie, based in a village. It was very good. Somewhere I read about UTurn too. Then watched it when I got a chance. Will remember the girl, Shraddha for a long time! Thank you, Zephyr!

Bikramjit Singh Mann said...

I guess I will have to wait for it to be made in hindi to understand but seems to be good one

Bikram's

Onkar said...

Very nice review

ashok said...

Iam hearing about this movie a lot...must watch wherever I can.

Sandhya said...

BIKRAM SINGH MANN: Watch it with sub titles when you come across this movie. It is a well-made movie, Bikram!


ONKAR: Thank you, Onkar!


ASHOK: Please do!

Shail Mohan said...

Wow. Interesting. I am going to watch this! Thanks for sharing, Sandhya :)

Sandhya said...

SHAIL MOHAN: You will enjoy, Shail! Shraddha, the heroine has acted very well and the police inspector too! Subdued, natural acting! Forget about one or two loop holes:)

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