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GG: Gandhada Gudi Movie Review : Up close and personal with Appu
Review: Puneeth Rajkumar aka Appu is a household name because of his simplicity. Appu is now no longer a ‘mere actor’ to many as he has attained a demigod status, thanks to his work towards society. But, beyond that, Appu was also an inquisitive human and this aspect of his comes to light in Gandhada Gudi, where he takes us through the forests of Karnataka and shows us the rich diversity of the state. Appu, who always expressed his desire to be a common man and enjoy a simpler lifestyle than that of a star, seems to have lived that dream through Gandhada Gudi.
Gandhada Gudi is not just a film, but an experience. Appu has presented all the beautiful experiences he had while shooting this documentary. He, along with the director Amoghavarsha, has introduced Karnataka’s forests in a unique way. The duo travel through the state, visit the late Dr Rajkumar’s birth place in Gajnur, many of Appu’s favourite destinations, and even explore sea life.
Mostly a narrative by Appu, the film explores Karnataka – the land, its culture and traditions, it’s social issues and even it’s forests, all through his curious eyes. The film is almost Appu’s own journey of discovery as he understands the rich flora and fauna of the state. For instance, Appu talks about how life can be compared to water. He also travels like water through Gandhada Gudi. Be it sharing his first camping experience in the forest, or sharing a meal with the shepherds, or playing with the school kids by the Kali River, every frame narrates a story and Appu casts his magic over the audience just by being himself. Gandhada Gudi is a clear example that “a few experiences cannot be explained”.
Gandhada Gudi is an incredible experience because of its unique narration and in spite of being presented in a new format of filmmaking, it brilliantly captures wonders of our forest and nature. Prateek Shetty’s frames are picturesque. Ajaneesh’s music is beautiful and kudos to Amoghavarsha for bringing this for the audience through the eyes of Appu.