The Kannada film industry has done it again with their latest release, ‘Kabzaa’ starring Upendra and Shriya Saran in the lead roles. The film has been released in four languages, targeting the pan-Indian market, and has all the ingredients that Indian moviegoers are going to rave about.
Directed by P. R. Chandru, ‘Kabzaa’ tells the story of a warrior named Arkeswaran, who becomes a mafia boss and becomes a headache for the army itself. Arkeswaran’s father was a freedom fighter, and Arka falls in love with a girl named Madhumati of the Bahadur dynasty. After independence, Amarapuri falls under the grip of a group of power-hungry gangsters and politicians, and Arka has to take up arms when his brother is killed fighting against injustice.
Upendra as a gangster named Arkeswaran is full of the movie, showcasing his emotional transition from witnessing his brother’s murder to power. Shriya Saran’s performance as Madhumati is also amazing, with her charisma, acting skills and screen presence. Kichcha Sudeep and Siva Rajkus also make a brief appearance in the film, while Murali Sharma gives a good performance as the wily Veer Bahadur.
Ravi Basrur’s music stays true to the spirit of a gangster film, while A.J. Shetty’s cinematography portrays the old era very well. The editing is also of good quality.
‘Kabzaa’ is not something that can be finished in one look, ending with a climax that leaves the audience in suspense and inviting them to the second part. The film creates a parallel universe of action, masala, romance and the mafia world that one expects from South Indian films.
In recent years, the Kannada film industry has been dominating the pan-Indian film industry with quality dubbing and content that appeals to the pan-Indian audience. ‘Kabzaa’ will be a treat for mass and action-loving audiences, following in the footsteps of other successful Kannada films like ‘KGF’ and ‘Kantara’.
With its class, mass, and masala, ‘Kabzaa’ is set to take the Indian film industry by storm and solidify the Kannada film industry’s place in the pan-Indian market.