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Gandhada Gudi Review: Puneeth Rajkumar’s Dream Project Is An Experience Of A Lifetime,Must watch for all

Modified On: 28 October 2022 | Reviewed By:

Storyline: Puneeth Rajkumar was known to be an avid travel and adventure buff. To explore Karnataka’s rich bio-diversity he teamed up with award-winning wildlife filmmaker Amoghavarsha. Together, they took off on a journey across the length and breadth of the state, the end result of which is a visual spectacle of hidden gems.

Gandhada Gudi (2022)

Director: Amoghavarsha JS | Music Director: B. Ajneesh Loknath

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Review: There was happiness all around at being able to see late Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar one last time on the big screen when the opening sequence of Gandhada Gudi began.

 When Puneeth’s James came out earlier this year, it was described as an emotion; it was, after all, his last commercial film as a leading man. Gandhada Gudi is on a different level altogether. It is an experience that will, no doubt, warm the cockles of your heart, but also, leave a massive lump in your throat, as you watch, in rapt attention, Puneeth address you during his time out in the wild.

Gandhada Gudi is not director Amoghavarsha’s version of Into the Wild with Bear Grylls. It’s a journey of discovery and learning – more for Puneeth than Amogha. One is introduced to the different types of forests in the state and the wildlife that each eco-system sustains. There are valuable life lessons about preserving nature, but it is never preachy and cleverly intertwined with humour, like, in the case of the relocation of a massive King Cobra from a residential area into the forest. You can literally see that Puneeth’s heart is in his mouth during those moments when the snake was being caught. Turns out, that he’s not very fond of scaly reptiles, even though he reckoned that the few close encounters with snakes, while out in the forest with Amogh, made him a bit less scared.

Puneeth was always game to go to different places, even if it meant hours of trekking through rough terrain, and he did it all with his trademark smile. But he was also wary of unfamiliar sounds and wonders aloud if he’d be alright at the end of the day. It’s moments like these that catch you offguard – you want to smile at his innocence and genuine concern and get teary-eyed because he’s not around anymore.

Gandhada Gudi’s biggest strength, of course, is Puneeth. He is in pretty much every frame, whether it is on the actual adventure, or a flashback sequence from his earlier films with his father Dr Rajkumar. And yet, never ever does it become overbearing that there is so much of the actor in this film, because he successfully takes us along on this journey to breath-taking natural beauties. It is also clear that Amoghavarsha is quite the fan-boy and that works to the film’s advantage. It must have been quite a task keeping the film to just over an hour and a half for Amogha.

The technical team behind Gandhada Gudi, especially music composer Ajaneesh Loknath and cinematographer Prateek Shetty deserve a special mention. The music evokes just the right amount of emotion, while Prateek’s visuals are measured and not forced. Despite the cuts to what appear to be carefully chosen sequences of the wildlife, Gandhada Gudi still feels like an intimate account of two friends on a trek and not the well-planned and executed production that it actually is.

One will certainly walk out of the theatre with a heavy heart as there will be no more Puneeth Rajkumar releases, and the team of Gandhada Gudi can rest assured that his last outing will be much loved.

In total Gandhada Gudi is the greatest gift that Puneeth Rajkumar could have given his fans. It more than fulfils its purpose of giving them a a good time with the man they adore, while also driving home the intention behind the film – conservation. This is a must-watch for all.

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