Slighted by his son, a former movie stunt master decides to go on a soul-searching trip that takes him back to his old flame is the gist of the story. After a long time seeing Ambareesh on screen is something thrilling to his fans but the title itself says Ambi Ninge Vayassayto. So his age does matter and visible on screen. But his charisma and dialogues are still rebel without disappointment to audience.
There is a scene in the first half of when Ambareesh(Ambi), who plays the titular character, Fight master Ambi, lands up for a shoot. He is a former stunt master, but has decided to take up this job just so he doesn’t cause ‘problems’ for his workaholic son, Dileep Raj. It’s a stunt scene and as he walks into the shooting spot, the young fighters who are rehearsing walk up towards him and pay their respects. Even the stunt choreographer treats him with respect. No wonder he breaks out into a song once the shoot is done.
But his happiness is short-lived. For, we sense that there is emptiness in Ambi’s life. Dileep might be providing him a roof to live under, food to eat and grandchildren to play with, but his son also treats him with disdain, just like how most younger people treat their elders. Dileep gets upset when his father tries to watch TV and the volume disturbs his sleep. After all, he’s now the working professional in the family! He chides his father when the old man, with his good-hearted nature, drags some problem or the other from the road into his home.
It takes a confrontation with Dileep for Ambi to realise that there is something deeper behind the feeling of emptiness that he has. So, he leaves home and goes on what he describes to a gang of old bikers as a soul-searching trip that he hopes will be meaningful. And this leads him to his old flame Nandi (Suhasini Manirathnam). But does she still have the same emotions for him?
In his directorial debut, Gurudatha Ganiga gives us a heartwarming film that, despite its conventional storytelling, packs in a huge emotional wallop. Most of the storyline is same as the tamil movie ‘Power Pandian’ not any major changes, so there was not much trouble to execute.
The take-care-of-your-parents message had been conveyed in a subtler manner which connects well to the audience.
It is made up for this with the scenes between Ambi and Nandini, both in the present and the past (where these characters are played by Sudeep and Sruthi Hariharan), by handling them with such delicateness that we fall completely in love with these characters. More than the leather jackets, the shades, the bullet and the English, it is the writing that lends suavity to Ambi’s character.
Overall the catch lyrics by Prem for Ambreesh as ‘Hey Jaleela’ was a treat for audience in theatre. It is a story which every child should take their parents to watch it once to understand the parenthood and childhood feeling.
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