“Kerebete” takes audiences on a profound journey into the lives of two young lovers navigating the challenges of a remote village nestled amidst the captivating landscapes of the Malnad region. Within this picturesque backdrop, societal prejudices based on class and caste cast a dark shadow, fracturing familial bonds and dividing communities.

The narrative unfolds with Naga (played by Gowrishankar) impulsively kidnapping Meena (portrayed by Bindhu Shivram), setting off a chain of events that leaves the police bewildered. As the authorities delve deeper, conflicting stories from the families and villagers unveil a complex tale, highlighting the larger societal issues at play.

Throughout the film, viewers are drawn into the poignant struggles of the protagonists, who find themselves entangled in the restrictive web of societal norms dictating whom they can love and marry. Yet, amidst the turmoil, “Kerebete” bravely poses the timeless question: can love transcend the barriers erected by tradition and prejudice? The double twist to the plot in the second half of the film is a commercial highlight best enjoyed on the big screen.

With a keen eye for detail, the movie seamlessly integrates the rich culture of the region, immersing audiences in its vibrant traditions and rituals. The depiction of the traditional ‘Kerebete’ (fish hunting) spectacle, involving hundreds of villagers, is particularly breathtaking. Moreover, the use of local dialects adds an authentic touch, further enhancing the film’s immersive experience.

The stellar performances by the lead pair, complemented by a talented supporting cast including Sampath Maitreya and Gopal Krishna Deshpande, breathe life into the narrative, making it both compelling and convincing.

“Kerebete” not only entertains but also prompts introspection, challenging viewers to confront the complexities of societal norms. Through its arresting visuals and heartfelt portrayal of village life, the film offers a poignant reflection on the enduring power of love in the face of adversity.


Movie: Kerebete
Director: Rajguru Bheemappa
Cast: Gowrishankar, Bindhu Shivram, Gopal Deshpande, Sampath Maitreya, Harini Srikanth 
Duration: 151 minutes 
Certificate: UA


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