In the vast landscape of cinematic narratives, few stories hold as much allure as those woven around the pursuit of gold. Diganth, widely recognized for his portrayal of the quintessential ‘chocolate hero,’ ventures into the realm of crime thrillers with finesse in “Marigold.”

This tale revolves around a tight-knit group of friends embarking on a daring mission—to pilfer a staggering 20 crore worth of gold, from none other than law enforcers themselves. While the moral lesson of coveting the forbidden echoes through the narrative, it’s the journey of deception and its unraveling that enthralls.

Diganth assumes the role of Krishna, a morally bankrupt con artist, driven by insatiable greed and a willingness to tread the darkest paths for personal gain. Alongside him, Sangeetha Sringeri portrays his enigmatic bar-dancer girlfriend, while Cockroach Sudhi stands as a loyal accomplice in their audacious scheme. Their chemistry forms the backbone of the plot as they navigate the intricate web of planning and execution in their quest for ill-gotten riches.

Diganth’s portrayal of Krishna is a revelation, shedding his ‘lover boy’ persona to embody the complexities of a morally ambiguous character with finesse. The supporting cast, including Sampath Maitreya, delivers commendable performances, with Maitreya’s portrayal standing out as a highlight of the film. From a technical standpoint, “Marigold” maintains a solid footing, despite occasional imperfections, effectively fulfilling its primary objective of providing riveting entertainment over its runtime.

The film’s ‘A’ certificate, indicative of its adult content, primarily stems from the raw authenticity of its dialogues, steeped in profanity. However, this does little to detract from the overall allure of the narrative, which captivates audiences with its gripping plot and compelling performances. Director Raghavendra Naik has managed to create an entertaining film which while containing old tropes and tricks of the trade provides a new kind of engaging and entertaining film. He should be applauded for thinking in a different manner and making a film that is not just one among the run-of-the-mills variety.

In essence, “Marigold” emerges as a testament to Diganth’s versatility as an actor and Raghavendra Naik’s adept direction, offering audiences a tantalizing glimpse into the darker realms of human desire, all beneath the seductive gleam of gold.


Film: Marigold
Director: Raghavendra Naik
Cast: Diganth Manchale, Sangeetha Sringeri, Yash Shetty, Cockroach Sudhi, Sampath Maitreya, Bala Rajawadi
Duration: 127 minutes
Certificate: A


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