My Favorite Kannada Film Yet “Aptha Mithra”

I had nearly lost faith in Kannada movies, but luckily we saw “Aptha Mithra” this past weekend and faith was restored.  “Aptha Mithra” was very entertaining and we both enjoyed the movie very much.  Also, Kannada movies are starting to make some sense-words are more familiar, as are some of the actors and actresses. 

 

Plot: I’d call “Aptha Mithra” a suspense film.  It isn’t gory and there is not any blood or guts.  The film does have a ghost, though.  In a city in Southern Karnataka there is a large, beautiful bungalow that had been abandoned for years.  A young couple comes to rent it out, even though others try to dissuade them.  One day the curious young wife goes up to the haunted room and opens the door.  The ghost is released.  The ghost is the mistress of a king.  She was a dancing girl.  Her lover lived in a small house on the property and when the king found out she had a lover, he killed her by lighting her on fire.  Her angry ghost was locked into a room of the bungalow.  How will the ghost leave? 

 

One of the interesting subplots in the movie was how the ancient and modern work together.  For example, the character of the holy man seems to me to represent the ancient.  Vijay’s character seems to represent modernity.  Only by working together can they force the ghost leave. 

 

Another unique fact is that the story first appeared in a Malayam movie (the main language spoken in Kerala in South India), and afterwards was made into a Tamil movie (main language of the state of Tamil Nadu also in South India) and even in 2007 was made into a Hindi (Bollywood) movie, Bhool Bhulaiyaa.  I’d like to see the other versions some day to see what remained the same and what got changed to fit the different cultures. 

 

The film seemed to be like a “who’s who” of the Kannada film industry starring popular actors like Dwarakish, Ramesh, Soundarya, and Prema, .  My favorite character in the film was Vijay, the psychiatrist played by Vishnuvardhan.  I thought his cool guy, always in control character was a little funny.  This actor reminds me of Chuck Norris of Walker Texas Ranger fame.  I guess it is that they are both so over the top?  Both have reddish hair?  Both look to be the same age and both have over the top fight scenes?  His character was definitely larger than life…..how many psychiatrists can you think of that could fight 5 or more guys at the same time and win? 

 

This film was a huge hit when it came out in 2004.  It ran in movie theaters for over a year and broke all sorts of records.  The movie also won lots of awards- Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Music Director.

I will be watching more Kannada movies after this.  Unfortunately, we are nearing the end of Netflix’s Kannada selections.  Soon we will have to find another way to get our Kannada movies.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. asdf
    Dec 21, 2008 @ 16:43:29

    If you think Vishnuvardhan’s fight scenes were over the top, you should see the tamil version of this film, “Chandramukhi’ starring Rajnikanth.

    Is it entertaining?? Hmm, I’ve never seen a Tamil movie.

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  2. Vikram
    Dec 26, 2008 @ 22:42:58

    Want good Kannada movies, try the Kannada movies from this list,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Film_Award_for_Best_Film

    Thanks! I’ll take a look at the list.

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  3. La Vida Loca
    Dec 27, 2008 @ 05:48:38

    must catch this one thanks
    You’re welcome! Tell me what you think of the movie.

    Reply

  4. Suraj
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 20:01:06

    Check out “Preeti Prema Pranaya” and any movies by director Puttanna Kanagal (now – nomore)

    Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll try to see it.

    Reply

  5. See
    Feb 27, 2009 @ 18:32:26

    Do you have the lyrics for the song Pata pata Galipata from the movie “Apthamithra”?

    No, sorry.

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  6. shankara
    Jun 20, 2009 @ 17:13:27

    sir I love vishnuvardhan movies and songs I liked
    “Aptha Mithra” and all most his flims

    Sorry, I am not a sir.

    I agree-Vishnuvardhan did act in some great movies.

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  7. shankara
    Jun 20, 2009 @ 17:16:29

    I want to listen kannada movies of vishnuvardhan,
    kindly send songs and movies to Emails since
    I am residung in Tamil Nadu

    Sorry, I cannot and will not do that.

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  8. Ramesh
    Jun 18, 2010 @ 23:46:09

    Could you please tell me what Kannada movies are available on netflix? thanks.

    There are not many. We basically avoided the tragedies (no America, America for example). We saw Jeevana Chaitra, Guru Shishyaru (an oldie but goodie), Aaptha Mithra, Namara Mandara Hoove, Operation Diamond Racket, Tananam Tananam (horrible movie).

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