After a short hiatus, its time to update. There has been no dearth of topic to write all this while, but just could not manage to update. Infact it has almost become a habit to keep piling the toblog list for a while and then either summarise or to just leave it.

My Autograph:

After a shaky start, the narration just gets poetic. With its slow but relevant proceedings it keeps getting better.

It rocks. For 2 hard hitting reasons. One a story could not have got more real. Second the authentic performances (it may not be an overstatement to say I could feel the characters breathe).

Having heard about the Tamil version, I had confidence to take the family with me to watch this in Kannada directed by the actor himself, Sudeep. This is his second direction and sadly both are remakes. And he joins the group of other director-heroes in Kannada Cinema, which has no shortage for them – Ravichandran, Ramesh, Upendra(though he is a director turned actor unlike others). Anyways considering there are enough chances to spoil a remake too[Telugu remake didn’t do well at boxoffice], he has done a good job.

But the strong point about the film is the solid script which when just narrated is enough to captivate you. The movie has come out as a visual poem with almost no rough edges[except perhaps the shaky start]. And a strong intuition tells me that this story is real, if not director’s someone else’s 😀

It starts with an intention of the guy to invite all his old friends for his marriage. The nostalgic memories of high school is the first phase ended when he invites his school friend-hearthrob, now a poor jaded lady.

Second phase is set in the scenic Kerala, where he had to relocate. A crush in college and it turns intimate, but before it could turn into a relation, he has to move away.
And this has deteriorating effects on his mind, body and his relations with his family.
Third phase is a mature friendship with a lady who supports him, encourages him to find his identity and much more (like shows right direction to him when he is confused).

And all of them , along with other pals, teacher attend his marriage – which is, with sufficient hints let me conclude that it is, an arranged one !

And if that is not real, what is ? 😀

This is just a skeleton and main story. But cinema adds flesh, blood and soul. And colour, pain and joy. The acting, picturisation and songs blend well.
One sentiment keeps making its presence at regular intervals and thats what makes it special – and NO, its not Love. It is empathy. You empathise with hero, his parents, his heroines and almost everyone. And if you are me, you will empathise with Madhava’s character too!(both initially and later).

The choice of actors for the characters is very apt. I liked those juniour artistes – the boy had just perfect amount of mischief and curiousity in his eyes. Performances were also touchy with Sudeep handling the double mantle(director-actor) easily. His acting has matured a lot now and he does not go overboard in the performance which had so many such oppurtunities, instead he made it look very natural. Three cheers to three girls ;-)[Meena,Sridevika,Deepu]. The supporting cast [Srinivas Murthy, Rashmi Kulkarni, Yathiraj, Hirish, Laxminarayan, Vishwanath] too looked fine.

Some cribs: 1. There should be a better (Kannada) title possible.
2. Audience were taken granted to follow Malayalam. Though it sounded like Kannada, it was logical and though important part was later translated, either a subtitle or a background narration should not have been difficult or caused problem.

8 thoughts on “My autograph

  1. he he, oc template is nice 😀
    coming to the movie, even i liked it, the concept is really good. i guess every individual could relate to this different phases of infatuations, crush, attraction and a serious relationship.
    but what I felt as a drawback was, showing sudeep's and meena's relation as platonic. i guess the direction failed in that part. they could have shown it a less intense when they wanted to show it more of a pure friendship. It just dint look real for a guy who gets carried away with a small thing like a plait of a girl, not getting carried away with a person like meena, who is being so good to him, whom he thinks is the best friend and not wanting her to spend the rest of her life with him…. er.. practical??? i dont think so… 😐

  2. khushi,
    agree with you …but i can offer some explanations, (for the sake of it!) :
    1) After a failed attempt, he might have become disinterested. (I hope you would agree this as practical!)
    2) An era is passed after he fell for a plait….he has grown up, become mature [and even got hurt] now..
    3) It was not like he didnt want to spend the rest of life, but "she" didn't allow such thoughts.[I mean there was no hint that she wanted and he didn't want] And some relations, you are happy to let it remain friendship….

    May be as you said, it was not conveyed properly but the result is totally acceptable and practical, methinks.

  3. Hi RK,

    It was a nice review to read on latest sensible actor in kannada. The movie 'My Autogrpah' i liked for various reasons first The Storyline as you rightly pointed out that the actors each and every one (especially the nught young guys) has played their part very well and no melodrama or rona dhona stuff. secondly The sensible dialogues and last one is The perfect ending. I myself watched kannada movie after long time ina Theatre (my last movie was 'Upendra' in kanaka pura, Boy i was shocked see such a movie, till this date i have no clue why did it became a hit :)) I pulled my Friend and his family who are Gadinadu-Kannadiga's but prefer lots of malayalam movies, they too liked the movie.

    Intially i had some reservations as watching the typical remake ( I guess kannada films are famous in that aspect,) But good movies can be remake also as long as it is made with lots of good taste,effort and ground work done on the subject.

    Yes it was it was bit more then shaky start for first timer and funny emotions were lost when he forgets to put cassette and both friends laugh on that matter some how that spontanity was not there in that movie unlike in the tamil version.
    Some how i liked the ending in which he moved from one phase to another at the same time being in touch with his old friends (flames ?:)). Especially when bride requests him to shave of his beard at least on the wedding day was really cute.

    Overally it was a refreshing movie in which many department of the film making did excel in many aspects.(at least in the context of Actor-Direcotr type, where its always hero is shown as supernatural force). I hope Sudeep retains is sensitivity for few more years unlike Ravichandran making soft-porn and throwing Grapes on heroine's belly button. Ramesh is one more sensible actor-director, hope their tribe grows and The kannada film's will also regain the golden era which kannada enjoyed few decades back.

    It was nice read through your blog, keep posting more. Good Day.

    -Prashanth CM

  4. Hello Mr.Sudeep,
    I saw ur movie "My Autograph" after hearing a lot of good reviews about it. I must say the movie is great and a welcome break among Kannada films. All those Kanndigas who have stopped watching Kannda movies will defn find this one a worthy watch.
    The casting is excellent and the photography too. All the lead ladies are very beautiful and acted with a lot of grace.
    I congratulate you on this success and hope u make more such wonderful films which will probably draw back the 'educated' audience back to Kannada films.
    My only request is "PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE ON SCREEN!!!Whatever be the situation, i am sure the sorrow can be depicted in many other ways!!"

  5. Prashant,
    Thanks for dropping by. Agree with your comments.
    Ash,
    This site is not of Sudeep's. Am just an ordinary movie goer like you.