Quidi - Old wine in new bottle
It seems the Kannada film makers are competing to produce more and
more films, be it an original or re-make. As the tittle suggests,
the movie is all about 'Prema' (love) and 'Quidi'(prisoner). Prema
Quidi, is the re-make of Hindi movie by the same name which
was released some years ago in which Harish and Karishma Kapoor
had played the lead roles. The Hindi version became quite popular
as it was released after a long gape of movies based on love themes
such as 'Quayamat Se Quayamat Tak' and 'Maine Pyar kiya'. However
in the present times, when a series of such movies are hitting the
screen, Prema Quidi just becomes one among them. The movie takes
off with the college life of Vijay (Vijay Raghavendra) and Nanadini
(Radhika) who are classmates. While Vijay is a poor man but a martial
art champion, Radhika - a rich girl, is a swimming champion and
both are into teasing each other. However one such prank proves
costly and Vijay is pot of the collage. However, Vijay's poverty
forces him to work at Nandini's house and a 'kiddish challenge'
thrown up by Nandini and its consequences lands Vijay in Jail. Their
love continues in jail also, to which the new jailer Kiran (Pragathi),
Extends her total support.
Though youngsters might like Prem Quidi as they might try to identify with one of the characters in the movie, it some times appears that the movie goes to extremes as in one of scenes where Kiran is forced to kill her son, which seems a little bit dramatic though it appears that it was her duty. This apart, Nandini's pranks too appear unrealistic. Coming to the acting part, many a times Radhika's acting appears artificial unlike in Ninagagi (which was released recently).
Whoever, new comers Pragathi as jailer and Ashok Rao
as Radhika's father have performed very well and worth mentioning.
Prem Quidi is shot in and around the coastal areas and photographers
has successfully captured the beauty of nature, which is a bonus
for the viewers.