Rating: * ½
There is much more to Kannada cinema than Yash and KGF. If you really want to believe that Kannada cinema can be effective if it wants to, then this is not the place for a merit test.
Director Naidu Bandaarru’s Mr Bachelor is a terribly tasteless tacky and cheap comedy with little sense and zero sensibility. True, it steers away from overt vulgarity and double-meaning dialogues. But double meanings can only happen to comic situations that have any meaning in the first place.
In Mr Bachelor the comedy track is so aggressively and incurably dimwitted the film feels amateurish and clumsy from the first frame . The joke on the hero Karthik(Darling Krishna) is that he is desperate to get married , as his pious mother has brought him up to believe that marriage is the greatest celebration of life.
Little does he know.His prospective bride whom he meets at a coffeeshop, is shocked when Karthik tells her he is “pure” which in other words means he has not slept with anyone as yet. Bride-to-be wants an “experienced” husband . Marriages in this case are made in heaving.
Then begins Karthik’s desperate attempts to lose his virginity with the help of his three brainless sidekicks.The narrative obstinately collides into its own selfmade pitfalls, reducing the one-line joke to a feeble attempt at doing a new twist to the sex comedy. Except that the punchline is absurd and terribly awkward.
To make virginity the crux of a prospective marital alliance is not only illogical it is crass. By what yardsticks the makers thought this perverse premise to be funny,one doesn’t know.
Mr Bachelor is a shoddy poor comedy. The women who come forward to sleep with the hero are all judged by their physical appearance. One prospective ‘de-virginizer’ is rejected because , as Karthik’s friends observe, she is too much of an aunty. Another woman, a sex worker, looks at the hero and says she is willing to sleep with the hero for free.
By the time this ‘comedy’ makes up its mind to stop pretending to be funny, we are way past caring. Avoid like the plague .