Prema Baraha

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Prema Baraha
Prema Baraha Poster
Theatrical release poster in Kannada
Directed byArjun Sarja
Written byArjun Sarja
Produced byNiveditha Arjun
StarringChandan Kumar
Aishwarya Arjun
CinematographyH. C. Venugopal
Edited byKay Kay
Music bySadhu Kokila
Production
company
Release date
  • 9 February 2018 (2018-02-09)
CountryIndia
LanguagesKannada
Tamil

Prema Baraha (transl. Script of love), titled Sollividava (transl. Shall I say it) in Tamil, is a 2018 Indian romantic drama film written and directed by Arjun Sarja. It was produced by his wife Niveditha Arjun under his home studio of Sree Raam Films International, and made simultaneously in Kannada and Tamil languages. The film stars Chandan Kumar and Aishwarya Arjun, with different ensemble casts for the two versions. Jassie Gift composed the soundtrack and score. H. C. Venugopal was director of photography and Kay Kay edited the film. The two versions of the film were released worldwide on 9 February 2018. During its release, this film had a grand opening and it became a commercial success at the box office of Karnataka, but had a decent run in Tamil.

Plot[edit]

Sanjay (Chandan Kumar) and Madhu (Aishwarya Arjun) are two journalists from rival news organizations who do not have the best equation. However, when the two of them are forced to work together when they are covering the Kargil War, there is a bond that is forged between the two.

Cast[edit]

Actor (Kannada) Actor (Tamil) Role
Chandan Kumar Sanjay
Aishwarya Arjun Madhu
Suhasini Madhu's aunt
K. Viswanath Seenu
Prakash Raj Army man's father
Avinash Ram
Sadhu Kokila Sathish Sanjay's friend
Pandi Sanjay's friend
O. A. K. Sundar Subhendar Ganesan
K. Viswanath Seenu
Rangayana Raghu Rajendran Narayana
Mandya Ramesh Manobala Apartment president
Kuri Prathap Bonda Mani Madhu's friend
Jeet Raidutt Jeet
Arjun Sarja Special appearance in "Jai Hanumantha"
Kannada version
  • Darshan in a special appearance in "Jai Hanumantha"
  • Chiranjeevi Sarja in a special appearance in "Jai Hanumantha"
  • Dhruva Sarja in a special appearance in "Jai Hanumantha"
  • Amandeep Chawla in a special appearance in "Jai Hanumantha"
Tamil version

Production[edit]

In December 2015, Arjun announced that he was set to produce and direct a bilingual Kannada and Tamil romantic film featuring his daughter Aishwarya Arjun in the lead role. He had initially narrated three stories to his daughter, who was most satisfied with a script on two journalists falling in love during the Kargil War of 1999. While he was working on the screenplay, Arjun spent a week in the studios of Asian News International and went through all the material they had on Kargil.[1][2] Kannada actor Chetan Kumar was signed on to feature as the lead actor in the project, thus making his debut in Tamil films.[3] In May 2016, Chetan Kumar backed out of the project, unhappy with his characterisation in the film, and was replaced by another Kannada actor Chandan Kumar.[4] For her particular role, Aishwarya Arjun carefully observed the style and characteristics of Barkha Dutt, who worked as a journalist during the 1999 conflict.[5]

The film was launched in May 2016, with promotional stills from a shoot released shortly after.[6][7] The film's first schedule was completed in July 2016, with Suhasini and K. Viswanath also joining the film's cast. The film was then shot in Dharamsala, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala, Mumbai, Switzerland, and Italy. In August 2017, the Tamil title was changed from Kadhalin Ponveedhiyil to Sollividava.[8] The Kannada title of Prema Baraha is derived from Arjun Sarja's song Prema Baraha Koti Taraha from the film Prathap (1990).[9]

Soundtrack[edit]

Prema Baraha
Soundtrack album by
Released2017
Recorded2017
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelU1 Records (Tamil)
Divo (Tamil/Kannada)
ProducerJassie Gift
Jassie Gift chronology
Chicken Kokkachi
(2017)
Prema Baraha
(2017)
Jani
(2017)

Jassie Gift has composed the score and songs for the film, with Divo releasing the soundtrack in Kannada and U1 Records in Tamil. The heroine introduction theme included in the album was composed by Aruldev. The title track is based on the song "Prema Baraha" from the Kannada film Prathap (1990).

Kannada version
Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Prema Baraha"HamsalekhaArmaan Malik, Palak Muchhal5:05
2."Manase Manase"Arjun, KavirajM. M. Keeravani, Harini5:16
3."Jai Hanumantha"Vijaya Narasimha, GotturiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Tippu5:07
4."Rama Rama"V. Nagendra PrasadHaricharan, Anitha Karthikeyan3:58
5."Paan Banaras"Ghouse PeerKarthik, Priya Himesh4:12
6."Prema Baraha (Mashup mix)"Jassie Gift, Arjun Sarja, Chandan Shetty, Harini2:48
7."Manase Manase (Solo)"Arjun, KavirajM. M. Keeravani5:15
8."Introduction theme"Instrumental1:15
Tamil version
Track list
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Mashup Mix"Jassie Gift, Arjun Sarja, Chandan Shetty2:48
2."Uyire Uyire"Madhan KarkyG. V. Prakash Kumar, Harini5:16
3."Jai Hanumantha"Vijaya Narasimha, GotturiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Tippu5:07
4."Rama Rama"VivekaHaricharan, Anitha Karthikeyan3:58
5."Paan Banaras"Pa. VijayKarthik, Priya Himesh4:12
6."Uyire Uyire (Solo)"Madhan KarkyG. V. Prakash Kumar, Harini5:15
7."Heroine Introduction Music"Instrumental1:15
8."Sollividava"Madhan KarkySathya Prakash, Harini5:03

Critical reception[edit]

Kannada version[edit]

A critic from The Times of India wrote that "Watch this film if you're a fan of the stereotypical commercial fare, replete with comedy, sentiments, action and romance".[10] A critic from Deccan Chronicle opined that "Unfortunately, the brilliant actor Arjun Sarja falls short in deploying the right force and making use of the right kind of ammunition for this kind of lovely mission".[11]

Tamil version[edit]

A critic from The Hindu said that "What lets the film down is Arjun's unfocussed writing, un-missable lectures on nationalism and using stock Kargil war footage liberally instead of staging the war".[12] A critic from The New Indian Express stated that "On the whole, it's just a run-of-the-mill romantic film which has almost no redeeming factors".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "As a director, I should be open to directing all genres: Arjun Sarja- The New Indian Express".
  2. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (7 February 2018). "The "message" in a film is as important as the characters, says Arjun - The Hindu". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Arjun Directs Daughter Aishwarya".
  4. ^ "Prema Baraha by Arjun Sarja".
  5. ^ "Challenging role for Aishwarya in Solli Vidavaa". 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Prema Baraha launched".
  7. ^ "Arjun's big effort for his daughter – Tamil Movie News – IndiaGlitz.com". 22 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Kadhalin Pon Veedhiyil is now Solli Vidava".
  9. ^ "Prema-Baraha-by-Arjun-Sarja". newindianexpres.
  10. ^ "Prema Baraha Review {2.5/5}: Watch this film if you're a fan of the stereotypical commercial fare". The Times of India.
  11. ^ "Prema Baraha movie review: War & love for a song!". 10 February 2018.
  12. ^ Naig, Udhav (10 February 2018). "Sollividava review: Love in the time of Kargil war". The Hindu.
  13. ^ "'Sollividava' movie review: A wannabe Dil Se".

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