Review: Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage is a meaningful take on coincidence

‘Gultoo’ hero Naveen Shankar returns with yet another interesting and engaging hyperlink movie.

ByShashiprasad S M

Published:Dec 02, 2022

Review: Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage is a meaningful take on coincidence
Made for fans of pulp-fiction genres!

Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage (Kannada)

  • Cast: Naveen Shankar, Aishani Shetty, Yash Shetty, Bala Rajwadi, Jayashree Aradhya, Omkar Aryaa, Siddu Moolimani, Nithesh Mahaan, Prakash Thuminad, and Kanthraj Kaddipudi
  • Director: Sridhar Shanmukha
  • Producer: Omkar Aryaa
  • Music: Karthik Chennoji Rao and Ronada Bakkesh
  • Runtime: 2 hours 29 minutes

Numerous ventures have been made in the past based on a series of incidents that occur within 24 hours. The common factor remains how they are all interlinked, leaving the audience with a surreal feeling.

Incidentally, Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage (which in English translates to “At the Centre of the Earth”) has a similar formula. But it comes with a fresh breath of air and is further elevated with good performances.

The film’s epicentre reminds me of the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr who once said: “Do good for others, it will come back in unexpected ways. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Talking about the hyperlinks, the first one is that of a guy (played by Naveen Shankar) who is training hard to become a boxing champion and accidentally meets his old crush (Aishani Shetty) from his college days.

But his girlfriend’s drug addiction soon lands him in trouble.

The second tale is of a car mechanic who is about to become a father and is eager to receive his parents who are arriving in the city. They had cut their ties off with him when he married a girl from a different caste.

Next, is that of durg-dealing and human-trafficking rowdies.

In another case, it is about a man who sells his adopted daughter to human traffickers.

Another main character is an activist who risks his life to expose the truth to the local citizens through social media.

Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage movie

A still from ‘Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage.’ (Supplied)

One more to the long list of incidents, all happening within a day, is about a heartbroken man, whose girlfriend has married another person since he was unable to fulfil her tiny wishes.

In between, this guy has an issue with his vision. He sees farther objects in super slow motion!

A well-made film

There are others too! With all these and much more, the director did a mix-masala in pulp-fiction style by throwing in liberal amounts of violence, especially in the second half, which is why Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage earned the “A” certificate from the Censor Board.

Incidents pick up the pace with the kidnapping of the boxer’s girlfriend, and how it ends is the hyperlink saga.

In the end, Dharani Mandala Madhyadolage is a well-made film with a meaningful take on coincidence.

It’s a good watch but beware of the show of violence if you are not a fan of films like pulp-fiction genres.