Kannada (U/A) ¬¬¬
Cast: Upendra, Ragini Dwivedi, Saloni Asvwani, Ravi Shankar, Bullet Prakash, Srinivas Murthy, Geetha, Bhavya, Shivaram, Karisubbu
Director: Srinivas Raju
Over the top, full paisa vasool. That’s Shivam for you. If a fan of Real Star, there’s double treat.
As Alexander, RAW man incognito, Upendra is your muscled Bond, drawing his gun faster than Django, chasing dreaded don Amanullah Khan. As Basavanna, back in his village, he is the dutiful son, saving cows, temples, as also himself from a besotted belle.
Shivam is about how Basavanna aka Alexander tries to bring Amanullah Khan to book.
In between director Srinivas Raju weaves a tale of how invasions have destroyed country’s temples, and in today’s times they are not safe from self-seeking politicians like Siddanna and cronies, looking to usurp its upkeep and covet its land abetting it.
As the tumultuous tale takes its twists and turns, songs and item songs send audiences on a high.
A flamboyant Ragini Dwivedi as Mandira gives viewers the hots, playing femme fatale to ‘purr’fection, passing Khan’s plans to Alexander who checkmates his intentions. Nearer home, as Basavanna, he ensures Boothayya and his baddies never get to usurp the temple whose high priest is his father Parameshwara Bhat.
Shivam, is one rollicking, riotous Uppi show, sending fans into hysterical frenzy.
Yes guys go, if Uppi rocks, sensuous Ragini sizzles.