Ondanondu Kaladalli is a tale of two warring Nayaka tribes in Karnataka. Shankar Nag essays Gandugali, the young warrior pitted against Permadi, played by the Sunder Krishna Urs. Ondanondu… is stylish, fast-paced and moving, all at the same time.As the film unfolds, we’re told to the tale of two warring brothers who have murdered their elder brother, and divided his kingdom equally between themselves.
As is compulsory, each brother now wants the whole kingdom for himself, and appoints mercenaries to that end. They fight regularly, on appointed days but none of these battles reach any decisive outcome. All that changes when Gandugali break rules and herds off the Permadi’s cattle. This sets the tone for much of the subsequent fighting. Gandugali is shown as a kind-hearted mercenary who refuses to kill a humiliated Permadi.
As the film progresses, both Gandugali and Permadi are double-crossed by their respective masters. Below the surface simplicity, the film scores in depicting the principal characters of Shankar Nag and Sunder Krishna Urs. The duo is shown as a welcome departure from the principles of brute force and winner-is-always-right, when they restore the kingdom to the son of the slain king, the rightful heir.