Mr. Theertha is a remake of Mohanlal and Thilakan starrer Malayalam movie Spadikam and Sadhu Kokila has best adapted it to Kannada. He has changed few aspects from the original to suit the taste of the local audience. For example Malayalam film revolves around Christian family story, whereas Kannada deals with a disciplined Brahmin family and comedy scenes were not there in original, but Sadhu has include comedy as a sub plot here.
The film is an action-packed film, but the director has managed to mix it with commercial elements like comedy, sentiment and love to make it good watch. It deals with the strained relationship between a father and his son. The highlights of the movie are Sudeep and Ananth Nag"s performance, Sadhu Kokila"s crispy narration, Gurukiran"s music and confrontation scenes between Theertha and his father. The movie has a good message to all fathers too.
Narayana Shastri (Ananth Nag) is a strict mathematics teacher and he wants his son Teertha (Sudeep) should gain mastery over mathematics, in which he fails to reach his expectations. Instead he becomes an innovative mechanic. But Shastri never recognises his talent. Besides this, Theertha also fights against injustice, but his fight becomes obstacle for his sister"s marriage. This irks his father even more. How they come together will form the climax of the story.
As usual Sudeep has shown lot of energy in both the action and sentimental scenes. He wins the heart of viewers with his acting capabilities and mannerisms. Ananth Nag has a meatier role and has given the essential dignity and subtlety to his role. His combination with Sudeep is a big treat to watch. Since it is father-son story, Saloni has less scope, but she has used the chance to prove her mettle. Geetha, Doddanna, Avinash, Rekha Neenasam Ashwath and Shobharaj are also good in their respective roles.
Gurukiran"s music is a plus point of the film. Two of his songs are peppy and well captured in the foreign locations. Dasari Srinivasa Rao"s camerawork is also good. However, the movie Mr Theertha is a good family entertainer with good message. It should be watched at least once.
Director: Sadhu Kokila
Cast: Sudeep, Ananth Nag, Saloni, Geetha, Doddanna, Avinash, Rekha Neenasam Ashwath and Shobharaj