- 1 hr 55 min
Oggarane is a 2014 Indian Kannada-language comedy-drama film directed by Prakash Raj, who also stars in the film. Other notable cast members include Sneha and Urvashi. The movie was a remake of the Malayalam film Salt N' Pepper. The film tells the story of two middle-aged individuals, Kalidasan and Maya, who are going through a rough patch in their lives. Kalidasan, played by Prakash Raj, is a food inspector who is also a passionate cook. Maya, played by Urvashi, is a dubbing artist, who is frustrated with her lack of success in her career and with her personal life. Things take a turn when they both decide to take the leap into the dating world with online dating sites. The twist comes when the two of them are unknowingly matching with each other. Their first meeting, a dinner date, was set up at Kalidasan's house, which leads to a few comedic mishaps that make them reconsider continuing their relationship. The movie's setting is Bangalore, which is highlighted beautifully in this movie with its wide-shot visuals and its insight into the city's dining culture. The soundtrack is composed by Ilaiyaraaja, and his score perfectly complements the movie's overall vibe. The film's strong point is its excellently written characters, Kalidasan and Maya, who are portrayed beautifully by Prakash Raj and Urvashi. Both characters carry the weight of their past and their insecurities with them, making them relatable to audiences. Their chemistry and banter is amongst the best seen in Indian cinema in recent years. Sneha plays the role of a young girl, Gouramma, who is a big fan of Kalidasan's cooking. Her character is quirky and adds new dimensions to the story. The way her character ties into the storyline is beautifully crafted. The film is not just about love, but it is also about cooking, which is a refreshing take on a romantic comedy plotline. The film's light-hearted comedy and the way it portrays food as the binding factor is what sets this film apart from other romantic comedies. The cinematography by Preetha Jayaraman is also worth a mention. The way she captures the essence of Bangalore with its landscapes and architecture is superb. In conclusion, Oggarane is a heartwarming tale of middle-aged people rediscovering themselves through love and food. The film is a must-watch for Prakash Raj and Urvashi fans, and those who want to watch a cute romantic comedy without the melodrama often associated with Indian cinema. Oggarane is a movie that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.