Senti-Virus Movie Review

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RUPAK RISAL

A village in a constituency of Kavre district, the near approaching election becomes reason for a family dispute. Dhrubaram (Sitaram Kattel) and Juneli (Kunjana Ghimire) are a regular married couple. Their loyalty is divided after Juneli’s father (Rajaram Paudel) declares his candidacy as Dhrubaram is the village committee president of a different political party and is obliged to support his party candidate. What follows is the story of this Rambabu Gurung directorial venture out in the theater starting this Friday.

Dayahang plays the leader of a settlement of the landless in the village. Buddhi Tamang is Dhrubaram’s next door neighbor who takes Juneli’s side in the election. Then there is a land mafia (Sandip) who wants the settlement removed from the land which he has legally acquired. And there is a local youth (Wilson) who switches sides based on possible gain disregarding any ideologies. Yes, there are so many characters that only at least a sequel, if not a trilogy or a television series, can justify the presence of all them in the movie.

Sitaram and Kunjana dominate the movie, they are essentially the central characters. Dayahang and Buddhi look, act and deliver their dialogues just how they do in most of the movies they have been in. Wilson looks different but overacts at times. KunjanaGhimire’s mature and commanding performance (Her demeanor of an emerging political leader during the speech is spot on) and SandipChhetri as a land mafia are convincing enough. Interestingly enough,Sitaram – Kunjana chemistry during conflict is worth a watch but is nowhere to be scene when they are romancing onscreen. Dhrubaram forcing himself on Juneli despite that she’s made her choice can’t be well digested.

Some well written comedic scenes are worthy of mentioning. The scene where Dhrubaram and Juneli fight over the flag issue and how Dhrubaram escapes from ‘goon hospital’ are hilarious and has some shades of MaHa comedy. Yet in the theater, you only feel as if you are watching an episode of a television series with a huge ensemble cast. Second half falls flat as the supposed central conflict (Dhrubaram’s dilemma in choosing his wife or his political alliance) is not well concluded as the poorly written character of Dhrubaram acts on his confused state of mind.

The background score, resembling one of Napolean Dynamite, which gave the small-town or village setting a different feel (especially in Kabaddi series) has been used in this movie as well. However, with so many loud characters and such fast paced screenplay, the score doesn’t suit here. Moreover, originality is missing in storytelling, resembling already popularized style in our own industry. This movie is a proof that television serial writers don’t always succeed in crafting a well-structured story for a movie.

When you come out of the theater, it feels like a huge chunk of movie is left somewhere in the editing room as the botched up conclusion is so abrupt that it leaves so many questions unanswered. Such as, what happened to Sandip’s land mafia character? If Dhrubaram was so generous, why didn’t he do it before he almost lost his wife? There are more questionable scenes in the proceeding as well. Most of all, the movie does not give the meaning of Senti Virus. Honestly, what does it even mean? Watching Senti Virus is not infectious to you, and that is saying a lot.

Rating: 2/5
Cast: Sitaram kattel, Kunjana Ghimire, Dayahang Rai, Buddhi Tamang, Wilson Bikram Rai, Sandip Chhettri, Pawan Khatiwada, Kamal Mani Nepal, Rajaram Paudel, Basanta Bhatta, et al.
Director: Rambabu Gurung
Producer: Dindu Lama Hyolmo

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