Love on the run

Posted on July 6, 2017

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A flashback to moments from Duniya Soori’s 2015 Kannada thriller ‘Kendasampige’, about a rich-girl-poor-boy couple chased by corrupt cops.

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The first time we see Ravi and Gowri, they’re in a theatre, half watching the movie, half making out. This poor boy and rich girl are just being the teens or early twenty-somethings they are. But her mother spots them and asks a cop to take care of the situation. Soon, Ravi is framed in a “ganja case.” He’s sentenced to prison – and then he flees. Obviously distraught, he calls Gowri and tells her where he is and what happened. She’s concerned, but calm. She says, “Be right there. I’m coming.” Earlier, in the theatre, we saw how much she loved him. Now, we see other traits. Strength. Loyalty. That whole be-with-you-through-thick-and-thin thing.

Gowri lies to her mother that she’s going shopping with a friend, hops into a car, goes to an ATM and withdraws money, and heads to the bus station where Ravi is. He wails, “I want to leave this city and go someplace far away.” Without a moment’s hesitation, she says she will come with him. He says, “Please understand. Just give me some money. That’s all.” She hands him the money. He gets into a bus and leaves. And we cut to a song.

On the surface, this is your standard flashback song. Boy meets girl. They fall in love.  Cut to present and show boy missing girl, girl missing boy. But how boy meets girl is what matters here, for Gowri is drowning in the sea and her friends are screaming for help. Ravi rescues her. When she regains consciousness, she sees him. She’s grateful. She smiles and extends a hand. He shakes it. Then we see him in the gym, as he’s wiping the machines, carrying cans of water. She joins the gym. She sees him and says, “Thank you for saving my life that day.” He’s embarrassed. “It’s fine, madam. Let it go.”

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