Review: But for Shivarajkumar, Tagaru Fizzles out Too Soon

Unless you are a fan of Shivarajkumar’s style of acting and dialogue delivery, Tagaru is not recommended for you.

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Shivarajkumar brings out the dexterity and lion-heartedness associated with the character.
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The Kannada movie Tagaru starring Shivarajkumar is sure to leave an indelible impression on your mind, but, mostly for the wrong reasons. The action-packed film directed by Duniya Soori has a strong storyline with Shivarajkumar playing the role of a gritty cop by the name of Shiva. However, the sloppy screenplay and non-linear narrative makes it a tiring watch.

The movie shows many snippets of gruesome murders and rapes that the gangsters indulge in.
The movie shows many snippets of gruesome murders and rapes that the gangsters indulge in.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Tagaru The Movie)
Tagaru is an out and out gangster drama with a dark and violent undertone. There is not one light-hearted moment throughout the film. The plot revolves around three atrocious criminals named Dolly, Cockroach and Chittaranja, all of whom Shiva takes head on.

Tagaru starts off with a gripping shot of water turning into blood. This is followed by snippets of gruesome murders and rapes that the gangsters indulge in. Tagaru Shiva is then seen kidnapping a woman and driving away to a far-off unknown place. While an element of suspense is built in the minds of the audience, it fizzles out very soon. Repetitive scenes as well as a string of flashbacks create mayhem and put an end to your imagination.

The first 45 minutes of the film feature three songs – none enjoyable unless you are a hardcore Shivarajkumar fan.

The timeline of Tagaru seems skewed, since there are numerous intertwined scenes, one after another, putting together a loosely woven screenplay. Some of the action sequences are definitely overwhelming, but it's the bad cinematography that overshadows the stunts.

Shivarajkumar brings out the dexterity and lion-heartedness associated with his character. The antagonist Dhananjay, who goes by the name of Dolly in the film, looks outrageously wicked and delivers a great performance. The heroines Manvitha Harish and Bhavana Rao play their parts in Tagaru with ease.

Tagaru has a series of blood-spilling fights, violent assaults and scandalising visuals, which seem powerful in the beginning but lacks lustre in the later half.

In a nutshell, if you aren’t a fan of Shivarajkumar’s style of acting and dialogue delivery, there’s nothing in Tagaru for you.

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