However a combination of sell out shows and a Q and A session arranged with the director here in Melbourne meant that I finally got to see U turn this weekend – and had the benefit of hearing Pawan Kumar speak about the film too.A big thank you to Kannada Movies Melbourne for organising the event and to Pawan Kumar for braving the wintry Melbourne weather to share his film and his thought processes with the Australian audience. More linear than Lucia, U turn is a tightly written thriller that lives up to its title, both visually and metaphorically, while building up the suspense in a cleverly plotted story that doesn’t unfold quite as expected.
Looking for a story to make her own, Rachana uses a beggar who makes his home on the flyover to identify drivers and motorcyclists who move the concrete dividing blocks in the middle of the road to make an illegal U-turn, leaving the blocks lying in the path of oncoming traffic.Sounds fairly straightforward and perhaps more like a public safety video that the plot of a thriller, but that is one of the clever selling points of the film.This is a genuine problem that occurs every day, so instantly the audience can relate to Rachana and her attempts to publicise the issue.It helps too that the film follows one of these motorcyclists home and shows him to be a typical husband and father, perhaps not particularly pleasant, but not someone deliberately trying to cause an accident despite his actions on the flyover.This is a film set very much in the real world and it’s easy to relate to both the characters and the situations as a result.1 Nenokkadine 3 7 Aum Arivu 24 (2016) 47 Rojulu 99 100 Days of Love 100% Love A Werewolf Boy Aa Dinagalu Aa Gale Lag Jaa Aaj Ka Goonda Raj Aa Naluguru Aadukalam Aagadu (2014) Aapathbandavudu Aaradhana (1987) Aaranya Kaandam Aayutha Ezuthu ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) ABCD 2 Ab Tak Chhappan Adavi Donga Aditya 369 Agent Vinod (1977) Aidondla Aidu Ajooba (1991) Alaipayuthey Ala Modalaindi Ammoru Anaganaga O Dheerudu Anand Anbe Sivam Anegan Anjaan (2014) Anjathey Anji Anukokunda Oka Roju Apoorva Ragam Arjun Arrambam (2013) Arundhati Arya 2 Athadu Athey Kangal Athidhi Athu Oru Kanakalam Attaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu Autonagar Surya Avakai Biryani Ayan Baadshah (2013) Baahubali Baava Bachchan (2013) Badlapur Badle ki Aag Badrinath Bahu Begum (1967) Bajirao Mastani Bangalore Days Baton Baton Mein Bawarchi Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap Behroopiya Beru Bhairava Dweepam Bheema Bhookailas Bhoot Bungla (1965) Bichunmoo Big B Big Boss Billa (2009) Billu (2009) Bobbili Raja Bombay Talkies Boss Engira Baskaran Brahmotsavam (2016) Brindaavanam Bujjigadu: Made in Chennai Business Man Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu Chakravarthy (1987) Challenge (1984) Chanakya Sapatham (1986) Chantabbai Chapters (2012) Charlie (2015) Chashme Buddoor (1981) Chatrapathi Chattaniki Kallu Levu Chennai 600028 Chennai Express China Town (1962) Chithiram Pesuthadi Choodalani Vundi Chori Chori (1956) Chori Mera Kaam City Lights (2014) Dabangg Darling Department Desamuduru (2007) Devadasu (1953) Devi (1999) Dhada Dhammu Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) Dilwale Do Dooni Chaar (2010) Don (2006) Don 2 Doodh ka Karz Dookudu Dor (2006) Drishyam (2013) Dum Laga Ke Haisha Dum Maaro Dum Dumm Dumm Dumm Duniya Meri Jeb Mein Duplicate (1998) Eega Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Ek Niranjan Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati Endhiran Engeyum Eppothum English Vinglish Ethir Neechal (2013) Fakira Fan (2016) Frozen (2007) Gabbar Singh (2012) Gair Kaanooni Gajakesari Gallipoli (1981) Geeta Mera Naam Gentleman (2016) Geraftaar Gharana Mogudu (1992) Girl in the Sunny Place (Hidamari no Kanojo) Go Goa Gone Godavari Goli Soda Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Goonda (1984) Gopala Gopala (2015) Gouravam Govindudu Andarivadele Grahanam Gudachari 116 (1967) Gulebakavali Katha Gundamma Katha Gunday (2014) Gundello Godari Haider Hanuman Junction Happy Happy New Year (2014) Hidden Fortress (1958) How Old Are You?
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I loved Pawan Kumar’s last film Lucia so was disappointed to learn that U turn would release in Australia while I was overseas.
Well – OK, so the moving concrete blocks thing doesn’t happen in Australia – but I’ve definitely see this happen in India!
The opening scene establishes Rachana’s character and provides some basic background information as she takes her mother to the bus station in an auto-rickshaw, fending off questions about any possible marriage with the ease of frequent practice.
The conversation paints a picture of a typical young Indian woman: she shares a modern city flat with a currently absent flat-mate, rides a scooter in to work and has ambitions to further her career in journalism.