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A frame-to-frame remake of Marocharitra

Love Story (Kannada)

Director: Bharati Kannan

Cast: Mayur Patel, Srinagara Kitty, Ramesh Bhat, Tanu Roy, Chitra Shenoy and Pramila Joshai

Love Story is an expensive and "memorable" gift to Kannada cinema from producer Madan Patel on the occasion of his hero son, Mayur Patel's birthday with a lot of expectations.

Tamil version

Madan Patel is also releasing Love Story's Tamil version, "Uyir Ullavare," in Tamil Nadu in December.

The producer is honest enough to announce that his film is a remake of K. Balachander's Marocharitra - Ek Duhje Ke Liye.

Madan Patel admits that his purpose of choosing the old theme is to promote his son in Kannada and Tamil cinema.

Contrary to his expectations, Love Story is no match to the original film in any aspect of its making.

Director Bharati Kannan's treatment to intrinsic questions pertaining to the emerging patterns of man-woman and boy-girl relationships in the socio-economic context and the underlying psychological factors expose him at all levels.

Barring some minor changes, Love Story is a frame-to-frame remake of Telugu Marocharitra. The original cross-culture tragedy is between a Tamil-speaking boy and a Telugu-speaking girl.

In Love Story, Mayur Patel is from the Hindi heartland and the girl is a Kannadiga.

The rest of the narration pledges its loyalty to the original.

Marocharitra attempted to examine the social and psychological undercurrents of inter-caste and inter-religious relationships in marriages of its days from a pessimistic outlook.

Though Mayur Patel has given his best as the hero, it is Srinagar Kitty as the villain who succeeds in registering his histrionic potential on a par with those artistes who played that role in original Telugu and Hindi films.

— K.N. VENKATASUBBA RAO

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