Movie: One Cut Two Cut
Cast: Danish Sait, Prakash Belawadi, Samyukta Hornad, Prakash Belawadi, Roopa, Manosh, Soundarya Nagraj
Director: Vamsidhar Bhogaraju
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 3rd February 2022
Story: A group of keyboard warriors who are fed up with the state of affairs in the Karnataka government, decide to take matters into their own hands and cause a revolution. Armed with a rifle and Money-Heist-inspired masks and red suits they take hostage of a primary school.
However, things get messy as the CM’s Secretary orders the assassination of the armed group. Amidst all this chaos, the wimpish Arts and Crafts Teacher, Gopi(Danish Sait) has to act as a common ground between the government and the armed group.
Performances: Danish Sait as Gopi is undoubtedly the only saving grace in this rather boring film. Danish’s charm can be seen throughout the running time. Although this is a character that he has never done for a film before, it seems too repetitive for even a 90-minute movie. This is due to the lackluster writing and 1-Dimensional treatment of the character.
The only other real highlight is Vineeth Beep Kumar as the ‘struggling stand-up comedian’. Samyukta Hornad as Danish’s love interest is decent in her role but also suffers from 1-Dimensional treatment. Prakash Belawadi, who is often impressive in his roles, has to shoulder some of the most monotone dialogues in the film, making for an irritating watch.
Analysis: Unlike Danish Sait’s previous comedies, One Cut Two Cut falls flat on the face. This is largely due to poorly written characters, substandard dialogues by Danish Sait and Vamshi Bhogaraju, and a turtle-paced screenplay. For a film that has a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes, it feels awfully long.
The film needs to be given credit for its clarity of approach. The director and the writer make it clear that they want to present slapstick comedy but the issue is, there is hardly any comedy. The comedy misfires almost every second joke and after a point, you are just numb to the odd good joke.
The film also suffers from the constant need to add in socio-political satires even when the situation doesn’t demand it. There are recurring jokes about Beef Ban, ‘Cows are like Gods’, potholes in Bangalore, that just fall flat. It is truly sad when a hilarious writer like Danish Sait presents a bland comedy like One Cut Two Cut.
Danish Sait as Gopi
Depiction of news channels
Poorly fleshed out characters
A shoddy screenplay that offers no variations
Verdict: One Cut Two Cut is a movie that had a lot of potential to be a laugh-out-loud comedy but barely ended up being a comedy. Watch this if you are a fan of Danish Sait’s characters or if you want to support a film from PRK Productions. But if you’re looking for comedy, it is better to avoid One Cut Two Cut.