Actor Ganesh
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Kannada film "Sakkare" (Sugar), which was released on 18 October, has opened to positive reviews from critics.

"Sakkare" is a full-fledged romantic entertainer with "Golden Star" Ganesh and Deepa Sannidhi in the lead roles. The rest of cast includes Anant Nag, Vinaya Prasad, Anu Prabhakar, Achyut Kumar and Rajesh Nataranga in supporting roles.

Film's plot: Neha (Deepa Sannidhi) visits her sister's (Anu Prabhakar) in Coorg to nurse her heartbreak as a result of two failed love affairs. Neha meets Vinny (Ganesh), an ever-smiling, talkative guy, in her neighbourhood, who tries to help her come out of depression and reveals that he is in love with her. Whether Neha falls in love with Vinny forms the crux of the story.

Besides this love story, there are two other love stories in the film - one is between Anant Nag (a retired army bachelor) and Vinaya Prakash (a middle-aged single woman) and the other one is between Neha's sister Sneha and her boss.

Directed by Abhaya Simha, "Sakkare" has been adapted from O. Henry's short story "The Last Leaf". The film passes on a sweet message about the need for companionship.

Here is the review roundup of "Sakkare"

According to Chitraloka, "Sakkare is for everyone who is a romantic at heart and will bowl over those who like romance films. Though there is innocence written all over the stories, there is also lessons for life; about coping with tragedies, companionship and of course how to express love."

Srikanth Srinivasa of Rediff says, "Young and upcoming director Abhaya Simha who has been mostly associated with art house films has made a sincere effort to weave a love story that is watchable and sweet as the name suggests (Sakkare means sugar)."

According to Deccan Herald, "The director has taken definite steps towards mixing artistic sensibilities with commercial aspects. His craft is evident in the Anant Nag-Vinaya Prakash segment but a languid approach is the spoiler. Sakkare, left in the open for long, always attracts attention - of the unwanted kind."

Shyam Prasad S of Bangalore Mirror says, "Sakkare has all the good intentions and efforts of a bunch of talented people, but just as one of the songs in the film tells you, you would want to watch it if you have enough free time. No, it's not a bad film as such, but the film never lifts itself up despite promising to do so many times."