The film Liftman is a Kannada-Indian film which depends on a person’s emotion. The film is Directed by Kaaranji Shreedhar. It is Produced Ram Nayak under the Production Company Ram Pictures. The Music is composed by Praveen Godkhindi. Sunder Raj, Suresh Heblikar, Sunil Puranik and Sheetal Shetty are playing the crucial roles in the film.
Manjunath(Sunder Raj) has been a lift operator in a government office for over two decades. Throughout his life as a liftman, he has seen walking in and out of the lift and has closely seen their emotions, feelings, and thoughts. While he couldn’t relate with a few, he would build a strong connection with some. The movie uses the lift as a metaphor for Manjunath’s life, shedding light on the ups and downs that he has faced.
This film is based loosely on the life story of a real-life lift operator in Vidhana Soudha. Made with a modest budget, the film is backed by some good performances by seasoned actors. This film isn’t your gritty fast-paced thriller, instead, it unfolds at the pace of a stumbling old lift in a government office, symbolic to the character who mans it.
This film could have very well been India’s own The Butler, given that it shows the protagonist’s journey with the backdrop of political change over two decades. While we hear about this through the words of the lead actor, little is shown on screen. One gets to see stray cases like that of a CM’s son promising lifetime commitment to a young girl and then going back on those words, which subtly hint at some real references. But, one wishes there was more of this seen through Manjappa’s eyes.