Debutant Shashank Soghal’s Daredevil Musthafa is a remarkable achievement in Kannada cinema, considering the scarcity of book-to-screen adaptations in recent years. It is an impressive execution of Poornachandra Tejaswi’s timeless short story of the same name, written in the 1970s, what motivates Shashank to take on an unconventional path. He has tried to bring to life one of the beloved tales that is close to the picturesque writing of Tejaswi. He takes us back to college life, introduces a game, and underlines themes of communal harmony.
The film begins with an intriguing excerpt from one of Poornachandra Tejaswi’s thought-provoking interviews, where he passionately expresses his disapproval of young individuals involved in communal violence.