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Times of India
Director Ajaykumar has selected a subject of how five young rag pickers struggle to get education. He has selected a government education project 'Nali Kali' to drive home his point. It looks more like a government documentary than a movie.
The story revolves around the life of slum dwellers, how their children are deprived of education due to poverty and how they are not aware of government facilities.
Five children - Raju (Chiranjivi), Seena (Varun), Ali (Shyam), Putty (Archana) and Manja (Manjunath) - are rag pickers from a slum who want to study by their parents cannot afford educating them. However, Jyothi (Sania Iyer), a girl from an educated family, helps them realize their dream. We also have Vishwanatha (Ramakrishna), who convinces their parents to send them to school and apprises them of free education for the poor. They join a mobile school and are taught by teacher Bhavya (Suchitra). Through hard work and dedication, the five kids learn and one of them also wins a national award for an innovation on water conservation. How did they do it? Full marks to all the children, particularly Chiranjivi and Manju, for their excellent job. Sania Iyer shines in the brief appearance. Suchithra is excellent as a teacher. Music by Kumar Eshwar and camera by Gundlupet Ramesh are okay.