A father is hell-bent on ensuring that his son fulfills his own dream of a career as an officer. But is that his son's dream? When his son finally breaks away from this make-believe world, it is time for the father to take up the challenge and make his own dreams come true.
Shivakumar (P Ravi Shankar), an office peon, had bigger dreams — to be one of the top officials at a corporate office like his former friend (Prakash Belawadi). A poor background did not allow him to pursue education. When a son is born to him and his wife (Shruthi), Shivakumar sees in him the opportunity to see all his dreams come true. A loving but extra focused upbringing ensures that the little boy Kumar (Vikky Varun) is a good student and the all-rounder right through school. But the pressure at home compels him to become quite the rebel. While he continues to pretend to be the devoted and hardworking son at home, it is only after he gets debarred for cheating in exams that Kumar and his parents face the real situation. Here, the tables turn, and Senior Kumar and College Kumar take on each other's roles — one to try and fulfil his own dream and the other to try and find his own space under the sun.
This is a huge onscreen transformation for Ravi Shankar, who has, until now, been seen playing the villain. While the concept would remind you of Swara Bhaskar's role in Nil Battey Sannata, in which she returns to school after her daughter challenges her to do so, Ravi Shankar holds his own here, with a little twist. From underplaying the ambitions father to playing the dedicated and, at times, rather cool student, he secures sentiments as well as laughs. Shruthi, as the typical lower middle-class supporting wife and mother, delivers to the T.
The younger actors — Vikky, and his love interest (Samyuktha Hegde) — set the pace of the story in place, but this is completely Ravi Shankar's film. While the script is the main hero here, it is not supported by performances that are meant to move you, as they reel out their dialogues. You connect with the words rather than feel the emotions. Watch out for director Santhu's interesting way of showcasing the general opinion of the public by getting the aam junta to gossip among themselves at key points of the screenplay.
This is a film that parents and children could watch together — it sort of paints a picture of what is the norm in many families.