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Times of India
It's another masterpiece by director Girish Kasaravalli after 'Kanasembo Kudureyaneri'. Koormaavathaara, based on novelist Kum Veerabhadrappa's work, speaks of the troubles that an honest government employee hailing from a middle class family has to face after being selected to play the role of Gandhiji in a small budget serial. A must-watch movie for all age groups.
Anandarao (Shikaripura Krishnamurthy) is an honest government employee. He hails from a middle class family comprising his son, daughter-in-law and grandson. He is selected to play the role of Gandhiji by director Chandan (Apoorva Kasaravalli) for the serial 'Mahatma'. Though Anandrao is not adept at acting, circumstances force him to accept the role. As the shooting continues, he becomes depressed as he finds that it is easy to talk of Gandhiji's principles but difficult to follow and implement.
Director Girish Kasaravalli has brilliantly brought on to the big screen the dilemma of Anandarao who gets a star status after he dons the role of Ganghiji. But he fails to impress director Chandan. The experience playing the role of Gandhiji makes him realize what he could not do to his son and wife. Anandarao was never attached to his family. But his popularity brings him unpopularity. His son cashes in on his polularity and goes to jail in a cheque bounce case and he is ill-treated by his daughter-in-law as he fails to provide monetary support to his family. His ambition to get a role for Iqbal (Vikram Suri) also fails as it is opposed by a certain section of people. He is also criticized for his closeness to Susheela (Jayanthi) who plays the role of Kasturba. How does he tackle these troubles? An excellent narration makes you feel that you are one of the characters in the movie.
Full marks to Shikaripura Krishnamurthy for his excellent performance as Gandhiji. Jayanthi has essayed the role of Kasturba brilliantly. The performance of Apoorva, Harish Raju as Godse, Cheswa, Rashmi Sumukha, Goa Dattu and the boy Sumukha is a treat to watch. Cinematography by GS Bhaskar is marvellous. Music by Issac Thomas Kottakapalli is soothing to ears.