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Minugurulu

Out Of Theatre
24 Jan, 2014 2 hrs 14 mins U/A
Deepak Saroj, Ashish Vidyarthi, Raghuvir Yadav, Suhasini Maniratnam
Deepak Saroj, Ashish Vidyarthi, Raghuvir Yadav, Suhasini Maniratnam
Ayodhya Kumar
Synopsis
The film is made with a craftsmanship that is rare in Telugu cinema, it shows every aspect of filmmaking. The writing is thoughtful and is peppered with wry humour. Once a watch film.
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  • Times of India
Story : A wannabe filmmaker Raju (Saroj) loses his sight in a freak accident and is admitted to a residential school for the visually impaired by his father. He joins hands with fellow students to make a film that exposes the corruption of the vicious school secretary Narayana (Ashish).

Review : A typical Telugu movie fan will describe this movie as an "award film." That the film was the only Telugu film in the competition segment of the International Children's Film Festival of India and was awarded a special jury prize isn't why the film is called so. The adjective is used to describe films that are well-made, but are unlikely to have a long run in the theatres because they do not conform to the five songs, six stunts and item number template.

Minugurulu is definitely not a film that is tailored to play to the galleries. A gang of hapless visually impaired children are the protagonists of this emotionally stirring human drama that plays out in a ramshackle school for the blind. The institution is run by a despicable warden, Narayana, who siphons off the government grants, causing the children to fend for themselves in deplorable living conditions. They live huddled in a dingy room, wear soiled clothes, are served the most unhygienic food and are also forced to carry out physical chores by the warden's mistress. Yet the children find ways to amuse themselves even though they are denied the simplest of pleasures like TV.

Raju is enrolled in the school against his wishes by his poor father after he loses his eyesight in an accident. He is a bit of a rebel who refuses to take things lying down. How he inspires the others to make a film that captures the mismanagement of Narayana forms the crux of the plot.

The film is made with a craftsmanship that is rare in Telugu cinema. It shows in every aspect of filmmaking. The writing is thoughtful and is peppered with wry humour. The characters are etched with care and grow on you as the film goes on. The acting is easily the most awe-inducing part. Deepak Saroj is easily an outstanding performer and steals the show with his nuanced portrayal. He is ably complimented by the support cast who carry off their roles with panache. Ashish Vidyarthi and Raghuvir Yadav are in their elements. Suhasini carries off her role with the usual assurance.

The background score of the film is another highlight. It must be one of the most original soundtracks we've heard in a long time. The cinematography complements the quality of the camera work.

Note : The filmmaker manages to tug at some emotional strings without getting overtly melodramatic. It's a film that has its heart in the right place and backs it up with enough cinematic value.

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