Hundreds of languages all around the country and thousands of languages
around the world are at the extinction stage. Kannada language is also
one among it. The language, land and concern are the hall marks of this
film narrated in a neat way.
It has almost become a nexus between Kannada and English from
kindergarten to professional courses. At this moment of time it is right
time to save our language is the humble call of this film director
basically a renowned journalist from Lankesh Patrike.
Kannada teacher Purushottam (Ananthnag) is heading the Kannada school
that is in dilapidated condition. He has to survive so many obstacles
including the nature onslaught. His will power is strong and with 40
students that also includes his son (Master Sachin) and favorite student
Cheluvu (Master Manoj) he is running the school. It is problematic for
Purushottam to cope up in the rainy season because his school building
may create havoc.
Purushottama is baffled when his old friend Manohara (Ashok) comes up
with a convent school in his locality providing up to date things for
the students. Purushottam wife Shanthi (Pavitra Lokesh) is also drawn
into this modernity and sends her son Sachin to convent school she joins
the computer center to make money to the living. Purushottam is fed up
when he is asked by his wife to bring the son from a convent school.
Purushottama is making all attempts to save his school. They all go in
vain. With lot of hopes he approaches Sahukar Thimmappa (Prakash Raj)
because he has taught him Kannada and projected him as a good stage
actor. Even that also goes in vain. Sahukar Thimmappa asks Purushottama
to keep his name to the school then he will come forward for the
At the final stages of ‘Prarthane’ Kannada cinema Purushottama loses his
numbers in the class. He is forced to get admission of part time
Series of efforts dislodge the ambition of Purushottama when another rainy season crumbles the school building.
Director K Sadashiva Shenoy very well supported by writer JM Prahallad
made a thought provoking subject. The case is no different for other
language and government schools all over the country. Knowingly or
unknowingly director Shenoy has made way for the sequel of this film.
For the crushed school building of Purushottama the emergence of new
building and new status for the Kannada schools that open the eyes of
the governance of the state would be a fine proposition.
The first beauty of this well thought out film is the narration and
selection of right artists. Bringing in Smt Sudha Murthy the Infosys
founder as representative of Kannada language at the universal level the
concern of the director to approach the Kannada speaking in nook and
corner of the world is appreciable.
The second beauty is the selection of locations and showing the natural
conditions of government schools. There are many such government school
buildings in Karnataka in the holidays the animals come and live. With
no proper black board, benches, cupboards etc. it is a crude reality the
film ‘Prarthane’ depicts.
For a journalist turned director there was no need to make this film. He
could have as well made a commercial cinema. But Sadashiva Shenoy has
not done like that. He has represented every Kannadiga of Karnataka
state and the fate of government school buildings should not be like
this he says in a touching style. At the same time the culture swallowed
by invasion of English he has touched here and there.
There was a fine need of Smt Sudha Murthy to represent the Kannada at
the universe level is OK. Was there a need to bring in commercial hero
Prakash Raj to this film? The purpose the director looks at entry of
Prakash Raj character as a man of interest in theatre and mythological
plays is clear. The protagonist of the film Ananthnag seeking the help
for sturdy building from the Prakash Raj character and then he becoming
opportunistic is nothing but holding mirror to the present day of social
The strength of this film ‘Prarthane’ flows from beginning to end. It
attacks the system and attacks the loss of Kannada to English language.
When language is lost the culture is automatically lost. To make a
comparison the convent school depicts the condition in which we are
With so many plus points to the kitty of director K Sadashiva Shenoy the
film is also good on the humor and dialogue front. The pace of the film
could have been a little stronger and the attempt is bold and narrated
This is no doubt a complete family viewing film with one song from Veera Samartha. That is the ‘Prayer’ song.
Ananthnag and Prakash Raj are the screen stealers of this film. The cool
and composed performance from Ananthnag makes us to believe – he is the
right choice for the right role. Prakash Raj through his dialogues lit
the screen on fire. The Ravan and Bheema mythological dialogues have
come out well from Prakash Raj.
Next is Cheluva role Manoj and Sachin represent the Kannada and English
languages in the competitions. Pavithra Lokesh is another fine choice
for the wife role of Ananthnag. The dialogue delivery of Pavithra Lokesh
in this film and timing is so good.
Smt Sudha Murthy founder of Infosys foundation in the climax giving a
short lecture has come out naturally and her diction of Kannada is sweet
The last film of renowned cameraman S Ramachandra is superb in the
outdoor locations. It is so sad that we lost the giant cameraman.
Veera Samarth background score and one song for the prayer is very apt.
Last but not the Least – Mother tongue is Mother and Culture is Father – both are important.
RIGHT FILM AT RIGHT TIME – Score 3.5/5
Cast – Ananthnag, Prakash Raj, Pavitra Lokesh, Master Manoj,
Master Sachin, Ashok, Sudha Murthy, BC Patil, Dinesh Mangalore and
others. Cinematography – S Ramachandra Music – Veera Samartha Producers – GC Pushpa and N Harish Direction – K.Sadashiva Shenoy.
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