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<i>Hope</i> - Review

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Monday, September 18, 2006
Why teenage students commit suicide
Bringing out a good film to give a good message to the society by keeping aside the profit motto and ignoring commercial values is a great thing. But the present day producers are only after profits. Producers like Haranath Policherla stand an exception to this genre. Though practising as a doctor in the US, he felt that he had a commitment to play an active role in giving a positive change in the Indian society. He joined hands with director K Satyanarayana, popular as Satish, and moulded an excellent subject related to students and their mental stress.

Puja (Kalyani) has a sister studying Intermediate, who commits suicide after failing to get good marks in exams. Prof R.B.V.R. Murthy (Dr D. Ramanaidu), the first Indian to bag the Pulitzer award stays in the same apartments where Puja resides. He never comes out of his apartment and Lakshmamma (Radhakumari), a servant maid, is the only person who visits him. Murthy brings Puja to his room with the help of Lakshmamma and tells her not to fall in depression. Puja decides to do some research on the suicidal tendency among students and collects details of such victims from libraries. Rajesh (Venu), an NRI returns to India on vacation and plans a documentary on Prof. Murthy. Once Rajesh accidentally meets Puja and comes to know about her research. He joins hands with Puja to continue her research. In the process, they take the help of Haranath, who runs schools which keep students away from mental stress. With the help of Rajesh, Haranath and others Puja continues her efforts to drive away the present system of education, which posed lots of stress on students. She holds a seminar on the education system in which Prof Murthy also takes part and convinces those who participated in the debate that the system needs a change. As everyone agreed to his suggestion, Murthy breathes his last with complete satisfaction.

Choosing a person to give a message to the society is a tough job and the producer and director of Hope were able to convince the movie mughal D. Ramanaidu to play the role of Prof Murthy . Though Ramanaidu faced camera in many a film in small time role, he took part in a full length role for the first time in his career. He performed extremely well and drove the message straight into the hearts of the audiences. SP Balasubrahmanyam lend his voice to his character which turned another plus point for the film. Kalyani's character is another asset for the film and she excelled in her histrionics once again. The voice of Sunita perfectly suited her well. Another plus point is the background score by maestro Illayaraja. The re-recording of the film is extraordinary. Another speciality of the film is that is supported by Roshni, a non-governmental organisation, which is working for the cause of dejected, pained, depressed, anxious, angry, suicidal, worried, confused and scared people.

The film has no songs nor a hero or a heroine. It is like a documentary film. The audience should get ready to watch a film with a mind set that he is watching a film made with a specific purpose. If you want to watch a film for mere entertainment this is not the one which you are looking for.

Director Satish came out with an excellent subject especially on the evergreen topic, which makes people to rethink and debate even after returning home. Besides directing the film, he had also provided story, screenplay and dialogues for the film. The film is aimed at creating awareness and spark off meaningful debate on "Education and its role in moulding the society."

Cast: Dr D Ramanaidu, Kalyani, Haranath Policherla, Venu, Vizag Prasad, Raja Babu, Ramchandra, Raghunath Reddy, Sudershan, Muralikrishna, Bharat, Radhakumari, Prabhavathi, Uma Sharma, Ravali.

Music - Illayaraja
Cinematography - Sarath
Editing - Baswa Paidiraju
Presents - Policherla Haranath
Producer - Policherla Venkata Subbaiah
Story, Screenplay, dialogues and direction - Kodi Ramakrishna.
Banner - PH Productions.

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