After a hugely successful Kirik Party, director Rishab Shetty is back with Sarkaari Hi Pra Shaale Kasargodu, a movie which assures to be rich in content and making, going by the trailer cut. A movie which involves a bunch of kids and veteran actor, Ananth Nag, has a good content laced with laudable execution.
The movie unfolds with individual introductions of many characters in the movie just to setup the preface. A bunch of happy-go-lucky kids lead cheerful lives while also get themselves educated in government aided kannada school. The plot takes off at this point when some greedy government officials try to shut the school down which irks the kannada population in Kasargodu. It so appears already that the said entity would be trying to keep their language and culture alive in the region as they being the minority feels to be suppressed. With the ongoing development, the school kids decide to take the issue up their sleeve and decide to take assistance from a Mysore based lawyer to bail them out of the issue.
Ananth Nag as the lawyer gets into the scene and join the local folks to bat for them. Will the team of Ananth Nag and the students be successful? If so, how will they be successful? Will there be any effects? All these form the rest of the plot.
It is visual treat to watch the coastal region on big screen. The exquisite nature, the dialect of the language, there expressions and the overall making offers more feel good experience to the viewers. Director Rishab Shetty shows his technical grip over the script and in the making process which stamps a mark in the overall product. Though the movie runs on a sleek runtime of just 2 hours 2 minutes, it appears to be a bit elongated in the second half as the movie takes its time to reach to the breaking point. One wonders that the crux of the story should have been hit soon after the introduction of the characters which would have made the movie more interesting and flawless.
Cinematography is a major takeaway along with the music where both departments render authentic feel of the place. It stirs the emotions of the characters in the movie and thus involves the audience throughout.
Perfomances by kids are a treat to watch as they appear straight from their lives. It doesn’t seem like a movie and one wishes to relive that part of the life. Ananth Nag is witty, active and presentable which reminds us of his 90s witticism movies. His subtle partnership with Ramesh Bhat is appealing and his overall screen presence is commendable.
Pramod Shetty and Prakash Thumminad deliver their share of creditable performances as they tickle the funny bones on habitual occasions.
The fight and efforts to save the school and the language is a sure shot winner amongst the audience as it is a clean output to be marked as not just an entertainer, but also as a sociological concern. A superior movie for its technical standards which makes Sarkaari Hi Pra Shaale Kasargodu a great watch in theatres.