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Golconda High School – Movie Review

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These days most of the schools do not have playgrounds at all and the students are getting overburdened with their regular studies. In case they find time, they either watch TV or play computer games and there is no physical exercise at all. In the earlier days, schools used to have a separate period for games and drill and there are playgrounds and there used to be drill masters and physical trainers. Now, the parents have changed their mindset and are concentrating on how to make their children toppers in class and in other entrance tests like Eamcet and IIT and ignoring the value of games and sports. 'Golconda High School" was made only to enlighten the parents to come out of that mindset as playing games will develop concentration and made them excel in their academics.

Sampath (Sumanth) is one of the best cricketers of Golconda High School. However, in a bid to foil his attempts to earn name and fame, his friend Sundar (Raviprakash) plays a trick and get him run out in a match. But Sampath never complains about this and instead resigns as cricket captain. Even after that Sundar continues to propaganda that Sampath resorted to several malpractices and gets him black-listed from cricketing. After a few years, Viswanath (Tanikella Bharani) finds his address and invites him to the school. He tells him to prepare a good cricket team for the school and appoints him as the coach. Sampath refuses to take up the job, but accepts later as he understands that some real estate businessman Kiriti (Subbaraju) is eyeing the high school play ground to construct a multi-storeyed building in the name of a coaching centre. He enlightens not only the students but also their parents the values of the game, and how games and sports would sharpen their academic skills. The GHS team, which can"t even move out of the knock-out stage for the past several years, reaches the finals under the guidance of Sampath. Did Sampath won the challenge? How his students helped him in fulfilling his challenge? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.

The highlight of the film is the performance of the team of 14 students, who had different goals in their life, yet love cricket. They not only performed well on the screen, but maintained good ease in dialogue delivery and appeared very normal and natural on the screen. Sumanth, who faced the camera after almost two years gap, looked good in the film. But he has failed to be more expressive and could not show ease in his body language. Swathi is at her usual best as a love interest of the hero. Tanikella Bharani is adequate as the principal. The director maintained good tempo all through the film and has penned a gripping screenplay for the film. The first half of the film is entertaining, while the second half completely devoted to the game and the histrionics of the students. The climax is good. Cinematography by Senthil needs to be complimented because he has given the right focus for all the scenes. Editing by Shravan too is brisk and crisp. Background score by Kalyani Malik is another highlight of the film.

The film reminds the audiences of films like 'Chak De" and 'Sye" and most of the scenes appear to have already watched earlier. However, the director filled some romance and entertainment besides a good message to make it impressive. Another draw back in the film is that it has no commercial values and is totally message-oriented. So, the commercial success of the film depends on how the family audiences would receive it.

The message in the film is that extra-curricular activities are also part of the education and are equally important for students to improve concentration. You can watch the movie for the values of team spirit of the students and their performance. The director gave a good message without boring the audiences with unnecessary lengthy dialogues but flowing the same as an undercurrent.

Cast: Sumanth, Swati, Subbaraju, Shafi, Tanikella Bharani, Raviprakash, Hema, Jhansi, Harshavardhan, and others.
Credits: Cinematography – Senthil, Editing – Shravan Katikaneni, Music – Kalyani Mallick, Story – Harimohan Paruvu, Art – Ravinder, Producer – Rammohan Paruvu, Dialogues, screenplay and direction – Mohana Krishna Indraganti.
Banner: Art Beat Capital.
Released on: January 15, 2011

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