Raju a 13 year old child passionate about films who always wanted to be a filmmaker become blind in an accident. With the help of a friend Raju gets a video camera.Trains the children and they all make a film secretly. The film changes the orphanage for good.
Raju a 13 year old child passionate about films who always wanted to be a filmmaker become blind in an accident. With the help of a friend Raju gets a video camera.Trains the children and they all make a film secretly. The film changes the orphanage for good. less
“Minugurulu stands as one of the masterpieces in Telugu cinema. The film is technically impeccable and is supported by wonderful performances by the cast. A must watch.”
Paulo Coehlo said “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
The story of Raju in Minugurulu is a testimony to this adage. The boy makes a futile attempt to learn Braille, but when he attends a lesson on light and camera, there’s a sudden magic that crawls under his hands and makes him punch the word ‘camera’ and it later metamorphoses into interval card of the film. Minugurulu is an amalgamation of many such moments and brings out the grim realities of the world we live in.
The story revolves around Raju (Deepak Saroj) who is passionate about directing films. In an accident, he loses his eye sight and is sent to a blind school. There he meets many children who are victims of the atrocities caused by wicked Narayana (Ashish Vidyarthi) – the secretary of the trust which runs the school. He makes the place messy and siphons the funds to his own good. Raju wants to change the things and pens a letter to the district collector Kiranmai (Suhasini Maniratnam), but Narayana comes out of this situation with his crooked ways. Raju doesn’t lose hope and, with his indefatigable spirit and experience in handling a camera, shoots a film that entwines the lives of children in the school. “Let Newton be” and all was light. Here, it’s the protagonist Raju who struggles to bring light into the lives of those tortured souls.
Minugurulu showcases the behavior of different characters in the natural eco-system of a blind school. Every blind student has a character trait that they use it effectively to forget their pain and to come out of any crisis. There is a singer, a poet, a person who takes pride in his machismo, and the protagonist who is like a Mr. ‘Know All’. The entire film carries a different sepia tinge that sets the right mood and tone for the film. The short back story of Raju gives a frantic pace to the narration and this one stands out with some vibrant colors. Some fine transitions through scenes convey the depth of the story
The film’s music is the gossamer that ties its pieces together. Composer Dr. Josyabhatla Sarma becomes a pivotal cog in the film’s wheel and his music knew no bounds and blends with the proceedings. The way he churns out various classical pieces is commendable. This is a film where music becomes a key narrative tool and complements every scene. David Fuller shuns the limitations and spreads the wings of his camera. The pace and angles convey a lot.
Another asset for the film is its crackling dialogue: people cribbing about the quality of upma on a satirical note, the conversations between Narayana and his mistress, rehashed versions of maxims (Noti dhoola naddiki chetu) etc. It takes you close to the film’s core and defines its characters.
One man who stands tall is director Ayodhyakumar Krishnamshetty. A strong idea and intent to tell a story in the most genuine way makes a truly great director. A real director always tries to satisfy his storytelling quest, not the audience; and only in this he achieves perfection. Krishnamshetty brought out fine performances from every child who is part of this project. It gives us jitters as how he managed to do that when most of his cast is blind. A great effort goes there. The story, the locations, the starcast, everything and everyone speaks volume about the brave attempt by the director.
Minugurulu brings out the dualities of life. It is about how weakness can coexist with resilience, how lyrical can run alongside the sinister, and how far can you travel with your disability to become a catalyst in change. Though it occasionally drips into the zone of clichés, its novelty outshines and outnumbers them. The film is an effort to blur the difference between mainstream cinema and art house classics, and an experiment to entertain the audience without any unwarranted commercial plug-ins.