Movie Review: Hitudu
Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Meera Nandan, Banerjee, CVL Narasimha Rao
Music Director: Koti
Cinematography: Bharani K Dharan
Editing: Dharmendra Kakarala
Hitudu represents how a illiteracy in dalits can affect the life of a common man in Villages. Hitudu tackles problematic issues in Paderu village in Vishakapatnam, such as taxing, subjugation and racial intolerance. Hitudu is all about a pragmatic Seetaram (Jagapathi Babu) from Paderu, thinks ensuring access to education to villagers is for the ability to empower the individual to strive for an improved quality of life. That’s when he comes across Abhilasha (Meeranandan), who is taken in by a school teacher (CVL Narasimha Rao) and socialist Seetaram. In a short time, everyone in the school gets impressed with the intelligence of Abhilasha. Seeing the harbouring members of the Zamindhar, Seetaram defend themselves and make Abhilasha to study in Town Hostel for higher studies. Will Abhilasha full fill the dreams of Seetaram and reach the hights forms the rest of the storyline.
Performances are major asset of the film, Jagapathi Babu has done a commendable job; he shines in the emotional sequences with his acute looks but the actor should have worked a bit on the village School episodes. Meera Nandan has once again proved that she is an good performer and she has done a phenomenal job as a nosy Abhilasha in the film. CVL Narasimha Rao, Banerjee and other supporting cast have done a promising job.
Hitudu loosely based on “The First Teacher” novel by Chinghiz Aitmatov. Which talks about the importance of increasing access to basic education, to empower the individual to strive for an improved quality of life in villages. But The First Teacher was an ambiguous, multilayered, mystery laden novel is turned into a mindnumbingly, artsy, tedious movie on education rights. A terrible adaptation which even includes the story of Manjhi in it.When a maker trying to make film on human rights and education accessibility it has to make sense as well as feel satisfying to the viewer with including everything in the novel its based upon. Thats a tricky tightrope to walk and with Hitudu director Viplove failed to pull it off in a promising way. Well, it might sound a bit interesting when you hear me dishing out the details but on screen its more of a test of stamina, fortitude and endurance.
One is left marveling what the writer must have been conceiving about while penning down this emotions less illiteracy eradication themed film. The Script is like a filmsy thread that threatens to snap at any point. Each time there is a issue like women being raped, child marriages, Zamindari issues, Education issues and Teenage pregnancy, along comes a messiah, thanks to the writers vision, who slays the perp. Though the idea sounds interesting, the execution is far from satisfactory. There are few songs that drop in like a thunderbolt from no where, making you wonder if everything was alright. And for a time being, even you feel like screaming and running away, crying out for real life. Technically, the production values are below par while editing seems too abrupt that the film finds it difficult to have a tenacious flow, may be the editor would have chopped too many poorly shot sequences.
There is always a question as to whether a valid point is enough for a film to be considered as a feel good entertainer. Unfortunately it isn’t, and Hitudu belongs to the category of those films, the principle of which is righteous, but the execution of which fails the every purpose that it upholds. Overall, Hitudu – performance in most parts are satisfactory but the film never manages to enamor its audience.
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