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Showering praise for ‘Subhapradam'

Staff Reporter

Interactive meet held on the film directed by K. Viswanath

— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Director K. Viswanath during an interactive meeting in the city on Tuesday. Litterateur Peri Ravi Kumar is also seen.

VISAKHAPATNAM: The interactive meet on director K. Viswanath's latest film ‘Subhapradam' organised at the Visakhapatnam Public Library on Tuesday evening did one good thing.

It made those who haven't watched the film yet sit up and wonder at the messages subtly conveyed by the ace director.

Presiding over the meet, litterateur Peri Ravi Kumar said that one man and one movie had changed the course of Telugu cinema and that was Viswanath and ‘Sankarabharanam'. Film goers have high expectations from his films and it was natural that they come in for criticism.

Message

He portrayed the extreme form of ragging in ‘Subhapradam'. But that was essential to drive home the message against the poisonous culture that was borrowed from the West.

The ‘minimum guarantee' that his films offered was that they could be watched by the whole family as they were devoid of obscenity.

Critic Ganti Murali said that Viswanath deplored the ragging menace through a song in ‘Swarnakamalam' in the past and now he chose ‘Subhapradam' to deal with the subject more elaborately.

He felt that the public should encourage films that have a social message and relevance so that directors would not shy away from such subjects.

‘Thought provoking'

Compere K. Suhasini Anand said that Viswanath's stories were ‘thought provoking'. The lack of understanding and ego problems between couples was dealt with very effectively in the film.

She described the Anti-Ragging Revolution of Women (ARROW) as a ‘Rama banam' that would help in bringing down the menace of ragging in educational institutions.

Compere Rambhatla Nrusimha Sarma, who has also penned one of the songs in the film, said that the dignity of labour was neatly portrayed in the film.

A student of MA Telugu from Andhra University Parvateeswara Sarma eulogised Viswanath through a poem.

Mr. Viswanath said that his effort was to make a good film and ‘Subhapradam' was one of his films that gave him immense satisfaction.

“I took a lot of pain in making this film and we are proud that we made a good film,” he said.

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