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High-powered drama



Harikrishna in and as `Tiger Harischandra Prasad.'

Tiger Harischandra Prasad

(Telugu)

Cast: Harikrishna, Ramyakrishna, Dasari Arun Kumar, Sangeetha

Dir: Samudra

WRITERS PARACHURI brothers succeeded in giving `champion of the farmers' image to Harikrishna in this film.

They list out innumerable problems of farmers, including inability to get remunerative prices to their produce. A full ten-minute dialogue is written for Harikrishna playing Harischandra Prasad, which highlights the plight of farmers, vis--vis industrialists.

There is the late NTR's photo as backdrop, with a farmer's turban on. Harischandra Prasad vouches he would live for his goal.

Director Samudra builds the character of Harischandra Prasad as that of the people's man and farmers' leader throughout the film and makes it so powerful, it has the Prime Minister played by Girish Karanad, coming down to Guntur, where Harischandra Prasad is on a fast unto death.

The first part of the film meanders through familiar situations that project problems of the farmers — from suicides to drought and exploitation. The crowd scenes in the end when Harikrishna is on a tour throughout the State, are arresting.

The drama also shifts to the domestic front of the hero. Rajeswari (Ramyakrishna) is his wife and is pregnant.

How and why he married her makes another big chunk of drama, as is narrated to a television channel, as part of his interview.

The last part of the film is a graphic description of exploitation of farmers by the middlemen. When Harischandra Prasad brings the problem to the Prime Minister's notice, the PM comes down to Guntur and personally listens to the grievances of the farmers and their leader Harischandra Prasad. With the arrest of the villains and the PM promising to introduce a bill in parliament on this issue, the film closes on a tame note.

It is unusual climax, as such subjects generally end with action drama and blood shed. It is good change from routine.

Harikrishna gets a tailor made role well cut out for his style of acting, with rugged appeal.

But some frivolous scenes including the comedy featuring Brahmanandam and Kovai Sarala, puts the film on a sidetrack.

Narra Venkateswara Rao leaves his mark. The love theme between Dasari Arunkumar, playing Harikrishna's brother and Sangeetha makes no sense at all.

Musically speaking, the songs rendered by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, especially the march song in the climax scene, are touching. GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

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