A corruption-free system, casteless society, literate and techno-savvy public,
suave and educated leaders! No, this is no Utopian State envisaged by Plato
for his Republic. It is a society that people will vote for in the 21st century.
And if you think it is impossible, then don't miss out on this latest Arjun-starrer.
In a decade of gauzy romances and MTV-hip glamour, Shankar, A M Ratnam and A
R Rahman - the trio who had earlier made films like Bharateeyudu, Gentleman,
Premikudu and Jeans - have come together to give yet another hard-hitting
entertainer in Oke Okkadu.
If it was corruption in Bharateeyudu and reservations in Gentleman
that were hit upon, Oke Okkadu is Shankar's statement on the nation's
pet-hate - politics. The film is about the havoc politics plays with the life
of an ordinary, close-knit family of Purushottam. A cameraman in the reputed
QTV, Purushottam is promoted to the rank of a bureau chief, thanks to his never-say-die
attitude. And what's more, his very first interview brings him face-to-face
with the CM Chowdhary (Raghuvaran).
By a convulted turn of events, Chowdhary throws an open challenge to Purushottam
to take on the CM's post for a day to understand the problems and pressures
of heading a State. And even before you can blink your eyes, Purushottam is
the new one-day CM. What's more, minutes after he is sworn in as the new CM,
he starts typing in suspension orders for all corrupt officers and ministers,
much to the chagrin of his political brethren.
However, real problems begin for the one-day CM, once out of office. Back to his regular schedule, Purushottam finds himself being drawn into the political web, much against his wishes. But one attempt on his life and the hitherto unambitious mediaman is ready to take on the ultimate challenge of politics. Voted back to power with an unprecedented majority (the figure puts it at 97 per cent), Purushottam sets out to realise his dream, losing his family in bargain.
Shankar starts off with a fabulous idea and succeeds in sustaining the drama
till the very end. His hold on the nuances of the man-woman relationship becomes
evident in the way he manages to intertwine the love story of Purushottam and
Chandramukhi (Manisha Koirala), without losing focus on the main story. The
way he handles the climax is also simply superb, especially the subtle way in
which the transformation of Purushottam into a scheming politician is dealt
And when it is a film by Shankar, one can expect a visual delight. And Oke
Okkadu is no different. Oomph of glamour, out-of-the-world dance sequences,
impossibly exotic locales,energetic, catchy numbers by A R Rahman, mind-boggling
special effects and spirited performances from its lead cast, all coupled with
a fabulous plot make the film a must-see.