Is "Ooru Manadiraa" right and proper for you? Take our patented "Comrade-Within-Me"
quiz and discover for yourself...
1. You find R Narayana Murthy a classily subdued actor who believes in the power of subtlety.
2. You think communism is the solution to all the world's problems.
3. You have a high regard for "Lal Salaam" - or at least know what it means.
4. "Dan dan dan taku tiku dan dan dan tiku taku" sounds like THE music to you.
5. You are dead against the technological advances in agricultural machinery.
If you have answered "Yes" to at least one of these questions, then dash! Join your comrades who are eagerly awaiting your arrival in the nearest theater screening Ooru Manadira!
"Ooru Manadiraa" to begin with sketches out a background to the idea of feud-capitalism
and then outlines its only remedy as guerilla warfare. And it does so in the most
long-winded and calmly terrifying way possible. It showcases a lethal conflict
between some farmers and a local landlord, regarding land that was forcefully
appropriated by the latter.
The movie sets the ball rolling with a song sung by the male protagonist Bheemudu (R Narayana Murthy), a loyal servant of a merciless landlord. End song, end happiness... The landlord arrogates to himself all the lands handed over by the government to the poor villagers. Bheemudu, being the sarpanch, assures them their lands, be it by hook or by crook.
Under the able supervision of ex-Telangana-freedom-fighter Malla Reddy and Bheemudu, the villagers start a union and call for a strike (hook). Unfortunately, their attempt proves to be a full-scale disaster. Left with only one choice (crook), they resort to guerilla warfare to achieve their goal.
Bang-Bang, one comrade down... "Lal Salaam". More Bang-Bangs and many more comrades down and many more "Lal Salaam"s. They kill the landlord and redistribute the lands, and all happy's. The End. "Bhoovimukti poratalu vardhillali"!
All in all, the movie is a 'nothing out of the ordinary' flick directed-cum-acted-in-cum-produced
by Narayana Murthy. Seems like this film and its songs are targeted at both farmers
and farm-animals. The dialogues by Narayana Murthy are quite persuasive as usual.
Everyone seems to have done justice to his bit, with the exception of Narayana
Murthy who goes overboard, naturally. We have to wait and see if the movie successfully
reaches the masses.