Ravi Babu (Master Subhakar) - son of a rich businessman (Bhanuchandar)
- is infected with cancer at a tender age. He is a brilliant
student and also a good painter and talented musician. He
is also very precocious (matured beyond his age) child. He
knows that death is lurking in the vicinity to embrace him
any day. He has sympathetic parents caring overtly for him.
There is lot of restlessness inside Ravi. Hence, he behaves
erratically with his parents. Though the parents know that
Ravi needs love, the way they are providing it is not satisfactory
enough to Ravi. A few words of pampering like 'you are a great
friend. You are an intelligent person' from the lady psychiatrist
make him get some solace. But the parents are still unable
to find their way to pacify the restlessness inside their
this point of time a child servant called Manga (Baby Nitya)
enters their household. He makes good friends with her and
forgets all the pains. Though the parents does not like Ravi
to move around with a poor girl, they could not restrict him
as moving with that girl gives happiness to Ravi. Ravi sees
a peaceful and new world with Manga. He brings out his fantasies
and fulfils them with her companionship. One day, he has a
day out with Manga and travels to Golkonda fort. It's a great
new experience for him. But the lurking danger of death could
not wait for him anymore!
Master Subhakar did a brilliant work as Ravi Babu. He made
an apt representation of the restlessness with his body language
and through his facial expressions. Baby Nitya suited the
role well and she did extremely well with her neat Nizam dialect.
Haritha and Bhanu Chandar played the parents of Ravi Babu.
They did very well with controlled histrionics. There is also
a character of a mad fellow that has symbolical representation
of the feelings with in the protagonist.
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Narsing Rao - the most
celebrated Telugu art film director - has chosen his own style
of narrating the story in an offbeat format. The film is very
realistic and it studies the psychology of the kid who is
undergoing a trauma. Since he has chosen the form of artistic
narration, the pace of it appears very slow. Lots of scenes
in the film have symbolism attached to it. The scene in which
Ravi Babu gives away Rs. 100/- to koya dora shows the kind
of maturity Ravi Babu has. And director should be commended
for having such scenes in the film. Director also injected
some adolescent behavior in the way Ravi Babu treats Manga.
AK Bir's camera work for the film is extraordinary. He has
used best of the lighting techniques for the natural effect
in the film. The locations in this film constitute mainly
a posh house with cool interiors, a backyard with lots of
rocks, trees and a swimming pool and Golkonda fort. All these
locations are very well captured with his beautiful camerawork.
Music of the film is very artistic. But the best part of it
is the amazing DTS mixing (by Madhusudhan Reddy of Rama Naidu
studios?). Dialogues are very minimal and realistic in this
Dr. D Rama Naidu having made more than 100 films in most of
the Indian languages is the right person to produce such a
kind of art film. He spent around 80 lakhs for this film without
expecting any monitory returns. In addition to this, he released
this film with 7 prints in 7 major cities of AP, though he
knew that it would not appeal to the masses. It's a very honest
and sincere effort to take Telugu cinema on to the international
arena in the offbeat format.
This film is of one and half hour duration. Harivillu is made
to cater the international audience who have a taste for art
films. The main purpose of this film is get handful of awards.
Hence, this film does not offer any popular entertainment
that is typical of regular commercial films. It is an art
film that has a story based on a child, but it's not a children
film, as it does not offer any entertainment for kids. This
film has already entered the Cannes film festival as a nominee
for the year 2003. Over all, it's a good art film. But the
average Telugu movie lover might not find anything interesting
in this film. May the producer Dr. D Rama Naidu and the director
B Narsing Rao for many more international awards and entry
into international film festivals through 'Harivillu'!