School closure inspired film, says producer

The new Kannada film, “Government Higher Primary School, Kasaragod, Koduge Ramanna Rai”, focussing on the condition of Kannada medium schools in the State and the bordering districts of other States, will be released across the State on Friday. Among the cinemas where the film is being screened include Big Cinemas, PVR Cinema, Cinepolis in Mangaluru and Inox and Alankar in Udupi. It will also be screened at Movie Max and Carnival Cinema in Kasaragod (Kerala). A formal function to release the film will be held at Big Cinemas here on Thursday and in Kasaragod of Kerala on Friday.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Shaniel Guru, Assistant Director, said that the film largely focussed on the state of Kannada schools, particulary those in the inter-State border areas. “For children of those areas, who are less aware of the world outside, school is everything. We show their turmoil and how they come together to fight for their identity,” he said.

B.V. Ravi Rai Kalasa, one of the four producers of the film, said that the trigger were reports of closure of Kannada-medium schools because of lack of students. “As many as 10 government schools in Kalasa hobli (in Mudigere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district) were closed in the recent past,” he said and added that the reference to Kasaragod in the title was only a representation of a border area. “We have thrown light on the issue of forcing students to learn Malayalam in Kannada-medium schools in Kasaragod (Kerala),” he said. Mr. Guru said that the film gets the required punch with presentation of Kannada spoken in Mangaluru and Kasaragod in Kerala. A majority of the film’s shooting was done at the Old Government School in Kairangala in Bantwal taluk.

“You will see all the 50 students of the school in the film. The headmaster’s character in the film is based on a headmaster of a school near Kairangala,” Mr. Guru said. The film was also shot at the University College in Hampankatta, Mangaluru, showing the climax featuring veteran actor Ananth Nag.

Among the children who have acted in the film include Praveen from Kasaragod, who plays the role of a Class 7 student who has failed thrice. The others featured include Prakruti, Chirag Yekkur and Chirag Bajal from Mangaluru.

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