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Guru Shishyaru movie review: Sporty and fun

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Guru Shishyaru is a sports drama that highlights the plight of the Indian traditional sport Kho-Kho.

The movie begins with Manohar (Sharan), a Kho-Kho player, who is finding it difficult to get a job for his livelihood. Manohar’s mentor (Dattatreya) finds a job as a PT teacher at Bettadapura School for him. Manohar reluctantly agrees to go to Bettadapura. After joining the school as PT teacher, he comes to know that Rudrappa (Apoorva Kasaravalli) of Arasipura has a dispute with Bettadapura villagers.

Rudrappa claims Bettadapura belongs to his ancestors and files a case in the court seeking a direction to vacate the village. He agrees to allow the villages to live in Bettadapura provided their Kho-Kho team wins. Manohar takes it up as a challenge. Meanwhile, Rudrappa reveals how Manohar and his team (boys from Bettadapura) had cheated the villagers. What happens to Manohar is what the story is all about. Director Jadesh Kumar Hampi deserves appreciation for selecting an opt subject that has a potential not only to entertain movie buffs but also highlight the plight of the traditional sport. The appeals by various Kho-Kho players and coaches on the need to encourage and support Kho-Kho are moving. The movie conveys the much needed message to society, especially for youth, that nothing is impossible if one has dedication, commitment and focus.

The first half of the movie is highly entertaining. Most of the scenes, especially a scene where a lady teacher teaching English, makes the audiences have a hearty laugh.

The narration gains momentum after the pre-intermission. Some of the dialogues – Do or die, having no opportunities is not a defeat but not utilising an available opportunity is a defeat – are meaningful.

As far as performance of the actors is concerned, Sharan has acted well. He is impressive and convincing as a lazy and reluctant disciple of a teacher (Dattatreya) and also as a responsible and concerned PT teacher. His dialogue delivery and body language deserve a pat on the back.




Nishvika Naidu, as a milk maid, who falls in love with Sharan in the movie at the drop of a hat, has acted well. Dattatreya has provided good support. Apoorva Kasaravalli, as a villain, is convincing. He will be a right choice for playing villain if he makes a little effort to improve his body language and dialogue delivery.

Mahantesh Hiremath, who played as the peon of the school, has a bright future. His dialogue delivery is superb. Music by B Ajneesh Lokanath is good and songs are meaningful and inspirational.

It is worth a watch for family audiences, especially students who want to achieve something in society.—

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