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Mata Movie Review

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Cast:Jaggesh, Pari, Sudarahan, Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar, Mandya Ramesh, Asif, Thabala Nani, Biradar, Shasidhar Bhat and others.
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Mata - Dig at nonsense

Indiaglitz  [Saturday, February 11, 2006]

Take off in a documentary style very quickly unfold the surprises one after the other and the stark realities. Guruprasad in his debut has lorry load of information to pass it on. He has consumed lot of time. He could have cut short the film a little. Anyhow his attempt is exceedingly good when compared to lot of rubbish falling on screen. The real life incidents laced with hilary gives you a wonderful viewing with rugged style.

The undercurrent message that 'youths of today have to earn their food' is told in a remarkable style.

The pontiff of the Sri Mata for worldly pleasures (there is a Swami in real life like this) vacates the seat. The administrator of the 'Mata' calls for an advertisement (there is a similar incident in the past) to head the Mata. Leaving all the influential applications the administrator picks a bunch of applications with no backings.

Who are they - a barber, intelligent youth, sex hungry person, beggar, drunkard, run away youth and a poor muslilm boy. The administrator gives all the support to these youngsters so that they give up 'Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Madha and Matsarya' in life. The bunch of youths as expectedly commit series of mistakes and they are sent for further training to another 'Mata' where there is tiff between senior and junior swamiji (there is a similar incident in real life). The sex hungry swamy in this 'Mata' is sentenced for imprisonment (there is a similar episode in real life) and a murder takes place in the 'Mata' (this is a well known episode of Kanchi Swami case). The youth knowing so much of rot happening the sacred place run away. The police catch them and bring back to original place. The administrator of 'Sri Mata' ask them to pay Rs.80000 and get lost. They don't have money. If that is the truth the youths parents are looked after very well by the administrator after they left home. Their parents also neglect as they are useless. No money to pay and no mood to go back they pick up the sacred books. They are given a deadline to finish of the lessons.

The youths give up all their prank ideas and compete each other for the helm position. Venkatesh played by Jaggesh a barber uses his brilliance to acquire the throne. But on the day of acquring the pontiff seat Venkatesh renounce it and say he is happy with his friends. The original swami also turn up at this stage. The youths take up different jobs in the 'Mata' and the money expected - 60000 US dollars reach the 'Mata'.

Comedy touch is what keeps you going from the second reel. The 'free loaders' can take a note from this film.

Jaggesh is at his best in his 100th film. He has showed his strength in dialogue delivery and _expression. In his company the remaining five youth bringing out variety are touching. Sudarshan the veteran actor of Kannada cinema is completely fit for the role.

The whole film is narrated in a flashback style. There is room for songs. Three songs are well composed and they relate to the happenings in the cinema.

This is not only entertaining but also soul stirring.

Scoring - 8/10

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