Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anti Corruption Fighter Modern Hero Late Mr.Manjunath!!

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Manjunath was a young 27 yr old IIM graduate and sales officer at Indian Oil ..
He was a loving son, a caring brother and most of all was one of the most honest and thoughtful person that we knew. He was a BE graduate from SJCE Mysore 1999 Batch and an MBA Graduate from IIM-L, 2002 batch. His exemplary talents and the warmth of his friendship drew students, teachers and the community alike to him. 

He was a courageous leader and joined IOC as a sales manager in 2002 and led their sales tasks in the most honest manner. It appears it was this honesty and integrity that drove him to being brutally murderedin Lakhimpur, UP, in  night November 19th 2005. Sad but this is what our system has cultivated. One honest officer trying to do his job in the right way becomes the victim of the very system he is trying to protect. Because he took a stand against corruption and fuel adulteration. After his death, the corporate community came together to fight his case and ensured all 8 accused were brought to book in a record 18 months.

May his soul rest in peace and may his family find the strength and courage to deal with this terrible loss.
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Manjunath is a warm, inspirational film based on the true story of Manjunath Shanmugam .A BITS Pilani, FMS ’93 alumnus, Sandeep Varma has written and directed this film on Manjunath.

The bereavement of parents has been done to death in our cinema. And I do see a cruel pun in that. From Om Puri and Revathi is mourning so gracefully for their martyred son in "Dhoop" to Farouque Sheikh and Sarika is grieving far more openly in "Club 60", the stretch of sorrow for the era of lost parenting has been long and productive. In "Manjunath", the story of the honest-to-goodness Indian Oil executive Manjunath Shanmugam, who was murdered for questioning the oil mafia in Uttar Pradesh, director Sandeep Varma has opted for a dry-eyed, docudrama freewheeling style of narrative.

We see the protagonist, played by newcomer Sasho Satish Saarthy, talk directly into the camera and to the man who murders him. His angst and his battle with corruption are often voiced in the Indie-rock sounds of the Parikrama band.

These distancing devices in the narrative deliver a dryness to the tone of the storytelling and the texture of the characters.

The murder of Manjunath is a national tragedy of epic proportions. This is not an epic film. It tells Manjunath's story in a direct, documentary dry-eyed style that goes well with the sardonic resignation and the prevalent cynicism with which we look at the death of innocence and idealism in modern times.

The film takes minute interest in the incidents and characters from Manjunath's life. This results in a kind of over-elaborate case-study where the characters appear more interesting for what they represent than what they are actually seen doing on screen. The film's restricted budget is also evident in the film's overall look.

These considerations make little difference to the film's larger picture. The disturbing message of the film, that being honest is a threat not only to the world at large,but also to the individual who suffers this malady, runs through the narrative. Seen in the context of a stubborn idealist battling corruption Manjunath makes you forget Athe lack of moistness in the narrative.

There really is no room for tears in a world where corruption is a way of life. Manjunath's straightforward allegiance to the truth is a direct descendant of Dharmendra's character in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's "Satyakam". Not much has changed since that film showed how much one has to suffer for one's idealism. 

In "Satyakam", Satyaprakash was killed by cancer. In "Manjunath", it is the cancer of corruption that kills our hero.

Prudently the film casts an absolute newcomer Sasho in the title role. What we see on screen is Manjunath and not an actor playing the part. 

Wisely the film selects a strong supporting cast - Seema Biswas as Manjunath's mother is as usual, outstanding. Ditto Divya Dutta and Yashpal Sharma. Do have these actors ever deliver sub-standard performances?

Once a while there comes along a man who genuinely wants to change the world we live in. "Manjunath" is the hard hitting conscientious story of one braveheart who tried to make a difference. And paid with his life. Manjunath's valorous story had to be told. The director pieces together Manjunath's story like Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane". 

As every piece of the jigsaw falls into place you want to salute the unsung hero.

Thank god for Manjunath, who is not a man but a metaphor for that rapidly evaporating cult of idealism that we thought died with Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

The official trailer can be viewed here:
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Some reviews, from people who've watched the film:

“Inspiring story about Manju, what he did, the problems that still exist, and what we need to do” – Rajdeep Sardesai, News Anchor & Editor-in-chief, IBN 18 network
"This film has touched my heart, I hope we can all add some meaning to our lives by supporting films like this" - Vidya Balan, Actor 

The music has been composed by cult rock band Parikrama, with songs by KK and Shankar Mahadevan and can be listened to here.

Amma -
The Rock Song -
MTV Rates: 3.5/5

Collection & Prepared by M.Ajmal Khan.

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