Rathnan Prapancha movie review

Rathnan Prapancha movie review: In this romance drama, Dhananjay and Umashree excel.

Rathnan Prapancha movie review: ‘Nadi moola hagu rishi moola huduka baaradu,’ says an old Kannada proverb. It implies that one should never seek out the source of a river or a saint. However, it is a basic human need to know where we came from and where we are going, even if we are well aware that the search will take away all we have today. Despite this, the insatiably inquisitive mind refuses to listen.

It encourages us to fantasise about a life that could have been rather than humbly appreciating what we now have.

Consider the storey of Oedipus. He would have been better off if he could have found a way to accept not knowing the truth. He ignores the advise of his well-wishers, and his unwavering determination to find the truth leads to his demise.

True, the truth will set us free, but there is almost always an asterisk attached. Truth is usually difficult to stomach, and it is more likely to cause additional grief and anxiety than to put one’s mind at peace.

Before we learn to count our blessings, we pay a high price. In Rathnan Prapancha, which means Rathna’s world, Rathnakara (Dhananjay) learns this lesson the hard way. Mayuri (Reba Monica John) meets Rathnakara as part of her effort to assist those who have been estranged from their biological relatives since they were children.

She assists them in discovering the truth about their origins. Mayuri reveals to Rathnakara that his biological mother gave him up for adoption when he was a child, and that he had a younger sister.

Rathnakara, who is often at odds with his mother Saroja (a magnificent Umashree), resolves to investigate the clues that would lead him back to his roots. In his effort to broaden his horizons, he jeopardises his most valuable treasure, his foster mother.

Director and screenwriter Rohit Padaki also wants to utilise the film to remind us that India is a place of diverse languages, faiths, customs, and civilizations.

Rathnakara’s life is considerably different from those of his brothers and sisters. Yes, he discovers that he has another sibling. He had an older sister and a younger brother in his previous life. His religious beliefs, wardrobe, eating habits, and other likes and dislikes differ significantly from those of his siblings.

While his sister Tabassum grew raised in a Muslim home and now resides in Kashmir, his brother Udaal Babu Rao lives like a king in north Karnataka, cared after by his adoring foster mother. They have nothing in common except that they are all daughters of the same mother.

That doesn’t change the fact that they are siblings. To become Rathnakara’s sibling and a member of Rathnan Prapancha, neither Tabassum nor Babu Rao had to give up their identity, beliefs, traditions, or connections.

Rathnan Prapancha is a terrific feel-good film that examines the errors we make as individuals and as members of society. It also demonstrates what we may become if we let go of our biases and illogical fears of the Other and came together as human beings.

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While every performer in the film has put their heart and soul into their roles, it is Umashree as Saroja who has earned our adoration. She’s a natural as a free-spirited mother, overlooking her son’s flaws and sticking with him through his annoyances and confusions.

Pramod Panju, in particular, merits praise for his portrayal of a caring son and a rural strong guy.

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