Care of Footpath is a film that deals with the travails of a slum boy to get educated despite facing hurdles.
The film is directed by 10 year old Kishan who has already proved his talent as a child artist in over 25 films and a few television serials. Master Kishan has already been regarded as a child prodigy and many veteran artists like Jackie Shroff and B.Jayashree have been surprised over the way this young kid has handled his first film. His efforts have borne fruit in the form of recognition from Guinness Book of world records.
Care of Footpath is certainly decent film with a good story woven by people with a positive frame of mind. The efforts will prove to be fruitful to the inherent message of this film. It is much better than the beaten track films and violent and sex filled films made with commercial ingredients.
Master Kishan wins by his performance as much as for his creative inputs into the film. Care of Footpath made by Srikanth- Kishan's father is certainly a feather in the cap for the wonder kid, as it can not be dismissed as just an ordinary creation.
The film has substance and some very good performances coupled by decent technical values. It is an issue based film and makes us wonder how a ten year old boy could think of weaving such stories. But then that is how geniuses are born. Care of Footpath is the story of a slum boy who works as a rag picker to earn some money for livelihood and also to look after his aged sick grandma. He is fun loving young kid who wants to achieve something bigger in life.
The slum boy Krishna is interested in studies, but his efforts to get into school is met with failures. Finding that this intelligent boy has lot of interest in learning, a school teacher and a social worker takes interest in getting Kishan admitted to school. But Kishan is highly intelligent boy and also hard working. He has picked up studies when other rich students are being taught in tuitions.
Kishan also proves that he has already learnt many things when he was working as a servant. Finally the teachers find that he has enough intelligence to appear for the class seventh examination. But for his age he can only take up the fifth standard examination. The boy meets the chief minister and education minister to plead for his case and a committee is formed to determine whether the boy can take the seventh standard examination. He comes out successful in an oral interview much to the delight of his friends and the teacher.
Mathew Rajan's photography is the best in the realistic sequences shot in slums. Music composition by Sri Shyla, mother of Master Kishan passes muster. Totally the film has an authentic touch which is not lost throughout the film. Kishan has also scored well in the selection of the artists of the film who look real in their roles. Master Kishan has delivered a powerful performance as school boy and he has already won a state award for this performance.
Jackie Shroff looks every frame as a Chief Minister and his cameo is well shot. Another Bollywood actor Saurabh Shukla as the hot shot street politician impresses in his cameo. Tara has also done a good job. Theatre artist B.Jayashree comes out in flying colors in the role of the grand mother of the slum boy.
Rebel Star Ambareesh and Sudeep have appeared in a few sequences and their presence remains as sheer attractive value for the film. Journalists Udaya Marakkini and Jogi have done a good job as script writers, while Mysore Harish has done a neat job as a dialogue writer.
Care of Footpath is certainly a film of achievement crafted by a ten year old boy. It deserves to be seen and encouraged by all the people.