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By John Tharakan
Hyderabad, Jan. 21. Farook, a student of Don Bosco Navajeevan, Hyderabad, stars in the Telugu Movie, 'Golconda High School,' that was released on 15th January, 2011. A talented dancer, Farook has been appearing in some short roles in some films. Now with 'Golconda High School' he has made a significant break as an actor. Among the fourteen players, he has one of the main roles and has a important part at the turning point to the movie. He is an all rounder and scores 58 runs in the final match.
When most schools do not even have playgrounds and students are made into study like machines, it is not a surprise that many schools are called poultry schools - chicks have to eat day and night and put on weight, boys and girls have to study without any recreation to get high marks. Their only entertainment is to watch TV or play computer games. Traditional drill masters and physical education teachers are an invisible breed. Parents want toppers in class and in the various entrance tests. It is in this context that this movie comes to enlighten parents and change their mindsets towards a holistic education for their children. Healthy games bring out the best in the children by way of skill as well as concentration, and build up team-spirit and camaraderie among the youth.
Storyline: Sampath (Sumanth) is one of the best cricketers of Golconda High School. However, in a bid to foil his attempts to earn name and fame, his friend Sundar (Raviprakash) plays a trick and get him run out in a match. But Sampath never complains about this and instead resigns as cricket captain. Even after that Sundar continues to propaganda that Sampath resorted to several malpractices and gets him black-listed from cricketing. After a few years, Viswanath (Tanikella Bharani) finds his address and invites him to the school. He tells him to prepare a good cricket team for the school and appoints him as the coach. Sampath refuses to take up the job, but accepts later as he understands that some real estate businessman Kiriti (Subbaraju) is eyeing the high school play ground to construct a multi-storeyed building in the name of a coaching centre. He enlightens not only the students but also their parents on the values of the game, and how games and sports would sharpen their academic skills. The GHS team, which can't even move out of the knock-out stage for the past several years, reaches the finals under the guidance of Sampath. Did Sampath win the challenge? How did his students help him in fulfilling his challenge? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax.
The highlight of the film is the performance of the team of 14 students, who had different goals in their life, yet love cricket. They have not only performed well on the screen, but also show ease in dialogue delivery and appear very natural on the screen. The director maintained good tempo all through the film and has penned a gripping screenplay for the film. The first half of the film is entertaining, while the second half completely devoted to the game and the histrionics of the students. The climax is good. The director filled some romance and entertainment besides a good message to make it impressive. The film has no commercial values and is totally message-oriented.

The message in the film is that extra-curricular activities are also part of the education and are equally important for students to improve concentration. You can watch the movie for the values of team spirit of the students and their performance. The director gives a good message without boring the audiences with unnecessary lengthy dialogues.

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