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Rao a middle aged government servant, starts working in a TV serial  as Gandhi. Gradually he finds himself understanding and following principles of Gandhi.

But ours is not a time where Gandhigiri brings positive result. Rao's only son leaves his house and later is arrested because he has a defaulted a loan. His mentor's son - whom he promises Godse's role, loses the role. And Rao feels utterly helpless. Compromising with the situation and willing to pay a bribe for release of his son, Rao feels he is not worthy of playing Gandhi's role.

Let us look at one scene. In the studio where the serial is being produced, some evil looking men enter. One of them keeps asking the prices of various recording equipments. Then he asks "why are you casting Rafeeq as Godse? Don't you have any one from our community to play the role? If you do not remove him, all these equipments will be broken". Looks familiar, isn't it?

2011 film by Girish Kasaravalli makes you realize that we live in a world where ideals and moral values do not have a place. You will have to either leave ideals behind and "svalpa adjust madkobeku" or ready to lose everything.

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