Mahasharana Haralayya is a moving story with a good presentation. This film is one of those attempts to break out of Ramesh Aravindís humorist image and do austere cinema. And yes!! He has taken his role seriously and has done a real good job. He has done serious stuff and for the versatile actor he is, we are sure it wouldnít have been difficult for him to work in a new line of films. The film brings to celluloid Basavannaís dream of a casteless society.
The story revolves around a well known social reformer of 12th century Basavanna and his aficionado- a cobbler by name Haralayya. How a cobblerís son falls in love with a Brahmin girl and Basavanna being the revolutionary social reformer encourages the idea and how this leads to the chaos forms the crux of the story.
The movie which has been produced by A Devaraj under the banner of Bhagyodaya Cine Creations has been directed by B A Purushottam (Omkara) who has written the story and screenplay of the movie. The director has done justice to the historical drama in every single aspect. The style in which the dialogues are written and delivered and the usage of words and the accent are all quite different and suit the nativity of the story and place.
Ramesh Aravind in the role of Basavanna and dancer cum actor Sridhar in the role of Haralayya mesmerize the audience with their acting skills and it is them who make the historical drama watchable. While the camera work by Gouri Venkatesh compliments the movie, Jimmy Rajís music needs some improvement. Supporting star cast Ramesh Bhat, Ramakrishna, Dingri Raju, Jayalakshmi, Sheela and Sumithra have all put in their best efforts. Ismailís art direction is visible clearly onscreen and applaud able too.