Original Title: Artha
Director: B. Suresha
Seenappa, an autorickshaw driver is facing rough times. He has a large loan to return, and the owner of the autorickshaw he drives takes away his vehicle. His close friend Abdullah advises him to buy a rickshaw for himself.
Rani, a prostitute by profession and a good friend of Seenappa introduces him to one of her customers who organises a bank loan. His son Srikanth hates his father, particularly since Seenappa acts boorish at home and beats his wife; the relationship between father and son gets increasingly strained.
Srikanth turns against everything 'foreign'. Once, on Rani's suggestion, Seenappa takes Srikanth out and is struck by his son's intelligence. He then arranges for Srikanth to meet Rani. Srikanth voices his contempt for the prostitute whose profession, he says, leads to the degeneration of society.
Seenappa and Abdullah learn of a peaceful march in town being led by Srikanth. They go there to see the young man. But suddenly, another rival procession appears. The two processions clash, in to time there is a communal riot and the town is ablaze.
S. Ramachandra Aithal
Sathya Bharadwaj, Narahalli Gnanesh
Raghu, Kiran Barkur, Megha Nadiger, Arundhati Jatkar, Walter D'souza
Shylaja Nag & S.V. Shivakumar, Sneha Sangama Production
35mm / colour / 120 mins.
Director's bio-note: Forty-one year old Suresha has done a diploma in Ceramic Technology. He has also studied Hindustani vocal music, Bharatnatyam, commercial drawing and theatre. As a student, he wrote and directed a number of plays.
He has worked as assistant director for more than fifteen films. Some of the plays and television serials he has directed have won many State awards. His first feature film was Streetsmart (Tapori, 2002), a commercial venture based on street children. The Meaning is his second film.