Director Shashikanth had earlier directed IPC Section 300, which was a commercial film. But his latest film Ball Pen is not a regular movie and it does not have masala elements. It is a children's film made for adults.
The movie has a heart-touching tale, melodious tracks and eye-opening subject for the grown-ups. Director Shashikanth has penned a beautiful story and managed to convey the message with ease. He surprises with his ability to shift his gears from commercial to non-commercial films.
Srinivasaiah (Suchendra Prasad) runs an orphanage and he has the heart of gold. The movie revolves around three orphans Keshva, Kempa and Bala. Keshva is fond of reading newspaper and his day never begins without reading a newspaper.
In order to read all the newspapers, Keshva joins a newspaper selling agency as a delivery boy along with his buddies Kempa and Bala. They have to deliver newspapers to government offices. When he enters Home Minister's office, he comes across grievance letters sent by ordinary people. He curiously reads some of the letters and understands that those were unattended letters.
When he reads a shocking letter sent by an ordinary men from North Karnataka, he along with his two friends decides to visit the place. What was the content in the letter? What was happening in Koppala? Answers to these and all other questions will form the crux of the story.
Shashikanth's screenplay has pace and the story is neat. Manikanth Kadri's music is good and budding singer Aditya Rao crooned track 'Savera kiranava chelli...' is the highlight of the film and CJ Rajkumar's cinematography is excellent. Srinagar Kitty, who has produced Ball Pen, has done cameo in the film. Skanda, Shalamraj, Samarth and Suchendra Prasad have done excellent job.
Ball Pen raises a few questions and has a strong message. Though the movie, at places, has boring moments, the overall product makes you to ignore the flaws.
Verdict: Must watch film for the audience of all age groups.