Rama Chandra IPS (Venkatesh) is an orphan and a passionate
police officer. He does not believe in justice through
judicial court, hence eliminates the anti social elements
through encounters. He falls in love with a beautiful
and tender-looking school teacher Maya (Asin). In one
such encounter, he eliminates an Orissa-born gangster
Das. Gangster Das's brother Panda (Saleem Baig) pledges
to take revenge on Rama Chandra and kidnaps Maya. The
rest of the story is all about good wins over evil.
Venkatesh never looked so stylist in the past. He developed
masculine body to suit the role of a well-built cop.
His costumes in 'Cheliya Cheliya' song are cool. He
exhibited appropriate histrionics by underplaying in
certain scenes. He changed his body language and mannerisms
Asin is very tender in her soft role. She is extremely
adorable in close-ups. Saleem Baig is good in the role
of main villain. But the dubbing voice given to him
does go overboard many a time. This film does not have
familiar faces except for Venkatesh and Asin. The teammates
of Venkatesh in this film are apt. Comedy actor Rajesh
did an insignificant role.
- screenplay - direction: Story of the film is a
routine one. The best thing about Gowtam's direction
is stylized shot-making. The director started the film
on flashback mode. Screenplay of the film is Ok in the
first half, but is placid in the second half. The director
failed in getting the emotions and feel (the agony of
hero against the wrongdoers) in the right way.
The biggest asset of the film is superb music by Harris
Jayaraj. The background score of the film is also good.
The picturization of songs is neat. This film starts
with Chelia Chelia song. The last song of the
film is an item song by Yana Gupta. Asin's introduction
song 'Bhigi Bhigi si' is very good.
- lyrics: Dialogues by Kula Sekhar supplement the
serious mood of the film. A few dialogues have swearwords
(though with audio cuts) as well. Dialogues do play
a vital role in making any Telugu film entertaining.
The dialogues written for this film are not entertaining
enough. However, the lyrics by Kulasekhar are good.
departments: Photography by Rajasekhar is excellent.
Camera angles and filters used are good. Stunts by Peter
Hynes in this film are not of typical mass style except
the last fight. Editing cuts are good. Choreography
is contemporary. Costumes by Asmita Marwar are good.
The first half of the film comes in voice-over mode
as flashback. It introduces various characters in a
slow way. The real story of the film starts with the
entrance of Panda. The second half starts in an interesting
style and it loses the steam as the climax approaches.
The plus points of this film are music, Venkatesh, photography
and stylish taking. The negative points are slow narration,
lack of Telugu commercial elements, dry scenes and lack
of substance. This film has got more style and less
substance. It is the time for Venkatesh to stop going
after remakes of Tamil action films with the directors
of other languages and start encouraging Telugu directors.
On the box office front, it might have something to
offer for A centers audiences, but would find it difficult
to sustain in B and C centers.