Hari Prasad (Giri) is a medico, who studied his MBBS with
scholarships. He wants to repay the system by serving as doctor
in remote village though he got a lucrative job in a corporate
hospital. He leaves his medico girl friend Seema (Swapna)
and the big bucks to serve poor people in a remote village
of Nizam area.
village is infected by feudalism and vandalism. Police, government
administration and the landlords join their hands together
to rob the poor man and kill those who appose them. In one
such event, Hari Prasad gets hooked in a critical incident
and is about to be subjected to the fake encounter by the
police. Then Sivaram (Srihari) rescues them. Frustrated by
the attitude of administration and police towards the poor,
Hari Prasad joins the war group and is made as commander for
a sub group with an alias name Sankaranna.
the process, there comes an honest and wily IPS officer Ashok.
He is a nice human being, but would not shy away from conning
the weaklings in ultras to get his work done. Slowly, he eliminates
Sivaram and other key cadre people.
does this cat n mouse play lead? What do ultras want? - these
are the questions that are addressed in the climax.
Srihari has a relatively small role in the film and he did
a fine job. The new actors who played Sankaranna and IPS officer
impresses, as we see only characters - not actors. Mani Vannan
donned the role of high command to ultras. All other new artists
did their bit well.
- Screenplay - Dialogues - Direction: Dr. L Srinath seems
to have done quite amount of research on People War Group
and how the police tackle it. He gave a realistic picture
of the existing state of affairs in the naxalite-affected
areas. At the same time, he gave a humanitarian approach in
doing characterization. So you find good in ultras as well
as the police officers. Some of the incidents shown in the
film are raw and impact making - like taking the thumb impression
of a dead body to get hold of killed person's lands. The dialogues
are very thought provoking and even at times wrote some dialogues
like - ee roju manaki vana bhojanaalu (the cop hinting
his assistant that he will kill ultras in an encounter in
forests). But the screenplay of the film is shabby and editing
is equally bad. This ineffective narration and lack of continuity
in scenes are negative points for this film.
Background music by Vandemataram is impressive. But the songs
and their placement in film are not appropriate.
Photography by Bala Murugam is very good. He selected good
lighting (both natural and artificial) and locations (especially
forests and rocks) to glorify the screen with the apt expression.
First half of the film forms an interesting base. Second half
is boring. The climax is abrupt. This film gives a raw depiction
of how cops and ultras play hide and seek game. If you have
academic interest on what formed the basis for extremely talented
people like doctors and engineers joining ultra groups and
how police use every possible trick to eliminate ultras and
the government apathy and lack of conviction in having peace
talks with ultras. This film is a commendable effort by Dr.
L Srinath, though the film would not be commercially satisfying
one at the box office.