(Jagapati Babu) is an age-barred bewarse candidate who
roams with a gang of six and merry around by doing useless
work. He falls in love with Seeta (Kalyani) - a teacher
in elementary school. He comes to know that Seeta wants
to marry a guy who is in better position than her. Lingaraju
(Ramaraju) has been the unanimous president of that
village for the past 25 years. Lingaraju is corrupted
to the core. It's time for elections. Seenu want to
become president of village so that he could serve the
village and at the same time could fulfill the requirement
of being in a superior position to Seeta so that he
could marry her. He challenges Lingaraju that he would
defeat him. The rest of the story is all about how he
achieves his objective.
Jagapati Babu: Jagapati Babu is superb as the
bewarse guy. His body language is apt. And he improvised
his modulation to a great extent to suit the character.
He is completely at home playing this character. His
comedy timing is also perfect.
Kalyani is suitable for
this role of homely girl with no skin show. Ramaraju
is appropriate as village head. His characterization
is just an extension of his character in Siva Putrudu.
Kondavalasa takes a loin
share in comedy department. Sivaji
Raja and Chinna
provided bit of comedy. Krishna
Bhagawan's cameo as minister is good. MS
Narayana never lets us down whenever he is given
the role of a drunkard.
Story given by Vegnesa Satish has lots of resemblance
to Jagapati-Valluripally combination hit 'Kabaddi Kabaddi'.
Both these films are about winning a bet for marrying
the girl. In Kabaddi Kabaddi, heroine is aware of the
fact that hero loves her where as in this film heroine
is not aware. In both films, heroine inspires hero to
- direction: Screenplay of the film is smooth without
too many twists. At the same time the narration is bit
slow and appears pretty lengthy. Direction of the film
departments: Dialogues by Vegnesa Satish are good.
Music by Chakri is OK. Second and fourth songs in the
film are good. He borrowed the Ilayaraja's work again
for the background music of vital scenes in this film.
Photography by Sarat is average. This film is made on
a pretty low budget.
Analysis: Pandem is a village
comedy in the lines of 'Kabaddi Kabaddi'. First half
of the film is entertaining. Second half is of serious
nature. The plus points of the film are Jagapati Babu's
performance and comedy. Negative points are the slow
narration and the lowered tempo in second half. On the
whole, Pandem is a minimum guarantee film which you
would never regret watching.
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