In these disturbed times of senseless militancy and terrorism,
viewing a film on this very subject makes audiences sit on
seat edges. It is patriotic film all right but has disturbing
overtones, particularly in its dialogue. Undoubtedly, the
film arouses patriotic fervour, but with more bitterness against
our neighboring country. The film presents the situation in
the country in the wake of Indo-Pak hostilities. The dialogue,
for a while, is about the pros and cons of a confrontation
and also the meaningless and un-Islamic violence in the name
Director Krishna Vamsee does a tight-rope walk. Though he
deals with an emotionally charged script, he keeps the commercial
value in mind and adds lighter vein drama more or less in
a separate track, but he keeps almost all the characters in
the film connected.
The comedy is more like a sarcastic comment on the Telugu
film industry and the monopoly games played there. Similarly,
it also shows how innocent but star-struck girls, aspiring
to become heroines overnight, become victims of the filmmakers'
lust. Raviteja, Uttej, Sangeetha, Giribabu, Raghubabu and
a few other artistes do the needful here. The main theme is
practically cornered by Prakashraj and Srikanth, playing roles
of contrasting temperament.
The main theme deals with how the police officers foil the
Pakistani attempt to get a dreaded terrorist Masood released
from the Indian police custody. The film opens showing the
head of a terrorist camp asking well-trained terrorists to
prepare themselves for 'Jihad'.
Azhar Khan, one of the trainees, is sent on the job. But his
elder brother Amzad Khan (Prakashraj), a patrioitic Indian-Muslim,
does not know that his own brother is working against the
interests of his country.
How Amzad Khan is shocked to see in his brother a traitor
and how he reacts to the situation constitutes the last part
of the drama. Similarly, the role played by two sincere police
officers (Ahuti Prasad and Srikanth) in preventing the escape
of Masood Khan and saving people from becoming victims of
time bomb is well picturised.
For Srikanth, this film is a histrionic milestone, and he
does a good job. Prakashraj, too excels in a very demanding
role of Amzad Khan. His role is, in fact, the essence of the
theme, a bridge between the two strong sentimental religious
positions taken by the Hindus and the Muslims.
The director deserves a pat for this bold attempt in the direction
of expressing the Indian anger at senseless terrorism in the
name of religion.
Sreya Audio Review