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Rating: ** (***** Very Good, **** Good, *** Fair, ** Average, * Bad)
Cast: Srinath, Keerti Chawla, Charu Singh, Rajitha, Jayalalitha, Jayaprakash Reddy, Jeeva, LB Sriram, Vinod, Raghunatha Reddy and Others.
Editing: K Ravindrababu.
Music: Pramod Sharma.
Story, Screenplay, Dialogue & Direction: M Balu.
Producer: Dr Sambhshiva Rao Dhulipalla.
Banner: Sowjanya Creations.
Release Date: 21st October, 2005.
We can describe this in one sentence – it is an over-ambitions production. Over-ambitious because it wants to tell so many things in so short a time, that too with details. This resulted in utter confusion. It is difficult to follow who is who and whose role is what. There are plenty of artistes dominated by new faces. For that matter the very producer plays an honest cop Sivaji, who solves all problems finally. The objective of the theme is to appeal to the media and law enforcing agencies to come together and expose and punish the villains. The job of the media – especially the electronic media - is to provide information about the corrupt and murderous and the then the police has to take it up.
For this purpose the character of Sivaji (Dhulipalla) on the side of the police and a TV channel named as India TV are created. The TV journalist played by Srinath with Keerthi Chawla as his assistant plan their action. This is the set up to fight against a gang of five bad men – led by a former minister (Jayaprakash Reddy), who are involved in all sorts of crime, from arms smuggling to murders. Then there is a former cop (Narra Venkateswara Rao), who too wants the bad eliminated. His son is this TV journalist. Rest of the drama shows various crimes committed by the rowdies with an intention of using the smuggled arms to create havoc in the state in order to reinstate the former minister and then give him higher position in politics. How Sivaji and Srikanth bust the crime forms the last part and the climax. It is more cinematic than expected. For this they take the case to court, fix secret cameras all around the court hall, corner the police by creating artificial rain using the fire engine hose pipes and wind by using huge fans. Now the court proceedings are telecast all over the state, seeing which people resent the politician and his men. Thus finally peace is restored and the guilty are punished.
Till this point is reached the director creates many scenes, relevant and irrelevant, which only drag the drama instead of speeding it up. The wedding of the hero with his lover, preparations for marriage, villains scheming to kill Sivaji and others and many more scenes add to the confusion. Srikanth and Keerthi on one side, Dhulipalla, his wife Rajitha and Narra Venkateswara Rao on the other fight Jayaprakash Reddy and others, in their own way. They play well but lack of substance in their roles render the film hollow. Music too is a bit jarring. The only technical feature that attracts, is its photography. A disappointing film indeed, that looks much ado about nothing.