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Times of India
Twenty disillusioned naxal cadres headed by Sathru (Kishore) and Abhi (Naveen) surrender to the police hoping to start afresh. But they get arm twisted to form a criminal gang that executes criminals the cops can't lay their hands on. A wicked politician, JK (Nassar) uses them as pawns to settle his political scores. But the gang soon finds itself in hot water when a trigger happy encounter specialist, Ladda (Abhimanyu) comes after them forcing them to run back into the jungles.
: It's pretty obvious from the movie that the debutante filmmaker has no worthwhile understanding of the naxalite movement, and is even less informed about the behavioral patterns of the young men that make up the naxal cadres. In any case when did lack of lack of well rounded understanding over subject matter ever deter our filmmakers from going ahead and making movies regardless?
Thankfully, this movie isn't about naxalism. It is just another lame duck love story that uses the backdrop of naxals much the same way an interior decorator would use different properties to spruce up a living space. However the good ones (interior designers is) choose properties that compliment the overall theme of the design they have in mind.
Unfortunately this film lacks that level of integrity in its design. The naxal element in the movie purely serves a decorative purpose, perhaps which is why we see them behave much the same way riffraff gangster characters gangster characters behave in RGV's - the director is a protege (read as ex-assistant director) of RGV - crime thrillers set in the backdrop of Mumbai underworld. There must be something seriously wrong when characters in one movie remind you of characters from movies made over a decade ago.
The plot tools are just as dated. The radicals come in all sizes - there is a fat guy (Krishnudu), a wafer thin guy (Dhanraj), a nerd, a drunk (Thagubothu Ramesh) a guy who breaks into a speech at the drop of the hat and some with dreadlocks as well, who provide comic relief with their antics in the first half. Thagubothu Ramesh takes the cake playing a guy who addresses himself as Yadav all the time.
The love story begins when Abhi takes Shruti (Piaa) hostage as bait to force her absconding dad (a broker) out of hiding. Then two gang members get killed by a rather eccentric encounter specialist, Ladda, who is out to execute them. Cornered, Abhi and co retaliate with a grenade attack which Ladda survives. Shoot at sight orders are issued and the gang disappear into the forests to escape the heat and from then on it's a predictable drag. The performances are adequate. Naveen and Kishore have a natural screen presence which the filmmaker uses to good effect. Piaa has too little screen time to merit an analysis. The cinematography is easily the best part of the movie and is largely responsible for making it look a lot better than it actually is.
: Thagubothu Ramesh's antics and some nifty cinematography are the most watchable parts of the movie, so it will help if you go to the movie hall with lowered expectations.