: A bunch of amateur kidnappers, known as Gaddam Gang, decide to kidnap a politician's son and their plan goes haywire. And to make matters worse, a ruthless cop is appointed to hunt down the gang.
: Gaddam Gang, a remake of a Tamil film, Soodhu Kavvum, is a black comedy which revolves around a bunch of amateur kidnappers who find themselves in deep trouble after their master plan goes haywire. While the film's original plot itself is brilliant to say the least, unfortunately, a lot of it is lost in translation.
The film has Dr. Rajasekhar as Daasu, the leader of the Gaddam gang, who ropes in three out-of-work youngsters - Ramesh (Satyam Rajesh), Suresh (Achu) and Pandu (Deepak), to help him to carry out his mission. Daasu sets five rules for the team to ensure that they remain out of trouble and the list includes - 1) No weapons 2) Never mess with from people in power 3) Never threaten to kill the victim 4) Must demand a ransom which is affordable to the victim's family, and 5) Don't try to be a hero. And it turns out, as they plan to kidnap one politician's son, they break every rule from the list. On top of it, Daasu has a psychological problem which makes him believe that he has a girlfriend Shailu (Sheena).
Before we give away too much, let's just acknowledge the fact that Gaddam Gang has one of the ingenious and quirky plots that we have come across in a long time. Nalan Kumarasamy and Srinivas Kavenayam, who wrote the original plot, knock the ball out of the park with a series of interesting sequences. Sadly, the film also proves that when you place a potentially good product in the hands of a director, who is as clueless as the characters in the film, you don't know whom to blame for the sheer tragedy that the film turns into. The film's lead actor Rajasekhar's broken English is far from endearing and by the time we figure out what exactly he said, the rest of the actors make sure that they get onto your nerves. Thankfully, there are plenty of gags which manage to tickle the funny bone and just when you begin to marvel at the sudden twists in the plot, you also see the momentum in story-telling slipping away chunk-by-chunk.
Among the good aspects of the film, the entire thread involving Rajasekhar demanding ransom from the father of a girl he kidnaps is hilarious. And then, there's another interrogation scene where he begins to hallucinate about his girlfriend while the rest of his gang continues to howl in pain. For Rajasekhar, the film is a welcome break from all the cliched roles he has done over the years; however, it doesn't quite establish the notion that he is comfortable in his new skin. Noel Sean has a meaty role in the film and he delivers a credible performance whereas cameos by Saptagiri and Raghu Babu are far from effective.
Gaddam Gang turns out to be the kind of film where the characters have more fun than the audience it is made for. In the end, it makes you want to watch the original film to see what you have missed for the entire duration of 144 minutes.