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Synopsis: Javed Ibrahim (Jagapathi Babu) is a mafia don operating from a remote island in Europe. Sathya Marthand, a vigilante hacker poses as an illegal street fighter to get close to Alia Khan (Aditi Arya), Javed’s daughter. His aim is to distribute all the black money of the Indian corrupts hidden by Javed back to the people of India.
Movie Review: As grand as the story sounds, this movie is quite predictably every Puri film ever – an unconquerable hero, a larger than life conspiracy, a bimbo who falls in love as a result of stalking. That’s all the movie is.
Let’s talk about the larger than life conspiracy element of it first. The concept of hacking is dumbed down for the laymen to “mana intlo nunchi pakkintodi ki bokka pettudu”. That should sum up how Wikileaks was parodied into “Grand Leakage” founded by our very own hero in this movie. However, a group smart enough to crack the firewall of an international bank, somehow didn’t bother to mask their IP address. It barely took 2 minutes for them to be tracked down, precisely to Chilkalguda, Hyderabad from Tenerife Islands, Europe. Cue to a fight which the hero pulls off singlehandedly without a scratch. Logic? What Logic?
A Puri Jagannath film without a hero stalking an exasperated woman? Is that even possible? From someone who delivered a clean hit like Badri, this one like the last few is a disappointment in this front. You’d think Puri would at least now go against the idea of reinforcing harassers after the current state of affairs. But who are we kidding. “Ammailu evariki padtharo vallake teliyadu,” says Javed Ibrahim, a father of a daughter. So, you get the drift. Meanwhile, there is nothing about Aditi Arya in the movie worth remembering except for how flawless she looks. In the first half, which is entirely dedicated to the hero’s antics to woo the heroine, Kalyan Ram goes on to try and tie a ‘taali’ around the girl’s neck without any type of consent or intimation or even provocation. Frankly, that’s a new low.
Climax of the movie has some courtroom drama, that is a preaching spree of how corrupt our officials are and how India should be in a better shape if the black money wasn’t siphoned off to off-shore accounts. Journalists are glorified beyond measure - what with a song on it and an end title card saying "This movie is dedicated to ALL JOURNALISTS" It raised eyebrows more than evoking respect though. Dialogues are weak. Perhaps that’s the reason they are delivered with unwarranted gusto to pad them up, doing a poor job despite. Cinematography has to be the only saving grace. Music is nothing to be excited about; also it has a déjà vu effect to it, if you know what I mean.
ISM under all the layers of commercial filth has potential. Vigilante hacker-journos working for the better of the nation probably could’ve been developed into a better script if it wasn’t corrupted by the Tollywood rut. But alas. This one is not a must-watch unless you’re a Puri loyalist.
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