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Synopsis: Gautam tries dubious methods to charm Swecha, and in the process of finding out his true real intentions and identity falls for him. The plot changes gears as a gang involved in human trafficking kidnaps Swecha and the onus is on Gautam to rescue her.
Review: Although on the face of it, the movie could come across as a run-of-the-mill love story, but its eventual message against violence and love-induced atrocities that women face in the country. Swecha (Reshmi Menon) is an altruistic happy-go-lucky girl who works at a nursery and Gautam, a recovery agent at a financial firm (Sai Ram Shankar) falls head-over-heels for her. The persistent romeo Gautam tries every trick in the book to get the unassuming Swecha to take an interest in him; even to the point of lying about the identity of his father. This sets into motion a series of comic events marred by Swecha’s confusion with regard to Gautam and the identity of his father. And just as things are happily settling down between Gautam and Swecha, she gets kidnapped by a gang on human traffickers.
Sai Ram Shankar turns in a hard-working performance and Reshmi Menon does well as the girl-next-door type, but the first half lacks any structure and tends to be a bore with loosely connected screenplay and unimaginative dialogues. The timings of the song sequences are questionable. Prudhvi as Gautam’s boss is passable and one of the few positive things about the half is Viva Harsha’s engaging comedy track.
The second starts out with Gautam on a wild-goose chase of the kidnappers, with the gang leader Sarath (Sarath Kumar) blackmailing him to do various crimes like money laundering and even murder. But in a rather strange twist, it turns out that Sarath himself has been a victim of crime. And there begins a major flashback of Sarath’s life and how his daughter was abused and murdered by her lover. This endears Swecha to Sarath’s cause. Meanwhile Gautam somehow convinces the police chasing after him to help him find Sarath only to later realise that the real villains are the police inspector and a gang of other human traffickers. How Sharath and Gautam tackle this complex situation forms the end of the story.
The second half is crisply edited unlike the first and the songs are engaging. The screenplay is fast and keeps you hooked throughout Gautam’s chase. However, the dialogues still fall short and there are some needless sequences that could have been edited out like how a lady tries to seduce Gautam when he goes to collect money from her – a forced sequence.
The film is a story of two halves, and the second half is definitely worth a watch for its cinematography and plot twists.