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: Kalyan, a dashing but corrupt cop, joins hands with a rogue politician much to the chagrin of the DGP. When all seems to be going wrong, a heart-breaking incident changes Kalyan's perspective on his duty as a police officer.
: Tollywood filmmakers' obsession with action dramas needs little introduction and it would be reasonable to conclude that the genre has been done to death. Yet, there's something intriguing about this genre which hooks us right from the beginning, if the film is done right. Kalyanram's latest film Pataas is one such film, which is done right and it takes you by surprise despite having a predictable storyline.
The film has Kalyanram playing a cop, Kalyan Sinha, who stuns the entire police department with his corrupt ways, which also includes joining hands with a rouge politician GK (Ashutosh Rana). He falls in love with Mahitha (Shruti Sodhi), a journalist and befriends a deaf and mute girl, Kavya (Prachi Thaker). When everything seems to be going wrong, all hell breaks loose when GK's brother irks Kalyan, which eventually changes Kalyan's perspective on life itself.
Kalyanram makes a brilliant comeback as a cop with a great sense of humour. The entire first half is laced with comedy and most of the gags come from Kalyanram, Srinivas Reddy and Shakalaka Shankar. In one scene when a subordinate officer asks Kalyan how he intends to meet the journalist he has fallen in love with, all he says is - Press meet pedadam (Let's organise a press meet) and in another scene, the film makes a subtle reference to Shakuni from Mayabazar. Writer turned director Anil Ravipudi finds comedy in even the mundane things and he makes sure that there's hardly a boring moment. Among others in the film, Shruti Sodhi has a limited role, whereas Prachi Thaker makes a good impression.
Then, there's the whole aspect of heroism and full props to Kalyanram for living it up with aplomb. The post interval episode is undoubtedly the best sequence in the film and everything falls into place so well that it almost makes you want to cheer and clap. There are plenty of larger-than-life moments which further lend credence to the notion that Tollywood has found yet another talent to watch out for in Anil Ravipudi. Making an action drama is no mean feat and a good one at that requires a lot more conviction.
The film does falter a bit towards the end where it fizzles out while trying to wrap up the proceedings and the romantic track between the lead pair feels underwritten; however, there's so much which the film gets right. It's been a while since a mass entertainer has been this good.
Although Pataas isn't the first action drama about a cop, it has all the right ingredients which would appease the masses. It's a 'vindhu bhojanam' in the truest sense.