Charmi Kaur's Prathighatana is one of the most-hyped Telugu movies of 2014. The film has been created positive buzz for two reasons. Firstly, it is a social political thriller, written and directed by critically-acclaimed director Tammareddy Bharadwaja. Secondly, it happens to be the 50th film of actress Charmi as a lead actress. But the comical treatment of a serious subject makes it a flawed attempt.
Prathighatana is a social drama and director Tammareddy Bharadwaja has managed to include a few masala elements to woo all kinds of audiences. Charmi Kaur's talented performance is the main highlight of the film. Tammareddy's interesting story and engrossing narration, good music and background score, cinematography and a few comedy scenes are other attractions of the film.
Tammareddy Bharadwaja has picked up a serious subject for Prathighatana, which revolves around the social injustice against women. The story of the film is about a journalist, who crusades to change the society and perception of women. The first half of the film has a crispy and gripping narration that entertains you and keeps you engaged. The interval bang is pretty good. Though the pace slows down a bit in the second half, you can still enjoy the movie.
Nischala (Charmi Kaur) is an honest TV 5 reporter. She sets out on to unearth a dreaded-rape case in a small village. With the help of victim's best friend Shanti (Reshma), she manages to find out the political personalities behind the rape act. Then, she decides to bring their act to public and create awareness about woman atrocities. What happens next will form the crux of the movie.
As a journalist, Charmi Kaur has delivered wonderful performance in Prathighatana. She wins the heart of the film goers with her mannerism, expressions and dialogue diction. Reshma has also done her best and her performance is a big asset for the film. As a cop, Atul Kulkarni has done his best. Raghu Babu has played a serious role, but his funny acting makes the matter worse. The director has wasted Brahmanandam. Posani Murali Krishna, Krishna Bhagawan and Uttej have done justice to their respective roles.
Prathighatana has decent production values and the director has managed to tap out right kind of output from everyone. MM Keeravani and Yeshwanth Nag's songs and background score, S Gopal Reddy's cinematography, Lakshmi Bhupal's dialogues and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao's editing are all commendable and big assets of the film.
Overall, Pratighatana is good socio-political thriller that has good script and brilliant performance by lead actors. It has wonderful theme and it will impress class audinece.