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Chattam - Movie Review

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    Jagapathi Babu has been doing action backdrop films at every possible opportunity and Chattam is one among such films. Produced by Nattikumar on the banner of Vishaka Talkies with PA Arun Prasad as director, the film is made with some real life incidents and a cinematic answer to such issues. Read on for Chattam review.

    Gowri Shankar (Jagapathi Babu) is a circle inspector of Punjagutta and is known as a heavy corrupt police officer. Rangarao (Jeeva) is his assistant and his daughter Sindhu (Vimala Raman) is an aerobics teacher. Once, two sons of a big industrialist (Prasadbabu) kill two girls for not accepting their love by pouring acid on them. Soon, the two get killed by some unidentified person in the same fashion.

    The industrialist uses his political influence and get the case investigated by the CB-CID. The police commissioner (Chalapati Rao) calls Gowri and tells him to handover all the evidences to the CB-CID officer (Ajay Sharma). Even as the CID officer is investigating, another two persons get murdered in the same fashion. The CID officer makes an in-depth study into the case and finally comes to the conclusion that it is Gowri, who is behind the these murders. At this juncture, Gowri leaves for Mumbai and kills some gangsters who were kidnapping and selling young girls and exporting them to other countries. After he kills all the gangsters, the Mumbai police arrest him and keeps him in a jail, where an international terrorist Kasab from Pakistan was placed. The CBI officer gets a doubt and warns the jailer that Gowri intentionally surrendered to the police as he wanted to kill Kasab. What happens next should be seen on-screen.

    As far as performance, Jagapathi Babu has complete justice to his role. However, the director has tried to evoke comedy with 'mandu" scenes, which tests the patience of the audience. Vimala Raman is okay. Asish Vidyarthi has just come and gone, while Ajay Sharma is excellent in his role of a CBI officer. Rao Ramesh, Chalapati Rao, Vijayachander, Sana and others are just okay.

    None of the technical crew has worked whole heartedly for the movie. The cinematography is very poor as there is no consistency in lighting. The editing is full of jerks and the audience will groped in dark due to the jump of scenes abruptly. Music by MM Srilekha is not so appealing. However, she has given her best in the re-recording. The screenplay is penned with an old style of narration. The director has has used real life incidents like the acid attack on a girl in Warangal, the kidnap and murder of Vaishnavi in Vijayawada, besides the attack on a Mumbai hotel by Pakistani terrorists. However, the director has failed to link these stories properly. A

    The first half is just okay. However, the director has failed to maintain a balance in the scenes. At a time when the film was running with a gripping mood, the director gets the mood spoiled by incorporating unnecessary scenes. The climax too is quite routine and such lengthy speeches in a court scene are very boring. Watch the film for Vimala Raman"s exposure and the romantic songs. Another big draw back of the film is lack of proper comedy.

    Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Vimala Raman, Asish Vidyarthi, Ajay Sharma, Rao Ramesh, Chalapati Rao, Jeeva, Kamal, Mayuri (Asha Saini), Kotesh, Sneham Shankar, Kondavalasa Lakshmana Rao and others
    Credits: Story, dialogues and screenplay – PA Arun Prasad: Banner - Vishaka Talkies, Camera – Jaswant, Editing – Gauthamraju, Music – MM Srilekha, Presents – Master N Kranti, Producer – Natti Kumar and Tummalapalli Rama Satyanarayana.
    Banner: Visakha Talkies
    Released on: March 25, 2011

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