Crusade against corruption is the trump card both for the film and for
Chiranjeevi, as it fulfils the two objectives of elevating the hero's
image and also touching the hearts of people facing this menace.
However, the appeal of the film is a bit uneven, mostly because the
clandestine activities of the hero stretch well into the second half
of the film too. A remake of a Tamil film starring Vijaykanth, the
story is penned by Murugudas. Parachuri brothers tried to make the
Telugu version as relevant as possible to Telugu viewers. This is the
winning pulse of the drama.
While the first half is marked by the exposure of brutal corruption in
private hospitals with a satirical approach, the latter half shows
Tagore's early life.
The hospital episode is used to bring the villain of the drama, the
hospital owner (played by Shayaji Shinde) into the picture. Shayaji
Shinde's (who has given his own dubbing) diction proves
counter-productive and distracting, more so when contrasted with the
neat pronunciation of Raja Ravindra who plays his son.
The storyline is thin. Why Tagore launched this crusade is explained
in a flashback. Shinde, a builder then, constructs a complex near a
flyover, not heeding his engineer's advice against the decision.
Tagore stays in one of the flats with his wife (Jyothika) and child.
The flats crumble one day, killing most residents including Tagore's
family. He learns how Shinde bribed all and went ahead with the
construction. The lecturer now turns a crusader against corruption and
attacks Shinde and his men. In retaliation, they attempt to kill him
but Tagore is rescued. He then launches an organization called
Anti-Corruption Force taking into its fold his most trustworthy
students, working in various government and non-government offices, to
collect information about the corrupt and pass it on to him.
Tagore kidnaps them and subjects them to punishment. Police fail to
discover who the man behind the operations is. But a curious driver of
a police car, Suryam (Prakashraj), starts investigation on his own,
thinking his discovery might get him a promotion. That is also the
time a girl (Shriya) enters Tagore's life as his admirer. The climax
is allotted for a tense drama.
The film is worth watching especially for the way the crowd scenes are
shot. Like in Bharateeyudu, the objective of the theme is to eliminate
corruption by physically removing those who perpetuate it. The
sequences shot on Chiranjeevi look as if the director and his dialogue
writers are consciously building a socially responsible image for the
hero. But they are guarded enough never to give political airs.
Chiranjeevi too plays his role well. The film is a good technically
and is laudable for the efforts put in by the director and his team of
courtesy: The Hindu