Movie Review: Pataas
Star Cast: Nandamuri Kalyanram, Shruti Sodhi, Sai Kumar, Prudhvi, M S Narayana, Prabhas Sreenu and Ashutosh Rana.
Music: Sai Karthik
Director: Anil Ravipudi
Censor Certificate: U/A
Runtime: 141 Minutes
Assistant Commissioner of police Kalyan (Nandamuri Kalyanram) does not shy from taking bribes, and supports crime for his revenge. In the meantime, he comes across Shruti (Shruti Sodhi) a TV5 crime reporter. He starts going behind her to propose his love. But she rejects her seeing his corrupt behavior as a police officer. Due to a sudden murder in the city, his methodology changes and takes a cleanup drive after initially going slow on local mafia and corrupt politician GK (Ashutosh Rana). What made a corrupt cop turn honest? Who is the person behind his reluctant behavior? Will Shruti accept ACP Kalyan’s love forms the rest of the storyline.
Pataas is a Kalyanram vehicle all the way. He romances, he dances, he fights, and he shows his acting chops and he does it all with sangfroid. Unfortunately his screen presence didn’t suit the elevation spelled the screen writer. Debutant Shruti Sodhi was not properly casted and It’s good to see Silent Melody fame Prachi Thakkar on the big screen. She is fine in her limited character. The lead actor Kalyan ram is ably supported by the police gang (Srinivas Reddy, Shankar, Polu Srikanth Reddy) and Dialogue king Sai Kumar. Director perfectly utilized Sai Kumar’s experience and elevated the pre-interval sequence with some intense dialogues. The baddie Ashutosh Rana has a solid screen presense, but the dubbing didn’t suit his acting caliber. Late Mailavarapu Suriya Narayana delivers a top-notch performance as Tsunami star Shubash. Posani Krishna Murali and J P Reddy were not properly handled by the director.
Lets not waste our breath over story, its same old cop story (Power, Lakshinarshimha, Jagapathi.. etc), up against the goon turned politician. Writer could have focused more on the police power than going with a personal revenge drama in the film. There should have been some more of romantic moments in the film along with the action sequences. The whole commercial touch along with fine detailing was highly missing. The writer / director must be appreciated for his sequencing and timing of commercial ingredients (be it comedy track, song or a fight sequence). Due to which narrative does engage in bits and parts. Some comedy pieces are really funny and the action sequences are pretty good too (major credit goes to the cinematographer though). However, there is also a lot of potential that never gets fully realized. The culprit is random mixing of emotional drama with comedy (Which is Inspired from various Telugu movies).
Director should have focused more on the proper emotional bonding between Sai Kumar – Kalyanram and Prachi Thakkar – Kalyanram characters rather focusing more on the corrupt police officer. The romance is silly but one consolation is that the silliness is restricted to Shruti Sodhi Character. Coming over to other Technical aspects, Music by Sai Karthik disappoints, but “Arey-o-Samba” remix song works in the favor of him. Background Score gives us the déjà vu of various popular scores. Cinematography (by Sarvesh Murari) is good. He elevates the songs and action episodes with his framing. Dialogues in the film miss the fulfill-ness. Like Sincere Police officer suspend avuthadu lekkunte chachipothadu; Prathiodiki oka spoon temper untadi kani police vadiki adhi ton lo untadi; Department ki nenu enduku vachana annela panichesta., etc… Action choreography is fine. The producer Kalyanram has spent a good amount of time and effort on its post-production, which is evident on screen. Production values are decent.
The first half of the film is filled with bits of comedy and dialogues aimed at making audiences laugh out loud, The second half of the film primarily works on the emotional bonding and later shifts to comedy with limited of hilarious scenes (Swach Puthr and scenes between Kalyanram n gang). The mercurial screenplay doesn’t give director the necessary support. This is a film that needed to maintain one mood throughout but it keeps changing its mind at regular intervals. And to top of it the climax was emotionless and dragged. On the whole, Pataas is not a film that can be highly recommended, but it’s a film for those who love popcorn entertainers with decent material.
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