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The movie deals with the real life story of an infamous gang, Dandupalya. It was dubbed in Telegu as Dandupalyam, Tamil as Karimedu, and in Malayalam as Kuruthikalam.
Plot: The members of the gang are anti-socials, who loot, kill, rape, house-break even for small profits. The film exhibits the crimes they took place in the late 1990s. Their mode of operation is effortless. They keep a close eye on the members of the family before ambushing. They chose the ones who are alone. The movie shows a young pregnant, married woman is victimized by the gang along with her mother-in-law. The wife can’t reach the good news to her husband, who gets to know it through autopsy report. In another family, the mother can escape, but the children die.
Police sub-inspector Chalapathi and his department spend nights racking their brain to crack the case. They chase serial killers as they come across valuable clues to indicate a pattern in the gruesome acts. They get to know that the members of the gang frequent a jeweler to exchange the gold for money. During such an encounter, Chalapathi gets wary, leading to a course of arrests. Lakshmi, one of the big bosses of the gang, is also arrested. During her interrogation, she is half stripped of her clothes when she pleads on behalf of her mates. Chalapathi dubious of the gang’s allegiance, sniff out their activities and cracks the whip. They face a trial in court. Bhat fights for their cause. What does the court order? What is the judgment? Watch the movie to find out.
Analysis: The film invokes terror and is blood-soaked for the uncouth manner in which the crimes are portrayed. The spine-chilling film which basks in the glory of the gang that had kept the society reeling under their terrorizing acts, back then. Get to know the gang’s modus operandi and its blood-soaked history. No hero or heroine of the play. It has a docu- feature look. But to bring familiarity, director lends a heroine element in Lakshmi’s character. There are two ways to interpret the film. One is to take the gang as a background and create a fictional story. \
The other is to solely concentrate on the biopic element and project the modus operandi of the gang. This one appeals to the people who are more inclined to watching movies of biopic category. It addresses the corporeal instincts of the viewers. The director could used metaphors in some tracks, instead of blandly showing the raw fervor.
Star Performance: The cast and characterization calls for a standing ovation. Pooja Gandhi takes home the trophy for her acting. She grabs the attention with her arrogant look without makeup. She makes her character come alive. Jayadev pulls a performance with his lopsided look and uncouth behavior. Makrand Deshpande is superb in his kingpin avatar. Ravishankar also puts up a good show. The rest are all just fine. The director has pulled out genuine work from his cast. Except the ones mentioned above, all the others are inexperienced and unrefined. In spite of that setback, together they have pulled off a herculean task.
• The crime portrayal is savage, but one cannot help if the movie makes you sit up.
• Venkat Prasad’s cameras work the magic for the film capturing the scenes in their right ambiance.
• Arjun Janya, in accordance with the script, makes his music sync with the story.
What’s not there? It is not a movie for the feather-hearted. Violence is filled to the brim in it, which may not be acceptable to many. The director could have toned down the violence a bit, and make it watchable for a wider audience. So exercise caution while watching it.
Verdict: Watch this if you have the guts to experience some unseasoned stuff, and live to tell a tale! Others do not even dare to watch this and stay away.
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