Behind the Movie Chattam: Faces of Jagapathi Babu and Vimala Raman are the only attractions for this flick directed by PA Arun Prasad, who earlier had super hit ‘Thammudu’ with Pawan Kalyan. Producer Natti Kumar releasing the movie with nearly 400 prints, let us see what is this ‘Chattam’ all about?
In the Movie Chattam: Gowri Shankar (Jagapathi Babu) is a circle inspector in Hyderabad. He grabs money from criminals saving them from pretty crimes. Constable Ramana Rao (Jeeva)’s daughter (Vimala Raman) will have romantic encounter with Gowri and obviously he falls in love with her.
Here come the real episodes of acid attack on Swapnika and the brutal murder of little girl Vaishnavi in Vijayawada. With in no time criminals behind these two incidents are killed in the same fashion like Swapnika and Vaishnavi. As CB CID special officer (Murali Sharma of Athidi fame) enters the scene for interrogation to find the man behind these two murders, he is shocked to find that it is none other than Gowri who surrendered to Mumbai police.
Gowri is then shifted to Arthur Road Prison where Pakistan terrorist Kasab is placed. Next target of Gowri is to kill Kasab? Did he achieve it? Why Gowri wants to take revenge on Kasab? Why is Gowri questioning the Indian Judicial and Legal system? form the climax.
Values and Out of the Movie Chattam: Basic idea of the film is to punish criminals then and there ensuring the spot justice without delaying the process in name of judicial system. Despite the thought being good and idealistic in the current society where crime rate is zooming up, presenting same on the screen is lackluster. Narration was very weak from PA Arun Prasad impaired in conviction. Screenplay is not at all gripping. Dialogues in climax episode are meaningful while rest of the movie, they are weak. Background by Sreelekha is second rate. Editing by Gowtham Raju is good while cinematography by Jaswant is just average. Production values of Natti Kumar are passable.
Performance wise Jagapathi Babu was at his best. He portrayed good emotions in Mumbai Terrorist Attack episode where his entire family will be killed. Again in climax episodes JB has shown the spark. Next person who gets applause for screen presence is Murali Sharma. While Vimala Raman exposed too much of her deep cleavage, she is permitted just for sake of glamour quotient. Jeeva, Ashish Vidyarthi, Chalapathi Rao are just okay and Asha Saini looked hot in item number.
First of the film is weak with bits and pieces of episodes inspired from Vaishnavi and Swapnika incidents. Interval bang could have been betterly picturized. Second half holds the key for film where entire message is delivered. Commercial success is no way guaranteed for this 2 hour film and it may fare better for one week in B & C centers. As production cost of the movie looked very low budgeted, producer may breakeven.
Cinejosh Verdict of the Movie Chattam: Strong Idea with Weak Presentation.
Reviewed by Srivaas