Power of the police
WORTH WATCHING: Sai Kumar's excellent diction proves a major draw.
Police Bandh (TELUGU)
Cast. Saikumar, Sangeetha, Anantnag
Dir: T. Venkatesh
THE FILM opens with Chief Minister Krishna (Ananthnag) and his cabinet taking the oath.
One of the ministers is a `wicked' politician Vijayabhaskar (Doddanna).
Saikumar plays the lead role of ACP Ajay, whose mission is to shake up the police system from its lethargy.
Towards the end, Ajay asks the CM to imagine a situation when the entire police strike work and sit at home.
And there is a visual depicting nothing but chaos. The other angle is how with right kind of freedom, police can do a good job of maintaining law and order.
Starting with the problems of auto rickshaw drivers and their demands for increase in fare, the film slips into dealing with rowdy-sheeters and political interference at every stage.
The heroine, Rohini (Sangeetha) is the damsel in distress and ACP Ajay goes to her rescue, paving way for the two to come together, following the murder of her father Murthy, a retired Army Major, and mother by Mumbai based mafia.
Ajay succeeds in solving the crime and the investigation leads him to minister Vijaybhasker.
The city Police Commissioner admires Ajay's honesty and skill in handling of cases, using his vocal power, gun and muscle.
With the permission of PC, he arrests the minister and practically pulls him out of his house. These scenes recall how Karunanidhi former CM of Tamil Nadu was dragged out of his residence.
And this gives opportunity for the Opposition to demand CM's resignation. The CM, in turn, blames Ajay for handling this case irresponsibly. The latter threatens that he would resign and go to press with facts.
He lists out several cases of how the political interference of some selfish politicians is taking the State from bad to worse.
A series of `bandhs' take place resulting in loss of human life. And there is a demand for CM's resignation. Ajay asks the CM to give him a free hand to restore law and order in the State.
It is in these scenes some fiery dialogue is written for Saikumar that inspires some of his selfish and timid colleagues to get into action. How Ajay gets down to do the job, armed with the promise of CM's non-interference in police duty, forms the rest.
Saikumar and Ananthnag play their roles giving them a touch of reality. There is plenty of dialogue and action drama woven around Saikumar, which is the main draw of the film.
Sangeetha's role is restricted just to be with the hero. The musical element is only found in the background score, given by Hamsalekha. The crowd scenes, political drama, spectacular events and above all the diction of Saikumar render the film worth watching.
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