From cleaning the Augean stables of corruption in the police department, Srihari
turns his attention to exposing the crooked politician. And he goes about it
in the most nonchalant manner, not giving even the Speaker of the Assembly a
chance to as much as raise his finger.
As with the other Srihari films, the film starts with a lot of action. Caught
unawares by the police, a large group of naxalites is gunned down, though they
were willing to surrender. And the police officer incharge of the massacre projects
a dead man as the police officer who masterminded the operation, to avoid getting
on to the hitlist of the naxals. A press note is released, and when it appears
in the headlines of the next day's newspapers, the police officers heave a sigh
But the dead man, SP Patnaik (Srihari), comes alive. And goes about with the
regular duties of an SP. Not content with policing duties, he takes the opposition
leader Jawahar Reddy (Kota Srinivasa Rao) to task, asking him to prove the charges
leveled against the Chief Minister - misappropriation of World Bank funds being
the foremost. Putting the total money that would accrue from the accusations
leveled by Jawahar at Rs 32,000 crore, the SP does not let Jawahar live in peace
till he tells him where the CM has put all the money. The film moves along "political"
lines, projecting the Chief Minister as a "Gandhian" and the opposition
leader as a "pickpocket."
The Speaker and the Chief Minister do not interfere as Jawahar deserves it for
politicizing the progressive reforms undertaken by the government. As you keep
wondering as to why the SP is targeting the opposition leader, we are treated
to a flashback of how his father, Ayodhya Ramaiah (Srihari again), was a sincere,
honest and dedicated officer, and how Jawahar played merchant of death to him.
The film is as noisy as possible, and the long winding political dialogues rattled
by Srihari are there with a purpose. And he manages to drive home his point.
Only that, at the end of the film, everyone feels bugged by Srihari's tongue-lashing
and lathi-bashing of his unprovoked opponents. There is absolutely no justification
for Srihari's acts. You cannot duck for cover - if it were one Srihari then
maybe you could have managed, but there are two (sic) many of them.
There is no scope for others to excel, for Srihari dominates the film in every
frame. If you are a fan of Srihari, you would definitely enjoy his antics, but
if you don't care too much for him, then do not venture near the theaters screening