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Bangaram
EDITOR RATING
3.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
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NA
NA
NA
NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
There are bad movies, and there are bad movies. And then there are disasters. Bangaram makes all of them look good. One of the more thoughtless films to come out of the Telugu movie stables, this one is so supremely devoid of any soul, it makes you want to give some of yours to it, even if non-refundable.

Let’s get whatever story there is, out of the way first. Bangaram (Pavan Kalyan) gets fired from a TV channel by its MD for no fault of his, and decides to flatter the owner of the channel, Pedireddy (Mukesh Rishi), to get a recommendation letter to apply for the BBC.

Pedireddy is a Seema veteran, and when Bangaram lands up in Kurnool at his place, he decides to help Pedireddy’s daughter Sandhya (Meera Chopra), who is trying to escape her marriage to the brother of Bhooma Reddy (Ashutosh Rana), a factionist villian. Sandhya wants to run away to her beau Vinay (Raja) in Hyderabad, from where they’ll leave for the US, and Bangaram is trying save her from Bhooma Reddy in the process.

To start with, Bangaram is extremely monotonous. The main theme runs out by the first half, and all of the second half, Pavan is helping Meera escape, in a characterless charade of different sequences. It’s not like there’s something happening alongway, like chemistry building between the pair; the sequences are just what we said – characterless, discrete.

For the film to survive that, they would have to at least be innovative sequences. Alas, the movie has no intelligence either. Every time Pavan Kalyan gets into the stiffest of troubles, he beats up 20 sword-wielding Seema soldiers. He can do that for hours after he’s been brutally stabbed, he can break open the earth when he’s buried, and he can grant you three wishes. There is no cleverness in the script, almost anywhere. It’s like a Teja movie – when the hero is cornered, he becomes Superman.

Then, the film looks like it was directed by a novice who kept inserting things as he thought them up or as he looked up his checklist. So the climax suddenly has a kid being forced into marriage, and Pavan Kalyan being stabbed and still selflessly fighting, so as to bring in the melodramatic angle – something for the women, as they say in the interviews.

And of course, there's the violence. It makes the Taliban seem humane. In the absence of a great screenplay, the gore stands out in the movie. And the Seema factionism and violence theme, at the core of the film, is so worn out, it makes the wheel look like a new concept. And by the way, just how did those zillions of men clad in white dhotis, spilling out of Sumos and wielding hatchets, become fashionable in Tollywood? Give us Ram Gopal Varma’s gangsters any day.

In a big minus, the film doesn’t have a heroine and a lead pair romance – Sandhya is never interested in Bangaram (and neither is he in her), and finally marries Vinay anyway, and there’s no other female lead. Not having a lead pair romance is okay if you are making a social film with a theme people really associate with. For Bangaram, it seems stupid, and the movie simply doesn’t have anything to make up for that.

And finally, let’s not forget the length. You make a 180-minute movie with a story like this only if your target audience are people who are in coma.

The best part of Bangaram is, of course, the music. It’s hard for even Pavan Kalyan fans, however, to salvage this one based just on that.

Finally, Bangaram must be the first Telugu film – Indian film, perhaps, at least in the commercial genre – which has had the “Maakal…a” gaali get past the censors (camouflaged a bit, but it’s extremely clear for anyone who is not in a coma). Pavan Kalyan uses it recklessly in the climax. He is a big star who has so many young fans idolizing him, and his films are watched by so many people – what were the makers thinking, making him mouth that word? The censor board has some explanation to do.
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  • Cast
    Pavan Kalyan, Reema Sen, Meera Chopra, Mukesh Rishi, Ashutosh Rana, Raja, Venu Madhav, Shakeela, Ali
  • Music
    Vidyasagar
  • Director
    Dharani
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Asha on 8th Jul 2006, 6:29am | Permalink
hey guys i am sorry but don't give these kind of replies because some of the pawan fans who like the movie feels bad if u give these kind of replies.
RATING
8
Prasad on 2nd Jun 2006, 7:31am | Permalink
good entertainer
RATING
8
Chitram Cnu on 31st May 2006, 4:18pm | Permalink
nenevaro telusa Bangaram, Bhaga Bhaga mande bhoomi porallo nunchi puttukochchindi bangaram, danni muttukunte maadi masai pothavu.



Anna who wrote this dialogue, it's the worst dialogue i ever heard in any movie.



I think Bangaram is a planned to demolish Pavan Kalyan's career in film industry.
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2
Srikanth Reddy on 22nd May 2006, 10:46pm | Permalink
i like the review&pavan kalvyan dressing i love his songs
RATING
10
Kalyan on 16th May 2006, 2:06pm | Permalink
Gundu Hanuman, jara Undu

ee cinema Bangaram kaadu, rold gold, aha em cinema teesinavu Pavan, good keep it down
RATING
6
Gundu Hanuman on 13th May 2006, 4:32am | Permalink
varri ni!!!!endi raa ee cinema!!!naa bongu lekka vundi
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2
Pavan on 12th May 2006, 4:28pm | Permalink
Excellent
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10
Naga Babu on 10th May 2006, 3:28pm | Permalink
I fully agree with Abdul Azeem, Pavan Kalyan lost his charishma, where as Chiru is still Chiru.
RATING
2
Abdul Azeem on 10th May 2006, 1:42pm | Permalink
Pavan Kalyan is the main reason for his continuous flops. Problem is not in his stories and directors. He lost his charisma. His body language, fights & dances all are awkward now compared to his previous films. I think it is better he quit the films.
RATING
2
Nagaraj K on 9th May 2006, 10:31pm | Permalink
Bevarse ..... please select good story.and also please fallow Director

words
RATING
4
Ravi on 8th May 2006, 8:25pm | Permalink
The worst movie...



Another jhoni...please dont watch...



exceeding balayya in fight seens...
RATING
2
Sivaji K on 6th May 2006, 7:42pm | Permalink
Its really disappointed all pawan kalyan fans.Mindless script, meaningless action sequences... Who would expect a telugu movie with out a female lead in it. Who needs such a high end contradictionary movies in telugu , People are waiting for just "good" entertainers but not movies like bangaram. Frankly speaking its not 24 karat bangaram, its a 0 karat drama with no stuff in it.All hype created around this movie before its release date, now its all gone to hell
RATING
4
Santaram on 6th May 2006, 4:11pm | Permalink
Hello! telugu producers! please open your eyes. Another disastrous given by tamil director. Please faith in telugu directors. Telugu director Puri Jagannath gave a super hit to Maheshbabu. Hello! Look and Listen me Chiru & Pavan Kalyan.
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2
PAWAN KALYAN on 6th May 2006, 11:35am | Permalink
THPHU, IS THIS A MOVIE? THPHU.I'LL TELL YOU WHAT "THPHU" MEANS.Well, it means I'm spitting. Pawan perhaps might have said "maakal***a" to someone in the sets while shooting.Suddenly, the director might've felt that the gaali will catch up well with the masses. So, he must've included in his movie. And if at all it works( it should) bcoz, his fans idolize him come what may even if he scolds the press, behaves rudely .....etc.,
RATING
2
Sree Reddy on 6th May 2006, 6:30am | Permalink
Worst movie
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2
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