Whoops! That ain't no moustached Zorro! It's our very own Nagarjuna, back to the
action genre. And this time it is his turn to take on the might of the ISI juggernaut
that is out to destroy the country. And we must say that Telugu movie-makers make
it all seem pretty easy. Quashing the ISI, that is. Wonder what the Indian army
would say if they saw the spate of Telugu movies in recent times that have the
ISI defeated nearly single-handedly. Not one action film has been made recently
without making it the destabilising force. Even dubbed films like Police Commissioner
Narasimhanaidu harp on the same beaten theme. Well, at least the politicians and
policemen - the favorite villians - are getting a break!
Aazad's plot is a direct lift from Main Azaad Hoon, which in turn is a copy of
Frank Capra's 1941 film Meet John Doe. The original, a simple film that showcases
the degradation of moral values, has been stretched into an action thriller in
Telugu. Soundarya, a photo-journalist, is perturbed over the ever-growing violence
spawned by Raghuvaran. As president of Hindu Seva Samiti, a frontal organization
for his ISI activities, Raghuvaran has his hand in every nefarious activity in
The activist-journalist Soundarya, who is groping for a solution, gets a brilliant
idea when Deva's brother dies in a freak accident trying to molest her in the
middle of the night. Deciding to sensationalise the incident, she writes a letter
under an imaginary name Azad claiming responsibility for the death of Deva's brother.
There is commotion in the city as Soundarya dashes off similar letters and strikes
terror in the perpetrators of foul deeds.
Meanwhile, Nagarjuna (Azad, like you've guessed by now if you're a religious enough
Telugu film-goer, happens to be his name in the film) comes to the city to claim
some money from a chit fund company to marry his sister. In a series of hilarious
foul-ups, he becomes responsible in getting rid of the bombs planted by Raghuvaran's
men. Like the people, Raghuvaran believe that there is indeed an Azad who is out
to foil his evil designs. Soundarya, who is rescued by Nagarjuna, convinces him
to pour life into her imaginary character. The challenge is taken, and it is gore,
gore all the way.
The film starts off on a good note but soon gets caught in the ISI cliché. You
get to see the best of Raghuvaran as the destabiliser par excellence. After a
long time he has displayed his villianish histrionics to the brim in a Telugu
film. Credit should also go to Nagarjuna who has put in a good performance in
an action role, his forte. Soundarya is also okay as the activist journalist.
Then there is Shilpa Shetty with her sizzling beauty to thrill you in her micro
The songs are okay and the relevant photography serves the purpose of heightening
the sometimes murky and often bright atmosphere of the film.