Sympathies to all ye iron-pumpers out there. All that sweat and grime doesn't
pay off. Okay, maybe as Calvin in his more erudite discussions with his dad
would note, the fee that you pay the gym would help the economy through increased
aggregate consumer spending, creation of more jobs and more such blah, but if
you're talking of being able to bash up the baddies, muscles aren't really essential.
Schwarzenegger and Stallone use guns, but our lady does quite well with her
bare hands. Need we say more?
Yet, Vijayashanti, desperately looking for a hit after Osay Ramulamma,
seems to have struck gold with Vyjayanthi. Caught as she is in the tribal
roles, she's got a good role after a long time. This time, the military-officer-turned-supercop
is out to wreak havoc on the ISI elements who have made Hyderabad and the surrounding
districts of Telangana their base.
The daughter of a military officer, young Vyjayanthi (Vijayashanti) crosses
swords with the Maharani of Visunoor, Vadivakkarasi. The Maharani's vendetta
results in her family's getting scattered. Vyjayanthi grows up to become a military
officer and impresses none lesser than the union home minister through heroics
to capture ultras at the border and secure the release of a kidnapped minister,
and (of course, what'd life be without some melodrama!) a five-minute monologue
on how the life of a minister is not important compared to the hundreds of lives
lost in defending the country. Okay, so Vijayashanti is good at these, but haven't
we had enough?
The wowed home minister sends her down South to rid Hyderabad and its surrounding
districts of the ISI menace. Identifying Visunoor as the nerve centre of these
activities, Vijayashanti sets up camp in Vadivakkarasi's fiefdom. This, of course,
results in the inevitable clash. Maharani is well-connected, and the powers-that-be
take Vyjayanthi her to task for overstepping her limits.
The disgusted Vyjayanthi resigns her job and becomes a taxi driver helping the
needy, but stays on the lookout for the ISI elements as well as her long lost
kin. She manages to locate her kin, and just as everything seems to go her way,
she is nabbed by the police for engineering a bomb blast. How she comes out
and puts an end to her detractors forms the remaining part of the story.
Vijayashanti does well, and sans the points where a little credulity is demanded
of you (the bare-handed fights), the film isn't bad. If the fight sequences
were a little faster, the film would have ended up as another Kartavyam,
where the central character has the same name - Vyjayanthi. But it is the Tamilian
actress Vadivakkarasi, as the Maharani, who steals your heart. She essays her
role so perfectly that there is no flaw. She sustains the interest of the film
all along with her wicked ways. But as for the others the lesser said the better.