Venkataramaiah (Narayanamurthy) is a head constable and man of ethics. He is against corruption in the department and his wife, Padma (Jayasudha), is not happy with his way of life. When Venkataramaiah is assigned the role to handle the security of the home minister, he keeps his activities at bay with his sincere attitude. Then the corrupt minister plays foul hatches a fake corruption trap for Venkatramaiah. This makes Venkataramaiah take the law in his hands and fight against corruption. This starts the cat and mouse game between a head constable and a home minister and how the former brings the latter to book.
R Narayana Murthy: He is the raison d’etre of the film. He is in his elements and puts up a great show. His performance as a sincere cop who falls prey to the brutalities of the system is endearing. The high points of the film come in the form of his performance during the emotional scenes.
Jayasudha: She shuns her star imagery and gets into the skin of the character of the wife of a head constable who struggles to meet the ends. She gets along with Narayana Murthy and their chemistry is sparkling at places. As the film inches to the latter half, she surfaces a different acting dimension.
The storyline is as old as mountains. Though few scenes of Venkataramaiah’s sincerity are handled well, they become too clichéd after a point. Director Chadalavada Srinivas fails miserably to keep the momentum of the film and in the second half he overstretches the film and goes overboard with the dialogue. There is some good dough in the flow of events and the actor has a track record of echoing the masses, but the director couldn’t catapult them to fruition. Some elements look force-fit and try to reinvent the cinematic wheel.
Performances of R. Narayana Murthy and Jayasudha.
Some melodramatic episodes.
Mildly entertaining first half.
Poor second half.
Some pointless scenes that defy logic.
Zero impact for Narayana Murthy’s transformation.
Vandemataram Srinivas’s music is unimpressive to the core. The background score creates no greater impact for the scenes.
Production design and Sudhakar Reddy’s cinematography are decent. Editing and dialogue are just above average.
Head Constable Venkataramaiah tries to give a different spin to the age-old problem of corruption. Though the contemporary styling is palatable to an extent, the stereotypical approach in handling the script plunges the film into an abyss. Some scenes are too loud and deprived of logic. The melodrama seeps in slowly but witnessing the same again and again kills the golden goose. The drama unfolds in a haphazard manner, and the resolution comes in the most unconvincing way. If you have a taste for R. Narayanamurthy’s histrionics then the film is for you, or safely give it a miss.