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Writing and Direction: K Chakravarthy
Behind the Screens:
Macho Hero Gopichand is out of form for a very long time. His last hit is Loukyam which released way back in 2014. He is trying his luck once again at the box office with a social subject like Pantham. Let us see if this film will strike a chord with the audience or not.
Vikranth (Gopichand) targets Corrupt Ministers Jayendra (Sampath) and Arogya Rao (Jayaprakash) and steals money from them and send it to Durga Devi Charitable Trust. He also develops his Colony with the same money. How is Vikranth related to the Ministers? Why are they targeted? What happens rest in the story forms the rest.
Gopichand had chosen a story to suit his action image but then there is no novel factor in the story and so will give a routine feel to his act. His styling, however, is too good. He mouthed some very long dialogues effortlessly. Mehreen has got an insignificant role and she appeared plump. Sampath, Jayaprakash, Mukesh Rishi, Tanikella Bharani and others have lived up to the expectations. Srinivas Reddy, Prudhvi, Prabhas Seenu managed some laughs here and there.
New Director Chakravarthy chose a routine story for his debut project. Some of the scenes and dialogues are well-written but then since the story does not have an exciting factor, the audience is never so involved or impressed. Songs composed by Gopi Sunder are not so great. One song from the music album is totally out of the film. Prasad Murella’s camera work is Good. Editing is okay. Production Values are good.
Pantham is like any other Robinhood story we have seen several times in Telugu. We find the shades of films like Kick and Shivaji. It can be made interesting by showing innovative ways of the hero stealing money like in the Dhoom series but all such scenes are routinely executed. The romance episodes are also boringly executed. The second half is a bit better with the flashback and court scenes being interesting. The court dialogues are the only place where the director impresses (actually as a writer). The movie is most likely another disappointment for Gopichand. Some B and C centers may like it.
Pantham – For a routine cause
Cast: Gopichand, Mehreen, Prudhvi, Tanikella Bharani, Sampath and others
Producer: KK Radhamohan
DOP: Prasad Murella
Music: Gopi Sunder
Editor: Prawin Pudi
Banner: Sri Sathya Sai Arts
Release Date: 5th July, 2018