Banam is a meaningful and thought provoking film dealing with crime and its control through legal means.
Bhagath (Nara Rohit) is from a small town but an educated and good mannered youth whose aim is to become an IPS officer. His father Chandra Sekhar (Sayaji Shinde) is a reformed naxalite. Bhagath meets Lakshmi (Vedika) at the Railway station and brings her home after coming to know that she is a victim of dowry and that her in-laws through her out of the home.
Bhagath crosses the path of a local goon Shakthi (Ranadheer) who has his own plans of building an empire of crime. Rest of the story deals with how Bhagath controls the crime syndicates through legal means.
Nara Rohit on his debut has done well. He perfectly suited to the role he played. Sayaji Shinde has got a different role and performs with ease. Vedika has done justice to her role. Ranadheer is good. Bhanuchander and Rajeev Kanakala are cool and conving. All others are more than adequate in their roles.
Story, screenplay and direction by Chaitanya Dantaloori is good and the theme is treated differently. The characterization of the lead roles is delineated well. Once in a while the narration slows down but is in tune with the general treatment. Anil Bhandari’s cinematography is good. The technical values of the film are high. Music is good. Dialogues are meaningful.
Banam is not exactly a mainstream cinema, but well made with neatly etched characters and a message that the existing police and legal system is quite sufficient to deal with lawlessness.
The Cast and Crew
Nara Rohith, Vedika, Ranadheer, Shayaji Shinde, Bhanuchander, Rajeev Kanakala, AVS, Shivanarayana, Ragini, Giridhar and others
Dialogues: Nagaraju Gandham
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: Anil Bhandari
Editing: Marthand K Venkatesh
Art: Bhupesh R Bhupati
Executive producer: K Saibaba
Produced by: Seshu Priyanka
Banner: 3 Angels Studio
Story, screenplay and direction: Chaitanya Dantaloori
Release Date: September 16, 2009
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar.