Chattam is a vain attempt to show that the laws of the land (Chattam) take a long process to punish criminals and there should be instant justice.
Gowri Shankar (Jagapathi Babu) is a corrupt circle inspector of police in Hyderabad. He has the active assistance of constable Ramana Rao (Jeeva) in collecting illegal gratification. He is also in love with Ramana Rao’s daughter (Vimala Raman).
The scene shifts to Vijayawada where there is an acid attack on a girl who dies and another girl was murdered by burning her in a furnace. Shockingly, those involved in the two girls’ murders were killed in a similar fashion. A CB CID officer (Murali Sharma) arrives on the scene to find out who eliminated the criminals. He finds out that somehow CI Gowri Shankar is connected with the murder of the criminals. Gowri Shankar surprisingly surrenders to the Mumbai police. He is detained in Arthur Road Prison where Pakistan terrorist Kasab of Mumbai 26/11 carnage is also housed. It is then revealed that Gowri Shankar’s intention is to kill Kasab.
Why did Gowri Shankar turn corrupt and a murderer? Why did he murder the killers of the two Vijayawada girls? Why does he want to kill Kasab? Why did he, a police officer, behave in a manner violating the Chattam which he has to respect and follow? The answers to these questions lead to a predictable climax.
Jagapathi Babu gives a spirited performance in his role. Murali Sharma is very impressive. Vimala Raman is just a glam doll. Jeeva is good. Rao Ramesh is ok. Asha Saini sizzles to impress. Amit Dhawan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vijayachander and Chalapathi Rao are just normal in their roles. All others go through their motions.
Director P A Arun Prasad wanted to convey that the legal process is long in punishing the criminals and therefore instant justice should be administered. The basic idea of this theory is wrong and the way it was presented on the screen is not at all convincing. The motive of the protagonist has not been established properly. The presentation has no novelty. There is no proper characterisation.The screenplay is very weak and does not sustain viewer interest. The dialogues are patchy. The music is average. Cinematography and editing are a let down. Technically the film is average and the production values are poor.
Chattam is an average film that does not deserve even just one look.
The Cast and Crew
Jagapathi Babu, Vimala Raman, Murali Sharma, Rao Ramesh, Jeeva, Amit Dhawan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vijayachander, Chalapathi Rao, Asha Saini and others
Music: P M M Srilekha
Producers: Natti Kumar, T Rama Satyanarayana
Banner: Visakha Talkies
Direction: P A Arun Prasad
2 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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