Gaganam is a fast paced gripping suspense thriller unfolding a hijack drama, the desperation of terrorists, the courage of National Security Guards and the near death experience of the terrified passengers.
A New Delhi bound civilian flight from Chennai with around hundred passengers is hijacked by a bunch of five terrorists and force the pilot to take the plane to Rawalpindi in Pakistan. Because of a technical problem, the plane is forced to make an emergency landing at Tirupathi airport. The terrorists demand the release of hard core terrorist Yusuf Khan who is jailed in a prison in Kashmir. Otherwise, they threaten to kill the passengers.
Home secretary Vishwanath (Prakash Raj) is sent to negotiate with the terrorists. A commando force of National Security Guards led by Commander Ravi (Nagarjuna) arrives to undertake interventional rescue operations.
The terrorists are adamant and the government yields to their demand and releases Yusuf Khan. But, he is killed on the way in a road accident.
In a no alternative situation, the government and the National Security Guards have to deal with the developing situation with the
prime objective of the safety of the passengers. Do they succeed? What role the NSG plays? The answers to these questions lead to a dramatic climax.
Nagarjuna as the commando chief gives a polished and dignified performance. Prakash Raj effectively portrays the ambiguity and indecision associated with civil servants. Bharat Reddy as NSG officer and Poonam Kaur in the role of air hostess acquit themselves well. Harsha Vardhan and Brahmanandam essay their cameos well. Ravi and Prithvi are effective. All others fit their author backed supporting roles.
The story is well knit and the narration is flawless aided by a tightly woven screenplay. There is no dull moment and the absence of the usual song-and-dance sequences enhances the what-happens-next apprehension. The dialogues are appropriate. Audiography enhances the
narration value. K V Guhan’s cinematography is outstanding particularly when most of the scenes are canned in closed doors and limited spaces. The art department has done a commendable job. Director Radha Mohan is innovative in his handling of a difficult theme and his handling of the emotions of the passengers needs special mention. He is able to spice the proceedings with wry humour. His screenplay is worthy of emulation. Production values are high.
Gaganam is a must-see film for the sheer variety of presentation and the gripping narration. The film will definitely be appreciated by the multiplex film buffs. The regular cine-goer will also appreciate the intense drama which is the first of its kind in Tollywood.
The Cast and Crew
Nagarjuna, Prakash Raj, Bharat Reddy, Brahmanandam, Ravi, Prithvi, Poonam Kaur, Harsha Vardhan, Sana Khan, Talaivasal Vijay, Melkote and others
Dialogue: Umarjee Anuradha
Cinematography: K V Guhan
Produced by: Dil Raju
Banner: Matinee Entertainments
Story, screenplay and direction: Radha Mohan
3.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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