A face-off between a cop in mafia mask and a gangster in a police cap.
The cast and crew
Jagapathi Babu, JD Chakravarthy, Mamata Mohan Das, Madhurima, Pradeep Rawat, Mahesh Manjrekar, MS Narayana, Krishna Bhagwan, Sakhi shivanand, Ahuti Prasad and Prabhakar .
Music: Nitin-JD Chakravarthy
Camera: Bharani K Dharan
Lyrics: Suddala Ashok Teja
Producer: Kiran Kumar Koneru
Banner: Sreya Productions
Story, Screenplay &Direction: JD Chakravarthy
Homam is inspired by the Hollywood’s film The Departed, starring Leonard Di-Caprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson and directed by Martin Scorsese in 2006. This Oscar Award winning English film itself is an official remake of the Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs (Mou Gaan Dou in Mandarin language) directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak in 2002.
Thus Homam draws inspiration from (read true copy of) The Departed and Infernal Affairs.
Malli (Jagapathi Babu) aspires to become a police officer but fails to get an appointment in the department because of the criminal track record of his father. A sincere and committed police officer Vishwanath (Pradeep Rawat) turns Malli into an under cover agent and sends him as a covert into the gang of mafia don Daddy (Mahesh Manjrekar).
Chandu (JD Chekravarthy) is an underling of don Daddy, who goes at the behest of his boss, and joins the police force.
Both Malli and Chandu do their informal roles well until they both realize their respective realities. Then a face-off ensues between the two of them. The rest of the story deals with the death dance between Malli and Chandu.
Mamatha Mohandas and Madhurima are just the love interests of Malli and Chandu.
If you, by any chance, have seen The Departed, then the performance of all our actors in Homam pale into insignificance when compared to the English actors.
If you have not seen that film, then you will appreciate the performance of Jagapathi Babu. He has become more mature and his restrained emoting sustains his character as well as the narration. JD Chakravarthy looked competent. Pradeep Rawat and Mahesh Manjrekar are quite convincing in their characters. All other supporting actors are adequate in their roles.
Mamatha Mohandas and Madhurima have nothing much to do except being part of the props to enhance the glamour quotient.
Since the film is a true frame-by-frame copy of The Departed, no comments are being made on story, Screenplay and Direction, except that JD Chakravarthy,is a very good copy cat. At least we ought to be thankful to him that he has not vandalized the original English story in the name of bringing in nativity or Indianisation.
The dialogues, lyrics and music do not have any zing thing worth writing about. The cinematography by Bharani K Dharan and editing by Bhanodaya are exceptionally excellent. The production values are commensurate with the narration style.
If you have already seen The Departed, then avoid Homam unless you are a die hard fan of either Jagapathi Babu or Mamatha Mohandas. If you go exclusively to see the sexy song and dance number of the hero and heroine, you will be disappointed because that is deleted from the film.
However, if you have not seen the English film, which won 4 Oscars in the 79th Academy Awards, then you can certainly go and watch Homam. Since this film is a suspense filled crime thriller, any one can see it only once.
2.75 out of 5