Banner: Sri Venkateswara Creations
Cast: Nagarjuna, Prakash Raj, Brahmanandam, Poonam Kaur, Thalaivasal Vijay, Dr. Bharat Reddy, Ravi Prakash, Pruthvi, Poonam Kaur, Sana Khan, Sri Lakshmi etc.Music: Praveen Mani
Cinematography: KV Guhan
Editor: Marthand K Venkatesh
Dialogues: Anuradha Umarji
Story – screenplay – direction: Radha Mohan
Presented by: Matinee Entertainment
Producer: Dil Raju
Type: Bilingual (Payanam in Tamil)
Release date: 11 February 2011
Theater watched: KrishnaMahal, Guntur.
Rating: 3.25 / 5
Nagarjuna New Telugu Film Gaganam Movie Review:
Nagarjuna was back again with Gaganam. This feel Seems to worked great for Nagarjuna. This back to back film for him. this Film Was Statisfied all Catagories of audiance along with Nag Fans.
A terrorist group hijacks a star-jet airplane from Chennai. The plane, with 75 passengers and crew, is brought to Tirupati airport on an emergency landing. A minister, a leading actor, a doctor, a father, a small kid and her family from Pakistan and a father are among its passengers. The terrorists demand their important leader Yosuf Khan be released from the prison. Home secretary Vishwanath (Prakash Raju), National Security adviser and other top bosses also come down to Tirupati to negotiate with the terrorists. National Security Guards officer Ravi (Nagarjuna) is also brought in. But government refuses to take commando operation immediately although Ravi insists on doing. Succumbing to terrorists’ demands, the government releases Yousuf Khan but he gets killed in a road accident when he is being brought. Now the drama starts, how do Ravi and his team accomplish their mission and frees the passengers from hijackers?
Nagarjuna: Nagarjuna is probably one of the huge heroes of Telugu cinema who doesn’t give a damn about formulas and commercial elements if he sees something special in the story element or in the director. Gaganam is a kind of movie where Nagarjuna’s image helps the movie in attracting wider range of audiences. Nagarjuna plays the role of a National Security Guard who is torn between government decision and his natural instincts. Nagarjuna came up with a fabulous performance as NSG commando.
Others: Prakash Raj plays the role of negotiator and he is excellent. Thalaivasal Vijay is a traveller with military background and he brings believability to the character. Sana Khan did the role of one of the passengers. Brahmanandam plays an entertaining role of a out-of-favor film director. Bharat Reddy is convincing as an associate of Nagarjuna. Poonam Kaur did air hostess role and she is a good actress. Harsha Vardhan plays the role of a TV journalist who is desperate for breaking news. His work in the altercation with Nagarjuna is pretty good. Prithvi plays the role of a film hero who captures terrorist Yousuf in one of his movies. Ravi Prakash did the role of one of the pilots. Most of the other actors belong to other languages. The guy who did the role of an actor is perfectly cast.
Technical and other Departments:
K V Guhan should be showered praises for imaginatively putting the camera as the story revolves either in interiors of plane or an office room. Shot on digital Red Camera, Guhan has come up with some innovative angles. Most part of the story runs in the inside environs of a plane or in the office of airport. So it is tough job for a cameraman to show variation. Guhan comes as winner. The other technician who should be commended for his work is art director. The set of airplane (erected at Ramoji Film City) is almost like real. Background score is alright. Dialogues by Anuradha are okay.
Director Radha Mohan scores in direction and screenplay. He handles the dramatic sequences with ease and maintains the curiosity throughout the movie, not sidestepping from the main plot. Production values are on superior range although it is low budgeted movie.
Gaganam film is made against many odds. There are no songs (duets/situational). There is no heroine. There are no different locations (90% of the movie takes place in airport). There are no mass dialogues. And it sports Nagarjuna, who is the most romantic hero of Telugu cinema playing the main character. A film of this nature should be appreciated as the success of these kind of movies will augment more and more novel films to be made. The plus points of the movie are Nagarjuna’s presence, novel plot and realistic story telling. On the flip side, Telugu casting for small characters would have been good and humor orientation for a serious plot might dilute the effectiveness. On a whole, Gaganam is a decent film which should be watched with an open mind.
Gaganam is different movie and is racy hijack drama. Nagarjuna’s charming performance, director’s narration in the second half, and short run time are its strength. It may cater to niche audiences, but all those who crave for good cinema would definitely appreciate it.
Its a good film to watch this weekend.