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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nagarjuna Akkineni ...
Prakash Raj ...
Poonam Kaur ...
Vimala Gupta
Rishi Raj ...
Ravi Prakash ...
Brahmanandam ...
Bharath Reddy ...
Nawaz Khan (as Dr. Bharath Reddy)
Prithvi ...
Manobala ...
Narayana Shastry
Thalaivasal Vijay ...
Colonel Jagadish
M.S. Bhaskar ...
Father Alphonse
Melkote ...
S.K. Sharma
Srilakshmi ...
Mrs. Venkat Raman
Kumaravel ...


The movie deals with the stance of the government officials on such a serious issue and how a belated decision will make a situation worse, in an already edgy circumstance.

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Very good thriller!
11 February 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Wow! This is the best Indian thriller I have ever seen. I feel prakash raj productions now has got the "has to be good" look like how Aamir Khan production house has got! This guy makes classy movies and attracts the crowd. And this movie is damn neat.

The movie is basically about terrorism and an hijack situation (Actually we have seen many vijaykanth movies where he single handedly tackles the terrorists and saves the people). The movie starts with a lot of characters being introduced. And the beginning of the movie looks like its inspired from "United 93". Well there cannot be much of a difference in hijacking sequences. The passengers belong to all sect of the society. There is a movie star (Prithvi), a retired army officer, a minister, a church father, a Pakistani family and lot of common people.

As the movie goes on there are few dialogues which are really good. Like the dialogue where an atheist character tells the reason for problems in India is mainly because of so many divisions thats been caused by religions. The dialogues of the movie is a huge positive. And there are few instances where a common man feels that what ever his star does on screen is true and keeps irritating him to go fight the terrorists.

As time goes on, the terrorists terrorize the passengers and place their demands. Here Prakash Raj, Nagarjuna and the rest of the government ppl arrive. They come to know that the demands are too huge like ransom and the release of a dreaded terrorist who has striking resemblances to a real life terrorist.

Then unexpectedly the terrorist dies in a freak accident (divine justice) and this puts the team of Prakash Raj and Nagarjuna in a spot of bother. The rest of the movie deals with how they handle the situation and save the passengers.

The positives out of the movie are the dialogues, terrific acting from the cast, the bgm and the intensity of the movie. Obvious special references has to be given to Prakash Raj and Nagarjuna. They literally stole the show even though the people in the plane displayed awesomeness in their acting. And its tough to get comedy out of actors in a tough situation but the director has achieved it superbly by giving some very nice enjoyable scenes.

This movie rocks and its another gem from the Prakash Raj production house. Don't miss this movie for any reason as the feel can be got only in the theaters as the bgm booms in your ears.

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