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Baanam (2009)

The journey of a young IPS aspirant Bhagat who is the son of a former Naxalite.


Chaitanya Dantuluri (screenplay), Chaitanya Dantuluri (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Akurati Ramhith Akurati Ramhith ... Bhagat Panigrahi - Childhood
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bhanuchander Bhanuchander
Randhir Gatla Randhir Gatla ... Sakthi Patnaik
Vajja Venkata Giridhar ... Vedamurthy
Rajeev Kanakala ... Gadipudi Venkateswarao
Ragini Ragini
Nara Rohith Nara Rohith ... Bhagat Panigrahi
Sayaji Shinde ... Chandrasekar Panigrahi
Sivannarayana Sivannarayana
A.V.S. Subramanyam A.V.S. Subramanyam
Vedika ... TTBLSSS Subbalakshmi


The story is set in the fictitious town of Ranasthali, in year 1989. Bhagat Panigrahi (Nara Rohith) is preparing for IPS. His father Chandrasekhar Panigrahi (Sayaji Shinde), a former Naxalite returns after 20 years before giving up his fight for the society for the reasons only known to him. He comes back home and questions his son's ambition of becoming a Police Officer. Meanwhile a local don, Shakti Patnaik (Randhir Gatla) is slowly building his empire, terrorizing police and anyone who opposes him. One day, Bhagat meets Subbalaxmi (Vedika) at the railway station and rescues her from the tragedy of her life. When her ex-husband involves Shakti's gang to abduct her, it triggers a series of consequences between Bhagat and Shakti. The rest is about how Bhagat never gives anything for his ambition, which inspires others to stand up for the fight against the tyranny of Shakti. Written by ananymous

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Action | Drama







Release Date:

16 September 2009 (India) See more »

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Arrow See more »


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INR 35,000,000 (estimated)
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Peter Hein was the only choice to supervise the action sequences, who is a long time close friend of the director. But on the day when the director received the Cheque, Peter Hein met with an accident on the sets of Magadheera. So the director went ahead with Ram-Lakshman who are also his childhood friends. See more »

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Banam is an offbeat film with sensible approach. director Chaitanya look promising. The film might be liked by niche audiences.
23 January 2010 | by skribakarSee all my reviews

The film is set in 1989 at Ranasthali in Srikakulam district. Bhagat (Nara Rohith) is an idealistic youngster who aspires to become IPS officer, as he believes that only justice can be brought through 'legal system'. His father is a Naxalite leader but 'retires' from the movement to spend time with his son. One day, Bhagat happens to see newly wed woman (Vedika) sitting at Railway Station alone and he comes to know from her that her in-laws sent her away to bring dowry. On the same day, her father dies, her in-laws reject her, and so he brings her to his home. Soon a local rowdy eyes on her that makes Bhagat to fight with him. In the mêlée, the rowdy dies and Bhagat goes to jail. On the other hand, several police offices try to contain the activities of the rowdy's boss, Patnaik (Ranadheer), but couldn't do so. How our hero Bhagat does it being within the 'system' forms the rest of the story.

Banam is a sensible movie. Niche audiences who like films with different approach and offbeat stories can like it. Although it starts off pretty promisingly and sets you up rather well, it fails to continue the same till the end. Debutant director Chaitanya should be commended for treading off the beaten track in narrating the movie and in selecting the story. Despite slow pace of the movie, first half arrests you and intrigues you. The song, Kadile Padam , has good lyrical value (Vanamali). It is nice that débutant director Chaitanya Dantaloori has brought some realism into Telugu films at a time Tollywood increasingly falling into the trap of masala movies.

The script has been written well and the dialogues were the highlight. The screenplay was neat, the narrative of the film went smooth. Real credit goes to the gripping background score and also to the songs that added melody. Cinematography was standard but could have been better, editing was crisp, costumes were effective and the art department was natural.

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