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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:
Randhir Gatla Randhir Gatla ... Sakthi Patnaik
Vajja Venkata Giridhar ... Vedamurthy
Rajeev Kanakala ... Gadipudi Venkateswarao
Ragini Ragini
Nara Rohith ... Bhagat Panigrahi
Sayaji Shinde ... Chandrasekar Panigrahi
A.V.S. Subramanyam A.V.S. Subramanyam
Vedika ... TTBLSSS Subbalakshmi
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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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Based on the suggestion by Ram the director of Kattradhu Thamizh debut director Chaitanya Dantuluri decided to shoot this film in Super 16mm. Later when the producer offered Super 35mm, the director and cameraman decided to experiment with Super 16mm for which they were already prepared. See more »

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Brilliant film !!! Not for all
15 July 2013 | by RebelRavindraSee all my reviews

Baanam is a sensible movie. The look and feel of the movie is of 1980's style and the director bought it well. The movie drags your attention for the dialogs. Nara Rohit, enters Telugu film industry with a bang !!! A newcomer always expects a regular commercial film to entertain the audience, to show that he can dance, fight and perform well. But Nara Rohit was totally contrast for this film. There are good action sequences and really good dialogs. His voice was the greatest asset in the movie.

Other than his performance, what interested me was the background score and the soundtracks of the film, though there are one or two songs in the movie, the re recording was by far the best in Telugu films. Mani Sharma who's known for his Music and soundtracks gives the best of his.

Vedika was the female lead of this film, she did the role of a Brahmin girl and she was apt to that role. Rajeev Kanakala and Bhanuchander did important roles in the film. Sayaji Shinde is show stealer for this film, The father son thread is quite interesting in this film. Sayaji Shinde is an anti social element and Nara Rohit is an aspiring IPS. Not just these characters, but the Shakthi character by Ranadhir was awesome. He was ruthless at times.

I loved the climax of the film, the director didn't reveal what actually happened to Shakthi. The movie's intention was made clear by the dialog of Nara Rohit. "Vaadu Chacchadu Ani Thelisthe Inko Shakthi Vasthadu, Vadini Champesaru Ani Thelisthe Vigraham Kadtharu" is one of my favorite dialog.

Chaitanya Danturluri should be commended for making an honest attempt, 9/10 for this film. Baanam stays in the top row of my all time favorite films. I will be curious to see the next film of this director.

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Release Date:

16 September 2009 (India) See more »

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INR35,000,000 (estimated)
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