Cast: Srikanth, Rahul Vijay, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shivani Rajashekar
Director: Teja Marni
Producers: Bunny Vas, Vidya Koppineedi
Music Director: Ranjin Raj
Srikanth Meka’s latest movie, “Kotabommali PS,” hit theaters today, promising an intriguing storyline. Here’s our take on the film:
Rama Krishna (Srikanth Meka), a seasoned policeman, is stationed at Kotabommali Police Station alongside new recruits Ravi Kumar (Rahul Vijay) and Kumari (Shivani Rajashekar). The local Home Minister, Barisela Jayaraj (Murali Sharma), aims to secure victory in elections using divisive caste politics.
A critical incident involving Jayaraj’s ambitions brings Rama Krishna and the trainees face-to-face with a dilemma that could impact Jayaraj’s political success. To unravel the unfolding events, the actions of Jayaraj, the support extended within the police force, and the ultimate resolution, one must experience the movie firsthand.
“Kotabommali PS” stays true to the core storyline of the Malayalam film Nayattu, skillfully adapting it while making wise choices in casting and filming locations.
Srikanth Meka delivers a nuanced performance, effectively embodying the character of a responsible policeman and a devoted father.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, portraying an investigation officer, shines in her role, delivering a refined performance. Murali Sharma impresses as a self-centered politician, with Rahul Vijay and Shivani Rajasekhar contributing effectively. The ensemble cast delivers commendable performances.
The pre-climax and climax stand out as the film’s highlights. The musical score complements the narrative seamlessly, while well-crafted dialogues add depth to the story.
Despite its straightforward concept, “Kotabommali PS” tackles the impact of political pressure on law enforcement. While well-portrayed, a more briskly paced first half could have heightened viewer engagement.
A deeper emotional connection between Srikanth and his daughter could have intensified the audience’s engagement with the climax.
The narrative unfolds at a leisurely pace akin to the original, missing an opportunity to infuse dynamism, especially in the first half.
Director Teja Marni adeptly manages the film, maintaining fidelity to the original storyline, though a more dynamic first-half screenplay could have enhanced the experience.
Ranjin Raj’s music provides depth, but the cinematography by Jagadeesh Cheekati, while satisfactory, could have been more immersive. Karthika Srinivas R’s editing could have trimmed a few unnecessary scenes in the initial segments. Production values meet the standard.
“Kotabommali PS” emerges as a watchable survival thriller, with stellar performances from Srikanth, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, and Murali Sharma. However, the leisurely pace in the first half and a consistently serious tone might not resonate with every viewer. If you can overlook these aspects, “Kotabommali PS” stands as a decent weekend watch.