Banner: Sri Satya Sai Arts
Cast: Gopichand, Mehreen, Sampath, Mukesh Rishi, Jayaprakash Reddy, Srinivasa Reddy, Pavitra, Satya Krishnan, Prudhvi and others
Dialogues: Ramesh Reddy
Screenplay: K. Chakravarthy and Bobby (K.S. Ravindra)
Music: Gopi Sunder
Camera: Prasad Murella
Producer: K.K. Radhamohan
Story, direction: K. Chakravarthy
Pantham is Gopichand’s 25th film and picked up a time tested robinhood plot for his movie. Let’s see how the movie is..
Vikranth (Gopichand) steals money from politicians using various methods. He successfully robs some black money from the state health minister (Jayaprakash Reddy) and home minister (Sampath). He falls in love with the idea of empowering the youth and underprivileged. Then, he falls in love with Akshara (Mehreen) who was impressed with one of his noble deed. Rest of the story is revealing the cause Gopichad turned thief and his showdown with the powerful men in politics.
Gopichand is very handsome and gives his best in the film. His character has two shades and he carries it with ease. However, there is nothing to challenge his capabilities as an actor. Mehreen once again plays a run and around the trees kind of shallow character. She has nothing much to do except for looking glamorous in front of the camera. Sampath Raj is alright as the bad guy. Comedy penned for Prudhvi’s character is outdated. Srinivasa Reddy, Tanikella Bharani, Jayaprakash Reddy and all other noted supporting actors are given characters they usually play in most of the films.
Director Chakravarthy’s script is as old predictable one. He picked up a routine plot and wrote a very ordinary screenplay. Predictable direction, outdated narration and unexciting scenes make Pantham a tedious watch.
Music by Gopi Sunder is bad. None of the songs are catchy and on top of that they are terribly misplaced. Cinematography is good. The film has grand visuals. Editing is adequate. Production values are laudable.
Rich production values
Many films were made in the past with the theme corruption. There are some notable films like Gentleman, Bharateeyudu, Tagore, etc. that proved this theme to be a blockbuster material. Directors stopped picking this theme as it ran out of steam. None of the films could bring any change in the system as it still remains corrupted.
Poorly written scenes and weak screenplay turned out to be let down. Protagonist’s back story and the noble theme are okay to watch. Climax is predictably set in a courtroom and it is the best part of the movie. Pantham has little time to make an impression. Sadly, it isn’t loaded with enough masala to withstand the competition.