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Jagapathi Babu's Siddham (2009) Movie Review

Film: Siddham

Rating: 3/5

Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Sindhu Menon, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Mukul Dev, Radha Ravi, Narsing Yadav, Subbaraju, Siva Prasad, Amit, Dil Ramesh etc

Costumes: Saidulu

Make Up: Muktavarapu Ranga

Stills: Raju

Editing: Bhanooday

Photography: Baharni K Dharani

Music: Amar Mohile

Producer: Kiran Kumar Koneru

Screenplay-Direction: JD Chekravarthy

Released On: 12th Feb 2009

The much awaited Siddham with the story of an encounter specialist has arrived today. Let us see how it appealed to audiences.


Dayanand (Jagapathi Babu) is an encounter specialist who gets the accolades from higher authorities for his sincere and dedicated service. He plucks out many anti social elements from the society.

But he faces trouble with some antagonists and loses peace in his personal life and loses his beloved. How he takes revenge on enemies becomes rest of the story.

Will he use brain or brawn to complete his mission? That has to be watched on screen.


Jagapathi Babu has excelled in his performance as encounter specialist. His physical appearance and bearing have perfectly matched for his role.

Sindhu Menon is adequate in her role as a Tamilian wife to the lead.

Subba Raju and Shiva Prasad have appeared in guest roles with right and expressive performance. Subtle humor was delivered by Narsing Yadav and Mukul Dev in a few scenes.

Editing is crisp and cinematography is also sensible. The only point-down in the film is the necessary entertainment quotient that's required for mass Telugu audiences. Otherwise it's a right attempt by JD Chekravarthy.


It's straight lift from Hindi film 'Ab Tak Chappan' and the subtlety is maintained in bringing it to nativity. There are no grandiloquent dialogues and artificial glue to mafia characters and police. Every dialogue and scene is up to the requirement and there is nothing more and nothing less. Director should be appreciated in that aspect.

It is true that the films of this sort receive right acclaim from class audiences but the entertainment quotient that is required for repeated audiences in Tollywood is missing here. There are no songs and separate comedy track. Comedy is intertwined in narration with little humor. It is also true that the film might have got corrupted with that extra-stuff if added unnecessarily. Sometimes, equations cannot be balanced on both the sides.

Apart from this, Nana Patekar's role in Hindi is played by Jagapathi Babu in Telugu. Nana Patekar's body language and harshness pervade entire content when he plays lead role. That brings in more strength in narration and pulls the attention of audiences in better way. But Jagapathi Babu has some softness in his body language and aura and hence the intensity will be lesser when compared to that of Nana Patekar. That makes the difference anyway.

On a whole, it's an appreciable attempt by JD Chekravarthy. Only the patronage of mass audiences would decide the box office fate of this flick. It's a perfect suit to be in multiplex.

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