Banner: Aditya Arts
Cast: Ram, Isha
Production: Aditya Babu
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Jagadam is a street-smart movie. In Jagadam Sukumar has given a fresh treatment to an old social scourge: goondaism. There are “n” number of movies made on this phenomenon. Sukumar had the challenge of making Jagadam different. And he does make it different. Too bad that people are glued to their TV sets to watch the Cricket World Cup 2007. His movie is made with a deep understanding of the psyche of rowdy sheeters and how the police work.
The music of the movie adds to the realistic storyline positively. Jagadam sends out a social message that violence is bad and resorting to violence may pay in the short run but in the long run it takes away all the joys of life as the protagonist experiences.
Seenu (Ram) is fascinated by violence from his childhood. A local goon, Manikyam (Pradeep Rawat) is his idol. Seenu fancies becoming like him. So he starts acting like a leader of a gang, hoping to become really one when he grows up. He bashes up people just for the heck of it on his way to becoming a goon with recognition. He also joins his idol’s gang as a key member. Muscle power fetches him money and respect born of fear.
Seenu has a good heart and when he tries to stand up for something good it clashes with Manikyam. So he falls out with Manikyam. The rest of the story is based on what happens as result of the fall out.
Jagadam sends out a strong message that how taking to the streets and resorting to violence robs the protagonist of all pleasures of life. Seenu gets separated from his parents. So much so that he couldn’t even spend a single night with her fiancée peacefully. The price of rowdism proves too costly when his younger brother is killed as act of revenge by Manikyam’s henchmen.
The vicious circle of violence-power-fear-money-violence how it becomes difficult to come out of it is well explained in the movie. Hope this movie dissuades the gullible youth who might get lured away by the short-lived charm of goondaism.