Starring: Srikanth, Rahul Vijay, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Shivani Rajashekar
Director: Teja Marni
Producers: Bunny Vas, Vidya Koppineedi
Music Director: Ranjin Raj
The much-anticipated release of “Kotabommali PS” brings a tale of intrigue and moral dilemmas to the silver screen. Here’s our review:
At Kotabommali Police Station, Rama Krishna (Srikanth Meka), an experienced officer, mentors two new recruits, Ravi Kumar (Rahul Vijay) and Kumari (Shivani Rajashekar). Their world collides with the ambitions of Home Minister Barisela Jayaraj (Murali Sharma), who uses divisive politics to further his electoral goals. A pivotal event places Rama Krishna and his team in a situation that threatens Jayaraj’s political agenda. The unfolding drama, the political maneuvering, and the ethical choices within the police force form the core of this gripping narrative.
“Kotabommali PS” masterfully adapts the central plot from the Malayalam film Nayattu, maintaining fidelity while making strategic decisions in casting and locations.
Srikanth Meka delivers a nuanced performance, effortlessly embodying the role of a dedicated officer and a caring father.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, essaying an investigative officer, shines with her refined portrayal. Murali Sharma impresses as the self-serving politician, while Rahul Vijay and Shivani Rajasekhar add to the film’s impact with their effective performances. The ensemble cast excels.
The climax and pre-climax sequences are standout moments, enhanced by a compelling musical score and well-crafted dialogues that enrich the narrative.
While dealing with the impact of political pressure on law enforcement, “Kotabommali PS” could have benefited from a more briskly paced first half to heighten engagement.
Deepening the emotional connection between Srikanth and his daughter could have intensified the audience’s investment in the climax.
The film’s narration maintains a leisurely pace akin to the original, missing opportunities for increased dynamism, especially in the initial segments.
Director Teja Marni skillfully manages the film, staying true to the original while potentially infusing more dynamism, particularly in the initial screenplay.
Ranjin Raj’s music enriches the storytelling, though the cinematography by Jagadeesh Cheekati, while adequate, could have aimed for a more immersive experience. Editing by Karthika Srinivas R could have tightened a few unnecessary scenes. The production values meet the expected standard.
“Kotabommali PS” stands as a watchable survival thriller, boasting stellar performances from Srikanth, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, and Murali Sharma. However, its leisurely pace in the first half and consistent serious tone may not resonate equally with all audiences. Despite this, for those willing to overlook these aspects, “Kotabommali PS” offers a decent option for a weekend cinematic experience.