Republic (2021) – Review movie
Panja Abhiram is a young man who wants to work within the political system to reform it from the inside out. But will he be able to alter the destiny of his community when he’s chipped away at every turn?
In Republic, Deva Katta investigates matters that are well-known but neglected. Headlines from the newspapers frequently read about how an honest bureaucrat or whistle-blower met a fate that reads like a warning signal and encourages others not to follow their chosen career path. And while the four pillars of democracy argue amongst themselves, who is truly to blame?
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Director: Deva Katta
Writers: Deva Katta(story), Kiran Jay Kumar(screenplay)
Stars: Aamani, Jagapathi Babu, Rakesh Bhavsar
In the village of Eluru, a young man called Panja Abhiram (Sai Dharam Tej) has a bright future at MIT in the United States. He prefers to stay in his home town of Eluru rather than study engineering at MIT. Even as district collector seeds are planted, Thelleru Lake, which has been taken over for fishing purposes, is decaying. The farmers, whose fields surround the water body, are committing suicide because they see no future for themselves. Minister Vishakha Vani (Ramya Krishnan) is a corporate woman who draws lines and expects no one to cross them. Myra Hanson (Aishwarya Rajesh) is an NRI searching for her missing sibling. Abhi will be the winner in this game of chess in which there can only be one winner.
“Nenu Bharateeyudu ni kadu, Aparichitudini kadu,” says Abhiram at the start of the film, alluding to Shankar’s famous movies in which vigilante action appears to be the only answer. This young man, on the other hand, believes differently. He does not believe that rapists should be killed in phony situations or that a criminal with shoot-at-sight court orders on him should be allowed to walk free. He steadfastly believes that reality must ultimately prevail and the people must regain their liberty, even as he sees the Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary collapse around him. Isn’t it what a democracy is supposed to be about? He steadfastly believes that reality must ultimately prevail and the people must regain their liberty, even as he sees the Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary collapse around him. Isn’t it what a democracy is supposed to be about?
Abhiram sees the world slowly unfolding before him. According to what we’re told later in the film, those surviving are those who have gotten used to the “system,” whereas those dying are those rebelling against it. But who is really in command here? Every character in this film who’re called out by Abhi for being corrupt have their own backstory for being the way they are. Are they just surviving or morally corrupt because they’re greedy? There seems to be no right answer. Myra also has her fair share of troubles she must veer from and yet her fate seems interlinked only to how it pushes Abhi. Deva Katta does a good job of showing how gender politics come to play even when doling out undignified death but it’s not explored enough to leave an impact.
However, there are some drawbacks. While the picture keeps you interested, those looking for a specific goal may get impatient. The music and songs by Mani Sharma are adequate. While Deva Katta establishes the idea that everyone is the result of their prior traumas and experiences, little attention is paid to delve further. Even a woman being infected with an epidemic or a farmer being murdered in broad daylight are all plot devices that demonstrate how far people will go. The director’s liberties occasionally stick out like a sore thumb. At times, it appears as if the filmmaker is attempting to do too much at once.
Sai Dharam Tej gives his all to the film and the character. Even if he stumbles in some moments, he is able to handle the weight of the film. Nonetheless, it’s nice to witness actors move on projects that require more than normal heroism from them. Ramya Krishnan plays out a wonderful villain, a lady who will charm you while also plotting your fate. In this tense confrontation, Aishwarya Rajesh demonstrates her mastery of her trade and Abhi’s naïveté and unpolished. Aishwarya Rajesh does well in her part but, in a film where even the main character is simply a tool to explore the movie through, she gets the short end of the stick. Rahul Ramakrishna, Srikanth Iyengar, and Jagapathi Babu all shine in their parts as well.
Although the film may not be to your taste, it is a must-see for fans of historical romance. If you’re searching for something lighter, The Duke Of Cambridge is not the movie to watch (although it has its moments). However, if you’re in the mood for a reasonably accurate political drama with an emotional and heartbreaking conclusion, see it.