'Prayogam' is an outcome of unplanned effort. With calculated attempt the film would've definitely fared well.
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
Films in Tollywood have become so mundane that at some point, sooner or later, people will stand up and say 'enough'. I pray we don't live to such a day. However, here comes a film that has gone beyond what we define 'average' and produced something fresh and creative.
Surya, a science detective hires few students and puts them on a top secret experiment. He gives each student some strange paraphernalia that includes a secret camera and tells them to place it in various locations in the city where immoral and shady activity takes place. He later exposes the recorded info to media and government in order to nail the criminals involved in the racket.
For the first time I've seen a Telugu film attempting to narrate four different stories in one film. In the film, the director actually plays four stories that of police, students, gangsters and sex workers together on the screen in split-screen format. All stories are different yet they all have something in common. You actually get to see four stories playing simultaneously on the screen. It might seem odd but the director needs to be appreciated for the effort.
The film falls short in its presentation. None of the actors were up to the mark and you could barely notice anything spectacular. The film still managed to draw attention is simply because of the fact people appreciated the narrative style. The film also invites lot of criticism for peeping into the private lives of others'. Some may abhor the idea of peeping into the personal lives of others with technological aid. No wonder some people actually walked out midway debating over it.
Besides novelty in narration, 'Prayogam' falls short in all other departments. Director should be applauded for attempting something new than resorting to boring, irritating love stories. Had he tried it with some extra preparation, I'm sure he'd made a difference.
In one line, 'Prayogam' is an effort that needs to be tweaked.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good