| Haricharan Pudipeddi
I wonder why anyone wished to dub this film in Telugu, when the original itself was so pathetic. I pity the courageous producer who without knowing what he was getting into produced the film in Telugu and released it in over 40 centers in Andhra Pradesh. Let God be with him through this tough phase that he may very soon get into. Dam 999 has already created too much of hullabaloo around its release. With protestors of opposition party vandalizing the property of a studio where the film was being screened in Tamil Nadu, the film started off on the wrong foot. Many distributors also withdrew screening rights of the film fearing uncontrollable consequences.
'Dam 999' is an orthodox attempt to narrate too many subjects in one go. The film encompasses subjects such as superstition to Brahminical supremacy and racism. The film tells multiple stories such as that of a wobbly dam that threatens the lives of millions, a corrupt major, a love story that is destined to failure, and how a disabled man gets cured miraculously by ayurveda.
The reason 'Dam 999' itself is a disaster because the film encourages and promotes the fact our lives are bound to be pathetic and it's a futile effort to take responsibility and better the lives of our families and well wishers. The film may have a point at some juncture in the film, when the directors poignantly portrays the truth that certain things in life are never bound to change, even if you take responsibility of the same. For example, the dam incident in the film is actually tells us that events such as these that can't be controlled is equivalent to many incidents in our lives that are not in our control.
Stars abound 'Dam 999' doesn't actually produce any noteworthy performances except Ashish Vidyarthi, who shines in the role of a barbaric mayor. The presence of Rajit Kapur, known for his versatility, didn't make much of a difference. Vimala Raman, the dusky malayali beauty as the ayurvedic doctor, with her fake English accent is a complete turn off.
In the end, 'Dam 999' is definitely not one of those films that you should long to watch. It would be advisable if you ignore this film and mind your business.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
1 out of 5 (Poor)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good