Keratam marks the debut of two new faces in Tollywood, Siddharth Rajkumar (Hero), cousin of young rebel star Prabhas and Goutam Patnaik (Director), younger brother of successful music director, R.P Patnaik. At the end of this review I intend to answer the question, does 'Keratam' serve as a perfect launch pad for these two aspiring artistes or not?
Keratam paints a usual, not so inspiring love story between a young boy and girl who are part of a gang of friends. With time, they pass out of school and make their way into college, where Siddhu falls head over heels for Gita. Robo, a fellow college mate, also eyes Gita and prepares himself to anything to make her his own. While attempting to molest a girl, Robo gets severely beaten up by Siddhu and his friends. In this process he also gets accidentally electrocuted, thus making Siddhu and his friends, prime suspects in the preposterous act. What follows is the relentless effort of Siddhu to make Gita his own, put life back on track and prove to his father that he is not a menace.
Anybody walking out of a star family bears lot of expectation on their shoulders. Very few over the past
so many years have succeeded in taking forward the glory of their ancestors. Someone of the likes of Nagarjuna, Balakrishna instantaneously come to memory whilst discussing about such actors. But, Siddharth no way is close to becoming one of those actors who have hoisted their family flag at great heights. Similarly, following the footsteps of his brother, Goutam Patnaik failed miserably to make an impact and prove his mettle.
Not even one actor is worth remembering, forget talking about. With a tag labeled around their collars called novice, these actors hardly delivered that seemed to have caught my attention. Neither did the cast nor the plot produce anything awe inspiring that you'd remember for a while. Had only the director taken some expert advice and worked on a better plot, he could've produced a better film.
The film royally boasts a tribe of amateurs who wish to make it big in an industry spearheaded by commitment, passion and dedication. And above all novelty!
The plot was dreary. While the narration was a crucifying experience, cinematography was better off in comparison with the former. Dialogues aren't hard-hitting or pulse-grabbing, but bland and juvenile as though written by some school goer. But then, Joshua Sridhar's music saves this film from a fatal fall. His background music not only earned him appreciation but serious recognition as well.