|Directed by||J. D. Chakravarthy|
|Produced by||Kiran Kumar Koneru|
|Written by||Kona Venkat (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||J. D. Chakravarthy|
|Story by||J. D. Chakravarthy|
|Music by||Nithin Raikwar |
|Cinematography||Bharani K Dharan|
|Distributed by||Sri Venkateswara Creations|
Homam (English: Ritual) is a 2008 Telugu thriller film, produced by Kiran Kumar Koneru on Shreya Productions banner and directed by J. D. Chakravarthy. Starring Jagapathi Babu, J. D. Chakravarthy, Mamta Mohandas, Madhurima Tuli in the lead roles and music composed by Nithin Raikwar & Amar Mohile.
Malli (Jagapathi Babu) is a cop though he is an orphan, DIG Viswanath (Pradeep Rawat) brings him up like his own son and makes him an undercover police officer and hides his identity in a database. However, to nab an international mafia gang led by Daddy (Mahesh Manjrekar), Viswanath sends Malli in undercover to the mafia gang and the latter turns a trusted worker for Daddy. He almost believes Malli as his right hand. With the help of Malli, Viswanath and his team tries to corner Daddy and his gang, but could not arrest them due to lack of evidence. Malli falls in love with a Dr.Mahalakshmi (Mamta Mohandas). He takes him to his ailing mother who was in the hospital. At this juncture, Daddy reveals that his person was in the police department when he is cornered by Viswanath's team without evidence. Chandu (J. D. Chakravarthy), who is also a cop was raised by Daddy. Chandu is in love with his new neighbor Satya (Madhurima Tuli). Chandu is the one who was helping Daddy's gang. At the same time, Viswanath also tells Daddy that his man was also with Daddy's gang. So both the teams break their heads to find out the black sheep. But they could not do so. Malli once visits the hospital and doctors tell him that he should keep his mother happy always. Malli reveals his identity but his mother did not believe it. To prove his words correct, Malli tells Viswanath to visit his mother once. At the same time, Daddy's gang attacks the building and in the melee, Viswanath dies. After a few days, Chandu, in order to escape from the blackmailing tactics of Daddy, shoots him to death in an encounter. Chandu's still evil. Malli realizes that Chandu was working for Daddy. Malli proves that Chandu's evil. Malli also proves that he's an undercover police officer. One of the officers kills Chandu. Malli's mother gets released from the hospital. Prasad wants Malli to go undercover again. This time, Malli's going undercover in Pakistan.
- Jagapathi Babu as Mallikarjuna alias Malli, an undercover IPS officer
- J. D. Chakravarthy as Chandrashekhar aka Chandu, another police officer
- Mamta Mohandas as Dr. Mahalakshmi
- Madhurima Tuli as Satya
- Pradeep Rawat as DIG Viswanath
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Daddy
- Ahuti Prasad as Jayaram (DGP of Crime & Intelligence)
- M. S. Narayana as P.C.Sarkar
- Krishna Bhagawan
- Brahmaji as S.P.Nayak
- Raja Ravindra as Inspector Arshad
- CVL Narasimha Rao as Lawyer Subba Rao
- Prabhakar as Potti Sathi
- Ram Jagan as Tumry
- Tarzan as Goud
- Dubbing Janaki as Tayaru (Malli's mother)
- Bangalore Padma as Sarkar's wife
- Sakshi Sivanand as item Number
- Jyothi Rana as item Number
|Film score by |
Music composed by Nithin Raikwar. Lyrics written by Suddala Ashok Teja Music released on ADITYA Music Company.
|1.||"Ye Pagale"||J.D. Chakravarthy,Shivani||3:52|
|2.||"Yey Mister Ninne"||Nihal,Shivani, Mamta Mohandas||3:31|
|3.||"Pedavikidem Kasiro"||Jagapati Babu,JD Chakravarthy,Mamta Mohandas||4:32|
|4.||"Magaallu Mee Maatalo"||JD Chakravarthy, Madhusri||4:59|
|5.||"Katti Naaku Gucchadammo"||Mahathi||3:31|
Released on 29 August 2008, the film opened to good reviews. Rediff.com thought that Chakravarthy fared better as an actor than as a director. While continuing in its discussion, it specifically commends Jagapathi Babu and Mahesh Manjrekar for their performances. The female actors, Mamta Mohandas and debutant Madhurima were added to the glamor quotient. Another such review equally praised Babu and Chakravarthy for their histrionics. While discussing the technical aspects of the film, the reviewer thought that Chakravarthy "scripted the screenplay with perfection and did not lose grip on the story at any point of time." From certain scenes and filming methodology, another review thought that Chakravarthy's direction was influence by his mentor Ram Gopal Varma. While the music was termed as tasteless, cinematography and editing were acceptable by the reviewer. Overall, the film was rated as hit and the review suggested that its plot was inspired by the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs (which this movie was remade as 2006 Hollywood movie, The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese). Director Chakravarthy corroborated this fact in an interview where he said that the movie The Departed (remade based on the original Infernal Affairs) was inspiration to some extent, but his film varied a lot in its narration and treatment.
- Rajamani, Radhika (28 August 2008). "Homam is disappointing". Rediff.com. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
- "Homam - Different taking style from JD". Indiaglitz.com. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
- "Homam Review: Tollywood 'Departed'!". Andhra Café. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
- "Interview with JD on Homam". Totaltollywood.com. 27 August 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008.