Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu (Cameraman Ganga with Rambabu) is a Telugu political action/drama entertainer starring Pawan Kalyan and Tamanna in lead roles.
The film is about Rambabu (Pawan), a car mechanic who cannot tolerate injustice. He has the habit of watching the news and taking to task whoever does an injustice in the city. If a man kicks his mother out on the street, Rambabu finds him and beats him. If a woman leaves her child in the street, he goes and adopts her.
Ganga (Tamanna) is a television cameraman who is impressed by Rambabu. She offers him a job to work with her as a reporter.
Rana Babu (Prakash Raj) is the son of a corrupt politician who tries to become Chief Minister (CM) by manipulating voter’s sentiments and threatening and killing whoever opposes him. Rana Babu kills an important news reporter at the channel where Rambabu and Ganga are working. Rambabu pledges to do everything he can to prevent Rana Babu from becoming CM. This makes up the rest of the story.
Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu has its pluses and minuses. The strength of the film is the story and the courage with which the filmmakers and the leads have taken on a sensitive subject. This film not only emphasizes the dirty politics played by many politicians to win votes, but also the importance of media as a tool for social and political reformation. I salute the writer and director Puri Jagannath. I also salute Pawan Kalyan for having the courage to tell his fans to fight for their rights rather than watching his films over and over again. Overall, the film is about awakening. It’s telling the audience to wake up and take action for their own good. It is also warning the audience not to fall for the cheap tricks played by politicians, tricks that often polarize society through imaginary “enemies.”
Although Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu is directed specifically for the people of Andhra Pradesh, it is a film that addresses issues applicable to many different places, within and outside of India. The film discusses issues that are of concern to all developing nations in my opinion.
Of course, there are also downsides to the film. The item songs were absolutely unnecessary. I only enjoyed the very last song which is about the film itself and has beautiful lyrics. I skipped the other songs. Although Tamanna did a great job with her role, she was given a small scope to act. Her character is different in this film, she has the role of a tough boyish girl. Tamanna impressed me with her ability to change her body language for this role. I felt that the voice which dubbed for Tamanna did not suit her. I was also uncomfortable with her excessive skin show in the songs.
The film basically runs on the performances of Pawan Kalyan and Prakash Raj. Both were excellent in their roles and delivered their parts with full conviction and energy. The dialogues were very impressive, especially the dialogues of Pawan Kalyan in the last thirty minutes of the film. The way he addressed people and encouraged them was very powerful and effective. I believe he has started a political party in real life and after seeing his performance in this film, I’m not surprised. He certainly has the qualities of a leader.
The comedy of the film was also very good and natural. The comedy scenes were well incorporated into the story. So I did not have the feeling that the comedy was forcefully added to the film, which occurs often with Telugu films. Especially Brahmanandam’s and Ali’s scenes were very good.
As far as I know, there were criticisms of the film after it released. It was not screened in some places, in others, parts of the film were cut. Whenever shortcomings of a political or social system are portrayed in a film, this type of opposition takes place. I still think that India is farther ahead in democracy than many countries. At least these types of films are actually made and can reach the audience. If you haven’t seen the film yet, don’t miss it.