By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Monday 28 November 2011
Joshua Smith, Vimala Raman, Ashish Vidyarthi, Vinay Rai, Linda Arsenio, Rajit Kapoor
You can use gimmicks to market a film and ensure great pre-release publicity, make tall claims about the prospective Oscar nominations, go for an international release and buy some big names to be part of the cast ?n? crew. But what really counts ultimately, at least for the viewer, is the film that you make. That is exactly where director Sohan Roy falters and his film, Dam 999, is at best an amateurish attempt.
The film claims to show nine characters symbolizing ?Navarasa?, mariners? lives, Ayurveda, Astrology and so on. All these may sound grand in paper, but sadly no such luck on screen. With the threat to Mullapperiyar dam in Kerala hogging the headlines and the film claiming to have dealt with a similar plot, Dam 999 was believed to be topical and relevant. But the much publicized scene happens in the end and it is shockingly inept.
Captain Fredrich Brown (Joshua Smith) is a mariner, married to Raziya (Megha Burman). His friend Vinay (Vinay Rai) is still ruing about not marrying his childhood sweetheart Meera (Vimala Raman), as per the objections raised by his father Sankaran (Rajit Kapoor), who is an expert in Astrology and Ayurveda. He eventually marries Sandra (Linda Arsenio), a journalist, who is so busy that she has no time even for their son, Sam (Jineet Rath). If you are still interested in this messy potpourri of characters, Fredrich?s sister, Maria (Jaala Pickering) is married to an evil Mayor, Durai (Ashish Vidyarthi).
Sohan Roy has managed to include art director Thotta Tharani, cinematographer Ajayan Vincent, composer Ouseppachan, sound designer Shajith Koyeri, editor Suresh Pai, makeup artist Pattanam Rasheed and costume designer S B Satheesh in the film?s crew. Now, the film has been made in 3D, but there is nothing spectacular to give such a feeling to the hapless viewer, who would be trying to figure out what all the brouhaha about the film was, after all.
The performances are surprisingly na?ve and that includes well known actors like Rajit Kapoor as well. The visuals are fine but the music is simply out of sync. Now, it is not really worth pointing out the flaws here, as the makers seem to be more inclined in garnering maximum mileage out of the publicity blitzkrieg that has been going on unabated for a while.
In the end, Dam 999 turns out to be a damp squib, nothing less. If those involved in its making had donated the money spent on this movie to reconstruct the Mullapperiyar dam, it would have been a noble act. No such luck and the film turn out to be a mere waste of time and money.
Verdict: Damp Squib
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