Gatham got here as a shock. There was no publicity drive and even these within the media got here to know in regards to the Telugu movie barely a number of days earlier than it started streaming on Amazon Prime Video. An impartial undertaking by a gaggle of Indian origin movie buffs dwelling in the US, it was pitched as a psychological thriller.
- Forged: Bhargava Poludasu, Rakesh Galebhe, Poojitha Kuraparthi
- Path: Kiran Reddy
- Music: Sricharan Pakala
- Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Gatham opens with an aerial view of a snow-covered terrain by which two folks scurry for his or her lives, solely to succumb. Inside minutes there are different snapshots of crime, following which one of many major characters, Rishi (Rakesh Galebhe, whose voice and diction is much like Vijay Deverakonda) wakes up in a hospital and is instructed that he has suffered mind injury and reminiscence loss.
Rishi can’t bear in mind the lady who’s supposedly his girlfriend (Poojitha); they continue to be cordial however emotionally distant to one another, given the circumstances they’re in.
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Gatham begins to plod alongside acquainted tropes of a psychological crime thriller. After a automobile breakdown, when the couple discover themselves cornered in a secluded home with a father and son who show psychopath traits, it appears to be like like yet one more chilly and lifeless thriller of trapped folks desperately making an attempt to flee. Solely Sricharan Pakala’s background rating managed to pique some curiosity.
I almost gave up on the movie after the primary half-hour, when the daddy (Bhargava Poludasu) says an totally cringe-inducing line. However the curiosity of desirous to see the place the plot was headed received the higher of me. And Gatham slowly pulls the rug from underneath the viewers’ toes to disclose its true colors.
You understand that one thing is amiss in the way in which new characters pop-up and the conversations are staged, punctuated with reminiscence flashes of ladies being in hassle. With no reminiscence of the previous, Rishi is as a lot at midnight as anybody viewing the movie.
Gatham then turns the tables and makes us have a look at the character afresh, which isn’t solely surprising. However there’s an earnestness in its storytelling. Even when the later parts principally work as a recap to place issues in perspective, it sustains curiosity as a result of this indie-spirited movie is bound about its narrative type.
There are misgivings, just like the investigation by the cops by no means including as much as something concrete within the plot or each different individual turning out to be Telugu-speaking within the US.
But, Gatham performs out like a brief story neatly being woven into place to pin down the offender. To debate something extra in regards to the storyline would imply revealing spoilers.
Barring Bhargava Poludasu who’s spectacular, the performing throughout is nearly satisfactory and there are not any frills in manufacturing, given the shoestring finances. Gatham has a runtime of an hour and 44 minutes, and comes from a crew that is aware of to relate a narrative. On the finish of the day, that issues a fantastic deal.
(Gatham streams on Amazon Prime Video)