Amateurish mumbo jumbo
When the film starts with a rash of binary figures and virtual tech theme scenes with a futuristic dateline London 2062, the interest levels shoot up. ...
When the film starts with a rash of binary figures and virtual tech theme scenes with a futuristic dateline London 2062, the interest levels shoot up. Sadly, that is the only flicker of hope which dies out soon. Seen from an international journalist’s fact-finding mission of sorts, the film Taskara tries to include too many things.
The hero, wearing a mask hacks into a central bank’s website (the film says it is the Republican Bank of India, RBI for short) and transfers a whopping amount of 10 lakh crore from it. As, it is supposed to actually help the country safeguard against economic terrorism by the World Bank, with its exploitative terms and conditions.
Confused? You cannot be anything else.
The film, as it runs out its 100-minute plus time, leaves the viewer cheated. Not only are stock shots used to tell the story of the hero Kiriti’s travels to various countries like London, Brazil and Russia, the mounting and the performances on screen never rise above a short film level.
Repeat footage, overlapping scenes and a wooden delivery style of almost all the actors test the patience no end. From the beginning, the film talks about so many technical issues which would have gladdened a software professional, but hardly enthusing for a simple, story- loving Telugu film fan.
The claims of the production team that they researched on this film story for a year notwithstanding, the inexperience shows as the film moves in fits and starts and finally ends with a tacky duet number as the end titles roll on.
The desperate bid to justify the hacker’s act as an act of patriotism is too forced and same is the case of transplanting a reason of a global meltdown onto this theme, which does not jell all that well. Director Suresh Puppala needs to realise that ambition alone cannot replace field-level action of trying in the best way possible to tell a good, interesting story.
Film Name : Taskara
Cast : Sampath, Monika Hirmerr, Kiriti Damaraju and Srinivas Govind
Direction : Suresh Puppala
Genre : Thriller
Likes : A complicated, yet new theme of cyber crime
Dislikes : Shoddy production values and very basic presentation
Rating : *